Day 11 Stirling

This page is labeled, Day 11 Stirling, but we arrived here this evening so we haven’t seen much of Stirling.  This was mostly a driving day.

We left Askrigg around 11:00.  No matter how we try, we can’t seem to get moving any sooner than that.  For one thing, when you stay at a bed and breakfast, the hosts are very chatty, and the other guests are, too.  It’s a slower pace, more relaxed, and you would be rude to jump up from the table and rush out the door.  That’s my excuse for lateness, and I’m sticking to it….

We had a gorgeous day for traveling.  We even wore our sunglasses!  There was not a bad view all day.  Some of the terrain looked a lot like the foothills in Colorado.

A view of the countryside as we drive past. Somewhere between Askrigg and Hadrian's wall.

We couldn't tell if this was a train bridge or a canal bridge. Probably train.

We were both surprised that this waterfall was out in wilderness all by itself. No parking or entrance fees, no gift shops. Just a natural waterfall, seemingly untouched.

This was a one lane road over a mountain top through a field of sheep. Interesting drive....

Other than photo ops, our first real stop was Hadrian’s Wall, which was built in the first century to keep out the Barbarians.  (Not sure WHICH Barbarians).  It was originally 73 miles long and about 15 feet high.  Now much of it has come down, and many of the stones can be seen “recycled” in homes and churches along the Wall’s path.

Our first glimpse of the wall.

The portion we walked was in the Gilsland area between the River Irthing and the Birdoswald Roman Fort.  We walked about 2/3 of a mile each way.

Brian walking along the wall.

Brian waiting for me to make it down the steps. I think he counted 88 when we went back up.

The River Irthing. During Roman times, the wall had a bridge that went over the river. Now, not only is the bridge gone, but the river's course has changed.

Remains of the Willowford bridge.

Us - standing by the River Irthing.

We crossed over into Scotland around 4:00 local time.  The scenery didn’t change too much from Northern England, except that the stone walls because hedges again, then wooden fences.  It still looked like the Colorado foothills except for the sheep.

Scotland, just across the border.

Those little white dots are sheep on the hills.

Wind turbine.

The good side of our hotel.

Bad side of the hotel. Can't all be perfect! It's very nice inside, though. And pricey...two salads, two wines, some garlic bread and shared dessert=40 pounds. It's more in dollars, can't calculate in my head.

That’s all for tonight.



7 Responses to Day 11 Stirling

  1. Karen Walker says:

    Sounds like a lovely day. We hope your birthday in the castle is enchanting. Happy Birthday tomorrow.

  2. Julie Walker Titze says:

    I am enjoying your blog Liz. I can’t hardly wait to make the trip myself. Maybe next year.
    I know you are doing this just as much for yourself as a travel log/journal, but I really appreciate being able to enjoy some of your trip with you through your pictures and comments.

    Thank you.

  3. Jim Walker says:

    The barbarians you mentioned may have been some of our distant ancestors. Have you tried the humus yet? Do the restaurants offer pasty, which was one of the McNett special dishes? How about bread pudding?

  4. Julie Walker Titze says:

    Ha,ha,ha….LOL, I am sure some of our ancient ancestors were those barbarians, especially from the McNett side of the family, and possibly Purves too. Purves ancestors originated from the very northern part of England/southern Scotland. And the Purves ancestor married a Fraser, who was definitely from Scotland.They emigrated originally to Ontario, Canada, and the offspring landed in Michigan, and Beloit That would be great grandpa Purves’s father. I have a portrait of his parents hanging in my kitchen. Pasty is a common dish in Ontario, Canada, and around Winnepeg, Manitoba, you can get it at most any diner in those areas, along with french fries with gravy, not ketchup.

  5. Julie Walker Titze says:

    By the way I do have Grandma Walker’s original recipe for pasty, in her own handwriting if you are interested. I have made it a few times. Much like recipe’s you might find for Irish Hand Pies, as they are called too.

  6. Kathy says:

    Hey you guys, enjoy the 11:00 stuff while you can. That will end in a few days!!!
    I am also enjoying the blog and your road trip. I will be anxious to see all of the photos when you get back home. There’s just so much to see and do.
    Enjoy your time in Scotland.

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