Leaving Edinburgh we follow the A1 around the east coast. of Scotland to the rugged cliffs and rock stacks of St Abbs Head. Here we enjoyed a spectacular walk! Continuing south it is not long before we are back in England visiting castles, priories and Roman ruins. Highlights of this part of the trip was seeing puffins at Dunstanburgh Castle, Lindisfarne Castle and priory ruins on the lovely Holy Island and visiting the sights at Tynemouth near Newcastle. We caught our ferry from here across to the Netherlands.
We took the overnight car ferry to the Netherlands and stayed with friends at Purmerend just outside Amsterdam.. Thanks so much for your hospitality. We saw lots of windmills, canals, lakes, brilliant museums, interesting architecture and did I mention the cheese?!! It was apparently a heat wave at 35 degrees so we had a swim at Callantsooq Beach, something we didn't expect to do in the Netherlands!. Travelling for more than 30 km beside or along the North Holland Dykes was impressive. We crossed Friesland then into Germany and visited Oldenburg and Jork.
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We start this section just south of Cairngorms National Park. After a walk around the Perthshire village of Dunkeld, and a visit to its majestic Cathedral, we headed north again, back through the picturesque Cairngorms National Park before winding our way back south again to the Kingdom of Fife (more about that later!). Braemar Castle, The Royal Lochnager Distillery, Crathes Castle, St Athernase Medieval Church and Scotland's Secret Bunker were all highlights of this section of the trip. Historic St Andrews is a must-see even if you are not interested in golf. We spent our last night in Fife at the beautiful Kellie Castle and gardens..
The Fife Coastal Route takes us around the Firth of Forth and along this historic coastline towards Edinburgh, Scotland's capital. Highlights of this section of the trip were the Falkland Palace, Dunfermline Abbey, the Falkirk Wheel and Rosslyn Chapel. There was a lot to see in Edinburgh as we walked the Royal Mile and beyond. They were just setting up for the Military Tattoo in the grounds of Edinburgh Castle when we were there.