We had decided to go to the West Coast of Scotland, but went via a visit with friends that live in County Durham ( The North East of England!).
It was lovely to catch up with them and a lot of talk over a good meal before our first hotel stay near Newcastle.
The next day saw us visiting more friends in Northumberland. There was some tea drinking, fabric swapping and pattern checking as Ann is a prolific quilter.
We then headed off to Cragside a National Trust property that was the summer home of Lord Armstrong - Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius.
The house was the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity.
An extra wing was added on when The Prince of Wales announced that he was to visit and included this enormous marble fireplace!
We had planned to visit Lindisfarne but were advised that we should make a stop at Bamburg Castle
which was a great suggestion - well worth the visit.
And on to Lindisfarne or Holy Island
Another night spent this side and then over the border
And at last, over to the western side of Scotland, starting in Inverness with a call into Culloden Battlefield
There were so many wonderful views to be had, but I can definitely say that after leaving Inverness and making our way over to Ullapool it just got more and more spectacular
|View from our room in Portree|
Then back across the bridge at the Kyle of Lochalsh and to Eilean Donan Castle - another recommended stop
|spotted this lovely rose in the garden|
|Bridge of Orchy|
Fort William saw some more rain - actually it was raining stair rods - but I had a beast of a migraine that day, so spent the morning in bed before venturing out for a short walk.
Near Fort William are "Neptunes Steps" a course of 9 locks on the Caledonian Canal ( the canal runs from the Irish sea to the north sea through 4 Lochs with one third of its 60 mile length being man made connections between the Lochs)
This canal is wide and deep enough to take quite large ships and has great views of Ben Nevis
|A view over Ben Nevis|
Near Carlisle we visited some of the sites that still show Hadrian's Wall - this was built by the Romans (to keep the Celts out!!) and runs from west to east coast of England.
Hmmmm - am thinking we might walk the length of it .... but I'll not tell "him" yet!
The last stop on our Road Trip was in the Lake District - which is beautiful BUT so many people and cars and so commercial so this may be the last time we visit this area!
Not leaving the house for ..... a while !!
I have been doing some sewing, and next time I will catch you up on all my makes.