Eur ’19 | Tournai, Belgium

Tournai was another flying visit, and an impromptu one at that! We had no intention of stopping at this town as we made our way across Belgium, however on our approach we saw the five impressive spires of the cathedral and we ignored the route we should have been taking and headed straight into the…

Eur ’19 | Kortrijk, Belgium

For us, Kortrijk was a flying visit – spending a few hours meandering around the city centre, enjoying a few of the sites and eating some rather delicious ice cream! I have to admit, whilst we were driving in, making our way through the slightly run down looking areas of the town we wondered whether…

Eur ’19 | Beautiful, Bustling Bruges!

We parked just outside the city and made our way in through the backstreets. Crossing the canal took us away from the main roads and suddenly we were strolling along quaint cobbled streets lined with beautiful old houses. People ambled past us, or stood chatting in doorways – going about their lives. Stumbling across a…

Eur ’19 | Arriving in Dunkirk

The van was packed and ready to go and as soon as we finished work we were out of the Lake District and on the M6. We had flexible ferry tickets which gave us a three day window to catch a boat but we wanted to maximise our time away – ergo, not spend an…

The Trossachs | A Snowy Weekend

It has become a little tradition of ours to break away for a few days early in the year, usually when the weather is still cold and miserable, to the Trossachs National Park. It is an area we usually avoid during the rest of our Scotland wanderings due to the newly appointed camping management zones…

Galloway 12/18 | Loch Doon in the Sunshine

The winter sun shone brightly down on the forest park as we drove along the meandering roads. It was a beautiful drive with long shadows falling from the dark clustered trees; the open ground was covered in, now dead, bracken which was glowing orange in the light. Turning off the main road (using the term…

Galloway 12/18 | Exploring the Dalquharran Castles

It was a beautiful day and we decided to drive to the quiet little village of Dailly, situated north west of the forest park – it isn’t the prettiest of villages but it has a couple of points of interest and is surrounded in beautiful countryside. Parking up on the main street we left the…

Galloway 12/18 | Exploring the Forests of Barr

The relentless rain and head height clouds gave us the perfect excuse to have a lazy morning, but eventually we mobilised and headed to the village of Barr where lots of trails wind through the surrounding forests. With our waterproofs on we left the van behind, the clouds still hung heavily in the air and…

Galloway 12/18 | Castles on the Coast

After breakfast we drove towards Ayr and the coast, it was drizzling most of the journey but dried up just as we got out the van. We headed straight down onto Greenan beach, the tide was out and the water had the same pallid grey countenance as the sky which sat featureless above it. The…

Galloway 12/18 |Arrival and Exploring Kirroughtree

It was grey and rainy leaving the Lakes, we had intended to make our way up the night before but a pretty awful storm was blowing through. The lashing rain and gale force winds kept us at home for another evening, leaving the next day instead. A good decision because after leaving in the rain,…