… Or maybe the PAs were just making that last bit up.
You can see the sheep dotted about below Adrian, our guide. Many farmers live and work here in the hills. Sheep are gathered and clipped around this time of year.
A kissing gate, as Adrian explains, prevents sheep getting past; you would turn to kiss your partner after you pass through.
We made it to the summit of Allermuir! Well done everyone!
Wildflowers run riot here in the summer months.
A band of hardy souls even soldiered up Arthur’s Seat at 3am on the last morning, in hope of seeing the sunrise over the city…
PKP held a ceilidh on our last night in Edinburgh! A ceilidh is a traditional Gaelic social gathering with folk music and dancing. The sheer energy of it is very good at making you instantly forget that you’ve in fact spent all day walking around the city and trekking over mountains. There are a huge number of different dances. For example, in Strip the Willow, everyone gets into long lines down the room, and each person goes down the line dancing for a few bars with the next person of the opposite sex in line. Or, as often happens, anyone within reach, really.
The live folk band throws out a reel.
“We started out with a line of four and ended up with a line of ten. I don’t know where the other people came from.”
The fun of ceilidh-dancing comes from not knowing the steps, messing up and figuring it out together.
Everyone on the programme joins in, even the PAs!
We kind of kept taking “Polka” as an opportunity to freestyle.
One of our students from Colorado compares it to the square dancing in her home city. Ceilidhs are similarly lively events but involve a wide range of traditional dances.
So, that’s it, then. We bid a tearful goodbye to Scotland and packed ourselves back into the coaches. On the way back we checked out Richmond, a market town in the Yorkshire Dales:
The cobbled marketplace in the centre of Richmond is reputed to be one of the largest in England, surrounded by Georgian houses.
A Californian student in front of the Church of the Holy Trinity. If you know a Richmond in your country, it will have taken its name from this one, founded by the Normans in 1071. We visited the Norman castle, its most famous attraction.