Hutton and Surrounds

It was lovely waking up slowly today, listening to the chirp of the morning birds as they fluttered here and there just outside our westerly window from which we can equally see a small stream go flowing by. Last time we were here the stream was a sedate trickle, right now it's positively gushing! The…

Chester-le-Street – Skeeby

We're not entirely sure where today went either, it certainly began early enough with us both being awake and on the go by 6:15am, and somehow we made it to the car and on the road by 8:45 – after several cups of tea and some nattering over the days plans, and yes, that is…

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…

Stirling to Berwick

Don't you love it when you're staying in a hotel and the guests above your room seem to forget that there are other people in the hotel, so they thump and bang around the room, their children can be heard running back and forth yelling and yahoo'ing without let-up, until they're banished to bed at…

Oban to Stirling

Where to start for today, how about with breakfast? Don't mind if we do! This morning we were ready and loading up our chariot by 8am, we didn't need to be on the road by any specific time, we had no grand appointments to keep, but rather than hanging around staring at the ceiling we…

Oban and on the water

It's definitely spring in the Highlands of Scotland. Five years ago, when we were here last, we experienced what became as 'isn't it lovely, wait five minutes' aka 'summer in Scotland', when out of the blue torrential down pours would drench us to the bone and then disappear just as quickly. After the first half…

Dumfries to Oban

Dumfries might only be 70 miles away, give or take a few flaps of the crows wings, but when you're bound to land travel and not flight, it's a bleeding long way to do in one day! Our day started at 5am when the melodic sounds of Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama' started blaring from…

Kendal to Dumfries

We're in Dumfries tonight, ready for our early morning break for the coast and our ferry ride through some of the islands before heading north up through the Western Isles. As I type this I'm reclining in bed again, having dined on a rather awesome Butter Chicken from Sainsbury's (2 for £5, can't go wrong!)…

Chester to Kendal

It was a very wise move to have such a bountiful feast last night, because this morning we were awake and on the road again by 7am – into 'May Day' traffic, a lovely mix of holiday makers getting away and school kids/workers on their way about their usual business, with us being jostled in…