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Scotland itinerary-please take a look. Any help would be appreciated.

Scotland itinerary-please take a look. Any help would be appreciated.

May 24th, 2019, 05:08 PM
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Bette , do you remember the approximate cost of a day with Cameron MacRae? I could contact him for a quote, but if you have a figure off the to of your head that would be nice. If it’s in the $400 or more range, I’ll have to pass. This trip is my gift to the girls, so I’m not allowing them to share costs for lodging or car or this kind of thing. (And yes I know that Cameron has to make a living).
PalenQ thank you for thought you put in for Stirling recommendations and
​​​​Gardyloo for the recommendations for the 21st in addition to everything else
​​​​​janisj Also
You’ve all outdone yourselves with input. It will take me a while to digest everything, and, of course I will want to bring the girls into decisions on what stays, what goes, and what is brought in.
It will take some time, but I will get back to you.��
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May 24th, 2019, 05:45 PM
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Please don't jump through hoops to visit the Wallace Monument -- there is sooooo much more to see in the area and squeezing in the Wallace monument would take 1.5 - 2 hours from other (IMO) more worthwhile sites. If you had 3 days in the area that would be different
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May 25th, 2019, 05:39 AM
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You can't see all of Skye in one day but you can see quite a bit of the northern peninsula near Portree. You can easily do a loop drive by yourself. Our first day we went to Fairy Glen and loved it. Be sure to go early as there is limited parking but it is so worth it (that's why you should do this loop in the clockwise direction). We then drove through the Quirang and did a hike. But even if you don't hike it is beautiful to drive through. Can't even describe it. We were there in September and got a lot of rain. We did not bring rain pants which I wished we had and will do next time. Even with the rain it was a great hike. We then had a super lunch at the Flodiigarry Hotel in the bar. It is right on the water and is beautiful. Highly recommend it. There are not too many places to eat in this area of Scotland so either bring your lunch or plan where you will stop. We then went to Kilt Rock and Old Man of Storr. I was running out of gas by then but my husband did climb up to the top (and got rained on again). I got some great pictures of rainbows. We had dinner at the Skeabost Hotel. They had bagpipes in their courtyard. The food was excellent. If you don't hike you could probably drive over to the castle before you go to dinner. You will love Scotland!
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May 25th, 2019, 07:57 AM
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jan - I mentioned Wallace Monument because I thought they were spending the whole 1.5 days in Stirling itself and just presenting options - to me the Wallace Memorial was great with so many Scots paying homage there - just an hour was good enough forn me.
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May 25th, 2019, 08:27 AM
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Hi, I checked the confirmation email. We paid 300 pounds....worth every penny (or pound). It was a full day - over 8 hours.
Not only did we see many highlights, it gave my husband a day off from driving. Very often the driver does not get to see much when they are concentrating on the roads. My husband also dislikes driving on heights or any road with a sheer drop, so this allowed him to relax and enjoy the scenery. I certainly understand having a travel budget. If you can fit it in, go for it!
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May 26th, 2019, 10:30 AM
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@Bette-Cameron just returned a quote of £350 for the day. It’s a bit steep for me, but it could very well be the best money we’ve spent on the trip. I need to sit on this a bit before locking anything in with a deposit.

@Sberg-you’ve given a great plan with lots of specifics, exactly what I need in order to decide between the guided and the independent day.

Many thanks to both of you. It’s humbling the way you and others have come forth to help.
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May 26th, 2019, 11:19 AM
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Opinions are just that. Points of view on fact but not fact.

I’ve regularly driven from London to Portree outside rush hour traffic in a day. Oban to Portree for me is like a trip round the corner to the shops.

A V40 will not be guaranteed it if you get one it’s slightly bigger than a compact car and absolutely no issue on our roads. I drive a new XC90 and quite frankly I could park a V40 in my boot, it’s perfect hire car for longer Scottish trips and smaller roads,

I’d agree with Gardyloo to look at Mull, it’s tourist traffic is directly related to the limited ferry capacity.

Some bright spark in the Scottish government decided to build the Kyleakin bridge which is rapidly destroying the peace of Skye. Last summer was horribly busy this summer will be worse, at times it isn’t possible to find parking spaces in popular spots.
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May 26th, 2019, 11:47 AM
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To explain . . . British Caicos lives there, drives like a bat out of hell , and doesn't have to stop anywhere for the views/sight seeing since he's been before countless times . . .

I personally wouldn't recommend any first timers attempt to drive from Edinburgh to Portree in one go.
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May 26th, 2019, 12:30 PM
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Actually janis

Iíve slowed down a lot



Itís older than me ...just.
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May 26th, 2019, 12:31 PM
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And very true about the sightseeing bit.
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May 26th, 2019, 01:56 PM
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ooh - I like it -- what year is it? (I used to be able to tell by the shape of the windows but no more)

Last time I was stuck in the snow in Scotland it was in one of these:

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/19...-4-colour-red/
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May 26th, 2019, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by BritishCaicos View Post
Actually janis

Iíve slowed down a lot



Itís older than me ...just.
912?

