Planning for Scotland--June of '07

Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 04:28 AM
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Joining discussion late, but my tuppenceworth would be:-

1. Go back on the sleeper discussion. It's a far better option than either an early train or an early flight. Really. Europcar hire out of Waverley. It wouldn't kill you to dtive out, but if you really couldn't bear it, it's no distance by bus or taxi to the airport to collect there.

If you do that, you'll have Stirling under your belt by lunchtime, and plenty of time for Doune.

Inverary is not blessed with great hotels, and teh George is probably the best; although the Loch Fyne Hotel is OK too.

If you wanted to be slightly further out, the Creggans at Strachur might be fun; or there are a couple on Loch Awe which wouldn't break the bank- and one which would!

The Plockton Hotel is nice. If you can raise the wind the Eilean iarmain on Skye is splendid.

It'sa very long road from Lochcarron round Applecross and through Torridon without going as far as Inverewe- up to you, of course. The Applecross Inn does good food.

You could pick up Loch ness on teh way to Inverness and open up your day the next day.

Tomintoul to Deeside is lovely, and coming south to Glamis different again.

Have a great trip
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Old Jul 22nd, 2006, 08:14 AM
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Thanks for the input, Sheila.

Like I said, I would be happy to do the sleeper, but so far I've been outvoted. It certainly would be the most efficient use of time and save some money, on balance.

As to the drive between Plockton and Inverness, we'll play that by ear. If it looks like the full loop will be too much, we can head straight for Inverness once we reach Kinlochewe.
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This is the guide book that I really liked:

"The Scotland Visitor Guide: The Ultimate Guide to Scotland's Attractions"

Published by The Globe Pequot Press, "editors of Colin Baxter Photography," so all of the pictures were taken by him (he does a magnificent job with pictures!). I think I bought it at Borders, and I know it cost $19.95.

It's a big guidebook (288 pages), with great pictures and very short descriptions of thousands of places in Scotland - big things and small things; well-known and obscure; ancient and modern. Organized by region, then alphabetically by the city/town/village, with a good index in the back. Includes directions, opening times, websites, telephone numbers and amenities.

Even though it's large, it was an invaluable addition to our trip - I highly recommend it (and it's fun just to sit down and read, dreaming about where to go "next time&quot.

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