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Offline Copey

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Scottish Borders
« on: July 22, 2018, 08:24:06 PM »
My good mate Mav (on this forum too) and I are taking our lovely wives for a weeks holiday on the bikes, staying in the Morpeth area from next Saturday the 28th.

We've got a day planned for Edinburgh, and a day costal in and around Berwick.

Not having been to the Scottish Borders before, can any of you guys chip in with recommendations for other things of interest to see or do ? Or even any where to avoid ?

Any decent cafes for coffee and cake during the day (for the girls of course  :015:) or restaurants nearby for the evenings ?

Don't really want to be doing high mileage on a daily basis so try to keep it Borders area if you can please.

Any ideas ??

« Last Edit: July 22, 2018, 08:26:08 PM by Copey »

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Re: Scottish Borders
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2018, 09:56:23 PM »
Jolly sailor in Craster for lunch or the fountain in low Newton. Neither very far from Morpeth.
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Re: Scottish Borders
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2018, 10:11:59 PM »
I've worked & stayed in Morpeth & Prestonpans just east of Edinburgh. All around the coast between Aberlady & Bamburgh is good. Bamburgh castle is worth a visit. The roads in that area are brilliant, very quiet, especially enjoyed the A68. Then get off the main drags onto the B roads through the villages. Sure'n you'll have a great time. The accent in Morpeth is quite strong.
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Re: Scottish Borders
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2018, 11:57:17 PM »
If you fancied wandering over to the other side of the country (which isn't that far), there's the Grey Mare's Tail waterfall near Moffat, St Mary's Loch not far from there, and the Devil's Beeftubs. If you like the weird and wonderful, when you visit Edinburgh, visit Rosslyn Chapel.
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Re: Scottish Borders
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2018, 06:39:34 AM »
Great stuff guys, keep em coming  :028:

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Re: Scottish Borders
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2018, 07:00:11 AM »
Have a look at a ride out over to Kielder and Hawick and surrounding area
Good roads and great scenery
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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2018, 09:21:27 AM »
The Borders abbeys -- Kelso, Jedbergh, Dryburgh, Melrose etc are worth a visit and connected by good and usually traffic-free A roads. There are great panoramas everywhere -- Scott's view and Hume Castle, for example. If you like small country roads, the lanes in the foothills of the Cheviots (north of the big hills) are great. Lindisfarne -- but please DO believe the tide tables; the tide comes in very quickly and people who think they know better soon find they don't. Between the Tweed and Edinburgh there are good minor roads across the Lammermuir hills, as well as the A68.

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Re: Scottish Borders
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2018, 09:59:55 AM »
Agree about Linisfarne. Well worth a visit if the tides are favourable.

IMHO avoid Berwick. We stayed there a couple of years ago and it was dead!

Seahouses is worth a visit for a Fish n Chip meal.
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Re: Scottish Borders
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2018, 10:27:54 AM »
A great city to visit and lots of attractions to see.
Sadly a word of warning re Edinburgh.
Makes sure your bikes are well secured.
Unfortunately recent spate of motorcycle thefts.
Some shocking road surfaces due to potholes to so take care.
Ludcrous 20mph speed limit within about 2 miles of town centre.

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20276/parking_spaces/565/motorcycles_coaches_buses_long_and_large_vehicles_and_caravans

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?msa=0&mid=1QbtLwD5J1j0uAs3DNAyTakYXZjQ&ll=55.94821385733143%2C-3.19825800000001&z=14

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Re: Scottish Borders
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2018, 10:48:47 AM »
*Originally Posted by philmcglass [+]
A great city to visit and lots of attractions to see.
Sadly a word of warning re Edinburgh.
Makes sure your bikes are well secured.
Unfortunately recent spate of motorcycle thefts.
Some shocking road surfaces due to potholes to so take care.
Ludcrous 20mph speed limit within about 2 miles of town centre.

I'll do a search on m/c parking and let you know.

When I stayed in Prestonpans I'd park in Musselburgh & get the bus into Edinburgh. Is anywhere safe to leave bike & gear, no fun walking about city sight seeing in bike gear carrying yer bonce potty anorl.
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