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Isle of Wight Holiday Ideas

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isle of wight

Looking for some UK holiday ideas?  Why not try the 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 much further south today, the Isle of Wight is a fantastic summer paradise. It’s easily accessible by ferry and high-speed boat (if you’re travelling without a car) from both Southampton and Portsmouth. These cities are in turn quick and easy to get to from London.  As such the Isle of Wight makes for a fantastic flight-free holiday destination.

The Isle of Wight boasts a beautiful coastline, with some stunning beaches. And the island has 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 its sleepy laid-back charms, its jaunty seaside towns, and glorious countryside.  

There are lots of things to do for all ages and interests on the Isle of Wight. What’s more, the island has ambitious plans to be a wholly Eco Island. Here it aims to be a flagship for renewable energy generation and energy storage and have its own miniature smart electricity network.

Isle of Wight Vintage Vacations

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.

I stumbled upon them through photographer Emma Case’s blog.  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!

What makes Vintage Vacations special is that they have a fantastic collection of old restored air streams and British caravans available for you to stay in. These look absolutely amazing and would make for such a memorable summer holiday on the Isle of Wight.

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

The air streams are fully equipped with everything you will need for your holiday. Each air stream is fitted with a kitchen, and most are fitted with showers.  They even come complete with a set of vintage board games to complete the holiday vibe!

Selected air streams can sleep up to six, and prices start at £95 per night.

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?

And if you’re on the south coast, then I’ve also got a handy travel guide to Deal, in Kent.

All images from Emma Case Photography.

Overnight Breaks, Travel

Eco-Friendly Scottish Holiday Ideas

eco friendly scottish holiday ideas

After some eco-friendly Scottish holiday ideas? I have some fantastic suggestions for you today!

After many years of holidaying in Scotland, I can safely say Scotland has some amazing places to visit. And equally, it has some amazing places to stay.  I’ve been doing a search for Scottish holiday ideas for future flight-free holidays at home. I’ve come up with some amazing eco-friendly Scottish holiday ideas in various parts of Scotland, that I thought I’d share with you today.

Eco-Friendly Scottish Holiday Ideas

1.  Achiltibuie, Ross and Cromarty

achiltibuie

The Brochs of Coigach can be found in Achiltibuie, about 2 hours west from Inverness. The house is 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.  

Ross and Cromarty is a rambler’s paradise, with lots of stunning walks – from hills, lochs, and beaches. With nature a plenty, it makes a great place for a Scottish holiday.

There are two houses – a one-bedroomed, and a three-bedroomed cottage. Each comes equipped with everything you will need for a fantastic self-catering holiday.  Prices start from £1560 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, the Beer Moth was a fire truck. However, it has since 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 in 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. 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 gentle cycle on the many cycle paths, or some vigorous climbing or skiing, Aviemore has it all.  Do check out my guide on things to do in Aviemore for my top suggestions.

The Beer Moth costs from £72 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 caravans at Bramble Bield, near the historic city of Stirling.  The caravans are another unusual eco-friendly find, sleeping two if you fancy a romantic break, or sleeping four if you fancy a unique family holiday.

Every morning you’ll be delivered breakfast comprising of freshly baked bread, croissants, and Danish pastries. And if you’re lucky you’ll get eggs from their hens.

Each caravan is adorned with luxury bedding and fairy lights. In terms of facilities, you’ll find tea and coffee-making facilities, as well as a heater to keep you cosy on nippy nights. Outdoor tables and chairs are provided at each caravan for outdoor summer dining, and a communal campfire allows you to toast marshmallows on starry nights.

In Stirling, you’ll find the stunning Stirling Castle and other historic sights such as the Wallace Monument. There are also tonnes of outdoor activities in the Stirling area.

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

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