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September 8, 2018 — Side trip to Scotland

On our drive from Lindisfarne to the Lake District we decided to visit Jedburgh Abbey in Scotland. Great idea . . .

Tide is out - Time to leave Lindisfarne Island

Tide is out - Time to leave Lindisfarne Island

Slept late since breakfast wasn’t served until 8:45. At the appointed time, we went in for breakfast, finished packing and checked out. Tide was out so we crossed the causeway . . . still pretty wet . . . and reached the mainland. We’ve decided next time we want to spend two days on Lindisfarne.

Swans swimming at low tide beside the Lindisfarne Causeway

Swans swimming at low tide beside the Lindisfarne Causeway

The Scottish Borders sign at Coldstream as you cross the River Tweed

The Scottish Borders sign at Coldstream as you cross the River Tweed

Manor House in the Scottish Borders

Manor House in the Scottish Borders

Church of Scotland Jedburgh Old and Trinity Parish Church

Church of Scotland Jedburgh Old and Trinity Parish Church

We decided to cut through Scotland and stop at Jedburgh for lunch and visit the abbey there. Beautiful drive and free parking just before the Jedburgh Abbey. As English Heritage members, we got in for half price and were immediately found by a terrific docent who gave us all kinds of information. As we walked through the abbey, she found us again before she left for lunch.

We walked across the street to The Carters Rest for lunch where I had a ham baguette with broccoli soup and Ed had a brie and cranberry panini. We quickly remembered why we love Scotland.
Click here for the Jedburgh Abbey web site

Jedburgh Abbey from the parking lot - quite impressive

Jedburgh Abbey from the parking lot - quite impressive

Jedburgh Abbey in Scotland

Jedburgh Abbey in Scotland

Jedburgh Abbey in Scotland

Jedburgh Abbey in Scotland

Jedburgh Abbey in Scotland

Jedburgh Abbey in Scotland

Tomb at Jedburgh Abbey in Scotland

Tomb at Jedburgh Abbey in Scotland

Jedburgh Abbey in Scotland

Jedburgh Abbey in Scotland

Cloister garden at Jedburgh Abbey in Scotland

Cloister garden at Jedburgh Abbey in Scotland

Cloister garden at Jedburgh Abbey in Scotland

Cloister garden at Jedburgh Abbey in Scotland

The Stones Museum at the back of Jedburgh Abbey

The Stones Museum at the back of Jedburgh Abbey

The Carters Rest, a cosy restaurant across from Jedburgh Abbey

The Carters Rest, a cosy restaurant across from Jedburgh Abbey

Driving from Jedburgh, Scotland to Dalton-in-Furness, England

Driving from Jedburgh, Scotland to Dalton-in-Furness, England


Programmed our GPS back to England and to Nell’s Cottage that we’ve rented for the coming week. Drove in and out of rain and traffic through gorgeous countryside. Part of the drive was through the southern part of Dumfries and Galloway, a very favorite part of Scotland that we'd enjoyed before. We crossed into England again and got on the M6 so started to make better time. As four o’clock approached, I called our host to tell him where we were and that we’d try to arrive by five o’clock. We almost made it . . . 5:05 PM.

Driving from Jedburgh, Scotland to Dalton-in-Furness, England

Driving from Jedburgh, Scotland to Dalton-in-Furness, England

Nell's Cottage where we stayed near Dalton-in-Furness

Nell's Cottage where we stayed near Dalton-in-Furness


The cottage is lovely and the view spectacular. We drove into Dalton-in-Furness to the Coop for groceries then over to Hartley’s for dinner. Oops, they were full. They suggested The Steakhouse so we trudged up the hill to discover there was a wedding and they weren’t serving the public. They suggested The Brown Cow and fortunately it was open and had a table for us. We both got the breast of duck and it was adequate but not outstanding.

Walked back to the car and drove to the church to check Mass time tomorrow. That done, we headed home in the rain and dark. We managed to find it and are safely in for the night.

Good day.

Upstairs at The Brown Cow Inn Restaurant in Dalton-in-Furness

Upstairs at The Brown Cow Inn Restaurant in Dalton-in-Furness


Posted by Beausoleil 14:10 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged scotland abbeys uk cottages lindisfarne dalton-in-furness jedburgh_abbey

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Lovely to see Jedburgh. Although I am Scottish, I've only been to the Scottish borders region once. Glad you enjoyed your visit here.

by irenevt

I've never had the chance to visit Jedburgh Abbey - it looks lovely! But yes, you need to spend more time on Lindisfarne next time, and see the wilder north shore, the castle and area around it (the lime kilns are fascinating), and the fishing boats upturned to serve as sheds :)

by ToonSarah

Thank you Irene. The Scots welcomed my maternal ancestors when they fled France during the Reformation, and my paternal ancestors were Grahams of Scotland; hence my love of the lowlands.

by Beausoleil

Thank you Sarah. We actually have visited the castle and north shore on Lindisfarne, but several years ago when we were touring Scotland and made a brief foray into northern England. The upside-down fishing boats fascinated me. Seems like a great idea. There is just something magic about Lindisfarne that pulls you back. I was really glad I'd bought a new raincoat for our two trips to England though. ;)

by Beausoleil

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