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Kelso Abbey, Scottish Borders

Kelso Abbey, Scottish Borders, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on the Scottish Borders, a term which broadly covers the area southf Edinburgh down to the border with England, just north of Hadrian’s Wall. This area encompasses castles, ruined medieval abbeys, tartan and textile manufacture, Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford and the Border Reivers Trail. The countryside is gentle, pleasant with rolling hills and salmon rivers such as the Tweed.
Above is Kelso Abbey situated in the pretty town of Kelso. The abbey’s remains are a consequence of destruction by the English in 1545.
Here is Melrose Abbey which was founded in the 12th century by King David I. Location was unfortunate in that it lay on the direct route of invading armies from England in medieval times and suffered repeated damage right through to the Reformation of 1560. The adjacent town of Melrose is also of interest and includes Priorwood Gardens which is dedicated to the production of dried flowers.

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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on a selection of the key visitor sites in Edinburgh, capital of Scotland.
We start with Edinburgh Castle  which has a long history dating back to the 11th century. There is much to see here including Mons Meg Cannon, the National Memorial and the Crown Jewels of Scotland. Great views from the  battlements as per image no 3. Allow about 90 mins.

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Mackintosh House at  Hunterian Arty Gallery

Mackintosh House at Hunterian Arty Gallery, 

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) is probably Glasgow’s most celebrated architect and designer. From 1906 to 1914 Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret MacDonald lived at 78 Southpark Avenue (originally 6 Florentine Terrace). During period of his occupation Mackintosh remodelled the interior in his own distinctive style.

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