Bratts tour of UK & Ireland



Auckland to Heathrow

Heathrow to Gatwick

Gatwick to Bath

Bath to Port Isaac

Port Isaac to Dorchester

Dorchester to Abbey Wood

London - Day 7

London - Day 8

Abbey Wood to Ashford


Ashford to Brecon

Brecon to Abergavenny

Abergavenny to Chester

Chester to Stranraer

Stranraer to Omagh

Omagh to Dublin

Dublin to Glenville

Glenville to Lough Ree

Lough Ree to Belfast

Belfast to Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond to Inverness

Inverness to the Grampians

The Grampians to Edinburgh

Edinburgh to Consett

Consett to Doncaster

Doncaster to Warwick

Warwick to Moreton-In-Marsh

Moreton-In-Marsh to Cirencester

Cirencester to Fareham

Fareham to Heathrow to Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Day 1

Hong Kong - Day 2

Hong Kong - Day 3

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DAY 14 - Chester to Stranraer 11/06/2005

liverpool harbourside developmentWe didn’t hit the road until late morning and arrived unexpectingly at the Merseyside festival in Liverpool just in time for lunch and the aerial aerobatics display, by the RAF, performed to the theme tune of the Canterbury Crusaders.

We went (unplanned) through the “Beatles story” exhibition, for some die-hard fan, paying about NZ$25 each. The riverside dockyards of Liverpool have been done up over the years and are becoming a fashionable area like Auckland's Viaduct.

Paris by the sea in BlackpoolFrom Liverpool we went to Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach which is 7 miles of tacky side-shows, rides, arcades and junk shops. The Poms are fat with trashy dress sense. Blackpool wasn't our scene so we went further up the coast for an ice cream. We drove further north to get to Stranraer, which we thought was a smart move because it is the shortest ferry crossing to Ireland, however you do have to drive for miles to get to the terminal.

We stopped in Gretna Green (Scotland) for tea and the obligatory photo of the wedding venue for many English under- aged couples in days gone by. Believe it or not a wedding was actually taking place.

While J9 at gretna greenwaiting for our Italian meal (with chips) from an English pub we came across some Cantabs in their £850 van doing their 51 day tour of UK.

We moved on to free camp at the cold, noisy, windy ferry terminal after being insulted by Europeans who wanted know if we were Australians, do we look that thick?


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