Mad Scots And Crazy Englishman

After half a year in the UK I dare to reveal some of my discoveries about the English and the Scots.
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Its 7.30am and I am out on my first walk in the English countryside with the two dogs. Coming towards me is an old Gentleman who is also out with his dog. He says to me in passing ‘going to be a luvely day today’!

Of course everything in England is luvely. From the Queens birthday to Brexit everything is just luvely here. I would go so far as to say it is probably the most commonly used word, except of course the phrase ‘I’m off to the Pub’!

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Typical English Pub

So, luvely day is it you mad old coot, I was thinking. Its 2 degrees C, the wind is howling and it looks like rain any second! But of course being the polite tourist I nod in agreement and don’t say anything. Merely make my way to the field so the dogs can do their business and I can seek shelter.

Standing there in the freezing rain I wonder to myself what we are doing at the end of January beginning a six months journey through the UK. 

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Why England in January?!

Weather aside, England is full of beautiful villages, some fantastic mountains, wonderful rolling hills and if you like to walk, plenty of hikes through the countryside.

The coastline of Cornwall, parts of Wales and of course the Lake District are all well worth a visit. As are the larger towns with their wealth of history and old medieval centers which can be found in many cities. Two particular favourites are York and Durham although the University towns of Cambridge and Oxford are quite  luvely.

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Lake District

NOC stands for not another cathedral as there are so many and each one more spectacular than the last. The same can be said for castles all in various stages of disrepair. So many to chose from.

Some of the quirks we came across on our travels:

  • Always have a pair of Wellingtons handy. – Not the booze but the boots!
  • The fish and chips, is merely that.
  • Roundabouts on highways, a little disconcerting when not used to them.
  • London is the most CCTV covered city in the world.
  • There`s a pub around every corner.
  • The England soccer team continue`s to disappoin.

On the whole we found the English friendly, open minded, love their pets. The weather is shitty but it is a beautiful green Island. They love their pomp and ceremony, history and culture, sports and would seem happy with their lot.

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Beautiful Cornwall Coast

Fast becoming a multi racial society, and lets hope that they can get their S!@#$% together after BREXIT and make a success which seems to be the biggest blunder in modern history. My opinion only of course.

The two most disturbing things about jolly old England are:

  1. the town of Blackpool and
  2. whats the deal with the dental plan? From what I saw it’s not working …
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Street in Blackpool

I figured why the English are a little crazy and that is because the mad Scots are just north of Hadrian’s wall!

Alternatively the Scots are driven a little close to the edge as they live in the most beautiful country but the weather is almost always lousy.

Certainly for me one of the most beautiful countries I have seen. Lots of space which you can’t find in England. Miles and miles and you won’t see another person, farmhouse or village.

The west coast is more spectacular than the east and the further north one goes the wilder it gets. Great place for hiking and the good thing is, one is allowed to walk almost anywhere as there is some or other law that allows public access to private land.

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Hiking in north-west Scotland

The landscape could not be more stunning and apart from your Wellingtons a good raincoat would be a good idea. There is a fair amount of wildlife to be seen in the Highlands and we were lucky enough to spot a juvenile Sea Eagle on one of the many hikes we did.

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Juvenile Sea Eagle in Scotland

Scotland, like England is full of cathedrals, castles and memorials to the fallen. These two nations have certainly had their share of wars. When they weren’t battling among themselves they were at it with some other nation.

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Dunrobin Castle, Scotland

So lots of history, great landscape and the Scots we found friendly and easy going. We had a good time house sitting, seeing the sights, walking the Highlands along pristine Lochs and of course getting wet.

Be sure to take along a GPS as you don’t want to have to ask a local for directions if you get lost. Lost is what you will be after receiving directions from someone with a heavy Scottish accent! Just nod your head as he explains and hopefully head of in the right direction.

The plus side of that is, no matter which direction you take its sure to be mind blowing!

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Loch, Marie, Scotland

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Author: George Mostert

Since 2013 I travel together with Marcelle around the world. Finding hidden treasures at the unbeaten trails is where we aim for. We are still discovering best ways to travel cheaply to be able to live our dream. It’s working out quite well up to now. We share our experiences as house sitters and travelers on our websites and hope for a lively exchange with other travelers.

45 thoughts on “Mad Scots And Crazy Englishman”

  1. Luvely – made us giggle! We’ve always considered the weather part of the experience. Much like the hot, dry weather in the American desert southwest shapes their scenery and experience – in the opposite way. Fun post – and great pictures.

    1. Thank you so much, Rob. It’s all about the right clothes and attitude – that’s what I said to George who is used to almost always beautiful weather as a South African 🙂

  2. Luvely post. The English countryside is so lush and beautiful, it is a sight for sore eyes. I appreciate your writing style, it draws the reader and keeps his/her attention.

  3. This made me LOL. Yeah living here, I pretty much have to carry a brolly everywhere and anytime but as you say all that rain means we have beautiful green countryside!

