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Scotland or Ireland Driving Tours Where I Don't Drive?

Nov 7th, 2019, 11:54 AM
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AJ I quite understand the desire to avoid driving if possible. We drove in Scotland back in 2014, NOT Edinburgh (picked up at the airport and dropped at same.) The roads can be narrow and winding but the good part is that Scotland in the highlands is, or at least can be, comparatively deserted. We went down roads where we were the only car in sight. You do have to be patient (sheep own the roads in rural Scotland) and there are what I call 'after you Alphonse' roads which are single track roads where the car nearest the next pullout pulls over and lets the oncoming car pass. But, our own experience at least was that we found few problems with finding parking spaces etc of the type that plague southern England. (Our last trip to southern England, we happily took the train everywhere. We're never driving in that region again.) Unfortunately that isn't the best option for Scotland. Fewer people means fewer train connections.

If you still want to avoid driving:

As an alternative to Rabbies, there is a Rick Steves tour of Scotland. His tours as a rule are quite busy but those I know who have taken them mention that they do try to have time in the rural areas. The Scotland tour I see is popular and dates are already booking up.

https://www.ricksteves.com/tours/eng...tland/scotland

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Nov 7th, 2019, 03:38 PM
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geetika I took the 4 day Isle of Skye and West Highlands tour, this past April. It has been one of our favorites. I have seen the main sights few times before but we also did some new things. One was a small boat trip on a loch on Skye and the captain let the passengers drive the boat if asked. It wasn't on the agenda so something we didn't know about and enjoyed. While on Skye we stayed in Kyleakin. There weren't a lot of places to eat at so the food was ok but not great. It really gives a taste of each area but doesn't have you feeling like you missed a lot.

I normally do a tour and spend a few days in Edinburgh. It's a nice mix of things in my opinion.
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Nov 8th, 2019, 02:13 AM
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Actually, my husband found that his worst problem with driving on the left in Ireland was on deserted roads. It was easy for him to forget he was driving on the left if the road was narrow and there were no other cars to remind him. He would come to an intersection, and when turning right would look only to the left. He had at least one near miss. (It helps to have a navigator.)

The easiest place to drive, in my opinion, and in any country, is on a limited access road with center dividers.

I've never had a problem driving on the left, although I do tend to stay a little too far to the left. One of the things I do is to simulate driving my route using Google street view on my computer. That gets me used to seeing cars come towards me on the right, and going clockwise on roundabouts.
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Nov 8th, 2019, 03:09 AM
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Originally Posted by sassy27 View Post
geetika I took the 4 day Isle of Skye and West Highlands tour, this past April. It has been one of our favorites. I have seen the main sights few times before but we also did some new things. One was a small boat trip on a loch on Skye and the captain let the passengers drive the boat if asked. It wasn't on the agenda so something we didn't know about and enjoyed. While on Skye we stayed in Kyleakin. There weren't a lot of places to eat at so the food was ok but not great. It really gives a taste of each area but doesn't have you feeling like you missed a lot.

I normally do a tour and spend a few days in Edinburgh. It's a nice mix of things in my opinion.
Thanks for the thumbs up sassy27. We’ve both been to Edinburgh three times before but won’t say no to spending another 3-5 nights there, so much to see and do...we’ll probably add a day tour to the mix, so that should be fun...
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Nov 8th, 2019, 08:00 AM
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I'm loving this thread. Our first plan was to drive the 500, but really my husband would be doing all the driving and not be able to relax and sightsee. Now which tour do I want. I'm thinking 5 or more days.
We are planning a barge trip first down the Caledonian Canal, which will leave us in Inverness. I'm thinking we can take a train to Edinburgh?
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Nov 8th, 2019, 08:26 AM
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How are you handling the barge trip?

Sure you can take a train, direct, a little over three and a half hours. For all you need to know about train travel in the UK see: https://www.seat61.com/index.html
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Nov 8th, 2019, 03:35 PM
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I haven't booked yet but we are planning European Waterways. Been lusting over it for several years
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Nov 8th, 2019, 03:37 PM
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I believe they also recommend travel agents. We've done so little traveling the last 10-15 years (caring for elderly parents) that I'm out of the loop with booking air or rail.
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Nov 8th, 2019, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Chladyg View Post
I haven't booked yet but we are planning European Waterways. Been lusting over it for several years

I just spent 30 minutes looking at those barges. How cool is that? I would enjoy that over the big Viking river cruises.
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Nov 9th, 2019, 10:39 AM
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That was our thought. I first had the idea of the Viking cruise years ago when we weren't traveling, then saw somewhere the barge cruises. MUCH better looking IMO. Though my brother has enjoyed several of the Viking ocean going cruises.
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