Sunday, 9 March 2014

Great British Road Trip - where should we go?


This year we are trying to save a bit of money so sticking to the UK for a holiday seemed like a good idea. Both Tom and I have never been to Scotland or the Lake District before so we're planning to hire a car and do an epic British road trip to Scotland and back. I got all excited making a Google map, you can see our potential route here!

So I wanted to ask you lovely readers if you have any tips on where to stay/visit/camp in any of the following areas - The Lake District, Edinburgh, seasidey places in Scotland (I did want to visit Loch Ness but it's quite far from Edinburgh so anywhere that's within an hour from there would be bettter), Northumberland and Whitby. I'd love to visit some quirky places on our route (like the Pencil Museum for example!) so if you know of anywhere else we should go do let me know. We will probably stay in B&Bs but am also keen to camp for a couple of the nights to save money. I'm excited about documenting the trip in my sketchbook and may even make a new zine out of our adventures. (Note the car above isn't ours, we shall be hiring one for the week - a mini is very tempting though!)
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  1. I live quite near to some of these places! It sounds like its going to be a great trip. Have you seen the film sightseers? They went to the pencil museum...I think it was the first place they murdered someone haha!
    My recommendations:
    Tynemouth- has a massive flea market on saturdays and sundays in the metro station, plus there are quirky shops in the town and Lola's do good food. There is a nice beach there too.
    Alnwick- for the gardens, the castle where harry potter was filmed and the wonderful barter books bookshop.
    The lake district- Derwentwater is one of the best lakes, there is lots to do there, plus its in the very pretty town of Keswick. I also like Ullswater lake, its far less touristy than the others, and amazingly beautiful.
    Whitby- There's a really good fish restaurant, I think its called The Magpie, you will most likely have to queue to get in so id advise getting there in plenty of time. Also, the steps up to the abbey are worth climbing, there are lovely views from the top and the abbey is quite impressive. :)

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    1. Ooh this is really handy thank you! Yes I have seen Sightseers hehe!
      I read elsewhere about Alnwick and it sounds lovely, as does Tynemouth. I'm excited!

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  2. The Peak District- it's beautiful! Walk round the Ladybower reservoir & eat at the Ladybower inn, it's got great food :)

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  3. I'm afraid I can't offer any advice on where to visit as I've been terrible at exploring the UK, but I'll be watching out for what others recommend and where you end up going!

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  4. We did a road trip around the Lake District and visited the Pencil Museum. It was brilliant! We also visited the James Bond car museum (!) and Hill Top where Beatrix Potter lived. We drove through some wonderful landscape from Edinburgh to Glasgow.

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    1. Oh Hill Top sounds worth a visit, i loved Beatrix Potter books as a kid!

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  5. Second the vote for Alnwick, it's definitely worth a visit if only for the bookshop. Bamburgh Castle and the glorious beach there are also well worth a trip.

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    1. Bookshops are always a draw, thanks I'll research it and perhaps we could stay there for a night! Just researching and came across this treetop restaurant, amazing! http://www.alnwickgarden.com/explore/whats-here/the-treehouse

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  6. Ah, I can only help you up past Edinburgh (and barely then), but if we're there at the same time we should grab coffee. :)

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    1. Yeah that would be lovely! I did look at Aberdeen on the map but it seemed quite far from Edinburgh so i was a bit worried about the trip getting uber expensive but i'll let you know our plans nearer the time in case it's possible to meet!

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  7. If you want seasidey places near Edinburgh, North Berwick is lovely, as is the East Neuk of Fife (I love Crail and Elie the most, and they're about an hour's drive from the city). Aberdour is also pretty, has a castle and is closer to Edinburgh. Fife also has Scotland's Secret Bunker and a famous (and delicious) fish and chip shop in Anstruther! For a day trip from Edinburgh, getting the ferry from South Queensferry to Inchcolm island is fun, and the island and abbey are beautiful. You get great views of the Forth Bridges from South Queensferry too, and the Rail Bridge Bistro has meringues as big as your head!

    (can you tell I live in Edinburgh now but grew up in Fife?!)

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    1. Ooh a ferry trip from there sounds fantastic, thanks for the tips!

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    2. I was totally going to say East Neuk of Fife, it was my fave place I visited last summer, can't wait to go back in the nicer weather! I second Queensferry too, love that view :)

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  8. Leith waterfront in Edinburgh. Loads of quirky places to eat and drink, cheaper to stay than Edinburgh town centre and the waterfront at night is lovely. They do Trainspotting tours too!

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    1. Oh yes it does look nice there, also recognise the name from the film Sunshine on Leith!

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  9. We did a 2 week road trip around Scotland about 5 years ago - up the west coast, across to Skye, Harris and Lewis, over the top and down the east coast. We also go to Edinburgh for the Fringe each year in August and always stay at Drummohr Caravan Park (http://www.drummohr.org/) - they take tents and caravans plus they have some little lodges to rent as well. We always stay in an Octolodge :-)
    It's a lovely place about a 45 min bus journey from the centre of Edinburgh and you can even see the sea from the site itself! I'd definitely recommend it and if you're ever going to anywhere else in Scotland, I'm happy to email you our list of campsites we stayed at :-) xx

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    1. Octolodges look so fun! We have now booked our stay in Edinburgh (actually Leith) but this sounds like a fun place to stay if we end up going for longer, thanks! x

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