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Scotland & England - Need Help Planning an Itinerary

Apr 12th, 2004, 07:50 PM
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A lot of good suggestions here. But, one to really ponder is to look at the European destinations that your air carrier flys to and do an open-jaw excursion. There are more options to get to Scotland direct now. Try US Air or American. Also check out two first rate cheap airlines (and I mean cheap) in Europe. Look at Ryan Air and EasyJet (appropriate www & .com's). For me, an easy way to get to Edinburgh is through Amsterdam. You can spend most of the day there and still get to Edinburgh that same night (tiring yes, but the jet lag passes quickly). So, Glasgow, London (Gatwick) Amsterdam, Paris are all good entry / exit points for Scotland.

Sorry, skipping the car is a problem, even with the first class public transportation in Scotland (Europe in general). It costs time to get from A to B. But, I fully understand. However, if it is driving on the left and roundabouts that are the problem here then get back to me for a dissertation on driving on the left (correct) side of the road.

Edinburgh versus Glasgow - Edinburgh every time. Scenery - West coast every time (Glasgow is on the west). FYI, I uesed to live on the east coast and work on the west. The commute was a killer, 40 minutes one way.

Split the time between city and country - Edinburgh for city and west coast, isles and all, for country.

From Glasgow you can look for day trips to Loch Lomond, Isles of Bute (town of Rothesay) and Arran are especially scenic. Try searching the website of Caledonian MacBrayne for ferries on the Clyde and Western Isles of Scotland. I'm sure you'll find lots to interest you. The town of Oban and the Isle of Skye are well worth the visit by train, ferry or car.

Back to Edinburgh... Do some research on Greyfriar's bobby - you'll come across the movie from Walt Disney based upon this Scottish Terrier's devotion to his deceased master. Search out his statue and get a picture. From ther it is a couple of minutes walk to the tavern named after the real life Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Yes, this person did exist and there is a pub named after the respectible deacon of the guild of wrights who lead a secret life of womanizing and gambling. He was Robert Loius Stevenson's inspiration for the book Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Yes, do try Deacon Brodie's Tavern on the high Street at the top of the mound. Good drinks and food. From there you can look down the High Stret with it's buildings dating from the 1600's towards the Queen's residence in Scotland - take a tour if Liz is not there. Or turn 180 degrees and head up to the castle which boasts the oldest building in Edinburgh - 900 years old, St Margaret's Chapel. Get to the castle before one o'clock and watch the firing of the gun (canon - but modern day) which takes place every day at one o'clock. Find Calton hill from the castle. Can you see the same event (one o'clock) being indicated by the falling ball atop Calton Hill (prizes given why this daily event was marked in these two ways)? Want an interesting French coutry meal in the very heart of Scotland? Down behind the castle is te Grassmarket. Stop in at le Petit Paris. Do so before about 6:30 and you will have a fixed price menu for about £5.00.

There's a lot more where this came from but I'l save it for my book.
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