Scotland Itinerary for September

Old Mar 5th, 2018, 06:19 AM
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So I've been working on a new general itinerary Would like your thoughts before I get into too many details. We would spend 2 1/2 weeks. After poring over posts, I have the feeling not much time need be spent in Fort William or Inverness as in previous itinerary.

After starting in Edinburgh head to St Andrews and Fife area.
Then head west to Inverary area
Islands (yet to be decided),
Applecross (won't miss Bealach na Ba)
Glen coe.
Undecided as to whether to spend any time in Glasgow. Not huge fan of cities.

Just need to pick bases for a few days at a time. Cute villages with pubs and cafes would be heaven!
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Old Mar 5th, 2018, 06:32 AM
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Applecross is the odd place out; it's VERY far from the other areas and aside from scenery there isn't all that much there. With a private driver or small group tour I fear it would be a budget-buster.

The logistics is still complicated (at least in my mind.) By staying in a small village, how would you plan to go about seeing sights in the local area? Would you be keeping a guide/driver with you for several days? Or would you be looking to travel to these places (somehow) then finding a local guide for day trips? That might sound ideal but might be very hard to manage in practice.
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Old Mar 5th, 2018, 06:38 AM
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Sorry, I guess I wasn't clear enough.... I'm still considering Skye/Lewis/Harris in the undecided islands so Applecross would be tied in there.

The Driver/guide would be with us the entire time. That's why I'm checking in with Rabbies.
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I am a fan of prehistoric sites. I have Orkney and Lewis on my list, but haven't been able to fit them in yet. However: Kilmartin Glen has tons! Also Arran, which is not discussed here very much, because everyone seems to be headed for Skye. I like less crowded spots. I figure a few more trips and I'll see *some* of what I want in my life.
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I can second Kilmartin Glen south of Oban. We went last summer and were able to see most of the sites there in a couple of hours, including standing stones (which made my day)! Also, we loved going to Mull, Iona, and a 3 hour boat trip out to Staffa Island. It was well worth the time and we were able to do that in 2 days/1 night. I would have liked another night or two on Mull.

What about taking the train to several places to use as a base and then doing day trips from there using local drivers? I don't know how possible that is, but maybe it's an option.

Loved Edinburgh, but Glasgow was kind of a dud for me.

Finally, why go through St. Andrews and Fife? It seems like it's in the opposite direction from where you want to go? I think you'll get most of what you want on the West Coast.

I'll be interested to hear what Rabbies quotes you.
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