Following the successful campaign in London and Oxford the invasion force set
its sights on the unexplored reaches of Scotland and the Highlands thereof. The
principal purpose of the incursion was to visit CALLENDAR HOUSE. This
venerable stately house was in the hands of Esther's ancestors until about 1305
when they chose the wrong side in the dispute between the King of England and
William Wallace. We went to see about the rent.
But first there was the matter of a train trip from London to Edinburgh, finding a
place to sleep. Then Edinburgh Castle, Holyroodhouse Palace and other neat
stuff. Come along with us....
The Royal Border Bridge at
Berwick-upon-Tweed welcomes the traveler to
Scotland. This town is the northernmost English
town. The bridge, not a recent notion, was
constructed in 1611.
The boys get a first-hand look at the old buildings
and stout stone walls. This may not be as easy as
As the gloaming deepens, the eternal question of
the traveler arises....where will we sleep?
Unable to get a rise out of anyone at this
impressive residence, Esther suggests that we
look elsewhere for lodging.
Upon closer inspection we learn that the
impressive residence is in fact Holyroodhouse, the
Queen's personal residence in Scotland.
Mr. Bhoyrub, proprietor of an exquisite bed and
breakfast was much more accommodating than
the Queen's staff.
The next morning we set off to attack the principal
fortification in Edinburgh known as Edinburgh
Castle. But first a pause for provisions (NOT).
Our guide to the Castle had no doubt in her mind
about who were the good guys in the recent
unpleasantness with the English. In point of fact,
the English never conquered Scotland finally
resorting to merger through making Charles the
VI of Scotland, King Charles the First of
England. If you can't beat em....
This is a panoramic view from the highest level of Edinburgh Castle overlooking the City.
This is what is meant by a commanding view
The changing of the guard Scottish style.
The English guards at Buckingham didn't show
any leg. The smile was about the same though.
This cannon, known as BIG MEG was a gift to
Scotland from the king of England. It was decisive
in several sieges against English lords.
Three old friends take a moment to pose in front
of a view of the Castle and a statue of a fine figure
of a man whose name escapes me right now.
The Castle and its surrounding grounds are a beautiful and impressive sight.
We left them standing out of respect to the local peoples.
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