Keep at Bamburgh Castle

Keep at Bamburgh Castle

This morning we departed are lodgings near Bardon Mill in N.E. England and drove North-East skirting Harwood Forest, through Rothbury and Alnwick to Seahouses on the coast. Seahouses is a working harbour which is popular with visitors who wish to connect with nature via boat trips to see sea-shore wildlife, birds, seals, Holy Island and the Farne Islands.

Image below shows Seahouses Harbour.

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Next, we drove a few miles up the coast to visit Bamburgh Castle which stands on a promontory commanding the local coastline. This is a very extensive structure with a site history stretching back into prehistoric times. Bamburgh was occupied during both Saxon and Norman periods but later fell into disrepair. The castle was extensively and lavishly restored and embellished by wealthy 19th century industrialist Lord Armstrong. Key rooms and features include: Gatehouse Tower, Keep, Great Kitchen, King’s Hall (featuring high quality Victorian craftsmanship), Cross Hall, Faire Chamber, Armoury, Court Room, Scullery and Kitchen.

Bamburgh Castle, England

Bamburgh Castle, England

View from Bamburgh Castle

View from Bamburgh Castle

Next, we drove up towards Edinburgh, with lunch stop en-route. Our destination being the famous Rosslyn Chapel which dates from the 15th century and has gained fame in recent years due to association with the da Vinci Code. We stayed at this popular site for about 1 hour before moving on to a lodgings in south Edinburgh.

Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland

Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland

Tomorrow, we tour key sites in and around Edinburgh.

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