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Weekends Spent in Berwick and Braemar

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A September 2009 trip to United Kingdom by Drever

Fife Arms Hotel in Braemar Photo, Braemar, Scotland More Photos
Quote: This journal covers separate weekends spent in Berwick on Tweed in England and Braemar in the Scottish Highlands

Scottish Seabird Centre (The)

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Attraction | "The Scottish Seabird Centre"

Scottish Seabird Centre (The)  Photo, North Berwick, Scotland
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We stopped off at the Scottish Seabird Centre at North Berwick on our way to Berwick on Tweed. It’s a place to relax, to see some of the best wildlife available and to learn about seabirds and living treasures of the ocean. Visitors can reach the centre by bus, car or train from Edinburgh, which is about thirty minutes away. The Centre is a five-star award-winning wildlife visitor attraction.The Centre meets the visitor with a divided prow form, of modern conception but feeling timeless. It is built using timber boarding and rubble walls located on a site that has a panoramic view of the restless North Sea washing-up on a collection of rocky and sandy beaches on North Berwick’s seafront. T...Read More

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Scottish Seabird Centre (The)
The Harbour
North Berwick
+44 (0)1620 890 202

Berwick on Tweed

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Attraction | "The Historic Town of Berwick on Tweed"

Berwick on Tweed Photo, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland
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The visitor to Berwick may believing it to be a Scottish town, as it stands on the northern bank of the River Tweed, a Scottish river. The local football team even plays in the Scottish Football League. Berwick however began as an English settlement. It provided a jumping off point for invasions by the English into Scotland but an eastern port and gateway into England if held by the Scots. Therefore the town changed hands many times. In 1018 the Scots took control of Berwick. Under their rule Berwick was one of the most prosperous merchant towns in Britain and was worth to Scotland an annual customs value of £2,190, which equalled about one quarter of the customs of all England....Read More

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Lindisfarne

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Attraction | "The Holy Isle of Lindisfarne"

Lindisfarne Photo, Lindisfarne, United Kingdom
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Lindisfarne a tidal island off the northeast coast of England with a population of fewer than 200 looms large in History. Here St. Aidan founded the monastery of Lindisfarne around 635 AD. He arrived from Iona, off the west coast of Scotland, to Northumbria at the request of King Oswald. Back then Northumbria, now a part of England, was itself a kingdom.Being in the area the chance to visit was to good to miss so we consulted the tide tables to find out when we could drive across. The wind was blowing almost at gale force as we crossed giving a first-hand introduction to the discomforts of living on the island. To one side of the causeway a line of poles still surrounded by water marked th...Read More

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Braemar

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Attraction | "A Wet Weekend in Braemar"

Fife Arms Hotel in Braemar Photo, Braemar, Scotland
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We spent a wet weekend in Braemar with a walking group. Perhaps the wet weather wasn’t surprising for Braemar sits at 1100 feet above sea level at the interaction of three passes where the Clunie Water joins the upper River Dee. Signs as you enter boast that it’s an award-winning tourist village and that is an apt description for it has no other industry. It’s known for its Highland Games, the annual Braemar Gathering, on the first Saturday of September. These Games claim descent from gatherings organised by the 11th century Scottish king Malcolm Canmore to help him recruit the strongest and fittest clansmen for his army. Since Queen Victoria first attended in 1848 successive generations of royals hav...Read More

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Bamburgh Castle

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Bamburgh Castle Photo, Northumberland, England
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The almost impregnable stronghold of Bamburgh Castle, ancient seat of the kings of Northumbrian sits proudly and imposing on top of an outcrop of a Great Whin Sill, an igneous intrusion 300 million years old. To the mariner it is the most prominent landmark on the North-East Coast of England. Seeing it on an excursion from Berwick on Tweed I just had to investigate.Excavations carried out on the site led archaeologists to believe there were settlements here before the 6th century. Before Anglo-Saxon times it was a tribal stronghold. In AD 603 King Aethelfrith seized control of the neighbouring Kingdom of Deira thereby created Northumbria. This mighty kingdom covered almost a third of the ...Read More

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Bamburgh Castle

Northumberland NE69 7DF
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