A few weeks after my parents left England, Rods parents showed up! They were there for the last week of school and then we toured through Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland with them for 9 days. It was a lot to see in just over a week and has made me itch to go back ever since!
Heading into Scotland, the landscape is constantly changing, beautiful forested hills, to dry and barren highlands. One thing that stays the same though, is the sheep. They are literally everywhere!
These yellow flowers blanket the hills all over Scotland.
The submarine that they used to search for Nessie 🙂
A castle ruins on the side of the road. Someday I want to do a castle tour of the UK; I love exploring these ancient, stone, historical treasures. My imagination goes wild with tales of princesses and knights!
Highland cattle, one of my favorite “moo”ments of the trip 😉
We stopped in this picturesque little town overlooking Loch Ness for lunch. Honestly, I could have stayed in this town for a week!
We came across this dam on our way out of Scotland; I never tired of the scenery because there was always something new around every corner.
If I loved the other little town, I adored this one. Tiny, quaint and so much character! The only reason we even ended up here, is because I
wanted needed to check out a little yarn shop that Rods mom found a brochure for at our hotel the previous night. It was worth it. Even the drive to the town. The above picture was taken a few minutes before we reached the town, but that’s pretty much what it looked like for the whole drive on the tiny windy road which was actually taking us right through a sheep pasture!
This was the destination! It made me so happy! It’s an old water mill that now houses the cutest little yarn/wool shop ever! I realize it looks like I’m talking on a “yarn phone” here! If you’re not a yarn addict you won’t understand, I could have cuddled with every ball of yarn there 🙂 (the reason its better then Michaels is because the vast majority was hand spun and hand dyed!)
Llandudno, Wales was our next stop.
Hanging out on the pier…
Heading to Ireland!
Heading to the Cliffs of Moher from Galway Cliffs of Moher
Unfortunately my stomach doesn’t appreciate choppy ocean very much, so this was me for half the trip to see the Cliffs of Moher 😦
After the cliffs, we headed back East across Ireland. In a small coastal town we discovered fried doughnuts… I still crave these every time I think about them, which is a lot!
We went out for some amazing Pub food the night before heading back to England on the ferry. Bath, England
The Roman Baths of Bath
Bristol, England Blue Lagoon, Iceland An Icelandic HORSE, emphasis on the horse part, I made the mistake of calling them Icelandic Ponies and got corrected twice, by the same women, within an hour. I guess being a pony is insulting? This pic is kind of boring until you know what it is… this is where to tectonic plates meet, the Euroasian and the American plates. Iceland is growing by about an inch per year. The valley is the space being created by the two plates pulling apart. They’ve built a bridge over the gap so you can walk from America to Europe:) A geothermal hotspot. Apparently some people use the natural heat to bake bread! They have a special oven that they place over a hotspot and the bread bakes for 24 hours using geothermal heat!
This trip was awesome and made me definitely want to come back to the UK. I feel like I could spend a month exploring each place we only spent a few hours at now.