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sydneyking
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4769 posts since 26/9/09

21 Jul 2020 15:46
Try Bakewell.

I’m off up to Arran and Skye in a couple of weeks. Just hoping it doesn’t rain the whole time
andrew_
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543 posts since 23/1/10

21 Jul 2020 16:47
Second Bakewell, beautiful round there.

Got a late aug/early sept week planned to Kent.
Got Canterbury and Deal booked, and wanted to stay in Margate/Whitstable too but airbnbs and hotels look shit. Anyone got any recommendations?
gaffer
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506 posts since 13/4/05

22 Jul 2020 02:20
joe6886 wrote: Anyone seen much of the Peak District? After a nice village with a couple of pub options and some good walks nearby

Hayfield. Smaller than Bakewell but perfect for walking - Lantern Pike and Kinder Scout on the doorstep.
Hanto
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2282 posts since 30/11/09

22 Jul 2020 07:08
I'm going back towards Battle/Rye area in August. I went last year and really enjoyed Dungeness etc., but any recommendations for places to eat/things to do in that area would be great.
kid unknown
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5403 posts since 8/12/01

22 Jul 2020 07:57
joe6886 wrote: Anyone seen much of the Peak District? After a nice village with a couple of pub options and some good walks nearby

Have a look at Hathersage.
MoB
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36889 posts since 31/8/04

posted 22 Jul 2020 09:24, edited 22 Jul 2020 09:24
anyone been Skye before? We're driving up there for a week end of august and the plan was to do some hiking/visit some distilleries but they're all gonna be shut by the looks of it. Anyone got any other recommendations?
compulsiveshopper
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1277 posts since 12/6/12

posted 22 Jul 2020 09:46, edited 22 Jul 2020 09:46
I would guess that distilleries will generally be ramping back up to full production, but I am unsure whether many, and Talisker specifically, will be running tours. Are you planning on visiting Inverness? I can advise you on things worth doing and restaurants there, should that be any use
MoB
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36889 posts since 31/8/04

posted 22 Jul 2020 11:44, edited 22 Jul 2020 11:44
Cheers but we wasn't planning too, weve got our cabin in geary and just planned to explore the Island.
andymakesglasses
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20411 posts since 26/1/06

posted 22 Jul 2020 13:08, edited 22 Jul 2020 13:08
You probably know all this already but the Fairy Pools, Dunvegan Castle and Armadale Castle (not sure if they'll be open), Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing, the Cuillins if you're feeling brave, Neist Point lighthouse, Kilt Rock, Dun Beag broch, etc. You can do whale-watching boat trips and hire sea kayaks but again I'm not sure if they're operating yet.

It seems like it could be a good time to go, I read the other day that Skye is really quiet at the moment (Aviemore by contrast was apparently mobbed and horrible).

The Drovers Inn at Inverarnan, Falls of Falloch, Green Welly Stop at Tyndrum, Bridge of Orchy Hotel (if you stop then Beinn Dorain across the road is a good walk), Loch Tulla viewpoint, Rannoch Moor, Clachaig Inn, Glencoe, Old Inverlochy Castle (Glenfinnan monument and viaduct if you have time), the Grog and Gruel in Fort William and Eilean Donan Castle on the way up
MoB
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22 Jul 2020 13:40
sydneyking
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4769 posts since 26/9/09

22 Jul 2020 16:51
Cheers Andy, I’m going up to Arran and Skye in a couple of weeks
andymakesglasses
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20411 posts since 26/1/06

1 Aug 2020 09:32
themistake wrote: Any more recommendations for St Ives?

Don't go?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-53571128
RickRude
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3509 posts since 13/1/12

1 Aug 2020 12:11
Hanto wrote: I'm going back towards Battle/Rye area in August. I went last year and really enjoyed Dungeness etc., but any recommendations for places to eat/things to do in that area would be great.

Rye has nice cobbled streets and good for a spot of lunch - would recommend Webbes.

Wild Mushroom is good for dinner - in Westfield.

Hastings old town is nice for a wonder and drink.

