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Travelling through Scotland

Postby cerb on Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:07 am

hey folks,
I'm planning on travelling to Scotland for a couple of weeks in early September. so far, I've marked Lock Lomond, Ft. William, Isle of Skye, and Inverness.
not meaning any disrespect, but as a trekking/sightseeing tourist - should I spend a few days in Edinburgh and/or Glasgow?
Any other suggestions for must-see places?

thanks!
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Re: Travelling through Scotland

Postby Slavechild on Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:09 am

Edinburgh = Yes
Glasgow = No

Make sure you see the Shame of Scotland while you're in Edinburgh.
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Re: Travelling through Scotland

Postby Templar+ on Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:38 am

Slavechild wrote:Edinburgh = Yes
Glasgow = No

Make sure you see the Shame of Scotland while you're in Edinburgh.


This tbh.

If you do decide to visit Edinburgh make sure you visit the village of Roslin and the Rosslyn Chapel it's beautiful it's only about 8 miles out from Edinburgh.
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Re: Travelling through Scotland

Postby cerb on Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:53 am

thanks!

I'm thinking of trekking in Skye from Portree to Uig - I know its 25-30 Km, but is it possible? are there any possible restrictions (private property...)?
basically this trek route but to cut straight west at Beinn Edra. ideas?
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Re: Travelling through Scotland

Postby Slavechild on Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:46 pm

Looks like there's a track for the west bound route -> https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@57.58839 ... a=!3m1!1e3
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Re: Travelling through Scotland

Postby EWJ on Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:09 pm

I live in Ireland not Scotland Cerb. Sheesh! for a military man learn to read a map.
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Re: Travelling through Scotland

Postby 13th Nightmare on Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:20 pm

If you do go to Edinburgh, I suggest doing the Real Mary King's Close tour if you have the time. Me and my girlfriend did it last year for her birthday and it was quite good
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Re: Travelling through Scotland

Postby cerb on Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:09 pm

EWJ, we (friends and I) considered Ireland - but decided for a 2 week trip its better to focus on a smaller area.. next time mate <3

Currently this is what is shaping up:
    Flight to London + Flight to Glasgow (2 days)
    Loch Lomond and surroundings (1 day)
    Ft. William (1 day)
    Isle of Skye (trekking from Portree to Uig - 3 days overall in the isle)
    a bus to Inverness (through Loch Ness - 2 days in Inverness)
    a quick jump to whiskey magic land (i.e Speyside - single day)
    down to Tay Forest (any suggested places to stay overnight?)
    and at last Edinburgh (around 3 days)


Ive noted the points of interest mentioned above, thanks!
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Re: Travelling through Scotland

Postby Salva on Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:33 pm

If you go to loch lomond As odd as it sounds id say stay away from the sign posted car park and visitors center.

In my eyes it's become a bit commercial, Where you actually park and at the visitors center theres a row of about 20 brand new shops and a seaworld like place that to me just seem out of place.

The loch itself is all locked off so to speak, you can only walk round about 500 meters of it from the visitors center.

You need to actually drive up to the north side and park somewhere off the beaten track to be able to get out and enjoy it, but luckily as your driving up past it to fort william though, that shouldn't be to big an issue. Theres also some other lovely places en route like Glen/Loch Etive and Glen Coe that id say are worth a stop just for a nice view.

I also kind of agree on skipping Glasgow, i live there thats reason enough, it's a nice place, full of lovely people (excluding me) but lets be honest it's not the prettiest of places, there are some lovely spots and some hidden gems and some good beer but again you need to know where your going and what to look for.

looking at your plan above, youve got alot of miles to cover and alot of driving to do and not much time, but you should see some bloody beautiful views and hopefully you might even get 1 day without rain :D
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Re: Travelling through Scotland

Postby EWJ on Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:43 pm

that last sentence was a lie.
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Re: Travelling through Scotland

Postby cerb on Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:08 pm

thanks for the advice about Loch Lomond, this is the best kind of advice a tourist could hope for.
we weren't planning on renting a car (it's damn expensive for those under 25) for the entirety of the trip. we were thinking of travelling by buses and trains (besides perhaps the last stretch from Inverness to Edinburgh).
is that a legitimate way or are there too many kilometers to cover for that?
by the way, where could one spend a decent night in Glasgow?
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Re: Travelling through Scotland

Postby Salva on Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:20 pm

its legitimate but your probably talking 3-5 hours on buses a day. compared to 2-3 hours driving, if your willing to lose some time then it's fine.

for glasgow how many of you?
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Re: Travelling through Scotland

Postby cerb on Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:30 pm

3, including myself..
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Re: Travelling through Scotland

Postby Salva on Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:16 pm

ill have an ask about, never really had to stay in a hotel in glasgow haha.

you can get a double room in the usual premier inn type places for 30-40 pounds, but ill see what i can find.


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Re: Travelling through Scotland

Postby Unspecified on Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:25 pm

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Re: Travelling through Scotland

Postby cerb on Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:15 am

thanks man, i really appreciate it!
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Re: Travelling through Scotland

Postby Little_Devil on Sat Apr 26, 2014 1:39 pm

Many places in Scotland to visit, depends on what you like really. Those that are listed are pretty good and you get to see Ben Nevis or even go up it for a nice stroll :P

I went to Stirling University at one time, and it was brilliant, not only for the walks, but for the whisky trail too. Many Whisky trails in Scotland of very small distilleries who will give you a history lesson and a wee dram, but don't expect to complete the trail in one day unless you have a stout disposition :P :)

Loch Ness would be pretty good too,

Edinburgh to Stirling/Bannockburn , Glasgow wouldn't have been bad, but Kelvin Hall is shut down now for renovation, so Loch Lomonde to Ben Nevis to Fort William then up past Loch Lochy and Loch Ness to Inverness. :)
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