In our previous outing of the series, Scottish Ramble #5, daughter Alyssa visited the “Golden Fringe” along Scotland’s eastern coast. More recently she’s traveled to the southeast out of Glasgow and sent some photos from “Edinburgh and Beyond.” Her route took in the River Tweed and then the ancient settlement of Melrose. Ah, the Tweed! Ye anglers might’ve heard of it– Atlantic salmon, brown trout, grayling. The Tweed produces more fly-caught salmon than any other river in Great Britain. Alyssa, sign me up for a beat, would you? If the river accommodates me, maybe I’ll start playing the Lottery and find a way to pay for it!
River Tweed. One hundred miles of world-class Atlantic salmon water. Here, a view enjoyed by the romantic novelist Sir Walter Scott, of Edinburgh.
Scott’s view, a second perspective. Near River Tweed.
Looking up at the renowned Melrose Abbey. Melrose is an ancient settlement along the lower Tweed.
Gargoyle. Melrose Abbey. Not sure, exactly, what it represents.
Bridge constructed in the early 1600s on the Tweed. Architects knew what they were doing here. Note the smaller spans to accommodate crossing during floods.
Approach to a ruined castle. Alyssa enjoyed exploring this, and thought it would be cool to live in the newer accommodations here.
Again, not sure exactly what this item in Edinburgh’s National Museum represents, but I’m thankful that our trout streams don’t have a heavy hatch of it. [This Midsummer Chronophage is a time-piece, an incredible blend of art and science. Check out Alyssa's link to the piece in the Nat'l Museum. See comments...]
Edinburgh, the cosmopolitan capital of Scotland, with the sun gone down.