Winchelsea beach ok as well.

You driving? Loads of nice little farms around
themistake
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10704 posts since 20/2/06

posted 28 Aug 2020 20:44, edited 28 Aug 2020 20:44
andymakesglasses wrote:
themistake wrote: Any more recommendations for St Ives?

Don't go?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-53571128

Yeah… I won't be doing that again.

Weather dictates the whole holiday. And the weather was awful.
We couldn't get a single booking in any of the restaurant recommendations apart from Hub burgers despite trying to book 3 weeks in advance.
All boat trips were all booked when they could actually leave the harbour because of the poor weather.
9.5hr drive to get back to London.

Had a decent day at the Eden Project and the one decent afternoon we had a good time out on the paddle boards.

But never again.
MoB
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36889 posts since 31/8/04

6 Sep 2020 11:39
Skye was incredible. Think we definitely got lucky with the lack of people, can imagine it being a nightmare most of the time.
Spent the night in Durham last night, place is bonkers. Felt like one of those daily mail articles of people pissed everywhere being sick on themselves rolling on the floor
compulsiveshopper
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1277 posts since 12/6/12

6 Sep 2020 12:42
I understand it is normally unbearably busy in Skye during peak tourist season. A trend towards stacking stones has emerged as well. Where else did you go in Scotland?

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/locals-rebel-against-stone-stacks-tourist-trend-on-skye-qj2g3fdwf
Hanto
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2282 posts since 30/11/09

6 Sep 2020 13:47
Had a great time again in Exmoor/North Devon. Definitely warming to it as an alternative to Cornwall. Croyde was a bitch to get into, but body boarding definitely made up for it!

Woolacombe was great as well, especially having a takeaway Pizza on the beach with about 40 other campervans! Really lucked out on the weather.

MoB
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36889 posts since 31/8/04

6 Sep 2020 16:43
compulsiveshopper wrote: I understand it is normally unbearably busy in Skye during peak tourist season. A trend towards stacking stones has emerged as well. Where else did you go in Scotland?

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/locals-rebel-against-stone-stacks-tourist-trend-on-skye-qj2g3fdwf

I think the majority we encountered (I'd say at least 40% of the island is shut) we're grateful for the tourism they have now. Probably what they'd like year on year rather than the swarm they get.
Spent a night near loch Lomond in a gaff called suie hunting lodge https://suiehuntinglodge.co.uk/ was fantastic. Also a premier Inn near glasgow. We did 6 nights in skye though which was enough for the hikes we wanted to do. Bloody love northern Scotland though, unbelievable places up there.
The 500 is up next I think.
Sumbeam
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877 posts since 27/1/11

6 Sep 2020 18:20
Went to St Ives last week, really enjoyed it - booked all restaurants about 5 weeks before we went and had no problems at all.
I’ve been a few times before and it was the busiest I’ve ever seen it, but we managed to do everything we wanted to.
Gurnard’s Head was great for Sunday dinner and a nice stroll afterwards.
Cellar Bistro & Caffé Pasta were also great.
The new Yallah Cafe was good for a coffee/breakfast.
Little Palais was a great find, only opened recently but is a really nice little natural wine/cocktail bar in the back streets
beardywierdy
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642 posts since 8/1/13

6 Sep 2020 18:53
themistake wrote:
andymakesglasses wrote:
themistake wrote: Any more recommendations for St Ives?

Don't go?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-53571128

Yeah… I won't be doing that again.

Weather dictates the whole holiday. And the weather was awful.
We couldn't get a single booking in any of the restaurant recommendations apart from Hub burgers despite trying to book 3 weeks in advance.
All boat trips were all booked when they could actually leave the harbour because of the poor weather.
9.5hr drive to get back to London.

Had a decent day at the Eden Project and the one decent afternoon we had a good time out on the paddle boards.

But never again.

I was lucky and went down Eastbourne/Brighton during the heatwave. Had a great time; not holidayed in uk for years.
Deffo weather dependant though. It would have been a different story had it been pissing down.