Our day started with a tour of Melrose and its beautiful abbey followed by a lovely lunch in Marmions Brasserie. After lunch we did a mini Sir Walter Scott tour, visiting Smailholm Tower, Scott’s View and Dryburgh Abbey followed by a delicious afternoon tea at the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel.
We left a wet miserable Scottish Borders for an evening at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; in contrast it was a glorious sunny and warm evening in Edinburgh. We had a lovely dinner on the Grassmarket where we could watch street artists performing plus ‘people watching’. There is always an amazing atmosphere during the Fringe, however the beautiful evening certainly brought out the crowds as the streets and bars were very busy.
The highlight of our evening was the performance of Soddin’ Flodden by Selkirk based IDEOMS Theatre Group. The play was a history lesson, wit and laughter all rolled in one; a thoroughly entertaining and funny show. Next year IDEOMS will tour Soddin’ Flodden throughout the Scottish Borders as part of the Flodden 500 commemorations. If you get the opportunity, then Soddin’ Flodden a ‘must see’.
Afterward we wandered around the Grassmarket and High Street to watch more street entertainment and browse craft stalls before returning to Melrose.
Our visitors’ comments:
Had a smashing day out, tour of Borders, afternoon tea at Dryburgh Abbey Hotel then Soddin Flodden, an excellent show, laughed from start to finish! – Shirley McClymont 18/08/2012
Recommend Borders Journeys for your day out. Ian made us feel so welcome. Fantastic day to Edinburgh Festival to Soddin Flodden. Entertaining from start to finish. Well done to all. Music, fun and a history lesson rolled into one. – Joanne Inglis 18/08/2012
Thanks Ian for a wonderful day. Loved your tour of the Borders, the afternoon tea and our trip to the Edinburgh Festival. Will be in touch soon to organize our next trip. Thanks again. – Allison Graham 18/08/2012
Joyce, Allison, Joanne & Shirley at the Grassmarket
IDEOMS Theatre Group – Hilary Bell, John Nichol & Lucy Cowan
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