Collingwood Arms Hotel
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- Non-smoking hotel
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... to see.
Our second stop is at Craigside. Craigside was built by Lord Armstrong. Born in 1810 he was a frail child and often sent to Rothbury for his health. He was the son of a corn merchant who wanted him to have a profession and encouraged him to study law. But Armstrong was a natural engineer. He figured out how to make a hydraulic crane and by the 1840's he had factories churning out hydraulic machinery, ...
... didn't get to see the other villages. We went to a pub for a beer and watched the highlights of the final 22 overs of the Test Match. Got a bit of stick when we told them we were from Australia.
When we left Melrose by the back road we found we were about a mile from the Abbey when we turned back. The Scots like signposts as much as Sydney does.
Monday. Another day another move.
This time back to the Newcastle ...
There are four ruined abbeys in this neck of the woods and Melrose is the first one we've visited. It's famous for it's architecture which includes the figure of a pig playing the bagpipes. It is believed he was probably carved on a Friday. After lunch.
Melrose Abbey is also famous for being the resting place of the embalmed heart of Robert the ...
... raided by the English across the centuries and many border raids, skirmishes and battles between the Scots and the English took place in this area.
Both are also well turned out for tourists, with well-stocked tourist information centres and gift shops. Melrose is so genteel that even the Chinese takeaway is carefully hidden out of sight!
... Scott and we walked up 287 steps to the top. Before taking the bus to Ediburgh Airport we had the best Chinese buffet I have ever had in my life at this place called Jimmy Wong's or something. It wasn't like a tacky Chinese buffet in America where it's dark and the decorations are awful, it was modern, trendy, bright and full of people. The food was great. On the bus ride to the airport we ended up talking to a really cool guy. I don't remember his name. He was ...