13 August 2014

Postcards from Scotland


We set off for Scotland with the morning already warmed from the early sun, set to cover nearly 400 miles in one day. We loaded the car with belongings, snacks and stories with a broken fan and no air conditioning. 

As we drove the long roads up our beautiful country the sun shone over the rolling countryside that eventually turned into dales and peaks. Theo dozed in the car as we passed cities and towns, forests and parks. 

The further North we travelled the more excited we became to see signs to cities so well known but that we have yet to visit. We made a mental list and promise to return to explore and stay at beckoning places such as Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester. I would happily drive up the big open roads again, and journey across the country to visit these places. First on our list is Newcastle, we know so little about this city but would happily stay in one of Newcastle's Travelodges as a base to explore this great city. 

After a few hours of driving we decided to stop once we reached the Lake district, after being teased by the unfurling landscape. We stopped at a National Trust at the edge of the National Park, had a picnic by the waters edge and cooled off with ice cream. After a lounge and a game of hide and seek or two we headed back on the road for the final stretch to Scotland. The roads were wide and empty and driving them became a pleasure as we were all kept silent by the beautiful views rushing by. 

We eventually made it, hot, tired and just a bit sweaty to family in Glasgow, which would be our base for city exploring for the next few days. 


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10 comments :

  1. Beautiful shots, you can make even motorway look good! I would heartily recommend cities like Manchester and Newcastle x

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  2. This looks so lush and green and beautiful. Bizarrely I've never been to Scotland (apart from on a plane that sat on a runway then took off again). No idea why as it looks lovely.

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  3. Like Gill I've never been to Scotland either! But I'm desperate to visit Glasgow (it seems like such a vibrant city) so will look forward to what you think about it!

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  4. i've wanted to go to scotland for the longest time. love these photos, and i agree with kat, you even make the motorway look nice!

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  5. What beautiful pics! I can't wait to see more posts on your road trip. Newcastle is super fun to visit x

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  6. wow look at that scenery and the colours too, amazing! x

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  7. Oh how much I do love Scotland - I lived in Edinburgh for nearly 2 years and worked for s summer on the west coast in Arisaig (near Fort William) and travelled to a few of the islands. It's such a special and inspiring place and I love all your photos - sounds like you had an amazing time :)

    Laura x

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  8. Gorgeous photos! We love staying in Travelodges and exploring places too! :-) x

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  9. Being Scottish, I LOVE that moment when you pass the 'Welcome to Scotland' sign on the motorway! Beautiful pics. Will seek out more on the blog...

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  10. Isn't it funny how the country we live in can often be the one we explore the least. I have a list a mile long of all the places I'd love to visit in England. I'd love to do a little roadtrip one year, and see how many I could cross off!

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