After a whirlwind, itinerary-packed road trip through the United Kingdom, we made one final stop at the Royal Armouries in Leeds before heading back to Heathrow Airport.
No visit to Edinburgh is complete without a visit to one of Scotland’s most important strongholds.
Sitting atop a rocky headland overlooking the ocean is the picturesque ruins of St. Andrews Castle, once the residence of Scotland’s bishops and archbishops.
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One of the most striking castles we visited on our road trip through the UK sits atop a dramatic headland with 160 foot cliffs on 3 sides.
Urquhart Castle was an unscheduled stop as we headed farther north into Scotland to Loch Ness. We saw the signs and thought, you know what is better than exploring a castle? Exploring TWO castles!
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Eileen Donan is probably one of the most picturesque castles we’ve visited on our UK road trip. It’s also one of the smaller ones. Built in the 13th century, it is rumored to have sheltered Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Scottish Independence. Having seen years of clan feuds and barely endured the Jacobite uprising, the castle today stands restored for us to enjoy.
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Our first castle visit out of England sits atop Castle Hill and is one of Scotland’s largest and most significant castles.
A bit like America’s Las Vegas in terms of tying the not, Gretna Green is famous for runaway weddings. In the mid 18th-century, English law declared couples had to be at least 21 to be married without parental consent. Scottish law, however, stated 16 was alright with them. With Gretna Green traditionally being the first village in Scotland near the border, runaway couples would come here, usually with an angry guardian in pursuit.
With its history dating back to the time of William the Conquerer in 1068, Warwick Castle has withstood almost 11 centuries of attacks, besiegement, damage & changing of hands, to become one of England’s most impressive castles today.
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Bath, England was completely my idea. I’m not going to pass off that visiting the Jane Austen Center & having tea time next to a portrait of Mr. Darcy was husband’s idea… But he was gracious enough to let me get my Regency Era fix
as long as I promised not to tell how much he enjoyed it.