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2 week road trip from London to Glasgow

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2 week road trip from London to Glasgow

We are a group of 4 middle age women and are flying into London and out of Glasgow. We will be renting a car and venturing on a two week tour, at the end of September, of England and Scotland. We do have a wedding to attend in Inverness on Sep. 25 other than that we have no schedule.

We are interested in:

Pubs

Castles

Food

Wine

History

Highland Games

Scenery

Local culture and/or festivals

We are not interested in lengthy guided tours or museums but this is not a definite denial. We would be interested in these if it is something unique.

Should we book lodging ahead? Are there any roads or areas to stay away from? Any ideas on a route to take? We are looking at leaving London and heading west to Stone Henge then up the west side of England continuing into the west side of Scotland and up to Inverness then down to Glasgow. Is this a good route?

We are defiantly on a budget and would like to keep our lodging cost to less than $200/nt for a room that will accommodate all 4 of us. We are okay to splurge up to $500/nt for lodging for a unique castle experience.

Our thoughts on food are to eat breakfast at which ever hotel or B&B we stay. Have a light lunch on the road somewhere and eat our evening meal at a local pub close to where we are lodging for that night. Of course we will snack through the day on any local fare we may see that is enticing.

Driving in the city is not something that we are afraid of. I lived in Los Angeles for years and have driven in New York City. We are more interested in the countryside anyway.

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1. Re: 2 week road trip from London to Glasgow

not sure what $200 is in real money, (start thinking in GBP, or possibly groats for Scotland by then ;-) )

but you may struggle to find BandBs with rooms for four adults, two rooms would be better and probably cost no more as they tend to charge per person, and two rooms gives you two bathrooms.

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2. Re: 2 week road trip from London to Glasgow

For castles I would take in Wales or the Northumbrian Coast of North-East England. Google Harlech, Caernarfon, Alnwick, Bamburgh, Warkworth, Lindisfarne etc..

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3. Re: 2 week road trip from London to Glasgow

Haha .....we would like to spend 120 GBP per night or less for a room that has 2 double beds. For the castle lodging we will spend 350 GBP for a room with 2 double beds. Is this something that is asking too much for too little?

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4. Re: 2 week road trip from London to Glasgow

Which castle lodging?

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5. Re: 2 week road trip from London to Glasgow

These castles are just what we are looking for.

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6. Re: 2 week road trip from London to Glasgow

I have no castle picked out. I just know we want to stay at one if the price is something we can afford. We want a big fairy tale castle not one that looks like a stone farmhouse.

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7. Re: 2 week road trip from London to Glasgow

These castles are visitor attractions, they are mostly ruins. They aren't for "staying in". In fact most of the historic castles in Wales and England are not hotels in any way, shape or form.

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8. Re: 2 week road trip from London to Glasgow

Thanks, maybe we will just stick to visiting a few castles and forget about lodging in one.

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9. Re: 2 week road trip from London to Glasgow

It's all possible. Look at the Bath Tower at Caernarfon, for example.

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10. Re: 2 week road trip from London to Glasgow

Rooms with two double beds in are extremely rare in the UK are you are very unlikely to find them outside of US chains in London eg Marriott. You definitely won't find such rooms at B&Bs in the countryside. Most B&Bs in the UK are a room in someone's house (though at some seaside places they are more like small purpose built hotels). In most small British houses you cannot fit two double beds in any room at all. Also 4 grown adults wanting to share a room together is culturally weird to us.

Most importantly £30 per night per person means you are probably looking for hostel accommodation or camping. Or reduce your trip to one week to increase your budget. Sometimes Travel lodge have online sales with rooms for £29 per night. You should sign up for their email list to get notified of these deals