First stop Portmeirion. This was more to do with it being on my wish list of places to see rather than for the reasons above but it didn’t disappoint. We did arrive quite late in the day and so entrance fees were reduced a little. A quaint pretty and brightly coloured place with some weird and wonderful buildings all of which looked simply beautiful as the sun went down. We stopped for a coffee and some cake and ice creams and walked about taking it all in. I think for future reference if we were to go again we’d go as a couple, Tiggy’s daddy and I, as the menus in the restaurants looked lovely and it had all the hallmarks of what I would imagine to be a lovely weekend away without the children. The boys had a play and run about in the open grassed area, we took in the views of the sea and even caught a glimpse of the most wonderful full moon before heading on with our adventure.
Next stop, Snowdon. Yes we went up it, of course, but we cheated and took the train to the top, well nearly to the top. The winds were so high that day that it was considered unsafe to head any further than ‘Clogwyn’ which is 3/4 of the way up so we’ll have to re-visit to reach the summit another day but nonetheless the view from where we reached was spectacular, albeit holding onto my footing and Tiggy was a challenge in the winds to say the least! A previous article about breastfeeding on the top of a mountain was from this trip see The Emotive Subject of Breastfeeding.
From Snowdon we ventured onwards to the Lake District and despite some not so nice weather it was still such a beautiful place. We stayed a couple days and went boating on Lake Windermere, visited the Beatrix Potter Attraction and enjoyed some lovely food. The Lakes are definitely worthy of far more time than we had on this trip and we will most certainly return to explore some more.
We had arrived. And oh how majestic and glorious the castle looked. Tiggy’s daddy was pleased, the boys excited, it is a castle after all. Tiggy needed to feed so once inside we parked ourselves in a quiet little corner of the restaurant inside the castle and had a most wonderful lunch. Tiggy’s daddy even tried haggis for the very first time. Her brothers were not so adventurous but ate well and there were ice creams all round for dessert. We explored pretty much every inch of the castle, the boys were keen to see the cannons and sat on most of them as did Tiggy too but she was most unimpressed so her turn was short lived! The boys even witnessed the firing of one which they were most impressed with. We saw the museum at the rear, the fabulous horse statue, the cells and went right to the very top to see the Crown Jewels. The staff there were most helpful in assisting us get to the top with Tiggy’s pram and showing us around explaining the history as we went. We took endless photos and the boys imagination was all too clear as they raced about pretending to battle “like in the olden days”.
After a full and very busy day in Edinburgh we set off for home even taking in Sherwood Forest en-route to see if we could find Robin Hood! All in all it was a great adventure and despite initial reservations of taking a four month old Tiggy on a week long road trip in a motorhome, it was a success and Edinburgh, we loved you!