I've posted before about the fabulous time we had at my sister's wedding at Duns Castle in Scotland. Today I thought I would share a little information about the area around the location of the rehearsal dinner, The Craw Inn in Auchencrow. We'll call today's edition, If This is Tuesday, it must be England (and Scotland)!
The Craw Inn is a lovely pub and restaurant with a private dining room in the back which was perfect for our party of revelers. The food was delicious and I highly recommend it. I was intrigued by this line on their webpage, "..The extensive, frequently changing menu includes fresh local fish and shellfish landed at Eyemouth and St. Abbs...", and decided to look up these two places.
Eyemouth is a fishing port at the mouth of a river called the Eye Water. It looks delightful and the town's website, Visit Eyemouth, is full of tips on where to stay, where to shop and what to see and do. Here's a little photo to tempt you, if you haven't already clicked on the link!
Eyemouth, home of the Herring Queen Festival
I moved to St. Abbs, a small fishing village northwest of Eyemouth which turns out to be a well-known scuba diving area. St Abbs has much less to do and see than Eyemouth, but it looks like a peaceful getaway spot with several accommodation choices - bed and breakfast, guest house or holiday home. The St. Abbs Community Website will tell you all you need to know.
You know how it is on the internet these days - one link leads to another and I was thrilled to find this little gem, the Borderloop Cycle Route (click on the Borderloop PDF). Now I am not a cyclist by any means, but I really think I would train to take a trip along this route. Cycling an average of 35 miles per day, you will run the gamut of scenery on this route. Whoever put this together has provided everything you need to know - where to rent bikes, where to break your trek for a meal, what to see on the way, and where to collapse into bed at night. I'm not sure what the 1, 4 and T symbols mean on the map legend - if any of my British readers can help, please let me know. I'm off to do a little more research on that. All the roads marked appear to be A and B roads so I'm thinking that you could also drive this route, although cycling would give you the best views (as long as the weather cooperates!). I sent the link to my sister and brother-in-law, thinking that this would be a lovely way to show their two boys the area around where they got married when they are a little older and can manage the cycling.
I hope you enjoyed this little trek through the Scottish Borders region. I'm off to hop on the treadmill - if I'm going to be cycling 35 miles per day (one day!), I'd better get in shape!