Scotland the brave!
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We left our lodgings in the Lake District this morning, but only after Brendon had climed to the top of the mountain behind where we were staying. I opted for the luxury of a sleep-in and saved my energy for climbing up to Hadrian's Wall later in the day. Spring is definitely a wonderful time to visit this part of the world, partly because I can only imagine how freezing it gets here in winter and how crowded it gets in the summer, and partly because the weather is stunning, the trees are blossoming and the countryside is beautiful. But the other reason I love being here in springtime is that the new lambs are just so very cute!
Heading north on our way to Scotland today, we first visited a section of Hadrian's Wall - or what's left of it. While at first glance it didn't appear all that impressive (not being completely up-to-date on my history of this region, I think perhaps I had expected something similar to China's Great Wall), once we hiked to the top of the wall that sits atop an imposing cliff and follows the high and rugged contours of the surrounding landscape, my perspective changed a great deal. Especially when I began to better understand when and how it was built. And it's truly beautiful countryside. If we had more time (and were perhaps a bit fitter), we would have loved to walk further
Then onwards to Scotland. Standing on the border looking down into Scotland, I had another one of those "I can't believe I'm really here" moments, a feeling repeated when I caught my first glimpse of Edinburgh Castle standing tall and proud in the late afternoon sunlight. Before we reached Edinburgh though, we stopped in Jedburgh, home of Mary Queen of Scots, and visited Jedburgh Abbey. The photos don't really do it justice but we enjoyed the visit to this old but well preserved cathedral which is now open to the elements and the history that it brought to life.
Tomorrow, we're off to explore the city of Edinburgh, especially it's Castle!