Mists of Lindesfarne

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Lindesfarne-Holy Island

Once we are packed up the island of Lindesfarne is our first destination.  We wait in the salt marshes for the tide to go out to allow safe passage across the causeway.  The outline of the island with a castle and ruins of a monastry make the view the misty, magical place of the legends.  Back on the mainland after a brief look-see we continue up the coast stopping at St Abbs where I get enthusiastic about seeing guillemotts and kittiwakes.  There is a costal National Park there with views to die for so we walk along the paths on a hot day.  The walk takes us through fields of sheep, lambs, horses and foals.  Andrew decides that it will be just a quick to do the smaller circuit than to retrace our steps.  Pass a small lake and so a 90 min walk in all!

Headed towards Scotland we detour to Staith.

the coastal walk... bird stained cliffs
  Here James Cook began his training as a sailor.  The town is on a steep cliff and visitors and residents cars have to be parked on top of the cliff in a designated car park.  The steep cobbled streets challenge the knees and houses cling to the cliff with their pocket handkerchief sized gardens.  Continue on to Aberfeldy and are well and trully in Scotland.  The town has a beautifully restored watermill for the grinding of oats and one of the bridges that General Wade built dated 1733.  He built about 34 bridges and this one is the only one that is still used by road traffic.  There is also a monument deicated to the Black Watch in the town.

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Lindesfarne-Holy Island
Lindesfarne-Holy Island
the coastal walk...  bird stained …
the coastal walk... bird stained…
looking back to the village on coa…
looking back to the village on co…
guillemotts and kittiwakes playgro…
guillemotts and kittiwakes playgr…
part of the gentle walk with And…
part of the 'gentle walk' with An…
a birds paradise perhaps?
a bird's paradise perhaps?
Genaral Wades bridge in Aberfeldy
Genaral Wade's bridge in Aberfeldy
the monument to the Black Watch
the monument to the Black Watch
photo by: jojostevie