Eyemouth
We recently took our first family trip to Eyemouth in Scotland and had a great time. I thought I’d share some of the pictures from our little trip.
Eyemouth is a small picturesque town in the Scottish Borders about 8 miles north of Berwick, prior to our trip I’d never been or even heard of it. 

Eyemouth has a working fishing port, a harbour and a nice clean beach. The Little Man had his first visit to the beach while we were in Eyemouth and loved it, and was particularly determined to eat the sand. 

The beach was very shealtered and quiet while we were there. I was pleased to see a distinct lack of rubbish. There are cafes and eateries running along the end of the sands edge, offering fish and chips, ice cream or a simple hot cuppa. 
The town itself although very small has pretty much all you could need including a decent sized COOP, a pharmacy, various gift shops and a fishmongers. The are also some amusements in the town, perfect for any older children.
Eyemouth has a busy fishing port which was buzzing with fishermen and wagons taking fish away. There were numerous boats docked with people carrying out work, sunbathing or simply ‘doing boat things’. 
I’ll admit there isn’t really a lot of activities in Eyemouth, but there are plenty of places to walk and the beach is lovely. 
There are a couple of museums to visit including the maritime museum and Gunsgreen House, which was  built in 1753 by a smuggler called John Nisbet. The house was built with a tea chute, massive cellars and hidden spaces to hide his smuggled loot. 
During one of our walks we were lucky enough to see two beautiful seals playing and catching fish amongs the boats that were docked in the harbour. We watched there for over an hour, dipping and diving, and bringing up fish to devour. 

There are various sea birds in the area with guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes all nesting in the high Eyemouth cliffs. 

We spent some time at the beach which was clean and surprisingly serene. The Little Man explored the little rock pools with his Daddy, looking for crabs. 

We loved Eyemouth, From it’s beautiful scenery to it’s quiet stillness. It was perfect for our first family holiday. We intend to visit again while the Little Nan is small enough to be easily entertained. 

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Baby’s first holiday – Park Resorts Eyemouth Holiday Park

We recently went on our first family trip to Park Resorts in Eyemouth. We picked up a bargain four night caravan break with the Sun Holidays. After some initial problems getting the holiday booked and being over charged we finally got everything sorted and went on our trip last week.

We drove up to Eyemouth, which took us and our exceedingly overloaded car about an hour and a half. God help us if we go abroad with the Little Man, we’ll need to charter our own jet for the amount of things we took with us.Park-Resorts-Eyemouth-entranceThe holiday park is located next to a quiet fishing port, perched on a cliff overlooking the sea. The caravans on the front of the park have amazing views over the sea and sandy beach, and there’s a pleasant stepped walk down to the beach from the edge of the site.We arrived at the park quite late in the day (7.15pm) as The Little Man had, had his swimming lesson. We rang the park during the day and were advised that a late check in was no problem and our caravan key and map would be left with the security guard. We collected the key without any problems and were given a map and directions to our caravan. We were in caravan E22 which is pretty much directly in the centre of the park.Park-Resorts-Eyemouth-walkI was a little wary of what to expect, I’ve stayed in many caravans on many different sites with massively varying experiences. It turns out I had nothing to worry about and I was very pleasantly surprised by the caravan we’d been allocated.Park-Resorts-Eyemouth-caravan-insideIt had a good sized living room/dining room and a really nice kitchen. The fridge freezer was bigger than ours at home! I was surprised to find a microwave and various other bits and pieces I didn’t expect to find, such as a cheese grater and some scissors.Park-Resorts-Eyemouth-caravan-kitchenThe sink was the perfect size for a ‘caravan bath’ too!Baby-caravan-bathOur caravan had two toilets! I’ve never stayed in one with a separate toilet before! It was perfect to banish hubby too so I wasn’t hurried out of the shower.

The shower was a double one and much more spacious than any other caravan I’ve stayed in. The whole bathroom had plenty of space without having a shower and feeling like you were sat on the toilet and there was even a heated towel rail. Park-Resorts-caravan-toilet

Park-Resorts-bathroomThe caravan was able to bed 8 people. There was a spacious double, two twin rooms and a pull out double bed in the living room.Eli-caravanWe had to sleep in the living room with the Little Man has his travel cot wouldn’t fit anywhere else, so I’m not sure how comfortable the the beds were.

