2 weeks in Scotland-what would you do?

Old Jan 29th, 2001, 03:34 PM
Linda Dick
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2 weeks in Scotland-what would you do?

Couple traveling for 2 weeks in Scotland. Flexible time schedule. When best to go? Are crowds a problem. Is the Edinburgh tattoo a must? Want to take time to wander and drive and explore on our own. Any other suggestions.

Old Jan 29th, 2001, 05:23 PM
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spent 8 days with the family there in summer 1999. Stayed for a week in a self catering cottage in Callendar. From there we explored Stirling, Edinburgh, Lock Ness, Lake Katrine, Loch Lomond, Doune Castle, and Castle Campbell - all worthwile. On the jway up from London, we stopped at Jedburgh and on the way back at Caeverlock and Threave Castles (Threave is my favorite).

It was alot of fun. With an extra week, would go to the islands off the west coast
Old Jan 30th, 2001, 10:49 AM
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check out going to the southwest of Scotland. Galloway. Wonderful country, people, gardens, castles, people... we loved Kirkcudbright, Wigtown and Logan Gardens outside Port Logan. It's not the tourist center of scotland, but grand! Have Fun! We went in October, no crowds, a little colder.
Old Jan 30th, 2001, 11:41 AM
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The first thing I did was to send an email to Sheila Ritchie, [email protected], asking her for suggestions. If you have been reading this forum for any time at all, you will know that she is the BEST source for information on Scotland. We spent two weeks in Scotland last Sept and thanks to Sheila, it was the best driving trip we've ever taken.
Old Jan 30th, 2001, 11:45 AM
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I should have added that we had dinner with Sheila and her husband at a great restaurant near Dunkeld and she is great company and a lot of fun!
Old Jan 30th, 2001, 11:51 AM
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Best times are end May, early June. Crowds are not a problem. Tattoo is fun but hardly a must. It's a show, for visitors and tourist. A good show, but hust a show.

What do you like? That would help narrow it down
Old Jan 30th, 2001, 12:22 PM
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I want you to know I HAD NOT seen Betty Ann's posting before I replied (blush!)
Old Feb 5th, 2001, 10:11 AM
Island Girl
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Hi Linda,

We spent 2 weeks in Scotland last August and it was great. It was a very economical trip, and we used the train a lot, and stayed in hostels and B&Bs.

Here's our itinerary:

Day 1: arrive Edinburgh, tour castle and Royal Mile
Day 2: toured St Andrews and Stirling
Day 3: drove to Hadrian's Wall (my husband's idea). Saw a Fringe show in the evening
Day 4: toured New Town area and the castle (again!)
Day 5: train to Oban, toured the town and area
Day 6: tour to Mull, Iona, and Staffa
Day 7: bus to Inverness, stopping at Fort Augustus and Urquhart Castle
Day 8: toured around Inverness
Day 9: train to Orkney Islands, toured Kirkwall
Day 10: organized tour of Orkney sites
Day 11: train to Inverness
Day 12: Isle of Skye
Day 13: Hiking on Skye
Day 14: train to Glasgow
Day 15: toured Glasgow in a.m, home in p.m.

If we did it over again, we wouldn't go to Orkney unless we could have 3 or 4 full days there. Also, missed a big chunk around Glencoe, and didn't have enough time in Stirling.

Feel free to email me with any questions. This site and the people on it are a great reference, so have fun planning!

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