Thanks to Covid, 2021 has been a year of constantly changing rules for international travel. The different requirements for travellers to and from different countries created uncertainty - including the possibility that the rules could change during an overseas trip, resulting in unexpected quarantine periods and significant additional cost.
|Beaumaris, overlooking the Menai Strait
|Ruthin Castle Hotel
A few weeks later we spent a couple of nights at Ruthin Castle Hotel, using it as a base to explore local ruined castles and abbeys (and bookshops). Again, the hotel was still trying to get back to normal with limited success - but it really didn't matter: we had our freedom!
At the end of August we spent a night at one of our favourite little towns: Montgomery in mid-Wales. By now things were running smoothly in the hospitality sector and we spent a lovely time in the hotel and exploring the local area.
Finally, and only just inside Wales, we stayed at Gladstone's Library a couple of times, in late September and early November. We love 'sleeping with books' (as the website describes it) and it's a great place to meet up with friends in North Wales.
We live only an hour from the Scottish border and in a normal year we pop over the border several times. This year we enjoyed three mini-breaks in southern Scotland. We stayed at Dryburgh Abbey Hotel twice and in Wigtown once.
We went to Wigtown in late June to look around the bookshops and have a relaxing day or two in a very quiet place. The beautiful drive was as much the star of the show with fantastic views across the Solway Firth.
|Dryburgh Abbey and Hotel on the River Tweed
We also had a day trip to Glasgow in early July but that doesn't really count!
|Much Wenlock's medieval guildhall
So that was our travel for 2021. Certainly an improvement on 2020, and all very enjoyable - but at the same time very un-normal. Let's see what 2022 brings.