I need to wrack your brains. We are driving from England to Scotland for about 5-7 days .. Is there any must see's.. One likes to have a drink and a laugh the other loves to check out history and natural beauty.. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
We are thinking of just driving and staying in B&B's or pub stays.. If you could give me your top 5 places to stop at or any travelling tips you would be a true trooper....
If ur driving up from England youll be passing through the Borders. Check out the Border Abbeys (pics are in my gallery) in Jedburgh, Dryburgh, and Melrose. Also Berwick-Upon-Tweed is a nice town on the border as well.
And I assume youll be coming to Edinburgh - great for drinking, and Glasgow as well. Theres a nice Castle In Stirling too - only about an hour from Edinburgh (kind of) on the route to Glasgow.
South Queensferry is a nice town nearby Edinburgh - good views of the Bridges and you can take a cruise out to the islands off the coast - Ill have pics up soon of this wee trip i made last week.
If you just get on the main roadway and drive, you will happen upon a castle. Stop and ask about the 7 day pass. They will give you a map of the castles and you can purchase a 7 day pass for, if I remember correctly 8 pounds. it will get you into all of the castles along the way. Since you've so many days, just follow the map from castle to castle, and it will bring you to Glasgow and Edinburgh while giving you some magnificent castle ruins along the way. I did this trip a few years ago and it is still one of the best trips I've ever had.
Hmmm . . .driving. I imagine you'll be coming up the M74 - stop in Moffat for lunch (stay away from the Service Stations, it's about a squillion quid for a cup of coffee).
The M74 will take you to Glasgow if you want - great for a few nights partying. Leave Glasgow on the A82 (Great Western Road). It'll take you past Loch Lomond, and right up to Inverness via Glencoe - probably the most picturesque part of Scotland.
Please let us know how you get on, or post for more ideas.
yeah I second Loch Lomond and Glen Coe. That route sounds better than mine actually, altho you should atleast stop in edinburgh