Today we crossed Union Bridge where the River Tweed forms the border between England and Scotland. This historic bridge requires £5 million pounds of repair work if it’s to retain the title of being the oldest suspension bridge in Europe still used by vehicles.
In the layby on the Scottish side of the bridge there is a profusion of bracket fungi.
Ruthven Barracks was one of the four barracks built to secure the Scottish Highlands for Government forces after the 1715 Jacobite rising, during which James Francis Edward Stuart, the son of James II of England (James VII of Scotland) had unsuccessfully attempted to claim back the British throne for the exiled House of Stuart. The barracks were captured and burnt down in 1746 by the army of Princes Charles Edward Stuart, son of James Francis Edward Stuart, during the second ill-fated Jacobite Rising, which ended in defeat at the Battle of Culloden.
The path up to Ruthven Barracks
Information board about Ruthven Barracks at the car park
Courtyard at Ruthven Barracks
Information board in the courtyard at Ruthven Barracks
The stables at Ruthven Barracks
Ruthven Barracks from the viewing point opposite the car park
Ruthven Barracks lie just off the A9 at Kingussie. There’s a car park opposite the entrance and it’s free to enter.
The free car park at Inveruglas on the northern bank of Loch Lomond is clearly signposted from the A82. There are some paths for a short walk with some great views, toilets, a cafe and a pontoon for loch cruises.
Loch Sloy Power Station
Blueberries growing in the heather at Inveruglas
Looking over Loch Lomond
Me by the heather at Inveruglas
Looking down over the pontoon on Loch Lomond
Inveruglas Isle in Loch Lomond (in the back right of the photo)
If you’re driving between Glasgow and Crianlarich on the A82 I recommend a stop at Inveruglas on Lohc Lomond.
Part of the North Sea Trail south of Eyemouth has now been christened the Alexander Dow Walk in honour of the historian who worked at Gunsgreen House in Eyemouth. Dow wrote the first English versions history of India in the 18th century.. The Alexander Dow Walk is one of the five Border Brains Walks in Berwickshire.
Alexander Dow Walk post
Looking down to one of the inlets
The cloud formation made it look as though there was a dark band along the horizon.
Today we finally got around the stopping to have a look at the Foulden Tithe Barn in the Scottish Borders. The barn was used to store the tenth of produce (tithe) which was given to the church by parishioners.
If Stirling Castle is closed or you don’t want to pay the entrance fee, you can still have a very interesting and scenic walk. You’ll find the steps down to Back Walk at the top left corner of the castle car park. Back Walk is the oldest publicly maintained road in Scotland, following the perimeter of the Old Town walls.
On our way back from Edinburgh we stopped in Dunbar in East Lothian for a walk along the coastal path. After an extremely wet morning, the weather was looking promisingly sunny for a late afternoon stroll.
Looking back towards Dunbar from the coastal path
As we sat on a bench having a cup of tea from our flask, the clouds started to look very threatening. Fortunately, we only had a short shower on our way back to the car.
Threatening clouds during our walk along the coastal path in Dunbar