Sunday, 18 November 2012
For the first time on our trip, we spent two nights on the same place! Our view from the hotel-room was fantastic, overlooking Edingburgh castle. The day was spent walking around in sunshine (for the first time) looking at the city and to buy Anna a engagement ring (diamonds are a girls best friend ;0))
Edinburgh is a very old and beautifull city, situated in a facinating landscape with hills and crags and close to the sea. Especially the old parts of the city is very interesting to walk around in. We found several good pubs and restaurants for dinner and lunch. The food and the ale was delicious and we would like to come back one day.
The happy couple at Eilean Donan where we got engaged
After being well fed at breakfast we drove to Kyle of Lochals to refuel and the we drove over the bridge to the Isle of Skye and turned around in the the first round-about. Unfortunately we did not have time to spend on the island, so we continued to Eilean Donan. The tours there are only guided so we had to wait 15 min before we could enter the castle. To my great disappointment it was forbidden to take photographs inside the castle! Our tour guide had a very good knowledge of the history which was very interesting. The interior of the castle is very beautiful and I would love to own a place like this. The castle is situated overlooking three lochs (fjords) and the landscape is very scenic. After the tour we were allowed to walk around the walls. I seized the opportunity overlooking the fjord over to Isle of Skye to propose to Anna. She said YES!!! So now we are officially ENGAGED to be married on a date and place unknown to us...
Our journey continued back to Edinburgh took us through the highlands again, but before coming to Fort Williams we turned of the main road towards Pitlochry, to see something else of Scotland. This route was not as interesting as the one we took yesterday and we got our worst lunch on a small cafeteria by the road. For the first time in Scotland and the UK we did not find a cosy little pub to dine in ;0)
From Perth it started pouring down and the rest of the way we drove in complete darkness. We arrived at the airport in the evening, handed in the car and took the bus to our hotel in Edinburgh.
Today we drove 340 km. All together we have driven around 1600 km on our "speed trip" through Northern England and Scotland.
Next time we either spend longer time or travel more in Either Scotland or England ;0)
I don´t think we regret doing the trip the way we did it, now we at least know what to expect the next time..
|William Wallace memorial in Stirling|
Our way led us to Fort Williams, not the most pretty town in Scotland, but the largest mountian in the UK, Ben Nevis is here and we got a clear and good view of it. We decided to wait a bit with eating lunch. Instead we drove to the Glenfinnan viaduct to see the old bridge used in amoungst the Harry Potter movies. The place was closed down for the season, so we did not get the overview which we (I) wanted. Therefore we hasted back to Fort Williams for an afternoon tea lunch with scones and all the other things belonging to this...
|Scottish highlands, - Scottish weather|
|Anna close to Glencoe|
|Me close to Glencoe|
All together we drove 350 km today.
|Anna at a lake in Loch Lomond National park|
|Anna and a viaduct|
|Fort Williams and Ben Nevis|
|Main gate at Warckworth|
|The church in Warkworth|
Well Philip had made us a busy schedule so we hasted northwards to Bamburgh castle. This is an old castle built on a volcanic rock overlying sedimentary rocks. It can bee seen from a great distance and is situated on the shores of a sandy beach. It was very expensive to get inside the castle, so we spent our money inviting Philip for lunch at a beautiful inn.
|Anna and Philip at Bamburgh castle|
|Bamburgh castle seen from the Inn|
|Philip and I infront of Bamburgh|
|The cozy inn|
|Hadrians wall and a mile castle|
|Anna at Sycamore Gap|
Philip invited us for dinner at his favourite inn, the Sheperd and Sheperdess in Beamish. It was a very good choice. The pub was very old and kozy and had some great food. Annas friend Jonina which she had not seen in 16 years lives in Newcastle and had invited us to stay with her for the night, so she came to Beamish to join us for dinner. After a good long dinner we said goodbye to Philip and drove to Joninas place in South Shields. The distance today was 190 km.
|The stone bridge over to Grange|
|The pass from Buttermere to Keswick|
Today we drove 120 km.
|Anna on the streets of Keswick|
|The lake in Keswick|
Our quaters for the night was a B&B in Victorian style with a very kozy couple running it. After settling in our room we went down on one of the local waterholes and had a great meal of lamb and ale...