Travel

My Travel Adventures – 2014 Part 1

December 31, 2014

 Happy Hogmanay from Scotland everyone!

 As you all know I love to travel so when I am not working I am usually off on my travels, here is a snapshot of my travels this year (some of the places I have not got around to writing full blog posts about yet but I promise I will soon as I have some fantastic photographs and experiences to share with you.)

March – York, Harrogate & Knaresborough 

My first trip out of Scotland this year took me across the border to England for a few days. I absolutely loved York and the historic market towns of Harrogate and Knaresborough. Renowned for its architecture, quaint cobbled streets, iconic York Minster and a wealth of visitor attractions, York is a city you could keep coming back to as there is so much to see and do. I only had a day here and my highlights were York Minster and the epic climb to the top to see the amazing views of the Yorkshire countryside. I also really enjoyed York Castle Museum and took advantage of the York Pass and the York Sightseeing Bus to make the most of my time.

One of my favourite things at the York Castle Museum was the authentically recreated Victorian Street & Shops!

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York Minster on a glorious spring day

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Harrogate

Harrogate the famous Spa town in North Yorkshire is a busy and prosperous town with plenty of shops and restaurants.

The Royal Pump Room houses Europe’s strongest sulphur well but is now a museum showcasing the town’s spa history.

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IMG_2401Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms is a famous Harrogate landmark. It opened in 1919 and is still a family business. In the 1960’s  Bettys bought Taylors of Harrogate, a family run tea and coffee merchant, also based in Harrogate the company which makes Yorkshire tea. The company is one of the few remaining family tea and coffee merchants in the country.

Knaresborough

The historic market town just 4 miles from Harrogate, Knaresborough has many historic sites including the remains of Knaresborough Castle, Mother Shipton’s Cave, the House in the Rock, and St Roberts Cave (dating from the Middle Ages). Knaresborough is the site of Ye Oldest Chymist Shoppe in England, opened in 1720 and the Courthouse Museum in the castle grounds.

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 April – Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

April to me means Easter, spring flowers, longer days and lambs and a time to recharge the batteries after a long winter and what better place?

This year TripAdvisor named the island of Lewis and Harris among best in world, it was ranked fifth best island in the world in the TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards and it also saw Lewis and Harris ranked number one in the best island in Europe category.  A unique and special place its something us locals always knew and to me it’s simply home.

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 June – Turkey 

June takes us to Turkey for our annual trip a whirlwind two weeks which always goes by too quick.  As always we spend quality time with the family, eat incredible food and enjoy the glorious weather (well usually) this year we had some crazy thunderstorms during the first week.

This year we visited Cappadocia & Antalya. In Cappadocia we saw some amazing sights and went Hot Air Ballooning which was one of the best experiences of my life!

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 Thank you for reading, following and commenting this past year. I do enjoy reading and replying to your comments. Happy New Year/Bliadhna Mhath Ùr to you all.

Part 2 coming tomorrow!

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13 Comments

  • Reply teamshepherd January 2, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Wow! This post alone is an inspiration! I have been trying to figure out somewhere to go on a budget this month for a couple of days and you are making York sound so appealing! I would love to visit your home too, but when the weather is a bit nicer perhaps. Those photos you took in Turkey are absolutely stunning. I am thoroughly jealous of you!

    • Reply Mary January 2, 2015 at 11:10 pm

      Ahh thanks thats very kind of you 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed the post got a few more travel posts coming up!

  • Reply missbishi January 4, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I love your photographs, particularly those of Lewis. Not many people seem to realise that our countries are full of beautiful places to visit. Betty’s Tea Rooms looks rather empty for once though – there was a time when there would be a constant queue outside. I agree that a good few days is needed to really explore York properly, there is just so much to see and do. I enjoy the Railway Museum, in particular, especially as it is free!

    • Reply Mary January 4, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks, I will go back to York again thats for sure!

  • Reply Foodie January 4, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    I love anything Victorian. I would love to enjoy those coble stone streets in a horse drawn carriage. I love the shot of the little lamb. They really are pink!

  • Reply Shelmith January 12, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Wow this post is so motivational and it makes me envy you. I am a work at home mom and I rarely have time to travel.

    Keep up the good posts and I will keep on coming back.

    • Reply Mary January 14, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks, so glad you enjoy the blog 🙂

  • Reply Linno February 15, 2015 at 2:47 am

    I live in New Zealand and I’ll have to be honest and admit I’d never even heard of Lewis and Harris let alone that it ranked so highly in “best island” polls. But now I’m so intrigued, it sounds (and looks!) like an amazing place. Turkey looks amazing too. I’m getting travel envy just from looking at your photos! And now I have a few more destinations to add to my bucket list…

    • Reply Mary February 16, 2015 at 1:42 am

      Welcome, I am so glad you like the blog & photos. Always happy to be of help with travel inspiration 😉

  • Reply gavino February 20, 2015 at 8:22 am

    All incredible photographs, and your travels seem so exciting. I’m a little envious! I love the photo with the hot air balloons. They’re so much fun to ride in, although I’ve only taken a single trip in a hot air balloon in the past decade or so. Seeing that many in the air at once is an amazing sight and makes me want to jump in one as soon as I can. Unfortunately, I’m not in an area where they’re readily available to ride/rent.

    • Reply Mary February 22, 2015 at 11:13 pm

      Thanks, glad you enjoyed the post. I would go back and do this again in a heartbeat I don’t think hot air ballooning anywhere else would ever top this amazing place 😉

  • Reply TinVanMan March 27, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    I will be anxiously awaiting your full length posts on these places, especially Knaresborough. That photo just screams history and I would love to hear about it. I get it, though. Documenting everything takes a lot of time and energy, and sometimes you just want to enjoy it. Still, though, I hope to hear more about your adventures from 2014 (and of course wherever you go in 2015).

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