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Help needed with 3 week trip to Scotland!

Old Jan 27th, 2014, 04:18 PM
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I think you'll be happy. There is lots for your friend to explore on Mull if she opts not to take the boat trip(s) w/ you.

As for Skye -- the problem picking a place to stay is the size/shape of the island. Most places are a long or looooooong drive from other places. The most central/convenient location is at Sligachan http://www.sligachan.co.uk

It isn't a town - but it is a hotel, restaurant, pubs, and a campground, that serves food all day long (which is unusual in the highlands/islands) so no matter when you roll in you can get a meal. It is sort of at the crossroads of the Isle and is the best base for wide exploration.

Portree has the most services/bank/restaurants/pubs/hotels so many like to stay there. But it does add travel time to any parts of Skye except for the Trotternish peninsula.
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Old Jan 27th, 2014, 06:50 PM
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On Mull, what about the Tobermary Hotel?
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Old Jan 27th, 2014, 07:30 PM
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Yes, there doesn't seem to be a "perfect" location for Skye. We'll have to think about that, after we decide what our must do's there are going to be.

Wondering about the best way to plan the day when we leave Callander in the morning and need to get to Oban in time for the ferry that evening to Mull at 6 pm. We definitely want to visit Kilchurn castle, and also want to go to Glencoe. Would we go to Kilchurn castle, then Glencoe and loop around via Port Appin to Oban, or go straight to Glencoe and then retrace our steps and go to Kilchurn on the way to Oban? Would like to have time for a short easy walk in Glencoe if the weather is nice, if weather is bad probably just drive though, maybe have lunch at Clachaig Inn.If it's too rushed for these stops, we could do one night in Oban and the next 2 on Mull, but would prefer not to have to do that.
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Old Jan 27th, 2014, 07:45 PM
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I'd hit Kilchurn first. Then either the short back track (maybe 13 miles) to Tyndrum. Or you can drive up Glen Orchy on the B8074 to Bridge of Orchy. It has been YEARS since I've been on that road and I think it is single track, but it is pretty scenery.

You'd have plenty of time for Kilchurn, Glencoe and getting to Oban. Callander to Kilchurn to Glencoe to Oban is only about 125 miles and about 3.5-4 hours drive time. Leaving by 9:30AM you'd have hours to get to Oban. You could even catch an earlier ferry.
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Old Feb 4th, 2014, 05:24 PM
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Thank you for all the advice and suggestions so far!

I just realized that the Blair Castle Highlanders Parade will be on Saturday May 24, the day before we fly home. Is this worth changing our plans around for, staying in the region for a couple of days,seeing the parade, spending the night around Dunkeld or a bit further south, and then driving to the Edinburgh airport from there in the morning? Our flight is at 1:20 in the afternoon, so I assume we could do this. We would miss the Fife coast and staying in Crail the last night if we did this.
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Old Feb 4th, 2014, 06:37 PM
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I personally wouldn't go to the Atholl Gathering. But then I've been to many highland games/meetings in both the States and Scotland, so that is just me. That is a bank holiday and I'd rather be away from all that.

Either option is fine - I love Crail/the East Neuk - and Dunkeld is very nice too.
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Old Feb 6th, 2014, 02:33 PM
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For hopingtotravel: We found the Tobermory Hotel to be uninspired, small dull rooms and food average. The position of it overlooking the harbor, however, is quite grand.
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Hmmm, so only if someone didn't spend much time in their room maybe.
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What great advice!
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Old Feb 7th, 2014, 08:15 AM
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Tobermory has a pretty harbour front, but it is a long drive from Fionnphort. It may not look it on the map, but the majority of the roads are single track and very slow. There are very few roads, so no short cuts. Craignure isn't as attractive, but is a better location for touring the whole island.
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Old Feb 7th, 2014, 08:19 AM
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I'd stay in Fionnphort myself. Tobermory is convenient to the Kilchoan ferry but is a long drive from most everywhere else. Well - just about everywhere on Mull is a long drive from everywhere else. But for the ferry to Iona, boat trips to Satffa, etc - Fionnphort just fits nicely.
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Old Feb 17th, 2014, 06:35 PM
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Making progress with planning, and have made many of the accommodation reservations already. But need some advice on planning our last 4 days (4 nights) in Scotland after leaving Orkney. We'll be leaving Orkney on the early morning ferry, and I'm thinking we'll spend that night around Inverness, in Drumnadrochit. Not sure about this, it sounds somewhat touristy, but seems to work well with what we want to do. Thought we'd stop at Dunrobin Castle on the way and check out the falconry display, then have another stop in Tain for a Glenmorangie tour and to buy some whisky. Any other recommended stops, if we have time? This should bring us to Drumnadrochit around evening, may have time for quick visit to Urquhart castle. The next day we'll probably want to visit Culloden and maybe Clava Cairns. Not sure if we have time to visit Glen Affric, also not sure where to spend this night. I was considering not booking accommodation for this night, so we can have some flexibility and stay closer to Inverness if we end up spending a lot of time in Glen Affic and sights closer to Inverness, or if we don't then may head further south towards Pitlochry or Dunkeld, to get closer to our next destination. I'd also like to visit Dunnotar, and we could head there for that night, but don't want to commit to it in case we decide it's too far a drive and are enjoying other things closer to where we already are. We have our last 2 nights booked in Crail, and want to visit St Andrews (though we're not golfers) and some of the other fishing villages from here. Also if we miss the puffins on Lunga from Mull, we might be able to take a trip to the Isle of May from Anstruther and have another chance to see them. Any suggestions on the best way to plan this, and if "winging" it for a night here would work out? I don't like doing one night stays, but it seems like we need to here.

Another question about the first part of our trip - during our 2 nights in Callander, would it be worth it at all to take a trip to Inveraray and visit Crarae Gardens? We plan to visit Stirling, Wallace monument after leaving Edinburgh, then go to Inchmahome priory before spending the night in Callander. The next day we could do Inveraray/Crarae - or spend more time around Callander, Loch Katrine. I'd normally do the latter, but would Crarae be a don't miss in May? ( We will be visiting Inverewe Gardens later on).
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Crarae is wonderful - but there is too much to see/do in the Trossachs you really don't have time to go all that way. Even if you state 3 nights in Callander (as I am still recommending) it would be tough to fit in Crarae. You will see Rhody's everywhere so I wouldn't try it.

I also might not stay in Drumnadrochit - not a terrible idea though. But it would mean quite a bit of backtracking to get to Culloden etc. Maybe stay near Beauly - you could drive down through Glen Affric and then across Glen Urquhart and back north.

>>then may head further south towards Pitlochry or Dunkeld, to get closer to our next destination. I'd also like to visit Dunnotar, . . .
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Old Feb 17th, 2014, 07:13 PM
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Oops >>Even if you stay 3 nights in Callander . . .
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