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Golden Fleece, York

Today, we spent the day in York.

We started with a tour of key sites such as the Minster (Cathedral), Shambles retail area and walk around the old medieval wall. Guests then explored the extensive shopping areas including market.

Tomorrow we move south to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Open air market, York

York viewed from medieval wall

River Ouse, York.

Central Tower, York Minster

Priest inside York Minster

Inside York Minster

Kings’ Screen, York Minster

York Minster

Shoppers in the Shambles

Shambles, York

Coppergate, York

Fossgate, York.

Re-enactment Suffragettes, York.

Tour Guest with Eurasian Eagle Owl in Ambleside.

Blog post June 23rd, 2017

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Edinburgh, Scotland and drove south-west through rolling, green countryside of the Scottish Borders to the English Lake District.

Our target was Ambleside which we approached via the banks of Ullswater and the Kirkstone Pass. Latter is high elevation and due to adverse weather, we were in cloud for latter part of the trip with attendant poor visibility.

Ambleside town centre

Ambleside from Kirkstone Pass, Lake District.

Pleasure steamer on Ullswater.

The Lake District is characterised by hills, mountains, waterfalls, lakes, many sheep and dry-stone boundary walls.

Upon arrival at Ambleside we availed of a pub lunch followed by a short walk around the town entailing an encounter with a (tame) Eurasian Eagle Owl.

Bridge House, Ambleside

Eurasian Eagle Owl in Ambleside

Next, we moved on to our next destination of York in northern England. En-route we came across a Highland Cow which afforded another photo-opportunity.

Highland Cow photo-opp,

Landscape view from Kirkstone Pass

Finally, after delays on the road due to construction work, we arrived at our lodgings in York at 6.30 pm.

Tomorrow, we explore York.


This morning, we departed our lodgings in Glasgow and travelled east to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city.

At Edinburgh we joined the sightseeing tour bus which included a stop at Edinburgh Castle.

Scottish Parliament Building

West Bow, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh New Town

One O’Clock Gun at Edinburgh Castle

Elephant House Cafe

Deacon Brodie’s Tavern

Scottish National Gallery

Scott Monument, Edinburgh

Upon completing a circuit of Edinburgh on the tour bus we drove south to visit Rosslyn Chapel which is now a top visitor attraction following mention in the Da Vinci Code.

Rosslyn Chapel

Finally, we returned to our lodgings in Edinburgh.

Tomorrow we travel south to England.