|Sitting gazing out of the 'think-pod' in an|
MSP's office in the Scottish Parliament.
So, I finally managed to get out beyond Glasgow for the first time since I came back to Scotland. My parents were going to visit family in Livingston, so I accompanied them out as far as Edinburgh, with a quick visit to the Scottish Parliament thrown in (great free tours - you probably need to book in advance, we were extremely lucky and got in on some cancelled spaces), before heading on down the new Borders Railway to visit Tweedbank and Galashiels - a whole corner of the country I've basically never seen before!
|Class 158s sitting at Tweedbank station.|
|There's not much in Tweedbank...|
|Only photo I got before I decided to get |
over the bridge as quickly as possible...
|The border reiver and Galashiels Library - |
let's go pillage some books from England?
|The Interchange, from the railway platform|
Heading through to the other side of the town centre, you eventually come back to the train line, sitting in a very confined space between a main road and a small cliff. They've built a very attractive and modern-looking bus station directly outside the station, but there's no apparent space for parking or anything, which again seems to bring up why they bothered to extend the line on to Tweedbank instead of ending it here. Buses can connect you to most of the Borders from here - most interestingly I spotted an open-topped single decker sitting here that apparently offers tours of the Borders, something I might need to go back for another trip to try out, because who doesn't love an open-topped bus?
|Class 158 at Galashiels, heading to |
Tweedbank where it will reverse back
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Let me know if you find little travelogue pieces like this interesting (or not...) as I'm aiming to get out and visit some new part of Scotland on at least a monthly basis or so going forward. If these get popular, I might spin them out into a separate blog, but for the time being they'll just be going up here.