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Old Mar 7th, 2010, 05:15 PM
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Is there any special event happening in Scotland (Troussachs and area) May 15 to May 20 that may effect accommodation availability, or that we should add to our itinerary?
Also, from Callander, is a day trip to Skye unreasonable? We will have a car.
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Old Mar 7th, 2010, 06:57 PM
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If you check out a mapping website such as Google, you will see that it is 4 hours one way from Callader to Portree, Isle of Skye. So, I think you'll agree that is unreasonable for a day trip.
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Old Mar 7th, 2010, 08:37 PM
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"you will see that it is 4 hours one way from Callader to Portree"

I honestly don't think it is a 4 hour drive. Sure - the AA route planner says 4:23 -- but for that to happen EVERYTHING would have to go like clockwork. No traffic, no caravans, - no nuthin . . .

It is 190+ miles over mostly 40 mph roads -- and slower behind every caravan (motor home/travel trailer). I'd count on 5+ hours each way. So -- no way is it a day trip.
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Old Mar 7th, 2010, 08:40 PM
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BTW - one wouldn't have to go all the way to Portree-- but if one wants to see even a glimpse of the Trotternish and other special bits, you'd have to add many miles to that 190, and several of those would be over single track roads.
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Old Mar 8th, 2010, 10:14 AM
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janisj, I'll defer to your judgment as you definitely know the area better than I. In many areas of Europe, we find the Google driving times to be fairly accurate, but I know that the roads in Scotland can often be slower than one would think.
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Old Mar 8th, 2010, 12:49 PM
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I don't think there should be accommodation probs and I would not recommend Skye as a day trip from Callander
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Old Mar 8th, 2010, 04:21 PM
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Thanks to all of you for your info. Janisj and Sheila, I have read a lot of your replies on this forum and am so glad you keep answering all of our questions. Fountains of information and great tips!!
Would you prefer Callander or Sterling as a base if you wanted to do day trips to view ruins, castles,enjoy walking and the beautiful scenery? We will be renting a car in Glasgow, have 5 nights, and are really just wanting to go where the wind blows us. Usually our vacations follow a strick itinerary so this time we are trying it this way.
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Old Mar 8th, 2010, 05:56 PM
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Callander and Stirling are only about 15 miles apart so 6 of 1/half dozen of the other. Callander is a large-ish village (pop. maybe 2000), Stirling is a city (pop. approx 45,000). I'd prefer staying in Callander/Doune/Aberfoyle or one of the other villages in the general area over staying IN Stirling (though you'd definitely want to visit Stirling castle)
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Old Mar 8th, 2010, 06:44 PM
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Thanks janisj
We were preferring the Callander area
And of course will be going to see Sterling Castle!
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Old Mar 8th, 2010, 10:34 PM
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Stirling Castle, Sterling is the currency.
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Old Mar 8th, 2010, 11:43 PM
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My one comment is that Callander is, as it were, up a side track. So check you want to be going out from there rather than from somewhere closer to the A9. It may only be 15 miles, but that's 30 when you're going both ways.
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Old Mar 9th, 2010, 10:19 AM
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"It may only be 15 miles, but that's 30 when you're going both ways."

True enough. But several sites are in other directions -- like Killin, Loch Lomond, Glencoe -- so the 30 miles would apply to Stirling as well.

Callander is farther from the A9 - closer to the A82 -- so like I said, 6 of 1/half dozen of the other.
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Old Mar 9th, 2010, 01:16 PM
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Very witty wellididn'tknowthat!
Yes, Sheila, I had looked at the map and noticed that with regards to Callendar, but came up with the same thoughts as Janisj. thanks for bringing that up, tho.
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