A United Road Trip – Part 5 – Haggis and York

This post is part of a series called The United Road Trip which is a 12 day roadtrip I undertook within the United Kingdom in September. You can read part 1part 2part 3 and part 4 here.

I think you can guess already by the title of this entry where the next stage of the roadtrip went to.

Thought about it? Yup that’s right – Bonny Scotland. Which at our time of visiting had just voted No in their referendum. Luckily we visited a small town in the South which was quite settled.

On our way north we stopped by yet another castle in Carlisle. We were indeed well and truly over castles by this stage. But with our English Heritage memberships (aka free entry), we felt it was our duty.

But.. the fact that I didn’t take any photos during the visit kinda speaks for the quality of this castle. I wouldn’t recommend it just with not being that interesting.


One of the very few Carlisle photos I did take

After a nice bit of haggis toasty for lunch, we were on our way to Lockerbie in Scotland to stay with another friend of Shelleys. But we did stop by an abbey with a graveyard for a nosey on the way.


This was a much more interesting stop. And they sold strawberry wine!

We stayed in Lockerbie for a couple of nights. It was a great visit as it involved a bit more chill time with newborn baby cuddles. And regular visits to the local pub. We did a little bit of sight-seeing of local pretty places too.


The valley where Scots hid their cows. And evidence that yes I am safe to hold babies


At St Mary’s Loch


What a beautiful wee Scottish loch


Playing with my camera capturing a bumblebee


I lay in the soft green loch grass for a while


The three of us. Photo credit Shelley Hassledine


Riding on a local sheep statue. It’s okay cause I’m a kiwi!

All good things come to an end though. We got off the sheep statues and left Lockerbie to head back into England getting to Leyburn later that day. Leyburn was just a quick stopover for the night with yet another one of Shelley’s mates (I swear she has more friends than me!). It was the final night of our roadtrip though which was a bit sad! But at the same time it was awfully nice to think of doing any more driving for a while..

On day twelve of the road trip, we headed back to Shelley’s home stopping in York for the afternoon.


York Minister Cathedral


One of the many cat statues. We actually did a walking tour based on these cats


Mint pea soup at my favourite restaurant – Bills


Photo credit Shelley Hassledine, Mmmmm drinks!

We finally made it back to Shelley’s house near London the next evening after a massive cream tea (my last one) followed by six hours of driving from Leyburn. Utterly exhausted but happy with such a fantastic trip to so many amazing parts of the United Kingdom. There had been a lot of laughter during the whole trip. What luck we’d had with the weather too. Only one day out of twelve had rain, which happened on a driving day meaning it didn’t matter so much. I went to sleep that night in Shelley’s bed dead tired after driving seventeen hundred miles. I was already thinking about my next adventure tomorrow. Starting with a flight to Ireland.


The open road is calling

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