Return to Scotland

Dec 4th, 2012, 11:15 AM
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Return to Scotland

You fodorites were very helpful when my husband and I began far too late to plan September's trip to Scotland. Thanks to your advice, we had the best vacation ever. We want to go back next year, and are going to plan ahead this time. Most likely travel times are May or September. We would like to see a different part of the country from what we have already seen. A few ideas are: 1. The Borders, Burns Country, Islay; 2. Orkney and Shetland Islands; and 3. Whisky Trail, Aberdeen, castles. These are just some ideas. We would love other suggestions. We like food and drink, walking/hiking, wildlife, birding, literature, history, art, architecture, music. The only cities we've visited are Edinburgh, St Andrews, and (briefly) Stirling-all of which were great. The previous trip report ought to give you an idea of our high strike zone: Recommendations, please.
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Dec 4th, 2012, 12:05 PM
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Suggestions :

Fly into Glasgow, down the M74, explore Dumfries and Galloway, over to Ayr ferry to Arran, ferry to Kintyre drive up to Oban, ferry to Mull and "other islands" back to Glasgow.

There are en route :

Golden Eagles
Red Kites
Sea Eagles
Hundreds of varieties of wading birds, warblers, finches etc etc
Various whales
Basking sharks

Etc, etc

There are many, many castles and great small hotels, restaurants en route

Just a thought.

We did this last summer in a week.
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Dec 4th, 2012, 01:09 PM
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You are very nice to report back on how you were helped. So many don't.

I would love to take Dickie_G's route.
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Dec 4th, 2012, 01:18 PM
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We were in Scotland for the first time about 1 1/2 years ago. The Orkney Islands were our absolute favorite! They contain some of the oldest and best-preserved Neolithic sites in Europe. The village of Skara Brae is believed to have been inhabited from around 3100 BC. The Ring of Brodgar is close by and very cool to see. We appreciated this area so much more than Edinburgh.
Like you, we are going back again - in June - to spend more time and see the places we did not see.
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Dec 4th, 2012, 02:16 PM
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I missed your trip report in September and just read it, lots of great ideas there. I was in Scotland four years ago and am planning to go back this summer. We really enjoyed Islay, and I see that is on your list of possible destinations.

I will be following this thread to get ideas for my own trip in August too.
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Dec 4th, 2012, 02:35 PM
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Any of your 3 ideas would be great. Choosing will be hard and there is no 'wrong' choice.

Dickie_G's is another great option.

How long do you have?

The bits of my June TR covering the Borders and Dumfries area might give you a few ideas.
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Dec 4th, 2012, 02:56 PM
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Our most recent visit to Scotland: we did a long wide loop beginning in Edinburgh, along the villages of Fife to St. Andrews, to Braemar and Balmoral along the River Dee and into the highlands. From there to Grantown-on-Spey, Inverness, Drumnadrochit and Loch Ness, south to Glencoe and Loch Lomond. (Had done two forays into Skye in earlier years)...continuing through the Argyll Forest and the Rhododendron Park, to Dunoon...ferry across to Gourock, south through Ayre, Kilmarnock to Gretna, Carlisle and the Lake District.

We took three weeks for this portion, and then after some time in North Wales, turned in our car at Holyhead, ferried across to Dublin to cover the entire Irish perimeter, for another few weeks. Enjoyed it all immensely. Had excellent lodgings and meals throughout. Leisurely, scenic and fun trip. And relatively pleasant weather (early spring).

I write for a living so I don't write TR's (did one once), but instead organize my pics to tell the story..these were scanned pre-digital.

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Dec 4th, 2012, 03:05 PM
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Here they are, Portia:
You could certainly widen the loop and take in Skye or any other locale. N, E, W, or S.
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Dec 4th, 2012, 04:27 PM
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"You could certainly widen the loop . . ."

Not necessarily - depends on how many weeks we are talking about.
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Dec 5th, 2012, 09:43 AM
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Thank you for the suggestions! They all sound good. janisj's report gave me some great ideas, and I'm ready to embark on Dickie_G's itinerary right now. Stu, your pictures make me a little embarrassed to have posted my amateurish ones. Work interferes with the trip we would like to take, so we'll have no more than 10 days, including flying time. Our son's girlfriend is from the Borders, and urges us to visit her part of the world, but I'd prefer to do that after Abbotsford reopens. Also, we promised our son we would bring him along when we went to Islay. If his schedule permits, that may be the trip to take. If not, we save it. You all are wonderful! Keep it coming!
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Dec 5th, 2012, 10:33 AM
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Follow this link for places on the Scottish coast, including Orkneys, Shetland, Inner and Outer Hebrides, east and north-west coasts:
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Dec 7th, 2012, 09:03 AM
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The link is great, Vpicks. Thank you! I see many trips in our future.
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