After my recent trip to Ireland I felt the need to get away somewhere early in the new year. I discovered Travelodge were doing rooms for 15 quid a night so, as everything's on a budget, decided that'd do nicely and picked a random weekend in January to fly up to Scotland to have a look around.
So I will be flying with Flybe out of Southampton early on Sat 13th Jan and returning from Glasgow late on Mon 15th. I have a rough idea of where I'm going to be heading but would very much welcome input from anyone here!
* Saturday: Arrive at Glasgow airport mid morning, collect hire car and then drive out to have a look at the Loch Lomond National Park before heading back to the Travelodge at Dumbarton for the evening. No idea what the UK version of a National Park will be like, but guess I will find out!
* Sunday: Head towards Edinburgh, stopping at the Falkirk Wheel en route. Cross the Forth Bridge before heading to the Port of Leith to visit the Royal Yacht Brittania and finally overnight at the Travelodge in the centre Edinburgh.
* Monday: Find somewhere for a nice fry-up (!) and then head off to investigate Edinburgh Castle. Afterwards head back to Glasgow Airport and head home.
Anyone have any thoughts on that? Is the Royal Yacht worth it? Will I see anything of the Forth Bridge or will it be like the Golden Gate... hidden in fog?! Anywhere else worth visiting in my short visit?
A bit of shopping around saw me pick up the flight for just over 40 quid, a rental car for 40 quid and the two rooms for 30 quid. The only thing I'm looking for now is a cheap place to park the car at Southampton Airport, they want £31!, I think I'm just going to leave it parked on the street in Eastleigh :)