Rather than travel the 170+ mls in one go to our destination, my partner suggested we stay over on the way up so managed to get a good deal at a travelodge hotel just before scotch corner £42...thanks to sat nav we gound it ok altho it is hidden slightly, no advance warning of your immnent approach of the place - all i can suggest is that it is half a mile before scotch corner, just past a road to the left off the A1 signposted Skeeby,
we arrived sooner than we'd envisaged thanks to light traffic, and were soon booked in. The chap behind the counter was great - chap called paul who was cheerful and smiling - always a good sign! The room we had looked back over the hills and not facing the road - noise was non existant. the room was clean bright and well prepared...shower controls banjaxed my partner tho' good old paul to the rescue!
the reason for our journey was to visit Gretna green. i d passed thru it several times as a calling in point on many coach tours to scotland i'd done in my past - however my partner had not been to scotland for years, so as it's fairly easy and quick to get to without issues, we found ourselves en route there.
As reviewers to this hotel have already mentioned, guests at the hotel qualify for a 20% discount on food and drinks purchased at the little chef next door - you do not get discount if you take it back to hotel - we took a btl wine back and didn't get the 20%....the food welcome etc were fine...good value before the 20% so we both ate well for considerably less..
following morning after a decent kip, we returned bk to the little chef for a breakfast - again food fine and there's that lovely 20% as well
we set off after checking out and arrived at our destination refreshed and looking forward to seeing what gretna had to offer - we took the tour of the blacksmiths shop which was impressive - they carry out over 1000 weddings each year there...and you can have your pic taken over the infamous anvil as well [we did!]
there are severa shops etc at the location which allow you to buy assorted exotic foods, whiskies etc and if you feel inspired to do so, take home a kilt!
the blacksmiths shop is a long established lunch stop for many coach tour operators en route to scotland - and despite that, it never felt cramped or rushed....
excellent loo's too and the chance to take home a few souveniers - such as the scottish edition of your newspaper!
on our return we stopped for lunch at a fave palce of mine - The Tan hill inn high upon the moors in the ,iddle of nowhere, some 1732' above sea level - an amazing place and location whatever the weather!!!!
we enjoyed the night at this travelodge and wouldn't hesitate to return or use another hotel of this chain - great value and a welcome assured!!!!
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