United Kingdom and Ireland - Day 54

 

 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, Edinburgh to East Linton, Dunbar, Berwick-on-Tweed, Etal and Lowick

 

Wind, we are almost under what remains of Hurricane Ophelia as the remaining storm blows its way across Scotland and Northern England. No rain, but winds up to 90 km/h overnight in Edinburgh. Still blowing this morning but had reduced in strength.

 

Packed up again and moving we headed down to the harbour for a look at the Royal Yacht Britannia where it is docked as a tourist attraction. We came, saw photographed and left for points further south.

 

A change to out itinerary today, deciding not to do more of the same but to take a leisurely drive down the coast for an early stop to plan a couple more days. We are starting to run into the end of the normal tourist season making it more difficult to make the best use of the time available. Things open later or not at all, and close earlier. That was the story of today. First to Preston to see a Mill, no, closed 30 September until after winter. We knew before we went there but were going past but the gate was at the road and the mill was a few hundred yards down past the gate.

 

Driving to the east coast through Dunbar then south we got to Berwick-on-Tweed around 1:00pm for a coffee and lunch near the pier/breakwater. After our lunch break we decided to brave it and walk out along the pier to the lighthouse. The pier, built around 1821, is 875 metres long and the Lighthouse, 13 metres tall and built in 1826, sits at the end. The wind was blowing at my estimate of around 70 km/h and with the air temperature at 13 C it wasn't the most pleasant of walks. Berwick-on-Tweed was a walled city and the walls and associated ramparts are still in existence and provide a walking experience through the city. Access to the associated castle wasn't available as it was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

 

We had our accommodation booked at the little village of Lowick, which is only a few kilometres ffrom Holy Island where we are headed early tomorrow. I'll explain that tomorrow night. Arriving at 2:30pm at the White Swan Inn was a bit of a worry. No one there, Rang the number, only got an answering machine. Went for a coffee then leaving a couple of messages before the Accommodation Coordinator discovered at 3:20pm that Check-in was after 5:00pm. With nothing left to do but look around, we headed for the only thing around, a castle about 9 klms away and arrived about 3:45pm. Guess what, closes at 4:00 with last tour at 3:300pm. Already locked up and four more visitors arrived shortly after us. Closes at 6:00pm in season.

 

The Inn made contact and so back to Lowick to check in to what turned out to be one of the better rooms we have had on the trip and we're looking forward to a great meal tonight if the restaurant's reputation is anything to go by.

 

That's it for tonight apart from planning a route for tomorrow..

 

 

  • The Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh Harbour The Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh Harbour
  • Berwick Lighthouse, Berwick-on-Tweed; At the end of a long jetty, 13 degrees and 70 km/h wind. Berwick Lighthouse, Berwick-on-Tweed; At the end of a long jetty, 13 degrees and 70 km/h wind.
  • Cold and windy for the birds on that little island Cold and windy for the birds on that little island
  • Cliffs on the North Sea Foreshore at Berwick-on-Tweed Cliffs on the North Sea Foreshore at Berwick-on-Tweed
  • Gateway in the city wall at Berwick-on-Tweed Gateway in the city wall at Berwick-on-Tweed
  • Ramparts of the city wall at Berwick-on-Tweed Ramparts of the city wall at Berwick-on-Tweed
  • Gateway in the city wall at Berwick-on-Tweed Gateway in the city wall at Berwick-on-Tweed
  • Etal Castle, Etal Etal Castle, Etal
  • Etal Castle, Etal Etal Castle, Etal
     

 

 

Day 53

Return

Day 55