A coastal adventure

By Craig McIntyre,

Travelling is the most valuable way of learning about different cultures and an amazing source of inspiration. Every journey brings fresh ideas to the designer’s mind.

Being from abroad, I always seek opportunities to see more, experience more and get to know the United Kingdom better – the beautiful and diverse country I am lucky to live in.

In mid-July I went for a weekend walking trip along the costal part of Scottish Borders: from Cockburnspath to Berwick-upon-Tweed. It was a great adventure, with over 50km of stunning views and wild landscape.

We started our walk in the pouring rain – one of the charms of Scottish weather! – and got completely soaked before we reached the first stop, the mysterious ruins of St Helen’s Church. Continuing south, we couldn’t miss the famous rock formation of Hutton’s Unconformity, such an important place in British heritage and which lead to one of the most important discoveries in the history of geological science. But the best was still ahead of us. In the early afternoon we got to our lunch destination, Fast Castle, where a hidden and challenging path – easy to miss – leads to unforgettable views at the cliff’s edge. It was definitely the most impressive place we have seen so far.

The whole trip was a great adventure, filled with picturesque and wild landscapes and lovely harbour villages with abundant history, like St Abb’s and Eyemouth, where we stayed overnight. On day two – in the sunshine – we were surrounded by every sort of seabird, had the chance to observe seals peacefully resting on the rocks and even managed to spot some colourful fish in the clear water of the North Sea.

It was a challenging trip, one which opened my senses and mind even more to the places I will am still to have the chance to discover. Scotland – I am looking forward to seeing you again!