On this page:
♦ Ted’s journeys around the UK with Steve,
♦ Steve’s rail tours around Scotland and the Isle of Man and,
♦ Steve’s walks, in Northeast England and Scotland, always with Ted in the rucky.
A few times each year I take a few days to explore somewhere new, or places I haven’t been to for many years, sometimes with friends and always with Ted. The trips tend to revolve around scenery and beer and always involve using public transport. As well as the account of the trip I’ve included some useful practical information and, where relevant, a bit of train buffery. To download each trip click on the links below, at the foot of the page or on the sidebar.
The journeys currently included are:
The East Coast and Deeside (pdf 823kb) Two visits to the eastern side of Scotland, from Aberdeen and Deeside to Fife and Falkirk.
Embra and Glesca (pdf 573kb) Day trips to Edinburgh and Glasgow – four gentlemen go lowering the tone – basically two pub crawls round the best pubs in each city.
Southwest trips (pdf 1Mb) Three short trips to southwest Scotland – taking in Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire.
Knoydart (pdf 784kb) A 2012 journey to Mallaig via the West Highland Railway and across to the remote Knoydart peninsula.
The Western Isles (pdf 2.5Mb) A personal trip in 2014, by plane to Barra then by bus and ferry through the Uists and Harris to Stornoway and the Ness of Lewis, and a tour to the same area in 2017.
Scottish Notes: These notes describe travels in Scotland in recent years which do not merit the full scale Journeys treatment. Most are short visits, day or two-day trips. The excuse for most of them were to travel to somewhere I hadn’t been before, have a quick look at the scenery and have a beer or two along the way. The notes currently cover:
Around North Wales A journey in 2016, from Conwy to Llangollen taking in Snowdon, the Lleyn peninsula, Dolgellau, beer and narrow gauge steam railways, updated in 2019 to include subsequent visits to Anglesey.
Around South Wales A journey in 2019 to Cardiff, followed by a few days exploring Pembrokeshire by train and bus.
The Bus Trip (pdf 918kb) – a week long journey in 2014, by local bus through the south of England from Dorset to East Anglia, via Shaftesbury, Swindon, Buckingham and Sudbury.
The Kent trip (pdf 880kb) in 2015, by train and bus to Sheppey, Thanet, Canterbury, Dungeness plus Uckfield and Rye in Sussex.
Wiltshire and Somerset A wander round the pubs of West Wiltshire and Somerset in May 2018, based in Bradford on Avon and Wells.
Cornwall and Devon A journey round the branch lines and the pubs of Cornwall and Devon in September 2018.
English notes: Shorter accounts of travels in England – brief visits that don’t merit the full treatment. The notes currently cover:
Liverpool photographs of a 2018 visit to the city.
Furness. A trip to Broughton in Furness in 2016 out via West Cumbria and back via Kirkby Lonsdale
Bradford, a visit in 2017, including trips to Skipton and Saltaire.
Photos above (from the top):
Ted allows Steve to have a break on Snowdon, Gwynedd, Wales (we got there by the mountain railway).
Ted and Steve at Dungeness, Kent, England. After a paddle in the sea next to the nuclear power station Ted is growing by the minute, and Steve’s brain is escaping from his left ear.
Ted defending Eilean Donan Castle, Highland, Scotland, from all comers.
At Fingal’s Cave, Isle of Staffa, Argyll and Bute, Scotland.
The Laxey Wheel, Isle of Man.
A typical summer’s day in Weymouth, Dorset, England.
Sheerness, Kent, England – the photo says it all.
From 2007 to 2017 Steve worked as a tour manager for Great Rail Journeys. In the past few years I’ve led a number of Scottish tours, mainly to the Highlands. I’ve also led tours to the Isle of Man, which may not be in the UK, but I don’t know where else to put it. On tour I’m too busy to keep detailed notes so these files are brief descriptions and personal highlights of my tours over the last five years.
Photo by Randy Clipson
TOURS – Isle of Man (pdf 585kb)
My walks with Ted are mainly in Northeast England, accessible from my base in Durham, plus a few while visiting Scotland. Some are coastal, others moorland or former railway lines. Most are relatively easy, and all involve a pub or two along the way. Brief descriptions of each walk are here:
WALKS Northeast England And Scotland (pdf 2.6Mb)