Day 14 – Dunoon to Carradale

It rained much of our 149 mile journey today from Dunoon to Carradale, but we made the most of the breaks in the rain.  We had stunning views of the lochs, rain or shine.


Photo of the day

Coastal Road Trip, Tarbet, Harbour, Lobster pots



Coastal Road Trip, Dunoon, wrapped bales, smiley face
Leaving Dunoon we passed a smiley face on some wrapped bales, a good start to the day!


Loch Riddon

Coastal Road Trip, Loch Riddon
Morning view down Loch Riddon.



Coastal Road Trip, view above Tighnabruaich
The misty view from the hills above Tighnabruaich before we headed down into the village.
Coastal Road Trip, Kyles of Bute, Family fishing
A family fishing on the Kyles of Bute.



Coastal Road Trip, Portavadie Tarbet Ferry
The ferry leaving Portavadia for Tarbet.  As we watched, a bunch of cyclists that we had overtaken earlier just miss it.  Lots of cyclists in Scotland on this route, and some of those hills looked real tough, rather them than us.
Coastal Road Trip, Portavadie Tarbet Ferry Sign, Argyll's Secret Coast
It’s not really a secret then, is it?


Otter Ferry

Coastal Road Trip, Otter Ferry, Pontoon
A quiet pontoon at a very quiet Otter Ferry.


Castle Lachlan

Coastal Road Trip, Castle Lachlan
The remains of Castle Lachlan, halfway up Loch Fyne.



Coastal Road Trip, Inveraray Castle
We arrived at Inveraray just as a storm decided to descend on the town.  So just jumped out of the car to take some quick pictures of the Castle.
Coastal Road Trip, Inveraray Jail, Jarno
Jarno looking cheerful outside the jail.
Coastal Road Trip, Inveraray, Pipe Band, Sign
What could be more Scottish?
Coastal Road Trip, Inveraray, War Memorial
The highland soldier war memorial reflected in the puddled path.
Coastal Road Trip, Inveraray, Harbour
The glowing seaweed and a freshly painted fishing boat bringing some colour to Inveraray Harbour.



Coastal Road Trip, Ardrishaig, Anchor, Lighthouse
Not much going on, just a loo break, a rusty anchor and a lighthouse.



Coastal Road Trip, Tarbet, Harbour, Lobster pots
Lobster pots piled on the quay at Tarbert Harbour.
Coastal Road Trip, Tarbet, Harbour, Border Force
Borderforce patrol boat at odds with the backdrop of quaint houses on the green Tarbert hillside.



Coastal Road Trip, Skipness Castle
This was the biggest surprise of the day.  Several miles down a small coastal lane we found Skipness Castle.
Coastal Road Trip, Skipness Castle, Julian, Jarno
Free to wonder around, and no one else but us there to enjoy.


Daily video

Day 13 – Greenock to Dunoon

Another 120 miles ahead of us today as we set off from Greenock to loop around the mainland, and end up only a few miles away across the Firth of Clyde at Dunoon.


Photo of the day

Coastal Road Trip, Loch Long, Arrochar, Old Pier
Loch Long.


Port Glasgow

Coastal Road Trip, Port Glasgow, Newark Castle
Our first castle of the day, Newark Castle.  Quite a rabbits warren of rooms… it went on and on.
Coastal Road Trip, Port Glasgow, Newark Castle, Jarno Knight
Jarno picking a fight with the lovely lady working in the Historic Scotland castle shop.



Coastal Road Trip, Dumbarton Castle, Cannon
And on to our next castle, Dumbarton Castle.  The heavens opened at this point, but still we scrabbled up the many steps to the top of the castle hill.  But took the best picture back down at the bottom of this cannon pointing out across the Firth of Clyde to where we’d just come from earlier in the morning.



Coastal Road Trip, Helensburgh, Hill House, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Table, Chairs
One of the highlights of the day were the unmistakably Charles Rennie Mackintosh interiors of Hill House.  BTW, a correction, we call it Hill Top House by mistake in the daily video (should be just Hill House) – thanks Julian’s Mum & Dad for pointing that out 😉 Living room table and chairs.
Coastal Road Trip, Helensburgh, Hill House, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Bedroom
Bedroom furniture and window.  Perfect complimenting each other.
Coastal Road Trip, Helensburgh, Hill House, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Hall Light
The hall stair lighting with its rich deep purple glass.
Coastal Road Trip, Helensburgh, Hill House, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Entrance Hall
The entrance, every element Charles Rennie Mackintosh.


