Scotland – crossing the border
Tags: 'Welcome to Scotland', Berwick-on-Tweed, Elizabethan era, Ellingham Hall, England, English flag, Failte gu Alba, flagpoles, fortifications, large sign, layby, Scotland, Scots Gaelic, Scottish border, tea-bar
I am very aware of the Scottish part of my heritage. After all, my name means ‘man from the headland’ in Scots Gaelic! It was very tempting, therefore, to make a short trip north from Ellingham Hall (the venue for Paul and Marianne’s wedding), through Berwick-on-Tweed, and into Scotland.
Berwick is a strange place, having changed hands between Scotland and England no less than 13 times! The Elizabethan era fortifications are quite something. Here we are at the border; the Scottish side – on the road to Edinburgh – is marked by a neat stone, flagpoles and a large sign, saying ‘Fàilte gu Alba’ (Welcome to Scotland) in Scots Gaelic, located in a layby. By contrast, the English side has a rather scruffy tea-bar, parked in the corresponding layby, with one small English flag, and a nondescript sign saying ‘England’.