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Need more advise for trip to London/Edinburgh

May 4th, 2008, 06:40 AM
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Need more advise for trip to London/Edinburgh

Greetings to all, I have been reading the forums for a while and have gotten alot of help from here for our trip to the UK this year, but I have other ?'s. We are traveling from US to UK in July. I have our rooms reserved and flight from Edinburgh to London purchased. I have been having a rough time reserving the overnight train from Euston to Edinburgh. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can get sleeper reservations being from the US? I have our trip set for London as far as tours and such but am having a hard time with Edinburgh. We want to see the castle of course and go to St. Andrews for hubby to play a round on the new course. We have 4 full days in Edinburgh and I would love for any of you seasoned travelers to help with that part of our trip. We are staying at the Carlton in Edinburgh as our base. Any ideas on where to eat and what else to see and do? I know there are lots of stuff to see but what are the "MUST DO'S"?
NATURLOVER is offline  
May 4th, 2008, 06:49 AM
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If you email me, I'll send you an Edinburgh and St Andrews list.

What do you like? What's your "style"?
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May 4th, 2008, 07:26 AM
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See this website for sleeper bookings:
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May 4th, 2008, 07:43 AM
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Londonres, I have tried and tried to get reservations from this site. Because I am in US they can't for some reason let me book tickets. Unless I am doing somehting wrong (which I probably am). Any ideas?
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May 4th, 2008, 02:00 PM
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You could try Emailing to see if there is a problem with booking from the US:

[email protected].
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May 4th, 2008, 02:18 PM
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clear your cookies and try to book as though you are resident in the UK . . . . .
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May 5th, 2008, 01:38 AM
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For full days in Edinburgh is a lot of time the explore the city and the surrounding region.

The main attraction in Edinburgh are IMO:

- the Castle
- Palace of the Holyroodhouse
- High Kirk
- Museum of Scotland
- Museum of Edinburgh

..and a lot of walking and exploring both Old Town and New Town.

For day trips from Edinburgh, I would recommend:

- Rosslyn Chapel
- Culross (fishers village)
- within E., the little port of Cramond is quite picturesque

If you want to do a longer drive (rental car needed), I recommend for a daytrip

- Lake Menteith with Inchmahome Priory
- a steamboat ride on Loch Katrine
- driving through Achray Forest
- Stirling Castle
- Culross
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May 5th, 2008, 08:06 AM
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OK, I haven't checked out the website you are using, but I did book tickets on GNER last year (the day service from King's Cross) using their site which also did not appear to be set up to handle foreign purchasers. However, since the tickets were to be picked up on arrival, it really didn't matter what you did address-wise as long as the address did not conflict with what your credit card company had. The transaction was completed online with no problems, and when I arrived in London, I simply went to King's Cross and picked up the tickets at a machine, using the same credit card for ID.
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May 11th, 2008, 09:01 PM
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I'm so excited for you. I went to Edinburgh and London last year and while I loved London I fell in love with Edinburgh. Obviously you have to go to the Castle. Aside from the castle itself the views from it are amazing. One thing I really enjoyed doing in Edinburgh was Real Mary King's Close. I'd highly recommend that to anyone. My favorite part of our entire trip was taking a day tour from Edinburgh. We took one of the Scotline tours that took us to Glencoe, Ft. William and up to Urquhart castle on Lochness. I'm assuming any day tour would be nice. The countryside is gorgeous. I regretted not climbing up Arthur's Seat and that priority #1 when I go back in September. Good luck and have fun!!
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May 11th, 2008, 10:48 PM
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Re sleeper trains - try ringing the number on the main sleeper train page

The NXEC website BTW doesn't seem to handle the sleeper train
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