Gare Loch

Coastal Road Trip, Gare Loch, Yellow Boat
A solitary yellow boat on Gare Loch.


Loch Long

Coastal Road Trip, Loch Long, For Fox Sake Slow Down
We slowed down…
Coastal Road Trip, Loch Long, Grey Mountains
Views up Loch Long with the mountains fading into fifty shades of grey.
Coastal Road Trip, Loch Long, Arrochar
The sun reemerged as we reached the head of the Loch near Arrochar.
Coastal Road Trip, Loch Long, Arrochar, Old Pier
And the remainders of the old Pier at Arrochar.


Glen Croe

Coastal Road Trip, Glen Croe
The bright evening sunlight highlighting the uneveness of Glen Croe.



Coastal Road Trip, Lochgoilhead
Lochgoilhead, not surprisingly at the head of Loch Goil.


Loch Fyne

Coastal Road Trip, Loch Fyne
Loch Fyne looking mysterious as the rain sets in again.



Coastal Road Trip, Dunoon, Hunter's Quay Ferry Terminal
The view from our B&B bedroom window, overlooking the small ferry terminal at Hunter’s Quay.


Daily video


Day 12 – Stranraer to Greenock

Day twelve already!  Getting deeper in to Scotland as we head for Greenock (just west of Glasgow).


Photo of the day

Coastal Road Trip, Ardrossan, Flowers



Coastal Road Trip, Stranraer, Lighthouse
A small lighthouse peeping over the shorline between the ferry terminals on Loch Ryan.



Coastal Road Trip, Ballantree, Pirates
Scottish pirates?  Unlikely today in the quiet (almost empty) and the slightly smelly harbor of Ballantree.



Coastal Road Trip, Lendalfoot, A77
Impressive views north along the coastal A77 road just before Lendalfoot.



Coastal Road Trip, Girvan
What a great backdrop to Girvan.  A few miles further on we tried to get close to Turnberry Lighthouse, unfortunately it’s now surrounded by a luxury Trump hotel and golf course, so we gave up…


Culzean Castle

Coastal Road Trip, Culzean Castle, Julian, Jarno
The super impressive Culzean Castle, both inside and out.  National Trust Scotland have clearly invested in the property and the facilities.
Coastal Road Trip, Culzean Castle, Arms
One way to show off the Kennedy family arms.



Coastal Road Trip, Denure Castle
The remains of the small castle just as you enter Denure.



Coastal Road Trip, Alloway, Burns Cottage
Just before Ayr, we arrived at the birthplace of the Scottish poet Robert Burns (this cottage).
Coastal Road Trip, Alloway, Burns Cottage, Maggpie, Tam, Sculpture
A sculpture of Maggpie the horse and Tam, from the Burns poem Tam o’ Shanter.



Coastal Road Trip, Ardrossan, Flowers
Lovely flower displays on the seafront brightening up a rather dull Ardrossan.



Coastal Road Trip, Portencross, Trees
Hourglass figured trees on the road to Portencross Castle.
Coastal Road Trip, Portencross Castle, Julian, Jarno
Portencross Castle, and it started to absolutely pour down with rain, so surprised we managed to get any pictures at all of this 1300s castle.



Coastal Road Trip, Hunterston, Cranes
Looking back from Fairlie to the silhouette of the cranes at the coal handling port of Hunterston Terminal.



Coastal Road Trip, Largs, Rainbow
As the rains cleared and the evening sun burst through the clouds, a huge rainbow appeared over Largs, which seemed a surprisingly busy holiday town.


Cloch Point

Coastal Road Trip, Cloch Point Lighthouse
Just before arriving at Greenock for the night, we made a quick stop at Cloch Point Lighthouse overlooking the Firth of Clyde, and now someones home.


Daily video

Day 11 – Newton Stewart to Stranraer

Day eleven, wow the days are flying by, today we drove 135 miles from Newton Stewart to Stanraer… with quite a bit of rain to keep us company.  Hence, the grey-ness of several of today’s photos.


Photo of the day

Coastal Road Trip, Drummore, Clown Scarecrow
Drummore Scarecrows



Coastal Road Trip, Wigtown
A sleepy little town curiously full of bookshops, and it turned out to be the book capital of Scotland.



