A Very Bri­tish Road­trip

There’s so much to see and do on a driv­ing hol­i­day from Scot­land to Lon­don – you’ll be spoilt for choice!

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The breath­tak­ing scenery and dra­matic weath­ers of Scot­land have al­ways left a hefty travel stamp in the hearts of those who have en­joyed a trip here, specif­i­cally a road trip. Get­ting on the road and mak­ing way for the bor­der, south­bound, is fun and there’s plenty to see and do on the way. Start­ing our jour­ney in Bon­nie Dundee, the sun­ni­est of all UK cities, we got set for a lengthy drive to Lon­don.

A spot of sight­see­ing is al­ways rec­om­mended on a trip of this length, and once close to Stir­ling we had clear views of Stir­ling Cas­tle and the Wal­lace Mon­u­ment. Take a brisk turn off the A9 and within 10 min­utes ex­plore these sights. Stir­ling Cas­tle is one of the largest cas­tles in Scot­land with stun­ning Re­nais­sance ar­chi­tec­ture, and the Queen Anne gar­dens are spec­tac­u­lar. En­try prices start from just £15.

Pass­ing down through Glas­gow and Locker­bie we stopped off at Gretna Green. Ac­cessed from the A74, this beau­ti­ful vil­lage in Gretna,

Dum­fries and Gal­loway, is renowned for ro­man­tic young lovers flee­ing for mar­riage. It’s steeped in his­tory and just 10 min­utes from the bor­ders of Eng­land. Visit the Fa­mous Black­smiths Shop where cou­ples have come to marry since 1754. Feel the mag­i­cal charm of this place from the minute you en­ter. Au­dio-vis­ual dis­plays bring to life the drama of Gretna Green run­away wed­dings and there is also a fas­ci­nat­ing col­lec­tion of mem­o­ra­bilia and arte­facts from the days when cou­ples crossed the bor­der to take ad­van­tage of Scot­land’s le­nient mar­riage laws.

Cross the bor­der to Eng­land and you’re into the beauty of the Lake District and with over 900 places to stay here why not con­sider a pit stop overnight? There’s plenty to see. Now a World Her­itage Site, you’ll wit­ness Scafell Pike, the area’s high­est moun­tain, and Wast­wa­ter, the deep­est lake, or visit thriv­ing com­mu­ni­ties like Keswick and Bow­ness-on-Win­der­mere. The tea rooms here are sec­ond to none!

Scafell Pike Look­ing from Fife to Dundee

Stir­ling Cas­tle Roller­coaster Restau­rant Wal­lace Mon­u­ment Black­smiths Shop, Gretna

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