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How to rove beyond the rails with a Scottish Freedom Pass?

How to rove beyond the rails with a Scottish Freedom Pass?

Jan 18th, 2006, 01:49 PM
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For the record the West Highland line isn't the line to Kyle but the line to Fort William/Mallaig which (to answer your spelling query) goes across Rannoch Moor.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 02:01 PM
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I was aware of that, and hoping that the West Highland line is the one I would take to get from Mallaig-Ft. William around to Oban after doing the Inverness-Kyle of Lochalsh-Skye trip. Is that right?
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Jan 18th, 2006, 02:15 PM
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Yes. Mallaig/Fort William - Crianlarich (change) - Oban.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 03:06 PM
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If you are doing the Oban to Mull to Iona thing you might want to check out "Bowman's" They offer a nice package.
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Jan 18th, 2006, 03:15 PM
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Roger, can you give a bit more info on "Bowman's" so that I can look them up?
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Jan 18th, 2006, 05:23 PM
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Here's Bowman's website;


They have two offices in prominent locations in Oban where you can book tours.

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Jan 24th, 2006, 02:30 PM
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I've had to laugh at comments in several other threads about multiple re-arrangements of itinerary. Gosh, mine has gone through not just changes, but nearly complete metamorphoses at least a dozen times since I began thinking about this trip! More painful than the packing process to keep hacking away at that unending list of "must-do's" to get it carved down to an enjoyable and actually doable trip! And it's just beginning to take shape in a realistic way, thanks to all the great help here. I have 2 further questions.

I need to know if anyone has any ideas at all about how or where I might be able to stow my wheeled suitcase to enable me to hop off the train in several places, catch a specific site or two, and then catch the train again to my next B&B location. The Rail folks tell me there is no locker storage in the train stations, for security reasons. Woe is me. There are 3 places where I do not want to actually stay overnight, but which are en route and hard to think of passing up--so I hope there is a solution to this. Sorry if it's a ridiculous question, but figured it can't hurt to ask. The only thing I can think of is to beg the tourist centers (if even present) to put it in a closet somewhere for a few hours...

Secondly, (can't think of why I never asked earlier other than fear of the answer) just what will the weather generally be like in the lower half of the Highland (mostly in the island area, actually) during the last 2 weeks of March?
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Jan 24th, 2006, 03:49 PM
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weather? who knows?

there will certainly be some.

Suggest you pack for chilly- not freezing, with waterproof layers to add on top.
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Jan 24th, 2006, 04:13 PM
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Ufortunately not a lot of joy for either of your questions.

As Sheila says -- no one can possibly tell you what the weather will be. Could be nice, could be terrible, or it could be both.

And that is one of the disadvantages of traveling by train. They do get you around the country quickly w/ few headaches - but jumping off to tour and back on another train isn't easy. You really need to pack light enough so you can carry your stuff w/ you. There are no lockers and few left luggage facilities. A TIC might take pity on you but not all that likely.
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Jan 25th, 2006, 04:18 PM
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Using train & bus or taxi, I want to visit Dirleton, Tantallon, and Craigmillar castle sites all in one day. Don't think that's possible though, due to time constraints with the early closing hours. If you had to choose just two on the basis of just the features of the sites themselves, which two would you choose?
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