East View Guest House
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... has booked & because it was through a 3rd party the tour went ahead. My guide called it the VIP tour haha. He was fantastic and we had a great day exploring. On our way back we stopped at this famous little bakery that sells gingerbread only. It was delicious!
The rest of my time I wandered about, sat in the hostel cafe and watched the lake. Ah the serenity.
I would love to return in the summer and go hiking as the locals ...
Drove down several motorways from Stirling to Dumfries. Then to Caerlaverock Castle.
What a contrast from Stirling yesterday!
Caerlaverock is the ancient seat of the MAXWELL family and now no more than a splendid ruin in an idyllic settling. Fiona and Rowan had been there in 2006. Situated almost on the sea, south of Dumfries, surrounded by a moat, it was fantastic to wander through the ruin and imagine John's distant ancestors living there! Built in ...
... bridge! Luckily I manage to do that in plenty of time, taking the scenic back route to Queensferry rather than the last-minute junction. This road brings us into the town under the arches of the Forth Rail Bridge - perfect. There's free parking too, so even perfecter. I am really amazed to see how quickly the third bridge is progressing. It won't be long before this amazing sight will be even more amazing. We snap a load of pictures of the excellent view then repair across the road ...
... levels since giving up smoking (I still am) so I had to pause a number of times up this section. The ground was rocky scree which would very easily lead to a sprained ankle. Not something I wanted happening. By the time I reached the next gate I could see Little Man and the clouds just rolling onto the top, Skiddaw would be climbed through the clouds, there wasn't going to be much of a view from the top. Rounding Little Man I was on the ridge walking up to the summit, ...
... modern times, after Mohammed came up with his own version of a monotheistic religion in the 630s, there were the six or so Crusades which ran on for 150 years, remember them?, beginning in 1095 AD. There’s nothing new under the sun, particularly Europeans fighting Arabs and Persians.)
In the popular imagination Hadrian’s Wall was built strictly as a defensive barrier, to keep the barbarians out. Well, not entirely. Empires didn’t run on ...