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Not sure WHERE to go this October! How does 7 days in Scotland sound?

Not sure WHERE to go this October! How does 7 days in Scotland sound?

Aug 3rd, 2006, 08:59 AM
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Hurray! I'm so glad you decided to come to Scotland...

We haven't spent more than 20 pounds or so on gas for a day when we rented a car - and we definately get our money's worth out of the few times we've rented.

Just remember that most things here are more expensive than in the states (even being from NY!). Going out to eat will be pricey, especially in Edinburgh. Let us know closer to the dates and I'm sure you'll get tons of great suggestions. A really great book is "Scotland the Best" - see if your library has it. It's not a guidebook, it's just lists and lists of 'best-ofs' in Scotland - we've gotten some really great suggestions from it.

And about shifting - if you've driven a manual before don't even worry about it, it comes automatically as pp have said

Have fun planning!
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Aug 3rd, 2006, 09:50 AM
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I think we will both really love scotland!
Not worried at all about stick-shift driving. I learned on stick, and it is so natural now, I have trouble driving an automatic.
Pitt - it was interesting what you said about food. We arent ones for eating in fancy restaurants. We tend to enjoy pub food/comfort food. We also typically do some picknicking from grocery stores/markets for lunches (our trip to france included a lot of bread and cheese stops).

However, any more input you would have on food prices would be appreciated...like how much we should set aside for food each day. Trying to get a rough budget together - so any input is helpful. Thanks!
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Aug 3rd, 2006, 11:26 AM
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That's the best way to do it - my parents made me learn on a stick and I was so mad at the time... they were so right!

Food - let's see, DH and I love pub type places also. I would say around 6-10 pounds per meal? Plus drinks? If we go out to dinner around the corner at the little pub place it's about 30 pounds ($55 ish). It depends on what you do - theoretically you'll stay at a B&B so you won't have to worry about breakfast. Lunches can be whatever you want - you could just get sandwiches somewhere for like 3/4 pounds or so ($6?)

So say $20 for lunch (if you don't want drinks or extras) and maybe $50 for dinners? This is very theoretical of course...
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Aug 3rd, 2006, 11:34 AM
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theoretical or not, thanks for the info.
That helps us put together a rough budget - but I have to say we will definetly be drinking at meals - especially at the pubs!
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Aug 3rd, 2006, 02:00 PM
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janisj - shut is what I wrote and shut is what I meant. It never occurred to me that any other meaning could be read into it - honest!
THough thinking about it...we obviously missed the best bits of the Borders by a very long way [didn't know about this forum then] It didn't matter - we hightailed it down to the Lakes and had a wonderful time.
I'd love to read a trip report on the borders that tells me what we should have seen!
My only reservation about the Highlands of Scotland in October is the weather, especially as I gather Steviegene comes from a place with very similar weather patterns. on the other hand, the infamous midges should be well gone.
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Aug 3rd, 2006, 02:01 PM
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whats a midges?
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Aug 3rd, 2006, 02:11 PM
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Dunno what a midges is but a midge is small biting fly. A pain in the ass in August on the west coast, tho' hardly life threatening, but truly unlikely in October.

I hope you have a lovely trip. Speak to people; you'll be surprised how well you are received.
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Sep 21st, 2006, 04:25 PM
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You do not have to pay a fortune for good food in Edinburgh, I had a lovely oub meal in one of the pubs in Rose street. I also had a very nice meal in Jekyell & Hyde pub in Hanover street This pub is great we found the details in a guide book that the b&B had. We were only going as we wanted to find the toilets. They are hiden behind a secret bookself and you have to push the right part for the doors to open. It was a great pub and then we found out it did food so we order some and it was brill and a reasonable price. http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.u...llandhyde.html
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 05:54 AM
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thanks for the reccommendation!
We love good pubs - if you have any other favorites let me know. I leave in 10 days!!
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