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Weekend Break to Islay, Scotland. Advice please.

Weekend Break to Islay, Scotland. Advice please.

Mar 17th, 2005, 02:41 AM
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Weekend Break to Islay, Scotland. Advice please.

I have two dear friends based near Manchester who would like to organise a weekend break to Scotland.

The break needs to be Friday to Sunday only.

They haven't decided travel details - should they try and drive up, fly and drive (if so into which airport and how long a drive).

He's into whisky and Islay produces some of his favourites. She'd be the designated driver.

It would not be an entirely distillery based weekend - need other attractions for her too.

Accommodation recommendations too.

Any ideas welcome, thanks!
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Mar 18th, 2005, 03:45 AM
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Mar 18th, 2005, 04:38 AM
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You can fly to Islay, but as far as I am aware, only from Glasgow. The BA web site shows interconnecting Loganair flights. Otherwise, this is the website for the ferries.

http://www.calmac.co.uk/islands.html

I think they will be hard pushed to do it for 2 nights only, unless the flights work out well, they could spend an entire day getting there.
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Mar 18th, 2005, 08:02 AM
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Thanks Maria.
We all agree it's way too much travel for just a short weekend so they are now looking at alternative options and will shelve Islay until they can go for longer.
Thanks for replying!
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Mar 19th, 2005, 07:03 AM
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I'm soooo disappointed. i was looking forward to dealing with this question.

They COULD, if they were totally nuts, get to the West Loch on Friday night(It would probably take less time than it takes me, and I've done it heaps of times) and catch te early ferry. Then the afternoon ferry back on Sunday, and home.

If they change their minds, let me know and I'll do the trip highlights for them .

(Actually, I wouldn't go for less thn a 3 day weekend, myself)
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Mar 19th, 2005, 07:29 AM
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Hey Sheila,
They ARE nuts but not in such a way as to attempt this one in a 2 day weekend from Manchester!
But I'm thinking of planning a group trip for a bunch of mates to Islay sometime this year or next and will definitely appreciate your input (and company) then!
THANKS!
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Mar 19th, 2005, 09:37 AM
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Hey! If you go to Islay without me there'll be trouble big time!! (but next year would be better than this)
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Mar 19th, 2005, 12:50 PM
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Next year better than this for us to and excuse me but given that YOU are single-handedly responsible for hooking my DH on the stuff we would not dream of going without you (hence saying we were hoping for your company)!

Will get in touch to try and settle on a date in advance...
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Mar 19th, 2005, 01:22 PM
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to = too.
I can't bear reading my own typos!
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Mar 20th, 2005, 03:36 AM
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Sheila (and anyone else),
In an ideal world, what would be the best time of year to visit Islay in terms of weather? Not too hot (though I doubt that would be an issue) and preferably dry and sunny. I'm imagining something like May or June but would it be better at height of summer?
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Mar 21st, 2005, 03:24 AM
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My preference is to visit the Highlands and islands in May or June. The days are long and the weather can be lovely. Our last trip to the islands, was to Lewis and Harris in the Outher Hebrides, late May bank holiday weekend and fantastic it was too. We've also had bright but cold weather early October. Like anywhere in the British Isles, the weather is never guaranteed!
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Mar 22nd, 2005, 05:37 AM
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Thank you!
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Mar 22nd, 2005, 12:42 PM
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FWIW I agree.
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