  4. we’re headed to the UK in the fall. Thanks for the inspiration… and the reminder to bring wellies. #wkendtravelinspiration

  5. Lovely jubbly! Great post! Yes us Brits are mad .. isn’t that obvious with Brexit, I mean, that’s just craaaazy stuff!! Glad you enjoyed your time in the UK, the weather is definitely the worst thing about it … if only we had more sunsine 🙂 #WeekendWanderlust

    1. Yep, we had a great despite the weather and Brexit. Met some wonderful people and saw some amazing sights. Would especially love to have spent more time in the Highlands, Lake District and Cornwall.

    1. I am sure the UK will overcome any obstacles about Brexit. What really concerned me was the way (both sides) lied to the Public about the reasons for and against it. Sadly that seems to be how politics are done worldwide. We had a great time discussing this topic with many people on both sides of the fence and proved to be an interesting time for us to be in the UK

  6. Hahaha… I was laughing so hard reading your post. It was a luvely post I must say. Brutally honest but luvely. It reminded me of my trip to Hokkaido where it rained non-stop, but I tried my best to stay positive while looking for any sign of beauty, but deep down I was really cursing the weather. #WanderfulWednesday

    1. A fantastic place to visit despite the weather. We met wonderful people and in the 6months we were there we had no reason to complain about anything and would happily visit again especially Scotland

  7. Ha! I loved this post. I love it all too except the CCTV. Your right it’s still beautiful, loads of history and it is just “luvely”!! Can’t wait to visit Scotland.

  8. Such a fun post to read! Have to admit I chuckled at the “luvely.” SO true. I really need to get back over and explore the UK. I’ve only been to London and well, that island really does have so much more to offer. Thanks for sharing your reflections. Seems like you both and the pups have been having a great time (despite the weather)! 😀

  9. Can’t wait to visit Great Britain again! We’re headed there for Christmas cause the weather will actually be better there than here in the Arctic – what an irony!

  10. As a Scot I’d say the Scots are definitely the craziest of the bunch…! The wild Highlands are stunning aren’t they, and I’ll grudgingly admit there are pretty places in England too. #wanderfulwednesday

  11. Six months in the UK – what a great adventure. On our recent UK trip it was generally cool and misty, but we did feel more energetic for walking.

    1. After spending the last 3 years in summer we thought we should experience winter and boy did we get winter. I think, in fact I know,summer is the better option. Nevertheless anytime is a good time to travel

  12. What a mad and crazy round-up of your epic trek across this island. We have visited parts of it and agree with you, 101% that’s why we went only in the June-September timeframe!!!

  13. I can’t believe you saw someone out walking at 7.30am. I find it incredible that nothing gets started by 10am in the UK even I mid summer when the au has been up for hours. I don’t find it a particularly efficient society except for London transport (amazing) and online deliveries (outstanding). This is my second stint living here (I’m Australian) and I love the history and greenery but the weather gets to me always. Loved your insight thanks

  14. it’s true – actually, that weather makes or breaks a culture. It certainly defines it. And you being a North American must see it in your own country, for you have such extreme weather/climate in one country!

    I am British (and proud of it) and left to live in Southern Europe predominantly because of the weather. It’s warmer here, sunnier and yet with that comes the culture change of people being much slower about their business.
    I find in colder countries, things work better. There are systems in place to deal with things whereas in the warmer cultures of the south, everyone is a lot more laid back – almost too laid back. But in 40 degree C temperatures in the summer, you have to be!

    At least with all the rain in the UK, you get beautiful greenery, as you saw

    1. Very true, that things work better in cold countries as we find out time and again on our travels. People living on a warm beach are evan more laid back. ps I am from South Africa, a pretty warm place itself. One must also accept that without all that rain the UK would not be as beautiful as it is. George

  15. It’s always interesting to see how you appear to foreign visitors. I agree that Brexit is (or appears to be) a monumental foul up and I can’t disagree with your assessment of Blackpool!

  16. We have a lot of Brits here living here in the Algarve Region of Portugal and are constantly charmed with some of their sayings including “lovely” and “brilliant!” And we can easily understand them compared to some of the Scots we meet – the English language definitely trips off their tongues in a different way! Loved seeing the countryside in your photos and I can’t wait to see this part of the world for myself! Anita

  17. I lived in England for a year (1969-70) when my father was an exchange teacher in a Wiltshire market town and I can vouch for your characterizations. We did a family drive up to Scotland during one of our school holidays. We didn’t have GPS back then and I can recall my father asking for directions and responding, “Uh, huh, Uh, huh. Thank you,” to the man who told him where to go, after which he rolled up the car window and announced, “I have absolutely no idea what he just said.” At the end of April this year, I returned to Scotland with my husband. We visited the highlands and the Isle of Skye. I was glad to have my winter coat because it was snowing on Skye. The Faerie Glen in the snow was quite magical.

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