Day 6 – Meandering into Scotland

Today marks our final day in England and our last morning at Fenham Farm Coastal B&B. In preparation for the day, we headed for the breakfast room to fill up on another delicious English breakfast before a busy day of exploring.

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The main house is in the background…the lovely breakfast room…in the foreground.

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All set up and ready for breakfast.

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A wonderful room with coastal accents and lots of information for the curious traveler.

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The innkeepers – Watty & Gill Curry – a lovely husband and wife team…and part of the family of Christ!

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Saying goodbye to Fenham Farm – our favorite place to stay!

Farne Island - Glad Tidings 6

If today had gone as planned, you would have found David and I aboard the Glad Tidings – a tour boat harbored in Seahouses, England – that would have taken us to the Farne Islands for a day of bird watching.

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Located right off the Northumberland coastline near Bamburgh, the Farne Islands are one of Europe’s most important seabird sanctuaries. The islands are home to more than 20 different species, including puffins, eider ducks and three species of tern. Many of the birds are extremely confiding and visitors can enjoy close views. 

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Both David and I were hoping to see our first puffin, but this was not to be!  With rain in the air and wind whipping up a lot of wave action in the North Sea, all boat tours were cancelled for the day. 

As a second choice, we decided to meander through the English countryside, starting our day at Bamburgh Castle just south of Holy Island and offering a commanding view of the Northumberland coastline.

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Coming around a bend in the road, this is the first view we got of the massive castle.

Spanning nine acres of land on its rocky plateau high above the Northumberland coastline Bamburgh is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country.

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Once home to the kings of ancient Northumbria, Bamburgh Castle is one of Northumberland’s most iconic buildings. 

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Entering the castle grounds through the impressive gatehouse.

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A small section of the inner ward…heading towards one of the many entry doors!

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A bronze cast of the entire castle and extensive grounds.

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One of the displays in the China Room.

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More china…very similar to the Spode Tower I use at home.

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Entering the King’s Hall.

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What a spectacular room. You don’t see this everyday!

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North end of the King’s Hall.

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Helmets from the armory.

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Can you imagine this? Even the horses wore armor at one time!

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You can’t really tell from this angle, but the people who wore these suits of armor must have been very small.  Most appear almost child-size to me.

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A lovely sitting room with spectacular views.

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Deep in the lower levels of the castle…the main well is located right behind David’s right shoulder.

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An amazing array of weaponry – spears, swords, rifles and crossbows.

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And of course….every castle must have it’s dungeons.

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These torture chambers were much more gruesome than I had imagined they would be.  I was happy to leave this sight behind!

To see an aerial view of Bamburgh Castle, you can watch the video below:

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With the weather getting more blustery and the rain now falling in earnest, we decided to head inland to the small, rural village of Wooler.  We were hoping to visit a local art gallery, brimming with photos and handicrafts from local artisans. 

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Hmmm? Do we drive through this flooded roadway or don’t we? Of course we barreled crept through, but wondered what other surprises waited for us up ahead!

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This very ancient bridge most definitely was a surprise and could be accessed only one car at a time. Notice the sign…nothing wider than 2.0 meters could pass over the bridge.

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The lovely village of Wooler…looking down High Street.  Finding the art gallery closed for the day, we opted to walk around town and found a delightful place to eat lunch before heading north.

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Just a short way up the highway, we came upon this welcome sight… Scotland…we’re  finally here!

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Shortly after arriving in Scotland, the sun decided to show its lovely face!  It turned out to be a perfect day for visiting Eyemouth Harbor and Gunsgreen House – a historic house like no other.

Built in 1753 by notorious smuggler John Nisbet, the architecture included a number of secret hiding places where Nisbet housed his smuggled goods. The most smuggled item was tea, and the house contains a ‘tea chute’ right through it’s core where the leaves were stored away from prying eyes.

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Sunny day, but still a little chill in the air.

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Looking back up the River Eye towards Gunsgreen House.

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A friendly harbor seal that came in for a closer view!

Leaving Eyemouth, we headed a few miles inland to Coldingham where we would be spending a couple of nights at Rhovanion B&B.

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What started as a gray and gloomy day, had now turned into a beautiful and sunny evening and a perfect time for a stroll to the beach.

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There’s nothing better than a light supper by the seaside…

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…especially when this is the view before you!

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TO BE CONTINUED…

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