Weekend in Kielder, The Borders & Holy Island

Hi guys,

I wanted to share with you our little weekend road trip we did recently. It isn’t often that Chris and I get a weekend off together so when we do, we like to get out and visit some sights. We live in a gorgeous country and are within about an hour and half drive of Scotland, so we like to see as much of it as possible.

We got a hotel voucher from our best friend, Charlotte, for Christmas and decided to use it on this weekend. 


We drove through Kielder National Forest Park on the way upto Scotland and it was the most beautiful place. It was quite cold and rainy on the way but the drive was incredible and there were so many places you could stop at along the way. We will definitely be bookmarking another trip up here when the weather is a little warmer. There is even a castle in the grounds.

It was such a lovely road trip. We made a pitstop in Jedburgh in the Scottish borders. We stopped at Simply Scottish which is a cafe/restaurant in Jedburgh High St. We had a sandwich each with some crisps and it was super delicious and such good value for money.

It also has a licensed bar for a night out!

We also had a pitstop at a Costa for a hot chocolate. They are gorgeous.

We finally got to the hotel which was The Buccleuch Arms in Melrose. The hotel had plenty of parking and had a cosy lounge area with woodburning stove which we sipped some drinks in later that night. Our room was in the eaves and was a tad small but it was a lovely stay. 

We didn’t book a table for dinner and decided to go into Melrose instead. We ate at The King’s Arms and that was delicious. Well worth a trip!

My face:

Foundation: L’oreal Infallible Foundation

Concealer: Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Powder: Collection Ultimate Fix Powder

Bronzer: Bourjois Mat Illusion 

Blush: Makeup Revolution Palette

Liquid eyeliner: Collection fast stroke

Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational

Brow Pencil: Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Brow

Eyeliner Pencil: Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Pencil

We then visited Holy Island which is the Lindisfarne Reserve. You can only visit here when you the tide is out as it is an island off the north coast. It was a beautiful day on the drive over and it was all little country and farm lanes which was just perfect. The crossing over to the island is quite narrow and has sand in places where it hasn’t yet dried out and blown away.

You can take a walk around the whole island which takes about an hour. You could visit the castle but there were works happening when we visited but the Priory was open. There are shops and cafes and even holiday lets and b&bs. We are thinking of going back and taking the dogs with us to have a relaxing weekend break trapped on an island.

We took the coastal drive home and drove past Bamburgh Castle (yes this was shot from the car) which was stunning against a bright blue sky. We will be going back to visit here too!

Lindisfarne Castle

We had such a gorgeous little break and took it a lot of new sights for us. Our next planned weekend will be the Peak District in August – can’t wait!

Have you got any weekend break recommendations?

Rachael xox

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