Thursday was a sunny, warmish day. So why not hop a bus to Peebles, a great walking hub in the Borders region of Scotland? The town motto is “CONTRA NANDO INCREMENTUM” or “increase by swimming against the current.”
Our motto is, “Don’t start a walk without some cake.” In Latin, that is of course: “Non satus vestri absque crustulam ambula.”
We began walking along the River Tweed, and we quickly moved past ruined castles and newly-born lambs.
The trail crosses the river and gains altitude, to afford some views, proximity to pheasants and rooks, and a place to picnic.
Eventually we veered off our route to walk a little of the John Buchan Way, named for the native son and author of THE 39 STEPS. We plan to return in a few weeks to walk the 13-mile path between Peebles and Broughton.
Got possibly, maybe, slightly lost, but we blame it on the weird skinhead types who were standing near a stile. Eventually looped back to Peebles, and visited with the nice gent at the John Buchan Story (a museum on the High Street).
And a reward. I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I like to be sitting in a comfy chair in the lobby of the Tontine Hotel in front of an artwork fashioned out of “felted merino” (locally sourced, presumably).