Thursday, 25 April 2013

Kirkcaldy Car Rental

Given the nickname Lang Toun (Long Town), in reference to its four mile long main street, Kirkcaldy curves around a sandy cove along the Firth of Forth, 18.6 miles north-northeast of Edinburgh.

By Rohancragg, via Wikimedia Commons

The town isn’t somewhere where visitors with a Kirkcaldy Car Hire would spend weeks on end exploring; however, there are three places which are worth visiting if you’re in the area. The first is Ravenscraig Castle. Built by James II in the 1450s, the castle was originally in an isolated spot, but as the town grew, the castle became surrounded. The second place on your whistle stop tour is Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery, the town's main museum and exhibition space. Situated next to the train station, it first opened its doors in 1925, and with the exception of the National Galleries of Scotland, it holds the largest collection of paintings by the Scottish painters Samuel Peploe and William McTaggart. The third place to visit is the Adam Smith Theatre, named after Kirkcaldy's most famous former resident, today it’s also a cinema as well.

The locals understandably get a bit ‘miffed’ when the name Kirkcaldy is repeatedly mispronounced, so this is a sure fire way of getting in their good books. For fans of Star Trek think of Captain Kirk, next think of a fish - the Cod, and finally imagine the Fonz from Happy Days; picture him putting his thumbs up and saying Aaaaay! There you have it, Kirk – Cod - Aaay. Alternatively, just ask a local where Gordon Brown comes from, then they’ll say it for you.

Like many towns throughout the British Isles, Kirkaldy has seen some changes but it’s also remained unchanged.

Kirkwall Car Hire

Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands, lies just off the north coast of Scotland. It’s a charming and quiet side place when you first arrive, but when you return after visiting one of the other smaller and quieter islands further offshore it will feel as if it’s a bustling metropolis.

Bishop's Palace in Kirkwall, by David Stanley on Flickr

Kirkwall’s harbour is the arrival and departure point for ferries from Shetland and the other Orkney Islands, as well as for the city of Aberdeen. It hosts cruise ships from large super liners to small more intimate ships, and its airport is where flights from other parts of the UK touch down. It’s also where visitors looking to explore the area can pick up their Kirkwall Car Hire, stock up on supplies and head off to explore. The town’s best feature is its cathedral which is surrounded by quaint grey buildings and narrow, flag stoned streets, bustling with typical market town life. Other points of interest are the Bishop's Palace, the Tankerness House which is now the Orkney Museum, and the Old Kirkwall Grammar School.

The old part of the town is considered to be one of the most well preserved examples of an ancient Norse town. It originally went by its Norse name "Kirkvoe" (pronounced "Kirkva" - with the "v" sounding more like a "w"). However, its name got changed by accident when mapmakers mistook the “Waa'" sound in "Kirkva" to be the same as "Wa'" which meant “Wall" in Scottish, and that’s how Kirwall got its name,

If you’re arriving by plane, this is the view your pilot will get coming into land, but don’t let put you off.

Lancaster Car Hire

In the past, Lancaster played a leading role in the War of the Roses - where the ‘Lancastrian’ man Henry Tudor, beat the ‘Yorkist’ King Richard III, and took the throne. Today things are a lot more relaxed, there are no beheadings or fights to become the leader of the country, but the locals are still very proud of their history. You can see that when you travel around the area in your Lancaster Car Hire. You can visit the Maritime Museum which explains about the area’s fishing history, you can also visit Lancaster Castle.

Lancaster Castle by from Wikimedia Commons

Built on the site of an old Roman fortress, the castle was enlarged by Elizabeth I (King Henry VII’s second daughter, whose mother Anne Boleyn lost her head). It was also connected with some gory deaths of its own. Until recently it was still used, as a prison and a court, but back in 1612 it was known as the Lancaster Assizes and was the site of the Pendle witch trials. The castle was where twelve witches from Pendle, accused of murdering of ten people with various spells, were brought to trial, convicted, and executed by hanging. Over the years, the court was responsible for sentencing many more people who were hanged, in fact, they were responsible for more hangings than any other town in the country outside of London, earning it the nickname, ‘the Hanging Town’.

On a more positive note, Lancaster’s bloody history and its links to the monarchy make it well work a visit, these are just a few things you may see.

Lancing Car Hire

Although the village of Lancing is often overshadowed by its neighbours Worthing and Shoreham by Sea, it’s famous for being the largest village in England. Situated in West Sussex, on the south coast of England, the village was a popular seaside resort of the gentry in the mid-19th century because of its secluded atmosphere. Today most people prefer the hustle and bustle of the larger resorts, but Lancing still has a small number of guesthouses, where visitors can stay a night or two - just like a famous writer. In the 1890’s Oscar Wilde stayed in nearby Worthing, but he visited Lancing and decided to name the piece he was working on, Lady Lancing. Later, the piece of writing changed its title to The Importance of Being Earnest.

Beach Huts, Lancing Beach by Geograph on Flickr

With a Lancing Car Hire it’s easy to explore the nearby town of Worthing and further a field. The area has been populated for at least 6,000 years, and has same fascinating places where you can to find out about the past. It has Britain's greatest concentration of Stone Age flint mines, some of the earliest mines in Europe, and not far way is the Iron Age hill fort of Cissbury Ring. Lancing is also ideally positioned for visiting the South Downs, chalk hills which extend for about 260 square miles, and include the White Cliffs of Dover; it’s recognised as one of the most important chalk landscapes in England.

But, back in Lancing, you’ll certainly always find a spot on the beach which is ideal for flying model aircraft; you can even enjoy making your very own movie from the air, just like this one.

