A Scottish Summer Week

We knew we were doing well for the weather in this walk having the driest spring on record in England. At that time Scotland were having
one of their wettest springs – and the rain has come to meet us!
Fortunately we have not had a day of continuous rain – but have had
to watch the sky and be on and off with the cagoules this week. Last
Saturday, there was a torrential thunderstorm over the Lothians.
Edinburgh station was apparently flooded so trains had to stop. We
saw it coming and managed to make it to shelter in time. The rain has
a shrinking effect on the balloons we have tied to our rucksacks and
so we are a little (but just a little) less obvious.

On our day walking across Scotland’s capital we scaled Arthur’s Seat
(trig point) which is the plug of an ancient volcano. The views from
the top are great – all the famous landmarks of Edinburgh can be
picked out and we could look back along the coast of East Lothian
tracing where we had walked the previous few days.

The view from the top

Wednesday saw a rest day unfortunately. I had strained some part of
my foot and so had to rest up – but this enabled Radio Scotland to make
arrangements with us for a reporter Anna to walk through Edinburgh with us and do an interview while we walked and took in the sights and sounds of the city.

Edinburgh castle

We have met several people over lunch/coffee/cakes this weeks partly
related to John’s tales and partly social whilst we were walking and
so several ‘hellos’ to Gordon, Anne and John, Emma and Dave met in
North Berwick;

Bass Rock

Alistair and Cliff who bought us refreshment at the
Seabird Centre in North Berwick as we gazed at the Bass Rock; Laura
and her party to the west of North Berwick, Joan and Pat at Aberlady
Bay, Gordon and the congregation at Aberlady church (very interesting
to look round that church), Bill and his dog Ben (and the flowerpot
in the car) at Longniddry beach, Eddie, Cath and Laura at the
excellent Harbour Cafe in Port Seton which revived us enough so that
we could view the mural trail in Prestonpans (where they used to get
salt from the sea hence the name).

Decorated pub side

Hi to Martin and Marvin the cyclists and Jean all on the Promenade at Portobello (the seaside of
Edinburgh) and Jackie, Jim and Emma and the congregation at St Ninian’s Linlithgow. Hi again MHEE, we met him on the Flamborough walk – what a co-incidence to meet up again in Edinburgh, to Sylvia and Bruce by the Water of Leith, cyclist Ann (hope you have recovered from your fall), to Robina met at Dalmeny station and to Jean also at Dalmeny station, Hi to reporter Anna from Radio Scotland and
special mention of the excellent care and attention given by the very
good staff at Bomain’s guest House at Linlithgow.

We are now nearly three quarters of the way to John o’Groats as you can see from the photo by the Forth Bridge.

The Forth Bridge

Week 16 Statistics

Scrabble:  Nancy 2  John 3

Trig Points  1

Kissing Gates 2

En route donations  £64.20

Mileage 51 miles

Haggis, Tatties, and Neeps  in whisky sauce

Scotch pancakes 2

All butter Scottish Shortbread 200 g


4 thoughts on “A Scottish Summer Week”

  1. Was nice to meet you. Hope you get more of the dry weather on your journey. Turns out I’ve broken my elbow but it’s not too bad really.
    All the best

    1. Really sorry about your elbow. We hope it gets better quickly. It was very encouraging for us that you turned back to speak to us – and especiallyso now we know you had hurt yourself more than we thought at the time.

      1. Nancy and John

        Missing making your scrambled eggs and smoked salmon in the morning for you keep going and please keep in touch with your progress with me.

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