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North Berwick: a pretty seaside town in Scotland

North Berwick: a pretty seaside town in Scotland | PACK THE SUITCASES

Visiting North Berwick as a day trip from Edinburgh is one of our favourites. It’s only 30 minutes from Edinburgh on the train so is ideal for a day out. But we love this cute seaside town so much that we decided it deserved more than a day trip this time. So this summer, we booked to stay in North Berwick for three nights and really got to know it.

Here’s what there is to see, do and eat in North Berwick for a short break…

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A day at the Treacle Market, Macclesfield

A day at the Treacle Market, Macclesfield | PACK THE SUITCASES

The Treacle Market, Macclesfield, Cheshire, is something we’ve been meaning to go to for ages. It’s a food/craft/vintage market that runs on the last Sunday of every month.

I don’t know why we’ve taken so long to get round to going – it’s only a few stops away from us on the train. Being on a Sunday, it’s perfect for us because we’re always busy with horses or nights out on Saturdays. So we finally got round to going to the one in August and it was brilliant. I do love a market, but it’s hard to find a good’un. Food ones are a bit boring once you’ve actually eaten and they’re often overrun with screaming children, which I am allergic to. Vintage/craft ones are frequently full of old junk and someone’s hideous homemade Celtic jewellery. You end up wandering round and never actually buying anything. The Treacle Market is the opposite of this situation – we came home with loads of actually nice stuff.

And Macclesfield turned out to be lovely. It’s not somewhere we know very well, even though it’s so close to where we live now. It’s really pretty and has lots of good places to eat and drink, so it’s a good place to wander round when you’ve wrung the market dry too. We’ve already planned to go back to try a Scandinavian restaurant we had our eye on and I want to take my mum to the market. That’s how good it was.

So this is what we got up to…

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8 places to visit in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

Carrick Bay: a secret beach in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland | PACK THE SUITCASES

There are so many gorgeous places to visit in Dumfries and Galloway, from cute towns and villages to good old National Trust places to stunning beaches.

I may be biased, because all my childhood holidays were there so I know it really well, but Scotland’s most southerly area really is an underrated part of bonny Scotland. Dumfries and Galloway is often overlooked and I don’t know many people who have visited. Yeah, it might not have the dramatic landscape of the Highlands or the bustle of the big Scottish cities, but it has some of the prettiest towns and coastlines I’ve ever seen.

Here’s a few places in Dumfries and Galloway that I reckon you can’t miss.

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Visiting Sweetheart Abbey in New Abbey, Scotland

Visiting Sweetheart Abbey in New Abbey, Scotland | PACK THE SUITCASES

Have you heard the one about the 13th century lady who carted her dead husband’s embalmed heart around with her and then when that wasn’t extreme enough, she built a gigantic abbey in memory of him? No? Well, you have now.

You don’t get that kind of thing on Take Me Out, do you?

The beautiful ruin of Sweetheart Abbey lies in the pretty village of New Abbey, in the Dumfries and Galloway area of south-west Scotland. It’s well worth a visit even if you’re not into history.

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Carrick Bay: a hidden beach in Dumfries and Galloway

Carrick Bay: a secret beach in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland | PACK THE SUITCASES

Carrick Bay is an amazing and fairly ‘secret’ beach in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Here’s an introduction to its magic.

When I say ‘secret’, obviously it isn’t that secret if I’ve found it. But it’s hidden away and must be quite undiscovered because it’s empty every time we go. That’s secret enough for me. And given that my blog only has about four regular readers, including my mum, writing about it here is unlikely to change the ‘secret’ levels. 

It lies about 10 miles from Kirkcudbright (where we always stay) and 6 miles from Gatehouse of Fleet, so it’s slap bang in the middle of the area. We’ve been going there since I was a child but only discovered Carrick a few years ago. Up until then, our favourite beaches were Rockcliffe and Kippford, but now Carrick is definitely up there with them.

I suppose we’d never found Carrick because it’s so off the proverbial beaten track. On this visit, we only saw two other people. Other than that, it was just us and the sea. Click through and look at it. What a beaut…

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