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Day 2

We cross the border

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After an excellent breakfast at The Kestrel, we went off the main roads to detour through the Niddersdale AONB. It truly is a beautiful area of the Yorkshire Dales, although like many pretty country areas there are few places to pull over to take photos. You will just have to take my word for it that it is an area worth visiting.

We finally reached the Scottish border, shrouded in mist - what a welcome!

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I spend a fair amount of time looking into our family histories and in the process I found that a distant relative of Judith's (1st cousin 6x removed!) had been Sheriff in Jedburgh. Not only this but he had also hosted Sir Walter Scott and escorted him around the Borders collecting songs, poems, folk tales and other ephemera which would otherwise have been lost. Naturally, we had to make a slight detour to Jedburgh.

We found this an attractive and friendly town although currently marred by various building works which should see town bright and perky by summer. As we started walking from the FREE car park along towards the High Street, I spotted a plaque commemorating the fact that Rabbie Burns had been to the town.

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We walked down the High Street and there, at the end was Bank House, the former home of Judith's relative, Robert Shortreed. Outside Bank House is a large lump of stone known as the Loupin on Stane and, apparently, Sir Walter Scott would step up onto this in order to mount his horse.

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We enjoyed lunch at The Carter's Rest and then visited Jedburgh Abbey. Robert Shortreed was buried in the abbey grounds and his gravestone is still there. However, the abbey ruins currently are not safe so we could only walk around the outside and look at some of the ruins which were at ground level. It is probably worth mentioning that the abbey is in ruins due, at least in part, to raids by English Border Reivers. Equally, Scottish Border Reivers wrought havoc in England - not a lot changes! We first heard of the Reivers when we holidayed in Northumberland and I find that part of our history fascinating, if rather violent.

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So far so good. This pleasurable interlude could not last of course. Four days before we left, the owner of the flat we were due to stay in let us know that, due to road works we would not be able to use the secure parking, this being one the main reasons for the booking. She assured us that we would be able to double park to unload and then park in the streets nearby. Hard as we tried, we could not get to the double parking area from the direction that she had suggested but had to wend our way through Edinburgh streets to eventually get near the flat from the other side. Double parking was totally impractical and there was nowhere anywhere near where we could leave the car, even if we had been able to unload. We drove around for a while and eventually, quite a long way away, we found a temporary parking where we could try to sort things out. I managed to contact the owner and said we would have to make other arrangements and started discussions on refunds. The owner has offered a partial refund but since the road works have been in place at least since January, I feel that she accepted our booking under false pretences - not impressed. By the way, we had made the booking through TripAdvisor and the entire process has been such a pain that I cannot recommend anyone to use them, or their subsidiary Holiday Lettings. Judith meanwhile was looking for other accommodation and luckily was able to find a flat albeit further out of the city and a bit more expensive. Beggars can't be choosers, so we opted for that. As it happens this is a lovely flat and is close to the Firth of Forth on the north side and just across the water to the south is the Royal Yacht Britannia. So endeth an eventful and tiring day.

Posted by SteveJD 20:30 Archived in Scotland Tagged scotland edinburgh jedburgh

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