Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to MotoGoLoco for the fantastic opportunity to choose one of their hotels for a night away having won one of their competitions. After some fun browsing the MotoGoLoco site and speculating the potential rides, we settled on Straven Guest House for our night away.
April 14th dawned bright and sunny so with the bike all prepped and ready we set off via the A701 then the A702 to Edinburgh. Arriving at the guest house, we were very pleasantly surprised to find the location was just off the Portobello road, with very easy access to a beautiful promenade along the beachfront. Mac (our host) met us and quickly got the bike settled into a secure garage before giving us a great introduction to the area, local eateries and the regular bus services in to the centre of Edinburgh.
Our room was very spacious and comfortable giving us a perfect base from which to explore. The location of the B&B is ideal for access to the centre of Edinburgh which allowed us to enjoy the best of Edinburgh in the evening and through the day.
No review could be complete without mentioning the breakfast! Marion provides an extensive spread with lots to choose from all served in person by Mac. So after enjoying an early stroll along the beach, you have the choice of an extensive buffet of fresh fruit, yoghurt and cereals to start but if that doesn’t take your fancy you can always have the hot Scottish porridge oats. After that it is up to you whether you want to indulge in a full breakfast or one of the other many options which you are presented with. I have to confess that the hot croissant and pain au chocolat was too good to miss!
Feeling replete, we reluctantly took our leave of our lovely hosts and chose to follow the A701 all the way back to Moffat where we stopped briefly to enjoy the coffee and company at the Buccleuch Arms. The sweeping bends and fantastic views of the “tub” were too tempting for Neil who had to indulge in a little fun going down and back up the run into Moffat twice!
Thanks again to all at MotoGoLoco and to Mac and Marion at Straven Guest House. We really enjoyed our birthdays thanks to you and the amazing weather we were treated to!
Karen & Neil Martyniuk