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Us Brits aren’t best known for road tripping. We do do it, though! David and I recently had a business conference to attend in Birmingham, so we decided to road trip down the night before. It was Penicuik we would leave from. We are actually from Walkerburn but David was working late into the afternoon this particular day.
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We decided to take the scenic route so we could enjoy the views as we made our way down to England.
Compulsory Moffat stop
We had to stop for fuel before we hit the motorway, so we decided to do so in Moffat. Moffat is a place we have stopped many times when we have travelled to England before. We love the convenience of the location of the petrol station and the variety of food on offer there. We were so chuffed to see they had some Moffat toffee in stock, along with puff candy! I cannot say this stuff is good for the figure but its so good for the heart and soul.
It was December when we passed through and Moffat town was looking beautiful with Christmas lights spread across the town. It felt really magical.
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A drive by the ‘Devils Beeftub’
As a child and an adult I have driven past the Devils Beeftub many times. I remember in the past I was told that the mist was so bad that a farmer and his cattle fell to their death in the gorge and that is why it had become named the Devil Beeftub. We debated about this for a while and posted the debate to Facebook, who all agreed with David that it was named this because it was used to hide stolen cattle!
I managed to snap some great pictures of the Beeftub on the way past, as I always do. We carried on through the forests and I watched in amazement as I saw that thousands of trees I had seen there in the past were now gone (Christmas trees perhaps?)
The rest of the trip was basically motorway. It began to get really dark on the way and we were fighting over who should drive so the other could nap, ha! I won and napped a few hours of the trip. We did stop at a services for a KFC but that is about as exciting as the rest of the trip got.
We had a good laugh and a giggle and really enjoyed the journey down there. Our hotel was right off the motorway so we got there really quickly. We settled down early because we had a super early start in the morning.