England & Scotland 2019

Helen's niece Hannah gets married at the end of May 2019 and we are invited. The last time Kirsten was in the UK and met Helen's family was 2003 when Hannah was only 6 years old! As we were flying over we decide to turn it into a longer holiday and spend time touring around Scotland and taking in some sights in England before going to the wedding.

Kirsten has never seen Scotland and May is the best time to visit because the weather is better and there are no midges. They turn up from June to August to spoil the summer! The easiest way for us to tour around was to rent a motorhome. Scotland has some fantastic scenery with plenty of attractions and a motorhome would give us more flexibility.

Our first destination over the Easter weekend was Eton and Windsor. Last year Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle which we watched on TV. Kirsten was really impressed with the castle and wanted to see it for herself.

We were really lucky with the weather and booked two great apartments near Windsor and in Edinburgh. Both cities are well worth visiting with plenty to see and do. We enjoyed our walking tours before picking up our motorhome and setting off from Edinburgh to explore Scotland.

Unfortunately the motorhome we booked was far bigger than anything we've ever driven – 25 feet (7.4 m). They didn't have any smaller ones! So we called her "Big Bertha".

Helen was a bit concerned about driving such a large motorhome when she knew that the roads were very narrow but public transport gets very sparse the further north you travel and having to pre-book all our accommodation would mean we had no flexibility and couldn't sit out bad weather.

Fortunately we managed to find some wonderful overnight spots which were all free and were perfect for seeing all the wonderful scenery and many castles. We also got to see puffins for the first time and could get really close to them. We were there in time to watch them building their nests.

Scotland has a lot to offer and we had a superb time. Hopefully that comes across in our photos and reports. We also had a great time at Hannah and John's wedding. It's been a long time since we've had to dress up!

Have fun reading!