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Travel Report: The Meigle Circular, Scotland.

May 2019. There are no shortages of hiking trails in and around the Scottish town of Galashiels. In fact, jump in the car from the town centre and you’ve got a dozen options within a twenty minute drive. Furthermore, my parents have access to one of the area’s prettiest walking routes right on their doorstep! […]

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Travel Report: The Torwoodlee Circular, Scotland.

The vast country estate of Torwoodlee in The Scottish Borders has belonged to the Pringle family since 1501. The Pringles are a historical clan with an illustrious lineage. Have you heard of the clothing manufacture Pringle of Scotland? That’s them! With a whopping three thousand acres at their disposal, the Pringles have generously made a big […]

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Travel Report: Yair Hill Forest, Scotland.

May 2019. It’s always nice to discover a new hiking route in The Scottish Borders. And since my parents move to Galashiels, a wealth of new routes have opened up. One of these is Yair Hill Forest, a vast expanse of woodland situated in the heart of Tweed Valley Forest Park. Yair Hill Forest is […]

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Travel Report: Stenton Village, East Lothian, Scotland.

Stenton Village, East Lothian, Scotland. Photo courtesy of Richard Webb.  May 2019. Stenton Village is a small farming community in the Scottish county of East Lothian. The population stands at around three hundred, hence it doesn’t take long to drive through. Surrounded by acres of gorgeous farmland, the village consists of little more than a […]

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Travel Report: Whittingehame Church, Scotland.

May 2019. The late evening light was rapidly fading when we arrived at Whittingehame Church. After an incredibly fun afternoon exploring the sights of East Lothian’s country lanes, we’d finally reached our last stop. Located in the dictionary definition of middle of nowhere in the heart of some lovely Scottish countryside, this certainly isn’t your average […]

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Travel Report: Hailes Castle, East Lothian, Scotland.

Hailes Castle, East Lothian, Scotland. May 2019. It was a beautiful evening in East Lothian as Spackles pulled up in the little lay-by near the entrance gate to Hailes Castle. The time was about a quarter past eight in the evening, though you’d hardly know it. In fact, the sky was a calming blue and […]

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Travel Report: Preston Mill, East Lothian, Scotland.

Preston Mill, East Lothian, Scotland. May 2019. Spackles and I were having enormous fun driving around the countryside of East Lothian picking off the sights. Our next stop was Preston Mill, a former 18th century watermill famed for producing oatmeal. Even as we were parking I could see what a magnificent structure it was. Especially […]

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Travel Report: John Muir’s Birthplace, Scotland.

John Muir’s Birthplace, Scotland. May 2019. You simply cannot escape John Muir in the Scottish town of Dunbar. After all, there’s a statue of him out on the High Street. You’ll also find a giant bear sculpture, located near the Spot Roundabout, which symbolises the great man’s travels through America. Furthermore, one of his quotes […]

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Travel Report: Dunbar Battery, Scotland.

Dunbar Battery, Scotland. May 2019. The historic Scottish town of Dunbar once had a grand defence bastion situated on an elevated section of the harbour on Lamer Island. It was built in 1781 during the American War Of Independence to protect the town from the fearsome naval captain, John Paul Jones. The defence post was […]

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Travel Report: Belhaven Beach – Dunbar, Scotland.

Belhaven Beach, Dunbar. May 2019. My visit to Belhaven Beach was an especially spontaneous one! It was a moody early evening and Spackles and I had been snugly installed inside his farmhouse in the nearby village of Stenton. One minute we were drinking tea and wolfing down Mother Spackles’ excellent homemade gingerbread. The next we […]

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