20 November 2017

Guest Post - Road-tripping the UK & Where to stop


A lovely little guest post by Lady A (Alix)


Now, you may not know that I don't currently drive (though I'm working on it!) and this would mean that poor Liam would have to drive us all the way there and back, and it just wasn't fair on him. His family desperately wanted us to go though, so I came up with an idea. I suggested that we make it a two week road trip up and down the UK, with our mid-way point being the Pitlochry wedding date. After discussing the logistics a bit more, looking at prices of B&B's and where we'd like to stop along the way, we decided to go for it. We'd not been on holiday in a long time and it seemed like a great way to experience new things in the UK.


We decided to stop at the following places:
  • Derbyshire - Castleton and Ladybower Reservoir
  • Lake District - Thirlmere, Ullswater and Keswick
  • Galloway Forest Park -  Red Deer Range, Loch Doon and Carsphairn 
  • Pitlochry - Pitlochry Dam, Queens View, Atholl Palace (where the wedding was held) 
  • Rothbury - near Northumberland National Park
  • Newcastle - Angel of the North, visit my partners family
  • Pickering - Dalby Forest, Whitby 
  • Nottingham - Cat CafĂ© (Liam surprised me by driving here on the last day, I was thrilled!)
Each day we had either a B&B booked or a Travelodge, and the idea was that Liam wouldn't have to drive for more than roughly 2 hours a day to get to the next stop. It broke up the 16 hour journey and meant that we got to visit some of the most beautiful places in the UK. 


To keep this from being an essay, I decided that I should talk about my favourite stop on the whole trip. Don't get me wrong, I loved everywhere we visited and have been privileged enough to see some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole country, but the one place that really stood out to me was our visit to Galloway Forest. 



People who have travelled the UK know that most of the time if you visit a national park, you have to walk miles to see the waterfall or caves or climb to the tippity top of the mountain. Our expectations were the same for Galloway. There were waterfalls we wanted to see and the Glen of the Bar and the Red Deer Range, and we had our walking boots ready as we had done the whole trip, expecting miles of trekking, hunting down these wonderful things we'd heard about. 

We could not have been more wrong. To our absolute surprise, it turns out everything was just.. there. Literally there. You wanted to see the deer, here they are practically at the side of the road, feeding hut open and ready to say hi. Waterfalls, everywhere. We stopped at Grey Mare's Tail Burn which was literally at the side of the road. Glen of the Bar was again, at the side of the road. We spent nearly our whole time just driving up and down the A712 looking at all these places we expected to have to really hunt down. We even found a wild goat park, again, at the side of the road, looking for any nibbles you had to spare. To prove just how "there" everything was, they even have forest drives specifically designed to take you past all of these wonderful places. Unfortunately, because we went in March, the drives were mainly closed off due to flooding, but we still saw so much on the roads that were open.



Galloway Forest is also recognised as a "Dark Sky Discovery Site", announced on the 16th November 2009 in the International Year of Astronomy, the Forestry Commission Scotland established part of Galloway Forest Park as the first Dark Sky Park in the UK. The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is nearby, having recently opened a Planetarium and regularly holding events to attend. We stayed in a stunning B&B called The Knowe in Carsphairn (absolutely recommend, Karen is the nicest person I have ever met and her shortbread is incredible), just 11 miles from the observatory, and honestly, I was so excited about seeing the stars. Sadly, the weather was poor the day we visited and it rained during the night, meaning we never saw the beautiful dark skies. 



We did go and see where the observatory was though, and ended up having a little stroll around Loch Doon which was beautiful. It should come as no surprise to you that I would recommend visiting Galloway Forest in a heartbeat. I'm desperate to visit again (I didn't want to leave!) and really hope that Liam and I can book a longer stay in the warmer months so we get to experience all of the things we missed due to the weather. It really is an absolutely stunning place, and I can't rave about it enough!

A x

About the author: 
Hi, I’m Lady A, also known as Alix, a 23 year old beauty blogger from the UK. While my blog is predominantly beauty based, you’ll also find I post about a lot of other things too! You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @AllLadyA and find my blog at allladya.com.

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14 comments so far

  1. AAaaah this looks so so pretty! I really want to go back to England someday!
    Lucie, xx

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  2. lovely photo's. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing the details about your trip!!

    With Love & Style,
    ♥ Amber
    ALL THE AMBIENCE

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    1. They're beautiful, right!? Glad you enjoyed x

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  4. I would love this place! Love nature, animals and this is perfection! xx
    Coco and Jeans by Marisa x My Instagram x My Bloglovin

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    1. Me too! Hopefully I'll get a chance to do something like this someday xx

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  5. Wow, I am amazed at how beautiful the places you visited are! It makes me want to travel to the UK even more. I also enjoyed that you have guest bloggers on your blog. What a lovely way to support other bloggers!

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    1. It looks beautiful! aw thank you, it's my first time having a guest blogger, but I love the idea of sharing different stories and perspectives x

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  6. i desperately want to road trip the UK when i visit! I just drove 15 hours to visit a friend and breaking it up like that is unheard of in AUS! Next time i want to do heaps of stops!

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    1. 15 hours!? wow that's pretty impressive haha. You'd get to see loads if you made lots of stops, it's a great excuse to take a little holiday x

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  7. This looks like so much fun!

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