Himalayan Poppy at Howick Hall Gardens, England

This evening, I am posting information covering the past two days of tours, May 28th and May 29th. On evening of 28th internet access was not available.

Wednesday, May 28th.

This morning, we departed our lodgings on the Northumberland coast and  drove to Howick Hall in the same county. Howick is rated as one of Britain’s top 5 coastal gardens and comprises wildflower meadows, a woodland garden, rockery, herbaceous borders, a bog garden and arboretum. We spent an agreeable couple of hours here enjoying the quiet atmosphere and wide range of colours and plants. Howick Hall is an 18th century mansion, formerly the home of Earl Grey, British Prime Minister from 1830-4 who gave his name to the famous tea brand.

Howick Hall Gardens, Northumberland, England

Howick Hall Gardens, Northumberland, England

Howick Hall Gardens, Northumberland, England

Howick Hall Gardens, Northumberland, England

Howick Hall Gardens, Northumberland, England

Howick Hall Gardens, England

Howick Hall Gardens, England

Howick Hall Gardens, England

After Howick Hall the weather deteriorated to heavy and persistent rain. However, we continued on schedule to our next destination of Housesteads  Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall, which has its origins in the 2nd century AD. We managed a brief visit to see the famous Wall snaking across the landscape.

Next, we drove on to another Roman fort, this time at Birdoswald. This site offers views of the Wall from the roadside.

Reproduction Roman Pottery at Birdoswald Roman Fort

Hadrian’s Wall at Birdoswald Roman Fort, England

The fort at Birdoswald concluded our tour for the day and we drove to Bardon Mill, near the Roman site of Vindolanda, where we checked into our lodgings for the night.

Thursday, May 29th

This morning we departed Bardon Mill, England and drove north to the town of Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. Here we visited the famous Lochcarron Knitwear showroom where can be found a wide range of traditional Scottish tartans, cashmere and similar products.

Lochcarron Knitwear, Selkirk, Scotland

Lochcarron Knitwear, Selkirk, Scotland

After Lochcarron, we continued north to Glasgow, travelling through the green and pleasant rolling scenery of the Scottish Borders, noting work in process to reinstate the 30 mile railway line from Edinburgh to Galashiels and Tweedbank.

On arrival at Glasgow, we visited the Hunterian Museum at Glasgow University, an old and prestigious collection which now includes a section dedicated to Roman era, Antonine Wall.

Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, Scotland

Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, Scotland

With tour concluded, guests were transferred to their hotel at Glasgow Airport in readiness for departure May 30th.

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