Scotland

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Just after crossing into Scotland, we stopped in Jedburgh, where we enjoyed afternoon tea and scones and cakes.  Then onto Edinburgh

Sir Walter Scott monument in Edinburgh is the largest monument in the world dedicated to a writer.

In the older parts of Edinburgh, many buildings are darkened by centuries of coal burning.  Porous sandstone was used in their construction and current technology can't remove the stain without eroding the surface. So it remains.

Before leaving Scotland, we stopped at the Kerry Bog Village, which is a reconstruction of an ancient village that harvested peat for fuel.  We also enjoyed an Irish coffee before we went on our way.

 

 

Just north of the border we stopped the Old Blacksmith Shop in Getna Green.  It's location just over the border from England was handy for young couples to marry when England had severely restricted marriage laws.

The proprietor, with a heavy Scottish brogue performed a mock wedding for the not-so-young Scott and Melanie Futrell.

The marriage vows had the entire group laughing out loud.




We crossed into northern Wales and experienced a pleasant country scene, with grazing sheep and stone walls.  The walls are the result of clearing the fields of rocks over many years to create good pasture.


We stopped in the town of Caernarfon, located on the shores of the Irish Sea and visited it's castle, built in 1283


Wandering in town, we came across a butcher shop, showing it's meats in the front window.