Leaving Edinburgh we follow the A1 around the east coast. of Scotland to the rugged cliffs and rock stacks of St Abbs Head. Here we enjoyed a spectacular walk! Continuing south it is not long before we are back in England visiting castles, priories and Roman ruins. Highlights of this part of the trip was seeing puffins at Dunstanburgh Castle, Lindisfarne Castle and priory ruins on the lovely Holy Island and visiting the sights at Tynemouth near Newcastle. We caught our ferry from here across to the Netherlands.
We took the overnight car ferry to the Netherlands and stayed with friends at Purmerend just outside Amsterdam.. Thanks so much for your hospitality. We saw lots of windmills, canals, lakes, brilliant museums, interesting architecture and did I mention the cheese?!! It was apparently a heat wave at 35 degrees so we had a swim at Callantsooq Beach, something we didn't expect to do in the Netherlands!. Travelling for more than 30 km beside or along the North Holland Dykes was impressive. We crossed Friesland then into Germany and visited Oldenburg and Jork.
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In this part of our trip we spend a few days in Northern Germany. After visiting Oldenburg and Jork on the Elbe River, we catch a train into Hamburg from nearby Buxtehude. There is plenty to see and do in Hamburg, especially in the Altstadt (old city). Next stop was the lovely town of Lubeck near the Baltic Sea. Medieval buildings and gothic architecture abound and make this a really interesting stopover. We camp beside the River Trave before heading off to the northern beaches of Germany. Our last town in Germany before crossing into Denmark is Flensburg.
The landscape is still very flat as we travel north through Denmark then ferry across from Hirtshals to Kristiansand in Norway. We will return to Denmark to visit its capital city later, via Sweden. In Denmark, we enjoyed our visit to historic Ribe and the coast around Hvide Sande in particular. We were lucky to be there while the sand sculpting competition was on. It was a calm trip on the ferry from Denmark across the North Sea and a short drive to our first stop in Norway at the historic Movic Fort. The drive west along Norway's scenic southern coast is really beautiful with the area around Flekkefjord, Jossingfjord and the small town of Sogndalstrand being highlights. Finally we see some mountains!