Help with Scotland trip in May

Old Apr 9th, 2003, 09:37 AM
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Help with Scotland trip in May

I was hoping for some advice on my trip to Scotland in May. I arrive in Glasgow 8:00 am and was wondering if I should spend the day and night there and then drive to Stirling the next morning? or should I see the city for a few hours and then drive to Stirling for an overnight on my first day in Scotland? I plan on going to Mull after that...

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Old Apr 9th, 2003, 09:54 AM
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Of course you could spend the day/night in Glasgow. But Stirling is less than an hour from Glasgow airport - and if you travel north towards Loch Lomond and east from there you avoid the major commuter traffic on the motorways.

So you could easily be to Stirling or Doune or Callander by 10 AM. Unless you have a specific a reason to visit Glasgow why waste a day there.

I don't recommend driving a long distance on the first day - but Glasgow airport to Stirling is a piece of cake.
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Old Apr 9th, 2003, 09:54 AM
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Many here don't like Glasgow, but I enjoyed it! Interesting architecture, lively pubs, good food, and shopping if that interests you. I personally would opt to explore for the day and stay overnight, heading to Sterling the following morning.

Depending on how long/tiring your flight is, this may also be a better plan. (I'm not fond of having to drive anywhere the first day I arrive.) On the other hand, Sterling is not far, and the route is pretty straightforward, so if you opt to head straight there, I'm sure you'll manage just fine.
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It depends on what you like. I found Glasgow interesting because I like Charles Rennie McIntosh architecture and got to see some of his work (including having tea at the tearoom he designed). Glasgow has a sort of Art Nouveau theme, which is quite fascinating. HOWEVER, we LOVED Stirling and of the two, I'd probably skip Glasgow and see Stirling. Lovely little town, with castle that Mary Queen of Scots stayed at (you probably already know that). We stayed at a great B&B which we got through the friendly tourist bureau there. Glasgow was a big city experience, Stirling a more traditional village experience. We loved Scotland and hope you will, too.
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Old Apr 9th, 2003, 11:59 AM
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Wow, thank you all for the quick replies! Any hotel or b&b suggestions for Stirling?
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Old Apr 9th, 2003, 12:26 PM
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We had a nice stay at the Lubnaig House, which is in Callander (about 25 mins out of Stirling).
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Old Apr 22nd, 2003, 04:27 AM
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Thank you to all who replied. I have a few more questions about our trip. Please tell me if we are trying to do too much!

We planned on seeing Stirling our first day and staying overnight and then head over to Mull for the day & overnight.

Then on to Sky for two nights. After that, we are heading for Kildrummy Castle for an overnight.

Here is our dilemma: We have a day in between Skye and Kildrummy and don't know what to do with it! Any suggestions?!

FYI: After Kildrummy we head to St. Andrews and then Edinburgh for 3 days.

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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Old Apr 22nd, 2003, 07:38 AM
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Two years ago we stayed at the Kildrummy Castle Hotel and absolutely loved it. It was February and in the middle of a big snow storm...but we still drove around to several castles and explored anything we could find. Sorry I can't be more specific.
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Old Apr 22nd, 2003, 10:47 AM
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Between Skye and Kildrummy?

Well, if it were me, I'd go off piste a bit. Why not go up through lochcarron and Applecross and into Torridon and stay overnight at Gairloch or Poolewe.

It's about 4 hours drive back again the next day.
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Old Apr 24th, 2003, 10:33 PM
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Definitely spend the day and night in Glasgow. It is a wonderful city with lots to see. Additionally, the Glaswegians were some of the nicest people we met while in Scotland.

We spent one day in Glasgow and two in Stirling and now wish we would have reversed our itinerary.





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A few hours is plenty to devote to Glasgow. Unless, of course, you're the type of traveler who likes industrial cities with an abundance of crime, drug and drink problems... Granted, there is a brilliant art scene, so much of the architecture and many galleries warrent a look, and the people are very friendly, but there are better ways to spend your limited time. There will be good pubs, interesting conversation and friendly people everywhere you go - it's Scotland afterall.
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