Coastal Road Trip, Garlieston
For a small village it had 2 bowling greens, which may have been a good indicator of the towns demographics. Weirdly, according to the price list on the bowling green hut, men are charged more than women to play.


Isle of Whithorn

Coastal Road Trip, Isle of Whithorn, St Ninian's Chapel
St Ninian’s Chapel from about the 1300’s, but still in pretty good condition, and look at those thick walls.
Coastal Road Trip, Isle of Whithorn, Lighthouse
Not the most attractive of lighthouses, but we added it to our collection.
Coastal Road Trip, Isle of Whithorn, Swings
Swings with a view.



Coastal Road Trip, Whithorn Priory
Whithorn Priory, founded in the 400s in Whithorn, considered to be Scotland’s oldest Christian settlement.


Barsalloch Fort

Coastal Road Trip, Barsalloch Fort view
Not much left of the this fort on top of a hill, so here are the views south east to Point of Leg.


Chapel Finian

Coastal Road Trip, Chapel Finian
OK, you’ll have to use your imagination for what this chapel previously looked like.



At the remains of Glenluse Abbey it was so wet and stormy Jarno decided it would be better to stay in the car.  Julian ventured out and took a look around despite a closed sign – maybe due to the weather?



Coastal Road Trip, Drummore, Welcome Scarecrow
On the way to the Mull of Galloway we passed through Drummore, eerily full of scarecrows in costumes, a local competition.  Here are the winners according to
Coastal Road Trip, Drummore, Clown Scarecrow
Third place
Coastal Road Trip, Drummore, Chimney Sweep Scarecrow
Second place
Coastal Road Trip, Drummore, Sheep on bike Scarecrow
First place, what a winning combination a sheep on a bike with a cuddle me jumper.


Mull of Galloway

Coastal Road Trip, Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, Sign
The most southerly point of Scotland at the Mull of Galloway lighthouse.  And it was super windy!  Some directions for you…
Coastal Road Trip, Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, Certificate, Julian, Jarno
Certificates for climbing, amazing views from the top.  Unfortunately the photographer missed to include the full lighthouse in the photo… doh! 😉

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Port Logan

Coastal Road Trip, Port Logan, Old Stone Lighthouse, Bell tower
Old stone lighthouse with a bell tower on Port Logan Pier.



Coastal Road Trip, Portpatrick, Stormy sea
Stormy seas crashing over the rocks at Portpatrick, a larger town than we had expected in this fairly remote area.
Coastal Road Trip, Portpatrick, MV Princess Victoria Memorial
A bit of a curious choice of memorial for the MV Princess Victoria sinking.
Coastal Road Trip, Portpatrick, Lighthouse
The Portpatrick Lighthouse at the entrance to the harbour.


Black Head

Coastal Road Trip, Black Head, Lighthouse, Cows
The locals keeping an eye on us as we approached Black House Lighthouse.
Coastal Road Trip, Black Head Lighthouse
As close as we could get, as it turned out to be someone’s house.


Corsewall Point

Coastal Road Trip, Corsewall Point Lighthouse
Yes, it does look similar to the other lighthouses painted yellow and white, but it is a different one, honest.  Corsewall Point Lighthouse seemed to be a hotel, but mysteriously no one was around… so we left, and headed to Stranraer for the night.


Daily video


Day 10 – Carlise to Newton Stewart

Today we entered Scotland!  Driving from Carlise to Newton Stewart, and had much better weather.  As soon as we entered Scotland we got sunshine 🙂


Photo of the day

Coastal Road Trip, New Abbey, Sweetheart Abbey, Lawnmower
Sweetheart Abbey at New Abbey



Coastal Road Trip, Carlise Castle
Carlise was our last stopping point before crossing the Eden and Esk Rivers into Scotland.  The impressive Norman castle and Jarno in the rain.
Coastal Road Trip, Carlise, Be Just And Fear Not
Good point!
Coastal Road Trip, Carlise Cathedral
Carlise Cathedral dating from 1133, just down the road from the castle.



Coastal Road Trip, Caerlaverock Castle
Our first stop in Scotland at the medieval Caerlaverock Castle.  We also became members of Historic Scotland, as it looked like the route ahead would probably include many castles and historic sites!
Coastal Road Trip, Caerlaverock Castle Interior
A small but surprisingly elaborate Renaissance castle.
Coastal Road Trip, Caerlaverock Castle, Pit-Prison
Looking up to the sky from the pit-prison.


