Northumberland and Scotland Road Trip 2023


Northumberland and Scotland Road Trip September 2023


Earlier in the year we cancelled our cruise which we selected as it was due to visit the Faroe Islands as well as Iceland and Norway. P&O cancelled the planned visit to the Faroe Islands so we accordingly cancelled our cruise with them.

Instead we decided to stay in Britain. There are lots and lots of great places to see and people to meet.

Wendy planned our wonderful road trip to go to places we both wanted to see, at a more relaxed pace than some previous trips. We are both somewhat older.

Many many years ago, we did another road trip around Scotland through Visit Scotland if memory serves. Many years ago Visit Scotland used to have a voucher scheme to pre buy hotel accommodation for selected hotels, and then you just phoned ahead from the previous hotel as you made your way around Scotland. In fact, often it was the previous hotelier that made the arrangements for you. We generally just stayed one night then, sometimes two. The best part of the tourist bit was during the day, either with the scenery or places to visit. Then the hotel. Perhaps I should write up the trip, I am sure I still have all the paperwork and photos.

This time is was a total change. Not just without a voucher scheme by Visit Scotland, but the whole premise. This time it was still multi-centre but with extended stays at each. Stay a few days. Get to know the place and the people just a little. Rest between long drives, see the things we want to, with time to wander. Add something else to see or visit.

The other change was to move away from hotels, where the hotel is part of the destination, towards motels and B&B. The selected motels were Premier Inns, hoping they don't mind being referred to as motels.

It was a pleasant change. It worked well.



Start dateEnd datePlaceStayed atHighlightsDistance Route
16/9/2023 16/9/2023 Travel from home to Lincoln   Journey break and lunch at Aylett Nurseries, North Orbital Rd, St Albans AL2 1DH 172 miles  M25, A414, Hatfield,  A1, A46
16/9/2023 18/9/2023 Lincoln Family home      
18/9/2023 18/9/2023 Travel from Lincoln to Alnwick, Northumberland   Journey break and lunch at Yolk Farm, Minskip Road, Minskip, York YO51 9HY (Near Harrogate)  189 miles A57, A1 - A1(M)
18/9/2023 22/9/2023 Alnwick, Northumberland Premier Inn
Premier Inn Alnwick hotel, Willowburn Industrial Estate, South Rd, Alnwick NE66 2PF
Barter Books, Lions Bookshop, Grannies Tea Shop, Cragside, Alnwick Castle, Alnwick    
22/9/2023 22/9/2023 Travel from Alnwick to Falkirk, Scotland     Journey break and lunch at Dalkeith Country Park, Dalkeith EH22 1ST  119 miles  A1, The City of Edinburgh Bypass/A720, M9, A9
22/9/2023 26/9/2023 Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Central Lowlands of Scotland Premier Inn
Premier Inn Falkirk Central hotel, Main St, Camelon, Falkirk FK1 4DS
Falkirk Wheel, Kelpies, Callendar House, Antonine Wall.    
 26/9/2023  26/9/2023  Travel from Falkirk to Lochearnhead, Perthshire, Scotland  

The Steamship Sir Walter Scott, Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, and Red Squirrels

 75 miles  A9, M9, A84, A873, (road blocked ahead) A81, A84, and A821. Then A821 and A84.
 26/9/2023  29/9/2023  Lochearnhead, Perthshire, Scotland in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park  Mansewood Country House  Glencoe, Oban, Storm Agnes, Drummond Castle Gardens, Crieff Visitor Centre with Christmas Shop and Caithness Glass, Crieff     
 29/9/23  29/9/2023  Travel from Lochearnhead to Harrogate, Yorkshire  

  Journey break and lunch at, Tescos at Falkirk to refuel and pick up a meal deal for later, at M6 Southwaite services.

Journey break and tea and cake at Mainsgill Farm Shop, Mainsgill Farm, Richmond, Yorkshire, DL11 7PN

 243 miles  A84 to M9. M74, A74(M) and M6 to A66. A1(M), A61.
29/9/2023 30/9/2023 Harrogate, Yorkshire Springdale Guest House Betty's Tea Rooms    





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