Family travel

Tin Box pitches up in style north of the border

Part three of our summer tour saw us leaving the beautiful Lake District and heading across the border into Scotland – Tin Box’s first ‘foreign’ trip.

As well as adding to a growing list of stunning holiday stop offs, we travelled to Ayrshire for the wedding of our good friends Caroline and Stuart. The setting for their big day was Lochgreen House Hotel in Troon.

A few months before I had half-joked to Caroline that it would be funny if the hotel would let us park Tin Box in their car park during the wedding. To my amazement she wasn’t totally horrified at the suggestion. (Well, maybe just a bit). So before I could talk myself out of it I was on the phone to the hotel to see if I could persuade them as well.

Roll forward three months and Tin Box had front row seats for the wedding of the year. The extremely accommodating hotel manager had planned to put us out of sight in the small staff car park, but hadn’t appreciated how big a 7m caravan actually was. In the end we parked in the main car park, a few spaces away from the hotel owner’s top of the range BMW. It goes without saying that Tin Box raised quite a few eye brows.

At this point I would like to point out that Tin Box’s only overnight resident was our dog. She enjoyed the comfort of familiar surroundings and walks in the hotel’s immaculate grounds.

It was an amazing wedding and, as soon as I talk the happy couple into parting with a copy of the photo of them with Tin Box – white ribbons and all – it will be posted here!

Hardcastle Crags

All too soon the festivities and our holiday had come to an end. We opted to make the long trip home over one weekend with a couple of nights at the Caravan Club’s Hebden Bridge site to break up the journey. This is a pretty little site is very close to Hardcastle Crags, which has some great walks for weary travellers keen to stretch their legs.

As we hitched up for the last tow home, we were able to reflect on a great first summer holiday in Tin Box. Now we can’t wait for the next.