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Aug 12th, 2003, 06:51 PM
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...and watch out for the cows and deer on the road, too! It was a dark and rainy night...

Seriously, we really loved our experiences on Mull, but you must go to Iona and I second Sheila's suggestion of Ulva. I think that was my favorite place of the trip. Sorry I missed the oysters.

To get to Ulva, you have to put up a wooden sign to summon the small boat to come across the channel to pick you up. Once on the island, we had a great time wandering through sheep filled heather meadows above the cliffs. Upon our return to the ferry station, we procured a pot of tea, which we enjoyed at a picnic table.

We also thought the trip from Tobermory to the western side of Mull, where we got the ferry to Ulva, was quite scenic--narrow roads cut wide switchbacks down to Dervaig. Along the coast, were green, shadowy woods with many wind formed trees. Also found a spot with a waterfall above and below the road, which made a nice point to stop for a while.

In Tobermory, we enjoyed dinner at the Anchorage--duck with a pear port reduction and raspberry butter. Husband had an "excellent" steak with mushroom sauce. Sorry that doesn't sound too vegetarian.

Enjoy your trip. I can just picture the purple and golden hues that will probably blanket the island in September.
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Aug 14th, 2003, 12:01 PM
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Clousie, I feel like I'm there already from your descriptions. I hadn't really thought I had time for Ulva as well as Iona, but I really like the idea of hailing a boat and wandering around 'sheep filled heather meadows'! thanks for your help.
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Aug 14th, 2003, 12:10 PM
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LeighNewLand- thanks for the restaurant advice. You mentioned two places that I haven't seen anything about in all my guide books. I much prefer the first person accounts too.
we booked our car ferry in March.
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Aug 25th, 2003, 07:27 AM
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Thanks for all the advice. I'm leaving in just under a week and I wonder if anyone has any final thoughts to share for the itinerary.

I know the heat wave isn't effecting Scotland, but I'm wondering if taking turtlenecks and a fleece jacket (as well as gore tex rain coat of course) is overdoing it. It's still 90 degrees where I am so perhaps I feel a bit strange packing fleece for my trip...
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Aug 25th, 2003, 09:38 AM
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A light or mid-weight fleece is usually a good idea - especially if you are going to be on the water at all. But be sure to also take lighter things. DRESS IN LAYERS - the Fodors mantra
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Aug 26th, 2003, 03:24 AM
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Hi,
Just came back from Scotland after a wonderful trip.
In Edinburgh we went on a Ghost&Ghouls tour with MercatTours. It was very interersting, we got lots of histories about old Edinburgh.
We also jumped on a bus tour which was better than I expected. It was a good place to start our three days in Edinburgh. Nice to get an overview of the city.
We bought the Historic Scotland Pass. We saved a lot of money by using the pass. If you are going to Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle and Iona Abbey you will save money using the pass.
We also drove from Edinburgh to Glencoe, it was such a beautiful day and the scenery was so great!
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Aug 26th, 2003, 04:29 AM
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Emjoy

The weather has broken here.It was pretty hot until last weekend. Today is positively Arctic. I'm not wearing sweaters yet, but I have looked out my fleece.
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Aug 27th, 2003, 08:53 AM
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Thanks for the weather updates. I'm still watching the oban web cam on camvista.com and wondering about the fleece since I see so many people in short sleeved shirts. I will be on a boat for a 6 hour whale watching trip, so I might bring it and if it's too warm, I'll mail it home with souvies so I don't have to cart it around.
Kaja thanks for your trip info. I'll be doing all three places you mentioned so I'm conviced I should get the pass now. Where did you buy yours?
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Aug 27th, 2003, 10:48 AM
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It's strange, I've been searching the web for the Scottish Heritage Pass or National Trust for Scotland to get mnore information on where to buy passes and how much they run and the site for the NTS never comes up. It just stalls. Can anyone tell me if you can buy these passes at the first property- say Edinburgh castle? If so, does anyone know what the 7 day pass would cost?
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Aug 27th, 2003, 11:33 AM
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emjoy: I'd get the Great British Heritage Pass instead. It covers everything operated by Historic Scotland, the National Trust for Scotland, and many privately owned ones.

It is a little more expensive than the Historic Scotland pass but covers a LOT more sites.

You can buy it from the States on-line, by phone from Brit Rail, or at Glasgow airport or some of the properties/tourist Info centers.
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Aug 28th, 2003, 03:35 AM
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I bought the pass at Stirling Castle, but I saw that you can get it at all other properties, also at Edinburgh Castle!
You can get information on this page: http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/
What I liked best about it was that you could buy a 7 day pass which lasted for 10 days. It costs £20. (There were other options too)
Actually we were thinking about buying the Great British Heritage Pass because we spent some time in England before going to Scotland, luckily we didn't because there were just a few tourist informations that sold it and you had to bring your passport. If we had bought the Heritage Pass instead of the Historic Scotland pass, we would have saved less money.... I guess that depends on how many properties you are visiting, but for us the Historic Scotland was the best deal.
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Aug 29th, 2003, 10:20 PM
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You can buy the Heritage Pass from Rail Europe before you go, if you're from the states. Right now they are having a sale: 7 day pass for the 4 day price. I purchased them and received them in 2 days.

http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/pa...itage_pass.htm
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