Do You Love the UK?

love ukDo you love the UK? I do and I’ll be taking a UK staycation at least once a month over the next few months, as well as day trips from home.  Yes, I know all you fellow Brits are muttering what about the unreliable weather plus going abroad seems more exotic. However, I want to illustrate that you can have a great time on home shores. Below are some recent and upcoming UK highlights.

Duddo Stone Circles – April 2012

In an example of discovering what’s on your doorstep, we’d driven past the sign for the Duddo Stone Circles on many occasions but finally made the decision to turn down the country road to see them in late April 2012. We couldn’t have picked a better time, as the rapeseed in the surrounding fields was in full bloom.

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Duddo Stone Circle

Scotland Mini Tour – May  2012

Our budget break in Scotland was based on Travelodge Sale rooms, staying in  Dunfermline, Inverness and Perth. The total cost was under £200 for fuel for our car, accommodation and food.

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Loch Ness sculptures in Fort Augustus in the Scottish Highlands

Bath Fringe Festival: 24 – 26 May 2012

My first assigment as a member of the Best Western Year of Get Up & Go blogging panel was to a trip to Bath in Somerset, staying at the Best Western Centurion Hotel. I attended a couple of events at Bath Fringe Festival and visited the beautiful Court Garden in

I had with a stopover near Sheffield at the Best Western Mosborough Hall on the drive down and at the Best Western Queen Hotel Chester on the way home. I went to two events at the Bath Fringe Festival.

Glasgow: 10 – 12 June 2012

This short break was based on £10 rooms in the Travelodge Sale. I did some roadtesting of Groupon vouchers with lunch at the Italian Job, afternoon tea at the Glasgow Thistle Hotel and a pub meal at Glasgow Mansion House.

Glasgow: 27 – 28 June 2012

Back to Glasgow again for BairdsTravel #thetravelparty with accommodation at a SACO apartment in the city centre.

Harrogate Summer Festival: 20 – 22 July 2012

On my next Best Western trip, I stayed at the Best Western Dower House in Knaresborough in North Yorkshire and attended a couple of events at the Harrogate Festival.

London – August 2012

I’m staying at the new Travelodge London Excel, which cost £29 a night for room only.  Next, it’s onto the Imperial College Beit Hall Hotel om Kensington, which cost £39 a night in a single room including breakfast. Then I’ll be hosted by Roomorama for 3 nights in Mile End in east London and finally at the Chesterfield Mayfair for one night.

Glasgow – September 2012

I’ll be attending Glasgow Social Media Week staying at the Holiday Inn Express Glasgow Riverside.



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About Karen Bryan

Hello, I'm Karen Bryan, I created Europe a la Carte in 2002 to highlight the best places to visit in Europe with travel tips, photos and no fluff reviews. I’m also an artist; my artworks are often inspired by my travels