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Where to stay 1 night , south of GLA?

After two weeks exploring the Scottish Borders, Yorkshire and Northumberland by car, we will be doing a mid-morning car return to Hertz at GLA. (from there we will use rail for 5 days to slowly wend our way down to London).

For the night before the return we want to stay somewhere about 1 - 1.5 house from of GLA -- if you drew a triangle from GLA down to Kilmarnock and across to Peebles, somewhere in there. (The Cross Keys Wetherspoon in Peebles caught our eye, but there is neither availability nor parking). Our budget is up to $150 for the night.

Thank you !

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Have you thought about Biggar, a rather nice small town with a lot of character. There are two hotels in Biggar - The Elephinstone or the Kirkstyle Hotel.

At Symington a few miles outside of Biggar there is the Tinto House Hotel .

All of these should be within your price range and get good reviews on Trip Advisor.

If you really want to push the boat out, try the Cornhill Castle Hotel but that may be too expensive....

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Thank you, @wasleys. We will have a look at these. Fingers crossed that there will be availability on a Wednesday evening.

BTW, our leisurely rail trip to London will include a day and night in Lincoln which we are very much looking forward to. It's a part of England we haven't yet explored.

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Undiscovered Scotland is wonderful and I use it for all my planning for Scotland.

Enjoy Lincoln but be warned, the Cathedral and Castle are at the top of a very Steep Hill! If you are staying at the bottom of the town, there is a shuttle bus that runs from Silver Street that takes you up to the Cathedral and Castle.

Although the Castle grounds are free to enter, it is well worth buying a ticket. Ask for a castle day ticket which includes the grounds tour. It is the same price as the 'normal' day ticket. Not only does this give access to the Victorian prison (fascinating) and Magna Carta, it also gives access to the wall walk, with its views over Lincoln. It also includes a free tour of the grounds which covers the history of the castle and Lincoln as well as explaining what you can see.

The Cathedral ticket price also includes a free ground floor tour. Not only will this point out where the Lincoln imp is, it also highlights so many other thinbgs that are easily missed. Again it is an excellent introduction to an incredible building. Depending on what day you are there, they also have other tours. The roof and tower tours do invove a lot of steps but again give a completely different perspective. I loved the roof tour. When buying your ticket ask about turning it into annual pass (no extra charge) which means you can go back into the cathedral next day if you want.

There is also the Old Bishop's Palace which is due to reopen (Friday, Saturday and Sundays) from the beginning of June after major work.

Both the castle and cathedral have good cafes so it is easy to spend nearly a full day at the top of the town.

The Tourist Information Centre is between the Castle and Cathedral and has maps of Lincoln as well s knowledgeable staff.