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!
York Minster on a glorious spring day
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.
Bettys 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.
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.
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.
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!