Sunny springtime Sunday

Home again, home again, jigedy-jig. Our time in Scarborough has come to an end, for the moment at least, and today we made our way back home. After two earlier mornings, we took the opportunity to have a slower start today, not leaving the hotel until 10. As we were both still feeling quite full…

Bye-bye Bobby!

All good things must come to an end… but gosh, darn that was quick! Did it really have to be so soon? This morning we were up early again, down for breakfast and out the door and away across town for our first attraction, Edinburgh Zoo (TripAdvisor). We had an appointment with a knight, Sir…

Away up in the highlands!

Yawn, thank goodness for coffee! Today we were up early, so early that we couldn’t stay for breakfast, we were due outside the Rabbie’s office (TripAdvisor) for an 8am departure! What were we doing there at that hour? Well, today we went on their West Highland Lochs and Castles Tour! This is how our day panned…

All around the Old Town!

It was ‘up and at em’ this morning, not a minute to waste! We started the day with a pretty decent breakfast from our Apex hotel, the usual continental and cooked fayre, then headed, quite literally, across the street to the Grassmarket (TripAdvisor)… market. It’s a weekly feature to Edinburgh, and we’d heard about it,…

Happy Birthday to… Bob!

So this week I turned the big 4-0. It’s not something I wanted to make a big deal about, so rather than have a huge party, with lots of people, and a massive bill, I chose to runaway to Edinburgh for the weekend. We caught a late morning train from York, up along the eastern…

Escape to Yorkshire!

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and we’re escaping the cold and wet for… more cold and wet, just a little more scenic than what’s at home. Setting off mid-morning, we headed first out along the edge of the Nidderdale AONB and it’s brilliant spring growth – such an stirring sight after a…

Days Two and Three

Day two was the beginning of us really taking it easy, once again we arose late, we ate some brunch and talked about where we’d go and what we might do. Given that we were so reticent to leave it’s a wonder we saw anything at all, but eventually we did head off and our…

Day One of Our Northern Adventures

Rising early was not happening, well, it was on the cards, to be up early and walk about the village, take in the sights of village life before returning for breakfast and heading off for a day filled with adventure and exploration. What actually happened though was more along these lines: slept in til mid-morning,…

Hutton le Hole Again

No matter how well you can plan out a day’s itinerary, some days leave you with your jaw hanging. Not because they’ve gone so terribly awry, but because they haven’t, despite the weather’s best intentions and how strong the will to just not bother becomes. Today was one of those days. We woke with the…

Berwick to Chester-le-Street

Well, that was a day and a half! It should have been one of the easiest days we’ve had, we weren’t supposed to be travelling that far and we had very little scheduled for the day. But that’s not quite how the day panned out. In a spur of what could only be called mild-insanity…