Leeds Car Hire

With an estimated population of over 750,000, Leeds is the third largest city in the UK. It’s a modern city, popular with shoppers, and with a centre full of large indoor shopping complexes and a pedestrian only zone, visitors can shop till they drop. This shopping paradise includes the brand new ‘Trinity Leeds’, a place where visitors can spend their hard earned cash on well known British favourites, as well as a huge choice of international and exclusive names such as Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood, and Harvey Nichols. Names that give the city a cosmopolitan feel.

The Corn Exchange, Leeds by Paul Stevenson on Flickr

But it’s not just about shopping; Leeds also has natural and built landmarks. It has the gritstone outcrop of Otley Chevin and the Fairburn Ings RSPB reserve, both places to enjoy on a sunny day. Then there’s ‘The Dalek’, at 112 metres, the tower of the Bridgewater Place is the regions tallest building. As well as all the shopping, and landmarks many people visit the city for sport. Elland Road is the home of football and Leeds United, and the Headingley Stadium is where games of cricket and rugby matches can be enjoyed.

If your lucky enough to have a Leeds Car Hire, then not only is it good for transporting all that shopping, but it’s also a great opportunity to escape the city for a while. Leeds is a fantastic base to explore the countryside of the Yorkshire Dales, the Yorkshire Moors or the Peak District, all excellent locations for walking.

Leicester Car Hire

Leicester lies in the heart of the Midlands. It has been the home of the Romans, the Tudors and the Industrial Revolution. Today it’s a multi ethnic and diverse city to visit.

Leicester is one of the oldest cities in England with a history going back at least 2,000 years. The ancient Roman settlement of Ratae Corieltauvorum, famous for its baths, can still be seen at Jewry Wall. It became a significant trading centre along the Fosse Way, the road between Lincoln and Exeter, and one of the largest towns in Roman Britain.

Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester from Wikimedia Commons

In Tudor times a few prominent people were born, and died, in the city. Cardinal Thomas Wolsey died here on the way to the Tower of London; he is buried in Leicester Abbey. Lady Jane Grey, Queen Regent for nine days was born here, and Robert Dudley, the alleged one time lover of Queen Elizabeth I was the Earl of Leicester.

Today you can still witness the Roman and the Tudor influence; you can also see the Grand Union Canal, something which played an important role in the Industrial Revolution. Built in the 1790s’, the canal linked Leicester to London, and today is a great place to see some working locks. Why not discover Leicestershire’s tourist sites in and around the city at your own pace with a Leicester Car Hire. You can visit the Battle of Bosworth Heritage Centre and learn about King Richard III and Henry Tudor, or perhaps try one of the stately homes; Stanford Hall, Calke Abbey, or Belvoir Castle (pronounced Beaver), where battle re-enactments, pheasant shoots and wedding are held, although not at the same time.

Lerwick Car Hire

Two hundred and thirty miles west of Bergen in Norway, and more than one hundred miles off the north coast of Scotland, Lerwick is the capital of the Shetland Islands and its main port. The name Lerwick means muddy bay, a name which has its roots in Old Norse. Its Norwegian name is Leirvik, leir meaning clay and vik meaning inlet.

Lerwick's Waterfront by Murray Barnes on Flickr

Getting here is not too difficult, despite its location. Lerwick is served by two airports, Tingwall Airport and Sumburgh Airport, there’s also a daily overnight ferry service which runs between Lerwick and Aberdeen. This service frequently calls into Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands, making a tour of the islands a popular activity, especially if you have a Lerwick Car Hire.

The town of Lerwick is a bustling seaport, originally an unofficial and illegal marketplace built to maintain the 17th century Dutch Herring fleets. Today the old waterfront still hosts all kinds of boats, pleasure boats, visiting yachts, historic craft and working fishing boats and its narrow main street still follows the old shoreline, although the port has now been built in front of it. Perched on the hillside overlooking the harbour, the rest of the town has also kept its old world charm and narrow lanes, which provide welcome shelter from the south westerly winds during a gale.

This is a place where you can watch otters and seals play in the ocean, and where seabirds cling to the cliffs in huge, noisy colonies. If you’re into history and geology, it’s an area rich in rocks carved and shaped by ice, and the global Geopark provides endless inspiration for photographers and artists. If history is your thing then there are over 6,000 years of human history on the island, Clickimin Broch is a fine example. Close to a loch in the middle of Lerwick, this site is easily accessible, there are also many others.

Lichfield Car Hire

Whether you’re into religion and historic buildings, theme parks, fun on the waterways or spelling, Lichfield is the place to visit. Staffordshire's premier heritage city sits in the heart of the country not far from Birmingham, and its jam packed with things to do. So, you have your Lichfield Car Hire, where do you explore first?

Lichfield House, Bore Street, Lichfield by Brian Clift on Flickr

Lichfield is filled with lovely black and white buildings, but it’s most famous piece of architecture is its three-spired medieval cathedral, beautiful both inside and out. Once you’ve had a tour around the cathedral how about brushing up on your spelling at the house of Samuel Johnson, the writer of the first Dictionary of the English Language. The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum is where you can learn about the life and times of England's greatest man of letters, famous for his wit.

If the day is bright and sunny there are lots of outdoor options too. Go for a short drive to Barton Marina in nearby Barton under Needwood. This is home to a nice lake and if you’ve never seen canal barges you’ll be guaranteed to see a lot here. You can also visit Drayton Manor Theme Park. Drayton Manor is a fantastic place to bring the family for a day out. You’ll find Thomas Land, a park dedicated to Thomas the Tank Engine, a 4D cinema, restaurants and a zoo. For those who enjoy adrenaline fixes there’s Apocalypse, the stand-up coaster, Shockwave, the splash-tastic log flume, Stormforce 10, and the stomach-churning Maelstrom. If you try these rides make sure you have lunch afterwards and NOT before.