New Abbey

Coastal Road Trip, New Abbey, Sweetheart Abbey
Sweetheart Abbey in New Abbey, named after Lady Dervorgilla, its founder who was buried with the heart of her husband.
Coastal Road Trip, New Abbey, Sweetheart Abbey, Lawnmower
Freshly cut grass at the abbey.
Coastal Road Trip, New Abbey, The New Abbey Corn Mill
A quick tour of the The New Abbey Corn Mill.


Carse Bay

Coastal Road Trip, Carse Bay
Views across Carse Bay and the Solway Firth.



Coastal Road Trip, Southerness Lighthouse
An unusual square backed lighthouse sitting among rock pools at Southerness Point.



Coastal Road Trip, Rockcliffe, Ice cream, Julian, Jarno
Our first ice cream in Scotland, and believe it or not, the first ice cream on our coastal road trip.
Coastal Road Trip, Rockcliffe Beach
And plenty of people squeezed on to the beach enjoying the sunshine.


Orchardton Tower

Coastal Road Trip, Orchardton Tower, Jarno
The Orchardton Tower down a small lane.  The only roundhouse in Scotland.  And we were its only visitors.



Coastal Road Trip, Hazelfield, Solway Firth view
Eco views across the Solway Firth from Hazelfield.
Coastal Road Trip, Hazelfield, Straw giant
And a straw giant in a field by the road…. no we have no idea either.



Coastal Road Trip, Dundrennan Abbey
Dundrennan Abbey was closed by the time we arrived but fortunately it towered above the walls, so we could easily take a quick look around from the outside.



Coastal Road Trip. Kirkcudbright
Kirkcudbright town viewed from across the bay, with MacLellan’s Castle under a bit of renovation.  We had pie and chips for dinner as a little arrival treat in Scotland 🙂
Coastal Road Trip. Kirkcudbright, boat wreck
An old boat on the banks of Kirkcudbright Bay.


Little Ross

Coastal Road Trip, Little Ross Lighthouse
Little Ross Lighthouse in the distance.



Costal Road Trip, Fixer-upper
We came across this fixer-upper on the coastline between Ross and Anwoth, maybe we need a bit of a smaller project.


Cardoness Castle

Coastal Road Trip, Cardoness Castle
Built by the McCulloch family in the 1400s.  It had already closed for the day, so just viewed from a distance.


Cairnholly Chambered Cairns

Coastal Road Trip, Cairnholly Chambered Cairns
And finally, glowing in the evening sun, an ancient burial ground and meeting place from 4-6,000 years ago!  Jarno couldn’t open the gate (the gate was newer).


Daily video

Day 09 – Barrow-In-Furness to Carlisle

A rather dull day nine as we drove north along the coast from Barrow-In-Furness to Carlise.


Photo of the day

Coastal Road Trip, St Bees Lighthouse
St Bees Lighthouse


South Walney

Coastal Road Trip, South Walney, Nature Reserve, Piel Castle
First stop of the day was the South Walney Nature Reserve, with its views back north to Piel Castle, which we had seen the evening before from the other side by Rampside.
Coastal Road Trip, South Walney, Nature Reserve, Ranger's Hut
The ranger’s hut at the nature reserve, an Aladdin’s cave of nature related info.
Coastal Road Trip, South Walney, Nature Reserve, Seagull, Jarno
We encountered a very curious (and hungry) friend.



Coastal Road Trip, Eskmeals Beach, MOD Eskmeals
Next to the pebble beach, we found this sign, we moved on quickly…
Coastal Road Trip, Eskmeals, Lake District Views
But behind the beach there were idyllic views over meadows to the Lake District.



Coastal Road Trip, Ravenglass
Cute seaside cottages (very close to the sea on the other side) in the small village of Ravenglass.



Coastal Road Trip, Sellafield
The word’s first commercial nuclear power station.  Julian had remembered adverts for the visitor centre as a kid, and was weirdly curious to visit.  However, it seems the visitor centre no longer exists, so instead we made do with these views across the fields.


