We had a stop at the town of Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders on a day out in November 2011. I was happy to see signs saying that there was free WiFi in the town centre and that the car park was also free. I connected to the free WiFi, I didn’t need to give any details, only click that I agreed to the terms and conditions. The connection was pretty good and I was able to upload a photo in a few seconds.Â The next good thing was that the very clean public toilets were also free.
Free WiFi – music to a blogger’s ear
We had a walk along the tarmaced Borders Abbeys Way path and had a coffee from our flask at the picnic bench on the banks of Jed Water.
View from our coffee spot toward Jed Water
A visiting friend and I took a walk fromÂ Coldingham Sands to St Abb’s Head in the Scottish Borders in November 2011. We started at the free car park opposite the St Vedas surf shop/hotel.
St Abbs harbour from above
We stayed for one night at the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel in Edinburgh in September 2011, on a complimentary basis. The building dates from 1819 and was refurbished in 2009. It’s located very close to Waverley rail station and Princes Street.
Exterior of Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
We stayed for two nights at the Ardanaiseig Hotel near Oban in the north west of Scotland in mid September 2011, on a complimentary basis. The hotel is reached by a ten mile drive down a single track road from the village of Taynault. I was excited about staying at the Ardanaiseig Hotel after seeing photos of our accommodation in the Boat Shed.
Exterior of main building at the Ardanaiseig Hotel
The Boat Shed is a few hundred metres from the main hotel with a parking area outside. This accommodation really does have the wow factor. As soon as you walk in you are transfixed by the views over Loch Awe.
The living/dining area at the Boat Shed
The United Kingdom (UK) comprises of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. If you’re looking for ideas for what to do in the UK, here are some great travel tips from the Europe a la Carte team.
Cool Off at the Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park
You may dangle your feet in the refreshing stream at the Diana Memorial Fountain in London’s Hyde Park after a hard days sightseeing but you’re not allowed to walk through the structure.
Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park
Walk Along the Meridian Line in Greenwich, London
You can walk on Longtitude Zero line at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. This is the home of time dividing the globe into the eastern and western hemispheres.
Greenwich Meridian Line by markhealey
We’re stayed in Helensburgh on the west coast of Scotland on a three night budget Summer UK staycation at the end of July 2011. I managed to book a Travelodge room for Â£19 a night in early March 2011 by followingÂ one of my money saving travel tips of signing up to receive travel companies’ email alerts about promotions.Â This allowed me to quickly bag the bargain Travelodge rate.Â In this case, you could also follow another one of my tips and use a UK cashback site. If you book Travelodge UK rooms through TopCashBack you can receive a 1% cashback.
Helensburgh poster at Riverside Museum, Glasgow
Update 21 September 2011 – You can now read my review of the Ardanaiseig.
I’m really looking forward to our two night stay at Ardanaiseig Hotel on the banks of Loch Awe near Oban in Scotland in September. We’ll be staying in the boat shed.
The Boat Shed at Ardanaiseig
We visited the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, designed by the architect Zaha Hadid, in July 2011. The museum, which opened in June 2011, is the new home of Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel. It continues Glasgow’s ongoing regeneration as a European cultural capital. It’s a great day out, even if you’re not a great transport buff and, like all UK state museums, it’s free to enter. Enjoy my photo and video tour of Glasgow’s Riverside Museum.
Sign at entrance to Riverside Museum
We spent a couple of nights in Crieff, Scotland, in late June 2011, staying a the Crieff Hydro Hotel. Here’s my photo tour of this beautiful Scottish town.
Famous Grouse Experience
Just outside Crieff is the Famous Grouse Experience at the Glenturret Distillery. Tours around the distillery cost from Â£7.95 for an adult which includes some tastings. You can book a tour online before your visit.
Giant grouse sculpture at the Famous Grouse Experience
My husband Demetrius and I spent two nights on half board at Crieff Hydro Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland in late June 2011, on a complimentary basis. The hotel is located in its own grounds, all 900 acres of them, on the slopes of the Knock hill in Crieff.