Around the World in 180 days - Part 6

Tripoto
2nd Aug 2018

It has been really hot in London so we are heading north. We hire a Fiat 500 and take to the highway heading for Scotland.

Photo of Around the World in 180 days - Part 6 1/1 by Annie Benzie
It is a long slow haul getting out of East Anglia but by day two we are in Yorkshire heading for the lovely Hackness Grange Hotel, our accommodation for the night.
Day 2
Photo of Hackness, Scarborough, UK by Annie Benzie

The next morning, after a substantial breakfast, we wend our way through some beautiful woodlands to Whitby. We explore the small but fascinating Captain Cook Memorial Museum, housed in the actual building where James Cook lived during his apprenticeship.

Photo of Hackness, Scarborough, UK by Annie Benzie
Day 3
Photo of Whitby, UK by Annie Benzie
Photo of Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby, UK by Annie Benzie

Keen to get over the border, we hit the road and arrive in Edinburgh by 5pm that evening.

Photo of Whitby Abbey, Abbey Lane, Whitby, UK by Annie Benzie

The Edinburgh Festival has started so Edinburgh is buzzing. Next morning we take the open top bus tour hopping off at Edinburgh Castle. This impressive building appears to grow out of the rock.

Photo of Edinburgh, UK by Annie Benzie
Photo of Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, UK by Annie Benzie
Photo of Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, UK by Annie Benzie
Photo of Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, UK by Annie Benzie

Our last activity is to brave the gale force winds up on Arthur's Seat, the land form that dominates the skyline and provides stunning views in all directions.

Photo of Scott Monument, Edinburgh, UK by Annie Benzie
Day 4
Photo of Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, UK by Annie Benzie
Photo of Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, UK by Annie Benzie

The Georgian New Town.

Photo of Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, UK by Annie Benzie

Looking toward the Forth of Firth.

Photo of Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, UK by Annie Benzie
Photo of Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, UK by Annie Benzie

We head on up through the Cairngorms.

Photo of Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, UK by Annie Benzie

At Inverness we have an excellent Italian meal, in honour of the Fiat, and enjoy traditional Scottish music in a pub on the way back to our B&B. Everyone else seems to have the same idea as us, to go north, we find it difficult to get accommodation so we decide to head south again.

Photo of Inverness, UK by Annie Benzie

Next morning we drive along the shore of Loch Ness. A busking piper calls up some Scottish weather for us.

Photo of Inverness, UK by Annie Benzie
Day 5
Photo of Loch Ness, United Kingdom by Annie Benzie
Photo of Loch Ness, United Kingdom by Annie Benzie

We stop for lunch at Fort William and walk to Old Inverlochy Castle. Then it is on to Oban and our most expensive B&B.

Photo of Old Inverlochy Castle, Fort William, UK by Annie Benzie
Photo of Old Inverlochy Castle, Fort William, UK by Annie Benzie
Photo of Oban, UK by Annie Benzie
Day 6

Next day we drive up to beautiful Glencoe, follow a lovely winding road along the River Orchy and gaze out to Kilchurn Castle on Loch Awe.

Photo of Glencoe, Ballachulish, UK by Annie Benzie
Day 7
Photo of Kilchurn Castle, Lochawe, Dalmally, UK by Annie Benzie
Photo of Kilchurn Castle, Lochawe, Dalmally, UK by Annie Benzie
Photo of Kilchurn Castle, Lochawe, Dalmally, UK by Annie Benzie
Day 6

Our next stop is the George Hotel in Inveraray, a great old hotel with large rooms, great menu and tartan carpet. We climb the  church bell tower, explore the castle and hike up to the observation tower on the hill behind. At last I get my highland cow photo opportunity!

Photo of McCaig's Tower, Duncraggan Road, Oban, UK by Annie Benzie
Day 7
Photo of Inveraray, UK by Annie Benzie
Photo of Inveraray, UK by Annie Benzie
Photo of Inveraray, UK by Annie Benzie
Photo of Inveraray Castle, Inveraray, UK by Annie Benzie
Photo of Inveraray Castle, Inveraray, UK by Annie Benzie
Photo of Inveraray Castle, Inveraray, UK by Annie Benzie
Photo of Inveraray Castle, Inveraray, UK by Annie Benzie

We head south to Clapham in the Yorkshire Dales.

Photo of Inveraray Castle, Inveraray, UK by Annie Benzie
Day 8

Next day we trek to spectacular Malham Cove with hordes of other holiday makers.

Photo of Clapham, Lancaster, UK by Annie Benzie
Day 9
Photo of Malham Cove, Skipton, UK by Annie Benzie
Photo of Malham Cove, Skipton, UK by Annie Benzie

Belted Galloways quench their thirst at the base of the cliff.

Photo of Malham Cove, Skipton, UK by Annie Benzie

Then it is off for a ride on the Embsay - Bolton Abbey steam train.

Photo of Malham Cove, Skipton, UK by Annie Benzie
Photo of Embsay, Skipton, UK by Annie Benzie

I've always wanted to see Stratford upon Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace so we make it our last stop. We stay at a great apartment easy walking distance from the attractions, enjoy a walking tour and see the Merry Wives of Windsor at the RSC.

Photo of Embsay, Skipton, UK by Annie Benzie
Day 10
Photo of Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust, High Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK by Annie Benzie
Photo of Stratford-upon-Avon, UK by Annie Benzie
Photo of Stratford-upon-Avon, UK by Annie Benzie
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