Week 2: Southward to England

Week 1 took us from home to mainland Orkney and then to Scotland. We were last seen at Culloden Moor.

We left Culloden Moor on Monday morning, having business in Elgin and Turriff, and ended the day at Huntly Castle caravan park. We stayed for two nights at this peaceful  location. We have visited Huntly before and no doubt will do so again. 

We chose the scenic route from Huntly to Cellardyke. It would have been stunning if the weather had played ball but thick humid air and low cloud served only to obscure the otherwise wonderful views. It was still a pleasant drive, when not actually chucking it down – though a long one. We stopped at Braemar to make lunch. The weather improved considerably after that point.

Somewhere around Glenshee, with photography limited to shooting through the car window

We had booked two nights at the Silverdyke caravan site but when we found that The Cellar had a cancellation and therefore a table available for Thursday dinner, we promptly booked another night and stayed until Saturday morning.

I am growing very fond of this part of Scotland and will be happy to return to Fife and the East Neuk time and again.

Cellardyke

Saturday took us to Sunnyhills . It felt like a long drive in the hot sun and Bank Holiday weekend traffic as we worked our way slowly around Edinburgh and southward to the Border.

Ceridwen approaches England

On Sunday morning we enjoyed a Full English at Sunnyhills then set off for Sweethope Loughs.

Sunnyhills Breakfast

We sat out the rest of the holiday weekend in peace and quiet… chilling out, eating and strolling with the dog.

We sought out the circular route around the larger lough

Week three will start by wandering down to Co Durham tomorrow. From there we will go to York and Pocklington, then break the onward journey to the Channel Tunnel with a couple of nights in Cambridgeshire. Week four will begin with the Channel crossing. The adventure will finally begin.

Snail Spaces: Sunnyhills Farm Shop

We had previously stayed at Sunnyhills and enjoyed both a good cooked breakfast and some shopping there. It seemed an ideal spot to return to.

December 2016

Sunnyhills is a farm shop and restaurant situated just off the A1 at Belford in Northumberland. They allow motorhomes to stop overnight in their car park. There is a grassed area suitable for dog play. 

On our first visit we had the place to ourselves. Not so this time, when we were one of six vans overnighting.

Sunnyhills Breakfast

No facilities other than parking. Toilets inside when shop open.

 

Last Visit: August 2017

A great find

We travelled on Wednesday from Megget Reservoir via Selkirk to the A1 near Bamburgh. The road from Moffat to Selkirk must surely be one of the best sections anywhere in the country and it afforded us stunning scenery despite it being a somewhat murky day.

We had chosen to wait for breakfast until we found somewhere en route and I had been promised “A burger van” which I can happily report that we failed to find. In fact we were almost into Selkirk when we saw a sign for The Waterwheel Restaurant, where we had good coffee and a bacon roll.

What a great discovery the Philiphaugh Estate was! We took full advantage and Nell had a good long walk along the Mill Lade and back through the woods by the river.

We did not spare time on this visit for the viewing centre

Sadly the Estate does not permit overnight parking. It would however make a fine Britstop or, even better, an excellent Certified Location or Site in the same manner as the Estate at Brahan has done. We can but hope.

I’m a sucker for a watermill

oh, and for a good door or window

and, speaking of Britstops, I may be shot for telling you that we slept at Sunnyhills Farm Shop (good) and Restaurant (excellent).

An unspecified Britstop in Northumberland