09 April, 2024

2023 Scotland/England Adventure (Final!)

Cutty Sark, Greenwich.

The Meridian Line at the Royal Conservatory, Greenwich
View from the Conservatory to 
The Queen's House Museum, Greenwich.
On the Wednesday we stayed in Leighton Buzzard 
as I was expecting a very special visitor. 
Christine from Patchwork Allsorts made the trip 
from down South of London especially to see us. 
Christine and I have been blogging friends 
for many years and it was so lovely to meet her in person. 
It's not often to you to meet a blogging friend 
from the other side of the world!
We had a fabulous time and all too soon 
it was time for Christine to head home.
Buckingham Palace.
"Big Ben", Palace of Westminster.
Westminster Abbey.
Westminster Abbey.
Westminster Abbey.
Westminster Abbey.
Horse Guard, Palace of Whitehall.
Trafalgar Square.
Dinner at The Grove Lock pub, Leighton Buzzard.
Andrea's son Oliver joined us for our last dinner.
The Grove Lock pub, Leighton Buzzard.
All too soon our fabulous adventure came to an end.

We were away for two months and spent six weeks 
in Scotland and one week in England touring around 
in our motorhome. The last week staying with Andrea. 
The whole trip was done ad hoc, other than the first three 
days in Edinburgh and going on the Jacobite Train
 (you have to book that months ahead), just deciding that 
day (sometimes the day prior) where we would head. 
By doing this, we were never locked into anything. 
If we spent four hours somewhere instead of the two 
we planned it didn't matter. We didn't then have to just drive 
to get to any caravan park we had booked. 
The caravan parks in Scotland are fabulous. We would just 
turn up and if we couldn't get in, we would just go somewhere else. 
Sometimes we stayed on farms that were set up for vans. In Sterling we 
actually parked our van in the Park and Go bus station (all legal)! 
As we were fully self-contained, we could stop anywhere.

We travelled thousands of kilometres (couldn't find the 
note I made of the final tally). Visited many castles and palaces,
both ruins and living museums. Not forgetting the cathedrals, chapels 
and churches. Spent many hours exploring museums 
and beautiful gardens. We also met lots of lovely people.
The photos are only a snapshot of the many places we visited. 
Of course we couldn't show you everywhere we went. 
We follow the Facebook group "Scotland Travel Tips" 
where we found out lots of places we didn't know about. 
People would often post that they had just returned from Scotland 
and were already missing it. Now we understand 
what they were saying. We just loved it there and 
would travel back to Scotland in a flash!

I hope you've enjoyed my (many) posts. It's been lovely 
revisiting while looking at all the photos again.

Hector's first sight of Melbourne!


Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Thank you for bringing us along on your adventure. What a wonderful time you had!

Tanya Hughes said...

Thank you so much for sharing - I have loved reading about and seeing your wonderful photos. You have inspired me and Scotland is on my list of places to visit. What a wonderful holiday. Loads of love from Perth Western Australia xxx
Tanya Hughes xxx

Maria said...

Was great to revisit some of the places you visited after following you on Facebook.

Lin said...

What a great trip you had. xx

ButterZ said...

You should get this printed into a book so you can relive it every day.

Chookyblue...... said...

So pleased you had a wonderful time away...... Glad you finally got to share the pics......I really appreciate them....... Just so old and amazing buildings..... And so green

Ondrea said...

And your next trip is.......lol. such an awesome time.

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Janice said...

What a fabulous trip and the motor home would have been ideal. Wonderful memories.