There were plenty of quilts and pillows which was nice to see. I’d have had more boot space in the car had I known this, as I took our quilt and pillows from home!Park-Resorts-caravan-bedroomThere was plenty of storage space, including hanging wardrobes and loads of shelves and cupboards in the living room, kitchen and dining room area.Park-Resorts-caravan-living-roomThere was plenty of space round the caravan to sit on the grass. The sun was hot during our so we made a little make shift tent to keep the Little Man out of the hot rays.Eli-daisy-chainThe park itself is quite small and while we were there, very quiet. If you’re looking for a lively park, bursting with facilities then Eyemouth probably isn’t for you. The site doesn’t even have a shop which I found a little surprising and quite disappointing. There didn’t seem to be a lot of guests on site during our Monday to Friday visit though I imagine it gets much busier during the school holidays or on a weekend.Park-Resorts-Eyemouth-mapThere are two bars on the site, both serving food. There was only one open while we were there and when we popped in for tea one night there was only us and two other couples there. The food was reasonably price :- costing £23 for a starter to share and two main courses with one round of drinks. The food was a little like something you’d get in a Brewers Fayre or Weatherspoons pub. It was tasty enough but not home made and not very exciting.

There’s a swimming pool close to the site, but it isn’t on the actual site itself. It’s at the bottom of a steep bank. You can use the pool for free, but it’s actually a leisure centre pool so don’t expect slides and games. We visited once while we were there and there was only us in the pool. The pool was clean and warm enough for a baby which was all we needed.

The site is right next to the beach, which was really clean and quiet. The Little Man had his first visit to the beach while we were there and thoroughly enjoy the sand.

The site itself was tidy and well kept, we saw grass cutters driving round the site every day we were there. The only bit that wasn’t so nice was the amount of rubbish at the rear of the entertainment block. There was old sofas and broken beds piled up, although it didn’t affect us at all, it didn’t look very nice.

Overall I was pretty impressed. Eyemouth is a pretty little town and it was perfect for our first family trip. It wasn’t too far to travel, the weather was beautiful and the area was quite picturesque. I was very impressed by the quality of the accommodation and would definitely stay again, but I think it’s probably something more suited for young children or for couples without children as I think it would be quite difficult to keep older children occupied on the site.

Pros

Excellent caravan
Nice site, very peaceful and plenty of space between each caravan
Very close to swimming pool and beach
Short walk into the town centre where there’s COOP and a McColl’s to buy your supplies
Decent food/drinks selection in the bars
Friendly and helpful staff

Con’s

No shop on site
Very limited on site activities
No very lively (if that’s what you’re after)

 

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The Great Outdoors: The Lothians

If there’s one thing that summer is good for, it’s getting outside to enjoy the great outdoors. While the weather doesn’t always equal bright sunshine, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get outside to enjoy what the countryside has to offer, and with a holiday to Edinburgh, you can incorporate some rural fun with a city break. Base yourself at one of Edinburgh’s Travelodge’s and head into the surrounding Lothians for a break from the hubbub of the city – pack a picnic and take a look at some of the beautiful nature reserves and country parks, that you’ll be able to lose yourself in for the day.

In East Lothian you’ll find plenty of reserves and hides that would be perfect for the twitcher in you. Aberlady Bay is full of geese and waders, as well as an array of ducks and skylarks that are seldom found elsewhere. There’s a hide where birdwatchers can stay, waiting for the perfect opportunity to spot a rare species, while those who would prefer to enjoy the walk will enjoy the coastline trails.

Alternatively, Bass Rock can be found north of North Berwick, which is often considered as a seabird city. It’s home to the largest colony of gannets in the world, and is quite a sight. You’ll have to use a boat to get there, but it’s worth it if you’re a lover of sights like that. The award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick is also a must. It’s perfect come rain or shine, and home to various birds including a colony of puffins.

Meanwhile, there are also various reserves scattered across West and Midlothian for you to enjoy, where tranquillity is the main aim of the day. You can easily lose yourself in one of the country parks, such as the Almondell and Calderwood Country Park near Broxburn. Run through fields of bluebells, or wade in the river.

Find a spot to lay a picnic blanket and enjoy some quality time with your other half and family. Or, if you’d prefer a guide, the rangers will be happy to help.  Head to Whitburn and you’ll come across the 168-acre Polkemmet Country Park, which has various signposted trails for you to enjoy. There’s an abundance of wildlife within the park too – perfect for capturing some photos of the great outdoors to remember the day by. The Straiton Pond Local Nature Reserve has a bird observation post, where you can fully appreciate the sanctuary in all its glory.

Closer to the city of Edinburgh, you’ll find Erraid Wood, which can be found in the Pentland Hills. If you want to enjoy the outdoors, but don’t want to go too far from the city, this is the place to go.

The Lothians are easily accessible from the city, especially if you have brought your car with you, and are jam-packed full of secret escapes and adventure. If you’d like your break a little more action-packed, there are plenty of pursuits to immerse yourself in, too. Whatever you choose to do, get behind the wheel and drive – you’ll end up somewhere stunning!

 

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