UK Road trip. Day Six. Into Scotland.

We arrived in Scotland today and it was mostly sunny, although it was very windy. The forecast for the next few days says rain so we'll see how we go. After all, it is summer time.

Famous last words.

So we set off from our overnight spot near the town/village of Belford towards a castle we had spotted from the main highway. The main reason for spotting it from so far away was because it is a very big castle. See below.

This would have to be the biggest castle we have seen yet - not that we've seen too many.

The castle was strategically (and scenically) placed next to the ocean. Despite us crossing from England to Paris and having driven near the coast thus far, this was the first glimpse we had of the North Sea and the English coastline. While we didn't go for a swim - it would have been far too cold - it was nice to see the sea.

The number of islands off this shoreline change depending on the tide.

After our quick drive-by of the castle we continued on north, reaching the Scottish border early on in the morning. While it is a fairly permanent border now, as you could probably guess, the border has been influx for centuries - the town we passed on the way has changed hands between the English and Scottish about fourteen times. As we all know, there's a bit of a history between these two countries.

St Andrew's Cross flies proudly at the border. Herein lie the Scots.

We took the A1 up to Edinburgh, a road famous for its coastal views. It didn't disappoint.

The motorhome is the way to go. But in fairness, a mini or a motorbike or the train would be the best way to travel this country.

It didn't take us long to get to the famous Scottish city of Edinburgh after we crossed the border. The thing that amazed me most about this city was the deep valley that splits it into two halves, with two (or so) large bridges arching their way over the top of the railway station. The hilly ground means some of the grand old buildings present throughout the area reach higher than others, though each one stands tall.

A small portion of Edinburgh's grand old buildings.

The train line runs through the centre of the valley. The valley is much deeper on the other side of the bridge I took this from.

Adding to the scene the nearby Edinburgh Castle rises above all, perched as it is on the edge of a cliff. It overlooks the city and can only be dwarfed by the large hill of "Arthur's Seat" where spectacular views of the surrounding area can be had.

Unfortunately, this hill (or perhaps mountain) requires a bit of a walk so we might not have the time to climb it. There is, however a smaller hill in the heart of the city so we might be able to get up there tomorrow.

At the present, after parking in the "old town" of which I have described above, we made ourselves over one of these arched bridges to the information centre whereupon we decided to make something of our afternoon by going to The Royal Yacht Britannia. But we had a quick walk through the city first.

Not a particularly important building or anything, but I thought it looked pretty cool. Edited with VSCO film.

The Scott Monument. Made as a memorial to the writer Sir Walter Scott.

HMY Britannia. Sam and Dad enjoyed exploring the Queen's boat while Mum and I got coffee. I think we made the right choice.

While we were thinking about having a couple of nights in Edinburgh - the aim setting out a few days earlier was to get here - we might only be here for a night. It's Sunday tomorrow so we might check in to the local Salvos for church and maybe explore some more of the city.

Then we're hopefully off west to see the Falkirk wheel and the Kelpies. Two engineering feats, one practical and another just for show, which is okay for me.

If you've missed any of the other days you can check them out by clicking any of these links:
Days One to Three, York and Hadrian's Wall. And if you enjoyed this post feel free to share it around, I really do appreciate it.

JR

Joel Gibson

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Perth, Western Australia

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