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We’re back from our first more-than-a-longweekend trip with Ivan. We went all the way from Surrey to John O’Groats and back again in a week. We saw the most beautiful places on our way to Scotland, and in the Highlands the scenery took our breath away. I will be sharing our road trip with you in seven posts. Expect a lot of photos!

This was the route for day 1: Thames Ditton to St. Mary’s Loch in the Scottish Borders.

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On our way to the  Tibbie Shields Inn Campsite, we stopped at Harrogate for tea & fat rascals at Betty’s Tea Room and at Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North. John and I couldn’t stop talking about how beautiful Yorkshire is – this is definitely on our to do list for Spring, and not just for a weekend. We want to go back to Yorkshire for at least a week (and I want to eat Fat Rascals for breakfast every day).

The Tibbie Shields Inn campsite is right on the banks of St. Mary’s Loch, and I mean ON the bank. The shower and toilet facilities are not great, but what it lacks in facilities it more than makes up for in location.

*If you want to see any of the photos full size, just click on it and use the arrows to navigate through the slideshow.