Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

Quick jaunt to Scotland--please help with planning

Quick jaunt to Scotland--please help with planning

Old Jan 24th, 2004, 07:12 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 139
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Quick jaunt to Scotland--please help with planning

Looking for guidance...arriving in EDI 16:20 on 3/25 and leaving from PIK at 10:15 on 3/27.

What to do, where to stay, best way to get to PIK from Edinburgh---rent a car? If so, any idea as to how long to plan for the drive and return of the rental? Initial thoughts are to just spend time in Edinburgh and then on to PIK for flight to Italy.
peyton18 is offline  
Old Jan 24th, 2004, 07:39 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,873
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Not really much of a problem. Since you think you want to spend most of your time in Edinburgh, there is really no reason to rent a car. You can take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow and then transfer to a train to Prestwick.

You have to change stations in Glasgow (I think Queen Street to Central but you can check to make sure).

If you decide to go out in the countryside and wander around instead of sticking to Edinburgh - then it might make sense to rent a car. But just for Edinburgh/Glasgow/Prestwick you don't need one.

Have you been to Edinburgh before? If not, there is plenty more than enough to fill your 2 days.
janis is offline  
Old Jan 25th, 2004, 12:28 PM
  #3  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 139
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
No, this will be my 1st time to Scotland. I suspect that it will not be my last, however, will probably return when it is a little warmer. (I'm not used to the cold as I live in FL & just came in from laying out in the sun)

Will I have any problem with the trains since the flight out of PIK is at 10:15 in the morning? Do you know what website I can look at to find the train schedules?

Any recommendations as to a nice local place to eat dinner on our 1st night? and also a place to sample various scotches
?

peyton18 is offline  
Old Jan 25th, 2004, 12:40 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 8,159
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I don't do train times, but you'll get them on www.thetrainline.com.

You need 20 minutes to get from Queen Street to Central on foot, a little less if you get a taxi.

Local to where? Edinburgh has lots of good places to eat. Where are you staying?

Kays in Jamaica Street for malt whisky; or the Bow bar in the Grassmarket; or the Blue Blazer in Spittal Street

You might want the education the malt whisky shop on the High Street gives you, during the day, as an alternative.
sheila is offline  
Old Jan 25th, 2004, 12:52 PM
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 139
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks for the great info

I don't yet have a hotel reserved...thinking about trying for a 4 or 5 star hotel on Priceline in the city centre. However, I have also read very positive reviews on the castleview guesthouse. Trying to decide if it would be a better experience to stay in a B&B or in one of the nicer centrally located hotels. Any thoughts?
peyton18 is offline  
Old Jan 25th, 2004, 09:23 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 8,159
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Well. Local to the city centre isn't hard.

Stac Polly, I think, would suit you. The main one is in Dublin Street in the New Town but there's a little one in Grindlay Streeet. But there are a zillion places all within a block or so of your hotel (whereever it is
sheila is offline  
Old Jan 25th, 2004, 09:32 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 19,421
Received 79 Likes on 8 Posts
Sheila, I'm impressed that your up at the time you posted. How's the heid?

We just finished up with the sangs and clatter and stacked the dishes in hopes the house elves will do the scullery work. Faint chance.

So what was your reply to the toast?
Gardyloo is online now  
Old Jan 26th, 2004, 06:36 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 8,159
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Ours was on Friday

If you really want the reply, I'll email it you. (you fool)
sheila is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
rajshiv
Europe
11
Apr 29th, 2010 02:01 PM
insouciance
Europe
28
Feb 7th, 2010 09:34 AM
travellingcouple
Europe
39
Apr 3rd, 2009 01:33 PM
Canadian6
Europe
6
May 3rd, 2005 05:07 PM
Mike1515
Cruises
3
Apr 14th, 2005 05:56 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Your Privacy Choices -