Are you posting in the right forum? I only picked up this as I was looking at main UK site. Try Scotland forum for the real info. OK! Hi Chicago (we lost our luggage there last May flying AA en route to Dallas - your Homeland Security guys/gals and the ONLY friendly and pleasant ones we've ever come across!) Also, is the weather really as bad as on all the TV series?
1st question for you re trip and I won't be the only one asking; Do you need to drive from London to Scotland? There are excellent trains, flights and buses and it's NOT a pleasant drive till you're quite near the border (then it become lovely).
If you MUST drive, I suggest go east route from London heading towards Edinburgh, more details easily available but basically; M1; then M18; then A1 all the way to Edinburgh. North of Edinburgh the road becomes single carriageway most of the way. If you haven't seen them before, non-missable towns are York; Durham and if you can a diversion on to the Northumberland coastal road (still heading north) which takes you along one of the most beautifil coastlines in the UK and you will drive past and see many of the best castles in the UK (Alnwick; Warkworth; Lindisfarne; and Bamburgh).
When you head south, return west route, Glasgow A74/M74 to near Carlisle then M6 then M1 back to London. On the northern part of this route, you will climb smoothly on divided highway/motorway to some of the highest roads in UK and drive through gorgeous scenery. As you drive through north west England, you will be 30 minutes away from the Lake District which is very very beautiful.
The journey north will be a VERY full day (I suggest overnight in York or Durham); coming south a full day should be OK unless you divert into Lake District. At least 200 miles of your drive north from London will be not dissimilar to driving round LA in the rush hour!
I have loads of suggestions for visiting the North East but they really depend on how much time you have to spend here and what you are interested in (history, landscape, art, music, sports etc).
If you are just passing through on the way to Scotland there will be fewer opportunities but you'll still be able to experience some of the sites
Let us know your wish list and you'll get lots of suggestions.
Agree this is a very long drive. You cannot cover the same ground in the UK as quickly as Nth America. Also once Nth of Aberdeen or Glasgow it is even slower. If you could fly or take the train it would be better. A weeks trip could give you 2or 3 days in Edinburgh lots of history atmosphere and restaurants etc. You would not need a car in the City. Follow this by driving in Perthshire which is very pretty or you could try The Castle Trail or Whisky Trails of Speyside and Aberdeenshire. Really depends on your interests. There are a lot of forest and hills to walk if thats your thing with good paths. A range of accomm from good B&Bs to castle type hotels like Kildrummy Castle set in wonderful gardens said to be first planted by the wife of Robert the Bruce. The trails are on the visitscotland web pages.
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