We were so taken with our walk last week in the Scottish Borders that we decided to go back to the same area the next weekend.
For a (cultural) change, we started with a visit to Robert Smail’s Printworks, which was really fascinating. It’s a National Trust Scotland property, and is set up brilliantly to show you how it worked way back when in an entertaining way.
Then it was off for our weekend hike in Cardrona Forest. This time, we were plagued by flies instead of blessed by heather. But it was still lovely when we got a peak through the swarms. (I may be slightly exaggerating.)
The walk includes quite a lot of slopes, but you’re rewarded with some lovely views of the Tweed Valley. You can also spot the ruins of the 16th Cardrona Tower, a remnant of an era of cross-border raids – and the need for secure place to run back to!
Now we get to the real reason we decided to come back down to the area: a return visit to Caldwell’s ice cream parlour! (Key lime was replaced by lemon meringue ice cream with similar stunning results.) And because we couldn’t go two weekends without a brew, Si also found a brilliant café, No 1 Peebles Road, where we started our day with an incredibly tasty brunch and a hazelnut-oat milk latte. It was definitely all worth the bugs in the end!
We’re continuing to work our way through Pocket Mountain’s The Scottish Borders: 40 favourite walks, so found this 7 km walk there. But if you park in the Kirkburn Forestry Commission car park (there is a parking charge), there’s also a board there with a good map of the walks in the area. For more on Robert Smail’s Printworks, see the NTS website.
And as a throwback to last week’s walk, our drive back to Edinburgh included some lovely HEATHER – yahoo! I can’t get enough of its infinite purpleness!