I have holidayed in Scotland on a number of occasions during my lifetime. Initially on family holidays – where my dad seemed to spend a disproportionate amount of time looking for somewhere to fish. Then, when I was older, just me and my dad would venture into Scotland. Again, so my dad could find somewhere to fish; I’d like to say I enjoyed the fishing too, although, I fear, it was the “quick” drink afterwards I preferred.
Holidays in Scotland
The majority of my Scottish holidays have been taken in the south west of Scotland – staying in a village near Luce Bay, off the A75, called Glenluce. During our holidays in this part of Scotland we have visited several places dotted around Luce Bay: the peaceful small bay of Stairhaven which made an excellent spot for mackerel fishing, Sandhead, Port Logan (although, strictly speaking, Port Logan faces the Irish Sea), and the Mull of Galloway. I even nipped across to Belfast on the Sea Cat on a few occasions. Glenluce also boasted 6 pubs to frequent – alas, as with the licensed trade in general, the number of pubs in Glenluce has dwindled significantly in the intervening years.
The last visit to Scotland saw returning with my own family in tow. Again, to south west Scotland. The small village of Powfoot, just outside Annan, was the destination. My parents had a static caravan only yards from the expanse of water which is the Solway Firth. There was no fishing on this trip. Or drinking – I guess that’s what happens when we grow up. Instead we took walks along the vast sandy beaches which occur when the tide is out. And explored the varied wildlife to be found in some of the rock pools – as the picture shows, our children, William and Jessica, have found something interesting lurking beneath the water. While the kids were being suitably entertained by their grandparents, I managed to sneak in a cycle ride along those beaches too.
The children are both a little older now, and we’re thinking about showing them some of the wonders of Scotland. The only thing which is putting us off at the moment is the 9 hours it takes to get from our home in East Anglia to the Scottish borders; although with both children being in possession of an iPod, the bickering and constant “are we there yet” should be kept to a minimum.
Should we venture north of the border, I’ll be sure to let you know how we got on.
John runs four travel websites: www.uk-holiday-shop.co.uk, www.holiday-choices.co.uk, www.cottage-choice.co.uk and www.villa-choice.co.uk with his business partner, wife and mother of their children (that’s one person, Susan’s very busy).