On our way to Edinburgh this morning, we stopped for a short walk from the picnic spot by the A199 between East Linton and Haddingon in East Lothian. The gorse was in full bloom.
On the drive back from our walk along the River Tweed near Paxton House there was a bit of a delay. We assumed it was caused by the road line painting that we had seen on the drive there. However, after a few minutes some of the riders taking part in the Riding the Bounds passed. This Berwick upon Tweed tradition traces the Anglo-Scottish border every May Day.
Here’s a photo tour of some of the most beautiful bridges in the UK.
The Forth Rail Bridge from South Queensferry
Coldstream Bridge fom the Scottish side
Last time we were in Glasgow walking to our usual Sunday lunch eaterie, the Kama Sutra Restaurant in Sauchiehall Street, we spotted Cook & Indi’s World Buffet. We decided to give it a try. It cost £9.99 all day on a Sunday.
Exterior of Cook & Indi’s World Buffet in Glasgow
The restaurant interior is decorated with various wooden panels. We requested a booth at the back of the restaurant The waiting staff had to check with the manager if we could sit at the booth, as it could’ve seated six and there were only four of us. Fortunately, we were permitted to sit in the booth which was spacious and quiet, ideal for a family get-together.
Interior decoration at Cook & Indi’s World Buffet in Glasgow
There was a selection of Chinese, Thai, Italian, Indian and Japanese food. I didn’t try any of the Italian food or the Japanese Sushi.
Selection of starters at Cook & Indi’s World Buffet in Glasgow
In yet another case of taking years to visit someplace that we’ve passed on many occasions, we finally stopped at Greeenknowe Tower, just outside the village of Gordon in the Scottish Borders. We’re usually on our way home from Melrose when we drive past the Greenknowe Tower and it’s either getting dark or we just want to get home. However, we were doing our usual circuit in the opposite direction, so no excuses not to visit the Tower.
Greenknowe Tower from the road
There are small laybys for parking on both sides of the road and a gravel path up to the Tower. The 16th century four storey tower house is in the care of Historic Scotland, but unattended and free to enter. I was (happily) surprised that you could enter and climb to the top of the the Tower, the spiral steps were a bit slippy with bird droppings and it was dark. Maybe the Health and Safety Inspector hasn’t gotten around to visiting yet.
The gravel path up to Greenknowe Tower
On the drive back home from the Tourism Fife Conference 2013, I decided to take the scenic route along the coast of southern Fife from Kinghorn to North Queensferry, before crossing the Forth Road Bridge.
Unfortunately, it was pretty misty when I arrived at Kinghorm Harbour, meaning that the usual views over to the southern banks of the Forth Estuary were obscured.
Inchkeith Island in the Forth Estuary from Kinghorn Harbour
My next stop was in Burntisland. Although it was late February, it was mild and still enough to sit on a bench on the Prom for a few minuutes.
Scenic rail route alongside Burntisland Prom
After recent foot surgery, I am reduced to a few minute hobble on my crutches. On the way to Edinburgh for lunch with our sons, we stopped at Inveresk Lodge Garden in Musselburgh for a short walk, before retiring to the greenhouse for a hot drink from our flask.