We are driving through England on the way to Northern Ireland during part of our vacation this fall. My husband has tee times booked for Saturday (Royal Portrush) and Sunday (Royal County Down) in Northern Ireland. We will be staying in St. Albans on Thursday night after our arrival... we will need to get somewhere close to the Cairnryan ferry area in Scotland on Friday night so we can crossover to Larne early on Saturday morning.
Rick Steves' books do not have much to say about the whole area of Dumfries & Galloway... Since the drive from St. Albans to that area of Scotland is about 5 hours, we have a couple of options. We can either sightsee places on the way up and look for bare bones accommodation near the ferry, or we can drive up to Scotland and look for a quaint village to spend the night and have a little fun there. Since we have been through much of England (as recently as last year), I would be more inclined to opt for a stay in a cute Scottish village.
We are looking for a nice little picturesque village to stay in that is not too far from the ferry. All suggestions are welcome! Thanks!