St Bees

Coastal Road Trip, St Bees Lighthouse
More views across fields.  We were trying to get a closer look at St Bees Lighthouse, but down a very narrow quiet country lane we came across private property signs.  So we decided to view from a distance over this golden brown wheat field.



Coastal Road Trip, Whitehaven, Lighthouse
A bit of a tired looking lighthouse at Whitehaven.
Coastal Road Trip, Whitehaven, Harbor, Industrial past
Remains of Whitehaven’s industrial past.



Coastal Road Trip, Maryport, Lighthouse, Paintings
Next to Maryport Lighthouse there was a display of lighthouse paintings by local school children, so here is one of them to add a bit of colour to day nine of our Coastal Road Trip.
Coastal Road Trip, Maryport Breakwater
A bleak and cold evening at the Maryport breakwater.



Coastal Road Trip, Siloth
Before heading east along the coast to Carlise we stopped by Siloth, with its surprisingly wide cobbled streets, and long stepped promenade stretching into the distance.


Daily video

Day 08 – Preston to Barrow-In-Furness

Today’s drive on the north west coastline was pretty varied as we covered everything from quiet coastal villages to busy holiday resorts like Blackpool.


Photo of the Day

Coastal Road Trip, Blackpool, Blackpool Lights, McDonalds
Blackpool Lights



Coastal Road Trip, Preston, Marina, Lighthouse, Morrisons, Lighthouse
As you follow the north west coastline, Preston is the first crossing point over the River Ribble.  As luck would have it there was a disused lighthouse by the local Morrisons supermarket at the town marina.  I guess not many lighthouses have a trolley park at their base.


Lytham St Anne’s

Coastal Road Trip, Lytham St Anne's, Lytham Windmill
Lytham Windmill, our first windmill (keeping Jarno happy), right on the edge of the grassy Ribble estuary.
Coastal Road Trip, Lytham St Anne's, RSPB
The view across the estuary from the local RSPB sanctuary.
Coastal Road Trip, Lytham St Anne's Pier
Lytham St Anne’s Pier and the broad sandy beach.
Coastal Road Trip, Lytham St Anne's, Beach, Donkey
Donkeys being prepared for the day ahead on the beach.



Coastal Road Trip, Blackpool, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Mr Chippy
A few typical sights along the long Blackpool seafront.  First at the southern end, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, behind a chippy.
Coastal Road Trip, Blackpool, Blackpool Lights, McDonalds
The Blackpool lights (by day), no prizes for guessing who were sponsoring this section of the lights.
Coastal Road Trip, Blackpool, Blackpool Tower
And at the northern end of the promenade, the magnificent Blackpool Tower.



Coastal Road Trip, Cleveleys, Mary's Shell
The promenade looked pretty smart here, it clearly had a recent face lift.  A huge shell work of art (Mary’s Shell) on the empty beach.



Coastal Road Trip, Fleetwood, Pharos Lighthouse
More disused lighthouses, first the larger Pharos Lighthouse at Fleetwood.


Knott End-on-Sea

Coastal Road Trip, Knott End-on-Sea view, Fleetwood, Lower Lighthouse
Then whilst having a picnic at Knott End-on-Sea, we had a great view back west over the River Wyre to the Lower Lighthouse at Fleetwood.



Coastal Road Trip, Lancaster, Lancaster Castle, Julian, Jarno
Crossing the River Lune at Lancaster, we stopped to look at Lancaster Castle.  Interestingly it was still a working prison until 2011.



Coastal Road Trip, Morecambe, Lake District Sculpture, Art, Silhouette
Silhouette of the Lake District mountains, outlined and labelled on this clever art piece on Morcambe Promenade.
Coastal Road Trip, Morcambe, Eric Morecambe Statue
This statue needs no introduction for the Brits, but for the rest it’s a statue of Eric Morecambe.  A famous British comedian.  Julian did a selfie with him but his sunglasses were lopsided, ironic.



Coastal Road Trip, Arnside, Pier
Small quiet pier on to the River Kent at the quaint village of Arnside.



Coastal Road Trip, Grange-over-Sands, Railway, View
The railway line separating the view back over the River Kent to Arnside.



Coastal Road Trip, Ulverston, Barrow Monument, Head Monument
The Hoad (Barrow) Monument on the peak of Hoad Hill to the east of Ulverston.  Only took a picture as it resembles a lighthouse.



