Day Trips, Overnight Breaks, Travel

Our Holiday in Fife

holiday in Fife

holiday in Fife

Hello!  How have you been?  This month has been a tough one on so many fronts, so we took a much needed holiday last week.  It was a bit of an unplanned one – we hadn’t booked a holiday this year.  Between this, that, and the other the idea of a holiday fell by the wayside, but when the chance came up to have a little holiday in Fife for a week, thanks to my sister-in-law, we jumped at the chance.  So the three of us (plus our pet parrot!) journeyed 20 miles up the road, over the Firth of Forth, and settled down in Fife for the week.

Despite living so close to Fife for the past five years, it isn’t a place I’ve really explored very much.  I grew up on the west coast of Scotland, so the east coast is still a bit here be dragons land for me!  What a blast we had this week exploring the area though – it just goes to show that you don’t have to travel far from home to have a fantastic family holiday!

The first place we hit up was Burntisland.  Burntisland is fantastic for families – it has a brilliant green flag beach, a lovely park, heaps of walks, some great cafes (we like Potter About on wet days – great for keeping kids entertained – and Food for Thought, which also has a great fair trade market in it), and in summer a funfair on the links by the beach.  We caught the last day of the funfair which went down a treat with my thrill seeking little ‘un!

Burntisland Beach Burntisland

view of Edinburgh from Fife

You can even wave to Edinburgh from the shore of the beach!

On another day of our holiday we visited the town of Falkland.  I hadn’t heard of Falkland before, but it was like a little undiscovered gem for me!

Falkland Fife

Fayre Earth Falkland

Lomond Tavern Falkland

holiday in Fife

As well as being such a picturesque town, there is the lovely Falkland Palace, a National Trust for Scotland property.  It’s a little pricey to get in (£12.50 each) and not much for toddlers to do inside the actual palace, but the gardens and orchards of the palace are a dream.

 Falkland Palace

Falkland Palace Fife

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We had hours and hours of fun in the gardens and orchard, where we happened upon some amazing willow sculptures, like this one of Mary Queen of Scots, above!

It’s probably enough photos for one day – I’ll share some more from our holiday in Fife another day.  There was a surprising amount of fun things to do there!

Overnight Breaks, Travel

Isle of Wight Holiday Ideas

isle of wight

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!

Vintage Vacations Isle of Wight vintage airstream holiday UK vintage airstream UK

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.