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Today, we achieved all our objectives and perhaps a little more. Weather was sunny and benign, which helped considerably.

We set out from our lodgings in Hawick and travelled along minor country roads down to Eskdalemuir and then Lockerbie. Lots of photo stops en-route for sheep, pheasants and general scenic shots of the magnificent Borders countryside. Lockerbie was “OK” but is best known for the tragic 1988 air crash.

After Lockerbie we drove across to Dumfries which has a lot to offer the tourist, not least of which is the Robert Burns connection at the Globe Inn. At the latter we saw Burns chair and bedroom.

After Dumfries we drove back to the Reivers Trail area to visit Gilnockie Tower and the Armstrong Museum.

At Gilnlockie we benefited from a private tour escorted by a curator who clearly had considerable knowledge of the Tower and passion for the Armstrong Clan. The extensive and detailed tour took about 2 hours (see image below).

Next, we dashed up to Langhome to visit the Clan Armstrong Museum before closing time. We were looked after by a very helpful lady.

Finally, we departed Langhome about 5.30pm to drive down to Carlisle to our next lodgings in readiness for tomorrow’s tour of Hadrian’s Wall. Incredibly, I discovered that our hotel in Carlisle is actually built on the site of a fort on Hadrian’s Wall which was built over in Victorian times.

So, overall, a very productive day leaving is well set for tomorrow’s dip into Britain’s Roman past.

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This evening, I am presenting some images from a recent visit to Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders.

This is a ruined Cistercian Abbey founded by King David I of Scotland around AD1136. It was largely destroyed by an English army in 1385 but was rebuilt in the early 15th century.

The Abbey is famous as the burial place of the heart of King Robert the Bruce.

The site now ranks as one of Scotland’s most famous ruins because of its elegant and elaborate stonework . Nearby is the Commendator’s House which contains a large collection of objets trouves including Roman artifacts.

Next to the Abbey is Priorwood Garden where plants are grown specifically for dried flower arrangements. There is also a dried flower shop on site.

Melrose itself is a pleasant little town and well worth a visit

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This evening, I am presenting an image of St. Cuthbert’s Church, Norham. From an architectural perspective, this is a fascinating building dating from 1165 (but possibly on the site of a much earlier Saxon building). The church has had a chequered history being occupied by Scots’ King Robert the Bruce during a siege of the nearby castle in 1320. It was restored in 1619 with further restoration evident in more recent times.

Norham is a pleasant village, well worth a visit in conjunction with the local castle.

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