Driving is your best bet here – mainly because this is one of the most picturesque and unspoilt areas of Britain. What God took from it being in the middle of nowhere (on the blissfully quiet border between Scotland and England), he more than gave back with windswept beaches complete with actual seals and wild ponies, rolling hills and absolutely no one around for miles. Keep this on the downlow, but we think it might be heaven.
Fashion lovers are in for a treat. This quiet corner is also home to some of the best cashmere, wool and tartan factories in the world. Chanel purchased the Barrie Knitwear mill in Hawick back in 2012, where it still makes many of its jumpers, and the Johnston’s Of Elgin cashmere factory is a short drive away, too. Elgin is stocked in everywhere from Fortnum & Mason to Fenwicks, but there is a shop with good discounts here. Otherwise it’s all about the walking. Hadrian’s
Wall is woven through various villages and is a once-in-a-lifetime sight to behold. Or head to any of the coastal beaches – Rumbling Kern gets our vote for its absolute seclusion.
You can’t help but feel like Lady Of The Manor in this statelyhome hotel. There are four-poster beds, high ceilings and fragrant gardens to frolic in. Take high tea outside, book in for a massage, and finish the romance with dinner in the library restaurant. It gets bonus points for being dog-friendly. We were left a doggy bag of treats, toys and dog beer. He’s been asking to go back ever since.
Best wall this side of the Seven Kingdoms