Phew, what a month! No doubt about Scotland is a beautiful place and, from what I experienced, some lovely people. I will never forget an evening surrounded by complete strangers in a Scottish Bothy talking politics and a whole range of unrelated subjects until the early hours. We also met other owners of their lovely AirBnB properties who welcomed us into their lives for a short while to explain the best places to go and how to make the most of our time, I am very happy to now call some of these people friends. I know you will be reading this blog so I would just like to say a very big thank you for making a very memorable trip :-).
Dundee was a place of contradictions. On the one hand it has, much like Edinburgh, some beautiful architecture. Unfortunately in the main shopping area I did not feel they had treated the buildings as well as they could and unless you looked up you'd have struggled to tell it apart from any other shopping mall.....and I won't even go into the Mecca Bingo Hall!! There is the new exhibition centre called the V&A which is on the water front.....errmm, not sure about that one either. Apparently it has the nickname 'Dumpdee', potentially harsh but I can see why.
Our trip into the Highlands found us based at a little village called Brora. Out for an evening walk soon told me this place was very much like my home town in NZ because everyone said hello, absolutely wonderful place and we had a lovely week here. Not only was the town itself lovely it was also a fantastic base from which to explore local attractions like Dunrobin Castle, John O'Groats, Castle of Mey etc. The local pub also did a meal of pork belly, topped with black pudding, topped with another piece of pork belly then breadcrumbed and deep fried......potentially not to everyone's taste but with a pint on a cold day it was awesome!
From the Highlands it was across to the West Coast to stay at Duror near Glencoe. Oban just down the road was the start of a fantastic day exploring the Isles of Mull, Iona and Staffa. Staffa is a place I've wanted to visit for years so this was an opportunity not to miss. For those who know of the Giant's Causeway in Ireland then this forms the other end of the mythical bridge.....stunning location.
Then after three weeks and plenty of Scottish Whisky fuelled hospitality it was time to head south of the border into England. The plus side of this was finding fantastic English pubs with great meals and lovely beer......the negative side, when combined with the chocolate consumed, is I will need to be on rations for the rest of the year! It has been fun though :-)
Visited the beautiful cathedrals of York Minster, Bath Abbey, Salisbury Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral. I'd love to bring you pictures of St Paul's Cathedral but you'll need to do your own research on that one or visit for yourself as they don't allow you to take photos in the Cathedral, hmm!
Well, that's enough of my ramblings....onto the images. Should warn you there are a lot....51 of them. I have, for the most part, kept the images I'm showing in this blog to sights I would not normally be able to see on my New Zealand travels as it really is amazing how similar the Scottish and New Zealand landscapes are :-)