Podcast Episode 18 – The Bruns household journey across the UK

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In episode 18 of the UK Journey Planning podcast, I chat with Rob Bruns who along with his spouse and son spent 4 weeks exploring the UK in June 2022. Rob shares details about how he deliberate the journey (together with the assorted assets) plus his means of placing collectively the itinerary which was appropriate not just for himself and his spouse but in addition their (on the time) 11 12 months outdated son.

He additionally provides an outline of their 4 week itinerary together with the assorted locations they visited, highlights of the journey plus lodging choices, favorite eating places and extra.

Rob shares how he managed driving within the UK and the way he ready for this expertise (spoiler alert – he actually loved driving on the opposite facet of the highway!) with the assistance of Tripiamo.

Different subjects lined on this episode embody packing for a 4 week journey, having fun with the British custom of afternoon tea and his suggestions for others planning a visit to the UK.

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Episode 18 – Present Notes

The Bruns household journey across the UK

Subjects lined on this episode embody:

  • How Rob deliberate their journey to the UK together with the assorted assets and methods he used to maintain monitor of the itinerary because it developed
  • How Rob managed the itinerary in order that it catered for each member of the household
  • How the Bruns household bought round England and Scotland – together with how Rob ready to drive within the UK and the way he coped with rail strikes which impacted a few of their plans
  • The totally different lodging choices Rob selected plus his favourites
  • How Rob ready for driving within the UK with the assistance of Tripiamo – an internet useful resource designed to assist North Individuals put together for the expertise in driving within the UK .
  • Highlights of the journey – each locations and experiences
  • Their favorite eating places and British meals they tried alongside the way in which
  • How the Bruns household deliberate and managed laundry stops throughout the journey
  • How the household packed for his or her journey
  • What stunned Rob in regards to the journey
  • His high tip for anybody planning to go to the UK for the primary time

Locations talked about in episode 18 embody

  • York >> Historic metropolis well-known for Roman and Viking legacies and Minster.
  • Bettys Tea Rooms >> In style tea rooms situated in York and Harrogate
  • Whitby >> Yorkshire seaside city with connections to Dracula.
  • The Magpie >> Well-known fish and chip restaurant in Whitby
  • Durham >> Historic college metropolis in northern England
  • Barter Books >> Well-known Second-hand bookstore situated in an outdated Victorian prepare station within the city of Alnwick.
  • The Jacobite >> Well-known steam prepare (related to Harry Potter) which travels from Fort William to Mallaig over the Glenfinnan Viaduct.
  • Edinburgh >> Scottish capital
  • Fort William >> Scottish city situated on the foot of Ben Nevis.
  • Mallaig >> Scottish port situated in Lochaber. The ferry to the Isle of Skye leaves from right here.
  • Glen Coe >> A gorgeous valley within the Scottish Highlands with a tragic historical past. In style for out of doors sports activities.
  • Baslow >> Village within the Derbyshire Peak District
  • Bakewell >> A market city well-known for the Bakewell Tart
  • The Cotswolds >> Space of Excellent Pure Magnificence stuffed with quaint villages together with Bourton on the Water, Decrease Slaughter and Bibury.

Notes from Rob

  • The Italian restaurant in Baslow is known as Il Lupo. We had the pizza and the pasta two nights in a row and liked it.  The fellows operating it had been fabulous.  Good patio to eat out on too.
  • Traquair Home was the place in Scotland close to the border. Very outdated and should you like outdated, historic stuff, it was cool. That they had a hedge maze and pigs which had been massive hits with Beckett.
  • This was our Airbnb in Edinburgh: It had a free parking spot (massive if you’re driving!) and was proper close to the bus cease and Coop retailer for meals/buying. 🙂Click on for more information
  • Our Airbnb in Ft William: Very cute and nice environment!  We want we might’ve stayed one other night time or two!  Host implausible. Click on for more information
  • Our Vrbo in Baslow:  Superior!  Free (however tight) parking, washer, good little again courtyard, low ceilings/beams and steep steps, however nice location close to tiny village inexperienced, ice cream and, in fact, yummy Italian restaurant! Click on right here for more information
  • Our Vrbo in Camden, London: We liked the situation nevertheless it’s in all probability not for everybody. Strolling distance to overground and underground stations, Sainsbury’s and the canal stroll to Camden Market.  We stayed for nearly every week and liked it.  Additionally washer and dryer!!!! 
    • There was an underground bar (Actually the doorway was on the sidewalk and it disappeared into the sidewalk) simply steps from the condominium.  We wished to strive, however we had been so exhausted every night time by the tip of the journey.
    • Now not listed
  • The place we “personal” our plots of land: Dunans Fortress: https://scottishlaird.co.uk/ I imagine you’ll be able to guide a tour and nonetheless schedule tea/lunch with out “proudly owning” a plot.


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