08.04.2015 - 13.05.2015
This blog doesn't include what we have done in Islay as we've already covered that in a previous blog. This time, we are simply going to put up a few pictures of the places we visited with a caption. All in all, it was a bit of a race around Scotland and England but we did manage to see a lot and most importantly catch up with great friends.
A day out of Chelmsford to visit Ely. The sun was shining and we enjoyed a cup of tea and a very odd coffee in the Ely tearooms.
Our next stop was Stamford and then onto Chatsworth House. I think we both look as if we own the joint!
Eyam was the next stop and it was our first experience in a youth hostel. Naturally, it was swarming with school children but we did have the kitchens to ourselves and the bathrooms.
The next day we shot through York and headed onto Middlesborough to spend the night with Paula and her lovely daughter Ruby. Some of you may remember the Facebook pic of Tilly the dog cuddling up to Scott. She was gorgeous.
The sun was shinning when we drove over the border and it didn't stop for about 10 days.
Driving around Argyll and Bute, we stopped off at several Celtic and Iron Age sites. Mostly we saw burial cairns, prehistoric rock circles and standing stones.
The scenery on and around the Isle of Skye was simply spectacular albeit very chilly!
It was great visiting Eileen Donan Castle, as well as exploring the ancient sites around Glenelg. Travelling on the mini ferry was a thrill, too.
One of the highlights of our trip was our visit to Culloden. I'd visited about 15 years ago but it is a whole new interactive experience now and well worth the eleven pound entry fee.
Just a few miles from Culloden and south of Elgin, lies the minuscule settlement of Birnie where my great, great grandmother came from. In 1866, she upped sticks and headed to NZ. It was really neat to see the family church which is the oldest standing and still in use church in Britain. Also, we found the farm and the old school house - now a pub.
It was so cold in Edinburgh but we walked around for a couple of hours and stopped off in a whiskey bar. The most shocking thing of the day was spending seventeen pounds on just four hours of parking.
We decided to spend a night in York so that we could see it properly so we stopped off on our way back down England.
If there was a spot to live in England then Chester would be high on our list. It is such a wonderful medieval market town with lots to see and do. The sun certainly helped, too!
Travelling towards Chartham, we stopped off at a favourite place of mine - Igtham Mote.
Our final stop before London was Chartham where Scott's ancestor's came from. We stayed in a delightful airbnb and enjoyed a great meal at The Artichoke formerly operated by the Cozens clan way back in the 1840s. Also, we spotted the grave of Daniel Cozens (the publican) and then we enjoyed wandering around the church grounds and the village green.
You'll be wondering why there are no photos of London. Unbelievably, I was only 'with it' for two out of our five days as I ended up with a nasty stomach infection (only in England, eh). In fact, I'm still not entirely over it; however, we did meet up with family, friends and get to do just a little in the time I was vertical. We love this part of the world but I'm pretty sure we won't be back for a long, long time. Anyway, off to Sicily!