We left Edinburgh on Sunday, and began the seven hour drive home. About thirty minutes into the trip, we were driving along the Scotish coast and found a little spot where we could pull over to enjoy the view. We stopped, hopped a stone wall and walked as close as we could to the beach.
After another forty-five minutes of driving, we made our second stop at Lindensfarne Castle – a castle on Holy Island right on the coastline and on top of a hill. The Castle was built in the 1500s to protect the area from the Scots, who frequently raided the area. It was originally built for military purposes, but in the early 1900s it was purchased and redesigned by a wealthy businessman who used the castle as a second home.
Today, the castle is restored and furnished to be an accurate representation of the castle in its summer home version. So, if you have ever wondered what it might be like to live in a castle (who hasn’t??) I’ll fill you in. It didn’t look so great. Turns out, castles typically aren’t created with comfort and luxury in mind. Even after the redesign, the military history of the castle was evident as I roamed the halls.
After a couple hours at Lindensfarne, we hopped back in the car and finished up the rest of our drive home to Northampton.