A friend of mine once drove his Triumph Stag from Luton to Bonar Bridge (Sutherland) in 8 hours. He was German and quite mad. Fun car, though.
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May 26th, 2019, 04:05 PM
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>>drove his Triumph Stag from Luton to Bonar Bridge<<

Did he carry a case of oil with him
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May 26th, 2019, 10:15 PM
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LOL BritishCaicos ...and love the back and forth among you, janisj, and Gardyloo
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May 26th, 2019, 11:49 PM
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How the heck did you know that Gardyloo?

That isn’t my car as I haven’t any photos on this iPad but other than restoration specialist nobody knows the difference between a 912 and 911.

I’ll post some of my car, it’s a mid work in progress. It’s so nice to now have a car that people wave at rather than spit at.

Just a note to visitors coming here, tourism seems to reflect politics in being bipolar. The last few weeks have been really good weather and it’s been horribly busy everywhere.

This bank holiday weekend has seen worse weather than February, it’s very quiet.
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May 26th, 2019, 11:52 PM
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Sorry Janis, 1967.

Older Morgans are now very expensive, people are rebelling against very low deposit account rates, just spending the money on things that they can enjoy.
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May 27th, 2019, 05:53 AM
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Originally Posted by BritishCaicos View Post
How the heck did you know that Gardyloo?

That isnít my car as I havenít any photos on this iPad but other than restoration specialist nobody knows the difference between a 912 and 911.

Iíll post some of my car, itís a mid work in progress. Itís so nice to now have a car that people wave at rather than spit at.

Just a note to visitors coming here, tourism seems to reflect politics in being bipolar. The last few weeks have been really good weather and itís been horribly busy everywhere.

This bank holiday weekend has seen worse weather than February, itís very quiet.
I bought an (originally German) Porsche 1600 Cabriolet (356 era) - not a Speedster - from a friend in Edinburgh who had lovingly restored it over the strenuous objections of his fiance - its disposal to me was a condition she set for them to be married. Talk about poor choices... So Scotland and Porsches and I go back a ways.

(I imported it to southern California thinking that was the best place to sell ragtop Porsches, forgetting that 90% of the world's supply of ragtop Porsches were already there. It languished on a dealer's lot until some guy bought it for his wife because it was "cute." She didn't know how to drive a stick shift, and when driving it off the lot into the street, smashed into another car parked near the driveway, reportedly wrecking my baby. Karma's a b*tch. )

Originally Posted by janisj View Post
>>drove his Triumph Stag from Luton to Bonar Bridge<<

Did he carry a case of oil with him
Some cans for sure. But the electrics were Lucas, so the oil pressure gauge was wonky anyway.

Mr. Stag was a no-show at some meeting with a Highland laird on his shootin' estate (Captain or Major Something-or-Other with no chin and a plum accent, English to the core despite his kilt.) So we went out looking for him in my (unsexy but reliable) VW Beetle and found him in the standard Stag position (bent over the engine) on some single track road, observed by several curious sheep, who we speculated knew as much about the car's ignition system as he did.

Several useless ideas later, we were muscled out of the way by another co-worker, a Libyan man named Said, who laid his hands on the bonnet and said, "Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim," then told the owner to try to start it. Vroom. From that day on, any parking place I managed to find in central Glasgow or near my place in Edinburgh was due to Allah's intervention.
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May 27th, 2019, 07:58 AM
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Our Morgan was a '67, red, bonnet belt -- just like the photo I linked. We bought it off an RAF Wing Commander and the very next day my ex was leaving on a business trip. So I drove the car down to the MOT office in Oxford to take care of the paperwork/etc. Pulled in the the car park, tried to act nonchalant as I sauntered inside under the admiring glances of a nearby builders crew (they were ogling the car - not me), came out 15 mint later, jump into my sexy roadster, started her up . . . AND COULD NOT FIND REVERSE ! Tried everything, every push, pull, lift, wiggle I could think of. Simply could not find the gate into reverse gear. Meanwhile the builders are watching not knowing I'm sitting there idling because I can't reverse the bleedin' thing. I eventually gave up and asked a couple of the audience if they could uh - perhaps - help me. Guy jumped in, . . . and he couldn't find reverse. Meanwhile a light rain started and I had to put up the top - which doesn't take long but is REALLY fiddly. We all gave up - took the thing out of gear and they pushed me out of the parking bay so I could drive straight out . . . Embarrassed much??? When I got home - sat in my drive for 20 mins playing until I mastered reverse (which was a combo of lift and push)
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May 27th, 2019, 08:47 AM
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What have you two done!

You’ve sold cars that are the amounts most desirable in the world and are now worth around £120,000 and £70,000 respectively.

Gardyloo

i lovethe idea that SoCal was “full of rag top” Porsche’s, They are so sort after now, I’ve always loved the 356a Cab just such a regal looking car. The Speedsters always looks a bit “flash Harry” to me.

Mine is garaged at my MIL round the corner, I’ll post a picture later on in the week : ironically it’s come from SoCal and the body is really good, it’s just had an engine rebuild, just let down by the crazed paint work following a hard life in the sun. Great fun but will be a serious car and investment, post the respray in a month or two.
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Ps sorry for the thread hijack everyone!
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