Well, we had 3 excellent days in Scotland.
New year’s eve, we spent the whole day looking around Edinburgh. Starting with breakfast at The Elephant House, one of the cafes where Jo Rowling wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Somebody took this photo years ago, probably not knowing how significant it would become:
So Liam went to sit at the same spot!
The toilets of that cafe are COVERED with Harry Potter related graffiti. Quotes from the books, people’s favourite moments, messages of gratitude to Jo. It was lovely to see!
We had lunch at The Spoon bistro, another venue that Jo used to visit. And we went past the Balmoral Hotel, where Jo finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and famously signed a bust to celebrate! :)
New year’s eve celebrations in Edinburgh were excellent fun, and the fireworks were fantastic; we saw them from the South Bridge.
New year’s day we drove to Strathclyde, and then it was pretty much a day of recovery. We lay in bed and watched movies for most of the afternoon, and watched the new Sherlock episode!
Yesterday morning we went into Glasgow. I had really no idea what to expect from Glasgow, but i found it felt quite like Southampton. We were delighted to find a real police box in the high street!
Glasgow is pretty industrial, but the river Clyde is nice.
Our last experience of Scotland was a stop off at a service station just before we reached the border.
From there we drove through the pretty hills around the edge of the Lake District, and made it to Manchester for a great night out with some of my friends from BBC Sport.
Today we’re going to Liverpool, and we’ll sleep in Wrexham, Wales tonight. Tomorrow it’ll be Chester, then driving down to South Wales and a night out in Cardiff. The next day we’ll visit Bristol, Bath, Lacock and Oxford before returning to London.