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
“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
In 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
Crove 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
A 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.
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