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Isle of Wight Holiday Ideas

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isle of wight

Throughout my selection of travel posts, I’m hoping to show you some fantastic places to holiday here at home in the UK, without the need for any long haul flights.

First up were some stunning places to stay in Scotland.  Travelling further south today, the Isle of Wight is a fantastic summer paradise, easily accessible by ferry and high speed boat (if you’re travelling without a car) from both Southampton and Portsmouth, which are in turn quick and easy to get to from London.  As such the Isle of Wight makes for a fantastic holiday destination.

The Isle of Wight boasts a beautiful coastline, with some stunning beaches, and an average summer temperature of 20°C, which at 5°C higher than here in Edinburgh, sounds downright tropical to me!

ventnor haven fishery

I’ve visited the Isle of Wight a few times now, and have always been won over by it’s sleepy laid-back charms, it’s jaunty seaside towns, and glorious countryside.  There are lots of things to do for all ages and interests on the Isle of Wight, and the island is particularly green.  The island has ambitious plans to be a wholly Eco island, and be a flagship for renewable energy generation (being self-sufficient by 2020), energy storage and have it’s own miniature smart electricity network.

If all of this has persuaded you to pay a visit, then the Isle of Wight has some amazing holiday accommodation.  If you’re looking for a particularly unique place to stay on the Isle of Wight then I came across Vintage Vacations, based near Ryde, through photographer Emma Case’s blog which you might be interested in.  Vintage Vacations have a fantastic collection of old restored air streams and British caravans available for you to stay in which look amazing, and would make for a memorable summer holiday.

Emma holidayed here last year, and her photos are so stunning that I instantly added this to my list of must-visit places to stay in the UK!

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Isle of Wight caravan

Prices start at £100 for two nights, midweek, and selected air streams can sleep up to six.  The air streams are fully equipped with everything you will need, and are fitted with kitchens, and most are fitted with showers.  They even come complete with a set of vintage board games to complete the holiday vibe!

Now please do excuse me, I’m off to search for cheap trains down south…!

Have you holidayed on the Isle of Wight before?  Did you enjoy it?

All images from Emma Case Photography.

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Scottish Holiday Ideas

Scottish holiday ideas

Growing up in Scotland, school holidays have historically always started in June and so every year, as June rolls round, invariably my mind wanders to thoughts of holidays, and specifically Scottish holiday ideas, as I love this country of mine!

After many years of holidaying in Scotland I can safely say Scotland has some amazing places to visit, and equally, some amazing places to stay.  I’ve been doing a search of Scottish holiday ideas for future holidays at home, and come up with some amazing eco-friendly Scottish holiday ideas in various parts of Scotland:

Scottish Holiday Ideas

1.  Achiltibuie, Ross and Cromarty

achiltibuie

The Brochs of Coigach, at Achiltibuie, about 2 hours west from Inverness, are built externally from almost all recycled materials.  With wood from an old Victorian pier recovered from the sea, still with limpets on it; to the rocks from broken down walls on their land – the Brochs of Coigach has been thoughtfully and carefully constructed to the greatest detail.  You can find out more about it’s construction here – it’s a great read.

Ross and Cromarty is a rambler’s paradise, with lots of stunning walks – from hills, lochs and beaches – and nature a plenty, and make a great Scottish holiday idea.

There are two houses – a one bedroomed, and a three-bedroomed, and come equipped with everything you will need for a fantastic self-catering holiday.  Prices start from £780 a week.

2.  Inshriach, Aviemore

beermoth aviemore

For the second of my Scottish holiday ideas, I’ve found The Beer Moth!  Situated at Inshriach, a secluded estate not far from the Highland hotspot of Aviemore, it is one that appeals to me a lot.  Although isn’t family friendly – strictly couples only!

In a former life it was a fire truck, but it has been transformed into a unique and unforgettable hideaway for two.  Featuring an oak parquet floor rescued from a Tudor mansion, a hearth made from a salvaged snooker table slate, a wall from a doghouse, and stairs fashioned from a fire escape, the Beer Moth is the ultimate is reusing and recycling.

eco-friendly holidays scotland

It certainly looks cosy, and with the addition of a wood burner, you can be sure that you’ll be kept warm.  There’s no electricity, but surely that just adds to the romance?!

It comes complete with a little kitchen, and range cooker, for self-catering:

eco-friendly holiday ideas Scotland

Separate washing facilities are on hand, so you won’t have to forgo a nice hot shower after a day roaming the Highlands!

The Inshriach estate is somewhere I have visited a lot during one of our many holidays in the Highlands, and I can say from experience that it truly is one of the most beautiful areas in Scotland.  There are lots of activities in and around Aviemore for all ages, and fitness levels – whether you want gentle strolls around lochs, a gently cycle on the many cycle paths, or some vigorous climbing or skiing, Aviemore has it all.  On the Inshriach estate, you’ll also find my all-time favourite cake shop, the Potting Shed, which as well as selling the most amazing cake.  It’s also a fantastic spot to sit, drink tea, eat cake, and watch the red squirrels stocking up on nuts from the extensive feeding station that’s been set up outside the Potting Shed.

The Beer Moth costs from £60 a night, and the minimum stay is two nights.

3.  Stirling, Stirlingshire

Bramble Bield Stirling

For the third of my Scottish holiday ideas, try the Gypsy Caravans at Bramble Bield, near the historic city of Stirling.  These are another unusual eco-friendly find.  There are two caravans – one sleeps two if you fancy a romantic break, and the other sleeps four if you fancy a unique family holiday.

Every morning you’ll be delivered breakfast comprising of freshly baked bread, Croissants and Danish Pastries,  jams and eggs from their hens, which sounds like utter luxury.

afternoon tea

Each caravan is adorned with luxury bedding, fairy lights, and tea and coffee-making facilities, as well as a heater. Outdoor tables and chairs are provided at each caravan for long summer drinks, and a communal camp fire allows you to toast marshmallows on starry nights.

In Stirling, you’ll find the stunning Stirling Castle and other sights such as the Wallace Monument, as well as lots of outdoor activities.

Prices start from £60 a night, and again, minimum stay is two nights.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these Scottish holiday ideas!  All I can think is gosh, can I go on holiday now please?!