Dumfries, Gretna Green, Maryport, Oxen Park, Lake Windermere, Settle, Malham and Home. Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway are a wonderful part of Scotland which surprise us. We always think of Scotland as the Highlands north of Glasgow and Edinburgh. We now realise that The Mull of Kintyre, Ayrshire and the south coast between Stranraer and Dumfries along the Solway Firth are just as stunning. It’s the forgotten part of Scotland. From the Mull of Galloway, Isle of Whithorn, Sandyhill, Kirkbean and Dumfries. We had a reason to visit Dumfries we wanted to watch England play Ukraine, somewhere we could get … Continue reading Northumberland, Scotland and England.
We had a great time at Neptune’s Staircase, We spent the night there near Fort William with a commanding view of Ben Nevis, the largest mountain in the UK 1345 metres high, there is a tourist route up the mountain but we decided not to climb up because I forgot my grappling irons ☹. Moving south down the west coast passing by Loch Linnhe, Stalker Castle, the lovely town of Oban the west coast of Scotland is gorgeous, but we’re moving inland to Ardcastle Forest where we can stay the night thanks to the forestry commission. We drove half a … Continue reading Moving south to Ardcastle forest, down to the Mull of kintyre, Campbeltown, a ferry to Ardrossan in beautiful Ayrshire.
Kinlochbervie Glad we stayed at Kinlochbervie for two days it started to rain and didn’t stop for 24 hours. We’ve been lucky enough with the weather up to now, the temperature has been between 11 to 16° with a few days of rain this is the worst weather we’ve had so we mustn’t grumble. Kinlochbervie is the most northerly port on the west coast of Scotland. The majority of local industry is based on fishing, The town has a large fish handling depot, many ships from the west and east coast land their catches in Kinlochbervie. Refrigerated lorries deliver frozen … Continue reading around the corner to the North Coast of Scotland, down the east coast still following the NC500 to Inverness, then we move inland.
Something happens when your travelling you start to get excited, well we do. We set off at 10 am heading along the windy Scottish border roads towards Edinburgh. We picked up the Edinburgh ring road then the M8 to Glasgow, an urban motorway through Glasgow over the river Clyde on the Erskine Bridge. Then we dropped down into Dumbarton for fuel and groceries at Asda. We’ve got 25 miles to go to our overnight parking along Loch Lomond. What a great place to park for the night. Parking for motorhomes and cars, were we can dump wastewater and fill-up with … Continue reading We journeyed on to Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Fort William, Skye and Kyle, of Lockaish, Ullapool, Lochinver, Scourie and Kinlochbervie.
It’s been a long time since we have been travelling in our van, corvid 19 has kept us isolated at home. But we’ve been busy overhauling our van over the last year, the tyres have been wearing out on one side especially the near side front of the van which was making the offside front and near side back run out of track also. Trying to find a company in Hull to fix it was impossible. So I asked around at some commercial garages and they said it’s so expensive to buy the equipment so they subcontract all the wheel … Continue reading Heading north to John o’ Groats via Northumberland the Scottish Borders, the Island of Skye and the Highlands.
Covid 19 has gone on longer then expected. We’ve not been on holiday this year we parked our motorhome up for the full year 2020. England has had two lock downs this year and we’re on our second one now, when will it end. Good news today a vaccine is possible by the end of the year hooray! Hope all goes well. We didn’t fancy going to Europe in a covid pandemic so we stayed at home. Although some of our motorhome friends have gone over to Europe and have been ok, but have been restricted on travelling quite a … Continue reading No travelling in this pandemic..
Year three of our travels have had to be cancelled. We were planning to get a ferry to Ireland from Holyhead to Dublin for three weeks, then over to France from Rosslare to Cherbourg down to the south of France and Spain for six months or more. But this pandemic has put the block on it. Things are not looking good in Ireland or Europe So we’re staying put. All the musical things I do and Filey folk festival where I run a stage at the Station inn have been cancelled, so things have gone tits up this year. We’v … Continue reading Ireland, France and Spain 2020 blog. Travelling plans cancelled.
Twelve days to go on our fantastic journey, one more stop in France then on to Luxembourg, Germany and Belgium.We had 3 days in Corgirnon in France so peaceful not many people about, we did lots of walking in the Woodlands. Off to our last stop in France, Millery just north of Nance. A small village along side The Moselle river. Millery just for an overnight stop a lovely village with a fresh bread making machine that was handy. We’re off to Germany now but we’re stoping off at Luxembourg for fuel €1.11 a litre in Luxembourg in France it’s … Continue reading France, Spain and Portugal. Blog Ten. We’re heading home.
ROCAMADOUR Welcome to blog nine. The weather has changed, our last night in Anglet it rained all night, that’s the first rain we’ve had since we arrived in Europe on June 27th. So we looked at our weather app, rain was forecast for the next 5 days all along the west coast of France. We decided to go inland north east across France, where the weather looks a bit better. First stop Cadillac Wine is the main attraction of the town, there are several wine estates around the town where you can taste, buy and enjoy. Cadillac dates back to … Continue reading France, Spain and Portugal blog nine.
Northern Spain coast is a sequence of steep cliffs, beautiful beaches, small fishing villages and mountains that rise to over 2000m. We went to some of these mountain villages in our van, a fantastic drive up steep mountain roads with hair pin bends. And the stone built mountain villages are So beautiful, cut off from the rest of Spain by the majestic heights of the mountains. Northern Spain also has some lovely holiday resorts which we will be visiting. We left Foz following the wild rugged coast to Tapia de Casariego. We were here last year. A small village resort … Continue reading France Spain and Portugal blog eight. The final part of northern Spain.
Blog number seven, welcome.We had a over night stop at Pontevedra our first stop in northern Spain as we mentioned in blog six. We’re now moving up to the north western corner of Spain, Galicia known as Green Spain, a lot more chance of rain here.We where coming here last year, but the weather was terrible so we missed this north western part out, and headed south for some good weather.We really want to visit Galicia, so we’re going what every the weather this year. Galicia is so different from the rest of Spain it has a unique culture and … Continue reading France Spain and Portugal continues. Blog seven north western Spain.
We’re having a fantastic time travelling in Europe. Mikki’s places was a great place to stay, and we met some lovely people of different nationalities. (see blog five to see more about Mikki’s) Welcome to blog six. We’re travelling along the Algarve and going to have a look around Albufeira. It’s one of the biggest resorts on the Algarve. We drove in to Albufeira right down to the sea front it was very steep and narrow, the beach was packed it took us about 20 minutes get down and 20 minutes to get back up. Cars every where and the … Continue reading France Spain and Portugal. The Algarve and West Coast. Blog six.