Champion Archer, Alnwick Castle

Champion Archer, Alnwick Castle, England

This morning, we departed our Edinburgh lodgings and headed south, to Galashiels, home of guest’s ancestor. Here we visited Galashiels Old Town Cemetery, which dates from the early 17th century. We inspected the old grave-markers. The high elevation offered good views over the town which has a long history in the textile industry.

Old Cemetery, Galashiels

Old Cemetery, Galashiels, Scotland

Galashiels, Scottish Borders

Galashiels, Scottish Borders, Scotland

Next we moved on to nearby Melrose, to visit the famous, but now ruined, Abbey which was founded in the¬† 12th century¬† but came to an end in 1560 with the Reformation. Built in the Gothic style and now a romantic ruin. King Robert the Bruce’s heart is buried in the grounds.

Melrose Abbey, Melrose

Melrose Abbey, Melrose, Scotland

Next we drove down to Northumberland in England to visit Alnwick Castle. This has a history dating back to the 11th century and has been in the hands of the Percy family since the 13th century with current incumbent having title Duke of Northumberland. Over the years this impressive structure has featured in various wars with Scotland. More recently it has gained fame through connection with the Harry Potter stories and films.There is a also a magnificent garden featuring a stunning water cascade. Tour guest was able to display his prowess with the bow and arrow at an archery display.

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, England

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, England

Flying Broomsticks, Alnwick Castle

Flying Broomsticks, Alnwick Castle, England

Archery at Alnwick Castle

Archery at Alnwick Castle, England

After Alnwick we drove down to York (in England) to check into our lodgings. Tomorrow we tour the city of York including the famous Minster (Cathedral).

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