S: Our Trip to Northern England and Scotland, May 2009
FC: Our Trip to Northern England and Scotland May, 2009
2: Harrogate and the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire | The first few days of our trip we spent with Claire, Dan and their adorable twins, Hugo and Milani. We were definitely spoiled with Dan's fabulous cuisine and all the great sightseeing and experiencing life in North Yorkshire. Highlights included indulging in some wonderful spa treatments at The Treatment House, shopping on Cambridge Street, afternoon tea at Betty's Tea Room, experiencing the local May Day county fair, and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales.
6: Family Time in Cumbria County | The next few days of our trip were spent in Barrow-In-Furness visiting family. We stayed with Grandma Anne and George where they treated us to some delicious fish 'n chips, and indulged in the local favourte "Green's" meat 'n potato pies. We also had a great time with the whole family one night at The Owl and the Pussycat restaurant where Matthew had a ball, so to speak, in the ball fall and giant play area next door. During our stay we also spent lots of time with Auntie Diane who took us down to the Dalton Zoo, Furness Abbey, and also to see their very own horse stables on the outskirts of Barrow. It was great to see everyone!
8: Scott's Ultimate Fantasy Destination: St. James' Park, home of Newcastle United! | After driving through the beautiful Lake District and the Pennines, we arrived in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Our first and of course most important stop was the NUFC football grounds, St. James' Park. After enjoying lunch and a pint of Newcastle Ale at Shearer's Bar, Scott took a tour of the football grounds. Claire, Dan and the kids arrived later on to attend an official NUFC match. It was Scott's dream come true!! After a great day of shopping while the boys attended the match followed by pub hopping, we all met up for dinner with the kids and went out true Brit-style - completely blighted!
12: Edinburgh, Scotland | We spent the remainder of our trip in Scotland and stayed in a hotel minutes from Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh was a beautiful city with a very rich history and so many old buildings. It was fascinating to not only see the historical aspect of this city, but to also experience Scottish culture. Highlights of Edinburgh included touring Edinburgh Castle, the Our Dynamic Earth Science & Technology museum, touring the Scottish Parliament and watching the pipers at Queen Anne's Palace, and shopping along High Street and the Royal Mile. We also sampled Scottish fare at a few pubs, including neeps, tatties, gammon, haggis, Scottish fish 'n chips, local brews and of course some of the finest single malts!
16: The Beautiful Scottish Highlands | On the last day of our trip we took a day-long tour around the Western Scottish Highlands. We saw many castles and lochs, including Stirling Castle (where William Wallace defeated the English), Doune Castle (featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail), the breadalbane mountains, Kilchurn Castle in the middle of Lock Awe, the town of Inverary and the Duke or Argyll's Castle, and bonnie, bonnie Loch Lomond. The Highlands were indescribably beautiful.