Posted by: Kerry & Jim | 27 July 2013

UK Bus Tour – Part 1

Day 1

The first stop on our UK bus tour was in the university city of Cambridge were we went punting on the Cam River. We went past the university colleges where students reside. It is a very beautiful city and although time was limited we did get to walk around the old city.

From Cambridge it was on to York for a walking tour. Amazing history in this very old walled city. We saw buildings dating back to 1464 which are still operating as shops today. The York Minster cathedral was originally constructed in 637AD.

Day 2

We arrived at Hadrian’s Wall just as the sun started to shine. Hadrian’s Wall was begun in 122 AD as a defensive fortification to divide Great Britain from Scotland by the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Small sections of the wall remain today and it is a recognised walking trail from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway. The farmland here is beautiful – rolling hills and sheep everywhere.

The crossing of the border into Scotland was marked by a bag piper at the obligatory stop. Once again rolling hills covered in lush green grass.

From here it was on to Jedburgh to see Mary, Queen of Scots house and the remains of Jedburgh Abbey which was founded in 1138.

Day 3

Edinburgh is such a large city but we only saw the touristy side. It was great to tour Edinburgh Castle – even the drainpipes are regal! From up at the Castle you can see for miles.

And to top it off we went to the local pub, the the Salisbury Arms for dinner last night. It was great. The weather was a little inclement for those outside but the locals didn’t mind, they just put up their umbrellas and kept on enjoying. Jim had the Beef and Ale Pie with Spicy Carrot, Caramelised Onion, Mushy Pea Potato Mash, and I had Haddock with fries, mushy peas and mash potato. Yum!

Off to find ‘Nessy’ tomorrow up at Loch Ness.


  1. Can you please tell me the name of the tour group you used in the UK from London as it sounds like something I would like to do with my grandchildren. Thanks.

    • The tours was with Expat Explore. Happy travels.

  2. Jimmy, would like to see u in one of those kilts!! NOT!!!

    Unfortunately like Janet I am back at work tomorrow for the commencement of my 3 day a week transition. Looking forward to it too!! Again… NOT!!

    Looks like you have had some wonderful weather in the UK too.

    Cheers and keep them coming

  3. Hi Jim and Kerry,

    Unfortunately we are home and back to work tomorrow, will share photos with Dogie and Gary.

    I don’t see a photo of you guys with Price George??…



    • Please say hi to the guys for us. We are still talking about our night together.

  4. Jim give Boof a ring….reckon you could bat at number 3 and open the bowling….great photos again…the old dart has something about it eh!

    • I’m only interested in opening! Countryside is beautiful.

  5. hi just printed it out will take over to mum

    • Thanks very much Chris. That’s great.

  6. Bringing back lots of memories, we have been to all those places. It’s all beautiful and green. We are in Melbourne back on Friday talk to you soon. Xxxxx

  7. It looks as though you are having a great time. It all looks beautiful.

    • Yes, all lovely and green and so much history in the beautiful cities.

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