At the weekend, on the way to Ancrum where we stayed for two nights in the campervan, we visited Smailholm Tower, which is maintained by Historic Scotland. Situated close to nothing very much, on its rocky outcrop in the Scottish Borders and in the late April showers/hailstorm weather, it was dramatic.
Inside the Tower is a good display, mostly relating to Sir Walter Scott, who went to the same school that I attended somewhat later.
At the top of the tower, which interestingly has a turf roof, you can go outside and see the views of the Borderlands. Unfortunatley when I did so, cauld winter was howlin‘ and you can see the hail in the photo below. I didn’t linger.
After that, and once we’d pitched the campervan, we walked from the campsite over to Ancrum Moor, where there was a battle in 1545.
This was once a very busy and important Roman road, 7 metres wide to allow traffic to pass on both sides, from York to Edinburgh, though you would not realise it, today.
Thankfully, Lindsey had remembered to bring Wolfie, so that night no one got cold.