Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club
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We stuck to one thing today: looking for the site where James Douglas fought the Battle of Skaithmuir on February 14, 1316. There are a few clues left in old writings, which have been passed on by David R. Ross, the author of the best book I know (there apparently aren't many to choose from) on James Douglas. Between those clues, his own picture of the location he believes it took place, and our GPS directing us to "Skaithmuir Toll," we set off.
The Battle ...
... for Blackadder - Harry Potter and Downton Abbey . Apparently The gate which the car and the Crawlley family arrived ( photo attached ) the car managed to bang into the doors. So then into the courtyard where they alighted and were greeted by the owners . Downton Abbey is the only one allowed to film inside - including me - so no photos but lovely inside . A wide staircase up to the first floor where the rooms are beautifully decorated and mementos from the Series ...
... and also my
last Scottish castle. Tantallon Castle is a dramatic looking ruin located on a coastal
headland about 15 miles east of Edinburgh. The huge castle was built around
1350 as the seat of the Douglas (Red Douglases) earls of Angus, but was
destroyed by Oliver Cromwell’s army in the 1600s. The castle faces directly out
to Bass Rock, a huge rock that sticks out of the North Sea between Lothian and
Fife that once had a small monastery but now just has a ...
... up early tomorrow to pay a quick visit. No wisecracks please about I need to look for divine intervention....though if anyone sees Trina cleaning her rifle, I would be grateful for the heads up. And no, I have not forgotten her birthday tomorrow!! To more mundane matters... our day's walking. We were joined today by Paul Stevens, Janie's husband and one of the movers/shakers behind the Emma Maltby Fund. It was great to have his company though I did ...
... we found ourselves going up and down a series of netted steps before reaching a natural spring. The 'crystal well' below Benrig was used to supply water to the house, the water pumped using mules or donkeys to provide the power- a very high tech solution to water transportation in the 1800’s! The bank around the pump-house provided us with the most fantastic array of wild flowers, a sea of bluebells and red campion-delightful. We walked on following the curves of the ...