Northern England & Scotland August 2016

St Marys Lighthouse, Whitley Bay This year, between Harrogate Bead Fair and the Perth Show, we decided to travel east for a change. We spent 3-nights camping and 7-nights B&B or hotel – itinerary below.

Felt a little rushed over 10-days covering about 1,500-miles, but good fun! Weather and camping was great, although chilly at night.

Scenic highlights were:

St Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay
The lighthouse, built in 1898 on a tiny island, is surrounding by a nature reserve of rock-pools, cliff top grassland, and a beach. Accessible by foot when the tide is out.

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland Coast
• Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland Coast Dunstanburgh





“The finest castle anywhere in this country” says Time Out. Dramatically located overlooking the sea in a beautiful village, build before 1095.

Not too far away is the remains of another castle on the cliff at the fishing village of Dunstanburgh, where we brought a couple of dressed crab from a little smoke-house (second picture is the harbour).

Lindisfarne Holy Island, a tidal island off the Northumberland Coast
• Lindisfarne Holy IslandIn 635AD Saint Aidan came from the island of Iona in Scotland and built his monastery there.

The name ‘Lindisfarne’ is a mystery, but ‘Lindis’ may refer to people from the Kingdom of Lindis in Lincolnshire.

Reached by a causeway which is open at low tide – we just go off on time! A fascinating place, with a priory, castle, shops, restaurants, two-pubs, and much more.

Crove Bay and Pennan Village, Northern Aberdeenshire
Pennan Village, AberdeenshireCrove Bay originates from a time when the sea was the main mode of transport in this part of Scotland. A tiny fishing village with a small harbour and just enough room between the cliff and the sea for a single row of dwellings. Although you can drive down a steep narrow lane, there are no roads between the cottages.

Pennan Village is a similar habitat with one pub, built at the base of high north-facing cliffs. Both places are extremely dramatic.

Dunnattar Castle, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire
Dunnattar Castle, Stonehaven, AberdeenshireA breathtaking medieval fortress boasting of Mary Queen of Scots presence, perched on rocky headland, close to Stonehaven, half an hour south of Aberdeen.

Once seen, never forgotten.



1. August 13th & 14th – Show at Great Yorkshire Showground, HG2 8NZ. After show to Newquay Lodge Hotel, South Parade, Whitley bay, NE26 2RQ – about 2-hours away. B&B in evening.
2. 15th – Visit St Mary’s Lighthouse on island first thing after breakfast (tide OK then). Then Dunstanburgh Castle and Bambra Castle, NE69 7DF and on coast – NE66 3TT. Then past Lindisfarne Holy Island to Berwick Upon Tweed. Evening – Camp.
3. 16th – Edinburgh to checkout halls. Then onto Killin by Loch Tay in the Trossachs (north east of Loch Loman) – near KF21 8TP. Camp in evening.
4. Wednesday 17th – Up through Highlands, past Aviemore to Crove coastal village near Banff (just to see) AB45 3JQ. Then onto Pennan nearly village on coast too. Evening B&B.
5. Thursday 18th – Peterhead – Camp.
6. Friday 19th – Central Aberdeen Travel Lodge – 21-23 Justice Mill Lane, AB11 6EQ .
7. Sat 20th Aug – Perth SYHA, Perth College UHI, Crieff Road, Perth PH1 2GA
8. Sun 21st Aug – Scottish Bead fair – Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ. After show to The Village Inn, Kirlebridge DG11 3LZ – about 2-hours.
9. Mon 22nd Aug – To York Lorry Park, Auction Centre, Murton YO19 5GF – 2.20-hours / 147-miles. Then to Farm Café, Lincs – 124-miles / 2 ¼-hours, and on to Norwich. Total 299-miles / 5 ½-hours.

Scottish Trip August 2016

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