Coastal Road Trip, Rampside, Rampside Lighthouse
Before heading to Barrow-In-Furness for the night we stopped by the rather unusual and slim Rampside Lighthouse.


Daily video

Day 07 – Colwyn Bay to Preston

We started day seven of our trip by going back west a few miles to Llandudno before continuing east out of Wales into England.  Some typical and some not so typical British seaside sights today.


Photo of the day

Coastal Road Trip, Crosby Beach, Antony Gormley's Another Place
Crosby Beach



Coastal Road Trip, Llandudno Pier
Early Sunday morning at Llandudno Pier, eerily empty.  Everyone was clearly still in bed, as they knew the heavens were about to open.
Coastal Road Trip, Llandudno
Colourful hotels at the end of the Llandudno promenade.  The start of the Great Orme hill and headland behind.  We then drove around the Great Orme Heritage Coast loop, would have been great views if it it hadn’t been pouring down with rain.


Colwyn Bay

Coastal Road Trip, Colwyn Bay
We looped back to Colwyn Bay where we stayed the night before.  The promenade and road along the sea front was closed off due to an ongoing waterfront improvement project.  In the distance we could see the pier, which looked in a sorry state… hopefully that is part of their improvement project too.



Coastal Road Trip, Prestatyn, Lifeguard Board
The lifeguards were having a peaceful day at a very quiet Prestatyn Beach.  Wind turbines off shore in the background, which became a surprisingly common sight on our coastal journey.


Talacre Lighthouse

Coastal Road Trip, Talacre Lighthouse, Point of Ayr
The Talacre Lighthouse at Point of Ayr.  Abandoned, but looked great, even on a stormy morning.



Coastal Road Trip, Flint Castle, Julian, Jarno
Flint Castle with impressive views over the River Dee.  We bumped into a lovely Canadian family that had also been staying at the same B&B as us near Cardigan, we had also bumped into them at Cilgerran Castle three days earlier… small world.


Flintshire Bridge

Coastal Road Trip, Flintshire Bridge
Crossing the River Dee over a rather striking Flintshire Bridge, flanked by electricity pylons.  Blue sky starting to peep through the clouds…


Leasowe Lighthouse

Coastal Road Trip, Leasowe Lighthouse
The now disused Leasowe Lighthouse, not the most attractive lighthouse, but still striking with the blue sky behind.


New Brighton

Coastal Road Trip, New Brighton
The view from New Brighton out to the lighthouse and beyond to the cranes on the other side of the River Mersey.



Coastal Road Trip, Crosby Beach, Antony Gormley's Another Place
One of the one hundred Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ statues, submerged in Crosby Beach.  A bit spooky but very striking.  Very cool to see in person.
Coastal Road Trip, Crosby Beach, Antony Gormley's Another Place,
A bit of beach marketing.



Coastal Road Trip, Formby Point
A lovely clean beach backed by sand dunes and pinewoods at the National Trust’s Formby Point.  They’ve clearly struggled with beach erosion though, this looked like an old road or building that had collapsed in the beach and sea.



Coastal Road Trip, Southport, Ice cream van
A Mr Whippy ice cream van finishing work for the day at Southport Beach.
Coastal Road Trip, Southport Beach, Weather Vane Fish
A striking looking weather vane style fish sculpture on the Southport Promenade.



Coastal Road Trip, Marshside, View to Blackpool Tower
On our way to Preston for the night, we passed Marshside, with views across to Lytham St Ann’s, and Blackpool Tower ghost-like in the distance.  A sneak preview of our trip tomorrow.


Daily video

Day 06 – Porthmadog to Colwyn Bay

After beautiful weather on day five, day six started rainy and windy and continued most of the day.  As today’s trip included Anglesey, the weather matched our expectations for the wind swept island… but we had fun nevertheless.


Photo of the day

Coastal Road Trip, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-llantysiliogogogoch Station


Coastal Road Trip, Caernarfon Castle
Welcome to Caernarfon!  Impressive castle but the verdict is out on the rest of the town.  Though we did have a good coffee.


Coastal Road Trip, Caernarfon Castle, Carousel
And the Merry-go-round Carousel in the market square brightened things up a bit.



