Comments on England/Scotland Itinerary

Jan 11th, 2002, 10:02 AM
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If you are really interested in architecture, you really should see Bath as part of your Stonehenge/Salisbury tour.
If you do go to Oxford for a day, you might try to include Blenheim Palace.
The rest of itinerary sounds great although Sheila and Janis are right about trying to do a day in the Highlands. If you like golf, you might want to take a trip out to St. Andrews.
p.s. to Hughes - What do you find so wonderful about Loch Ness or Inverness?
Jan 11th, 2002, 11:34 AM
Doug Weller
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The Highlands are quite a long way from Edinburgh. I've seen Loch Ness a couple of times, it is nice but probably not worth the time, ditto Fort William. Bath and York are both lovely towns. I like Oxford and Cambridge, but I'd go to Bath and York first. Avebury is great.
Jan 11th, 2002, 11:40 AM
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I think all the ones I have are on this web page. Hope this helps
Jan 11th, 2002, 09:48 PM
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Thanks again. Not to beat this thing to death, but I think I might have misunderstood what Walkabout Scotland was offering. I was looking at their Web site and it says they offer hikes to the 'Southern Highlands' which are about 2.5 hours from Edinburgh. That doesn't seem too bad for a day trip. They lead hikes to:

Ben Lawers
Ben A'an
West Highland Wander
Ben Lomond
Buachaille Etive Mhor
Ben Dorain
The Hills of the Drummochter
Jan 12th, 2002, 01:12 AM
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It's very difficult to get this message across to anyone who lives in a country as big as yours; and anyway, maybe our preconceptions are wrong; but it will, for example, take an hour and a half to get to Ben Lawers and 7 hours to climb it and andother hour and a half back. Now, I would do that; but do you want to for one day in the middle of an otherwise packed programme.

I guess my view would be that if you want to walk, then do that, but don't just squeeze a day in the middle of something else.

I don't know about the West Highland Wander or The Hills of the Drummochter but these some of these others are serious hills.

Storer's degree of diffficulty gives them (I'm paraphrasing)

Ben Lawers-3
Ben A'an -5
Ben Lomond-2
Buachaille Etive Mhor -5
Ben Dorain (don't know it)

The only one I've done is the Buchaille and it can be a very serious hill indeed. However it's tremendous when you've done it.
Jan 12th, 2002, 05:09 AM
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OK. Thanks.
Jan 18th, 2002, 05:10 AM
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I've been trying to figure out if I should do at round trip ticket from Washington to London instead of an open jaw leaving from Edinburgh. If I do the round trip. I'd rather not take the train the same day. I don't like to rush. How does this look?

Day 1 Leave WAS
Day 2-4 London
Day 5 Train to York
Day 6 Train to Edinburgh
Day 7-9 Edinburgh
Day 10 Train to London
Day 11-12 London
Day 13 Leave London

According to my travel guide, the train from Edinburgh to London is about $120. Does that sound about right? I don't want to try to save money on a round trip ticket only to spend the difference on the train.
Jan 18th, 2002, 08:40 AM
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You can get a train ticket from Edinburgh to London for as little as 25 pounds. Maybe also consider the night train--109 pounds for a single, 59 for a berth in a 2-berth compartment.

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