Coastal Road Trip, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-llantysiliogogogoch Ticket
It had to be done, first visit on Anglesey was to the the town with the longest place name in Europe and second longest in the world: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.  Which means even the train tickets have to be extra big.
Coastal Road Trip, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-llantysiliogogogoch Station
…and the train station signs… etc etc… you get the idea 😉  Secretly I (Julian) was excited to visit, I had always wanted to since a kid.  Check.


Plas Newydd

Coastal Road Trip, Plas Newydd
Next stop was Plas Newydd House & Gardens.  The impressive interior is home to the largest canvas painting in the UK.  We did take a picture of it, but we couldn’t get the whole painting in the shot, so best to just google it!
Coastal Road Trip, Plas Newydd, Garden
A bit of colour on a grey day in the Plas Newydd Garden.


Anglesey, west coast

Coastal Road Trip, Anglesey west coast
Most of the west coast of Anglesey looked like this, wet, windy and stormy.


Trearddur Bay

Coastal Road Trip, Trearddur Bay
Struggling to get out to sea at Trearddur Bay, we watched a little longer, he capsized a minute later and gave up.


South Stack

Coastal Road Trip, South Stack Lighthouse
The rain stopped by the time we arrived at South Stack Lighthouse on Holy Island, also a RSPB bird sanctuary.   We also tuned in to Irish radio and our mobile phones started trying to connect to Irish networks, you then realise how close you are to Ireland.
Coastal Road Trip, South Stack Lighthouse
Great views of South Stack Lighthouse over some pretty severe cliffs.  We walked a bit further on to also try and see North Stack Lighthouse, but the weather closed in and all we got was pictures of sea mist.



Coastal Road Trip, Beaumaris Castle
Following the northern and eastern coast of Anglesey, we ended up at Beaumaris Castle.  Seemed one of the nicest towns on the island.
Coastal Road Trip, Beaumaris Pier
Beaumaris Pier, with seagulls hovering in the wind, almost in formation.



Coastal Road Trip, Coastal Road Trip, Conwy Castle
Back on the mainland we passed through Bangor to Conwy, and its grand 13th century Conwy Castle, before heading to Colwyn Bay for the evening.


Daily video

Day 05 – Dolgellau to Porthmadog

Sunshine again!  Best day of weather so far.  On day five we drove the remaining part of the Welsh west coast, then looped around the Lynn Peninsula ending back at Porthmadog.


Photo of the day

Coastal Road Trip, Braich y Pwll, Heather, Sheep
Braich y Pwll



Coastal Road Trip, Barmouth, Lifeboat
Lifeboat resting in the shallow and still early morning waters of Barmouth.



Coastal Road Trip, Harlech Castle
Old meets new at Harlech Castle, with is modern bridge linked into the medieval fort.



Coastal Road Trip, Portmeirion, Julian, Jarno
The totally surreal village of Portmeirion.  Created by Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis.  Weird but we kind of liked it.
Coastal Road Trip, Portmeirion
The Central Piazza, but nothing is quite what it seems…
Coastal Road Trip, Portmeirion
Yes, this is Wales..?!



Coastal Road Trip, Criccieth
Criccieth with the contrast between the trim colourful town houses and the headland with Criccieth Castle perched on top.



Coastal Road Trip, Abersoch
Abersoch, tide is out again…


Plas yn Rhiw

Coastal Road Trip, Plas yn Rhiw
The blooming cottage garden at the modest yet comfy Plas yn Rhiw House, another National Trust property.



Coastal Road Trip, Aberdaron
The former fishing village of Aberdaron with its bay and beach, plus car park concertinaed in this panorama shot.


Braich y Pwll

Coastal Road Trip, Braich y Pwll
The most westerly point of Wales, with breathtaking views from the single track lane to the coastguard lookout at the top.
Coastal Road Trip, Braich y Pwll, Julian, Jarno
Hello from Braich y Pwll and the Irish Sea.
Coastal Road Trip, Braich y Pwll, Heather
Braich y Pwll sheep enjoying the weather too.



Coastal Road Trip, Porthor
Another National Trust stop at Porthor Beach on the north side of the Lynn Peninsula.



Coastal Road Trip, Porthdinllaen
After trying to find Porthdinllaen precariously walking across a golf course, we turned back to the car park, and realized we could see it in the distance on the other side of the headland.
Coastal Road Trip, Porthdinllaen view
And in the final photo of the day, with the view to the east from Porthdinllaen across to Porthnefyn.  We then headed back south to Porthmadog for the evening.


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