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1. Posted by RJ Mc (Budding Member, 33 posts) 17 May '06 11:51

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Only ten days to see and do. Tell me what should NOT be missed and tell me what could be a low priority. Married couple, 50's, not interested in strenuous, self driving. (The fishing post went so well, I thought I'd try this one.)
Rebecca

2. Posted by auntMoi (Budding Member, 3 posts) 17 May '06 12:11

West of Scotland -My husband and I would recommend taking the train from Glasgow to Mallaig or Arisaig. The scenery is beautiful when the sun is shining.
If the weather is bad stop at Fort William until the weather improves.

Just outside Glasgow is Loch Lomond and the Trossochs - lots of tours go there in the summer months.

You could take the train from Glasgow to the town of Ayr and visit Culzean Castle or go further south to Port Patrick, a lovely little fishing village.

East of Scotland -If you prefer the city - Edinburgh is really olde worlde with lots of interesting streets, the castle, a Ghost Walk is recommended for a night's entertainment.

St. Andrew's is the home of golf and there are beach walks and nice eating places. The Doll's House serves lovely food.

Further north is the city of Aberdeen. Lots to see and do in and around Aberdeen.

3. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru, 5073 posts) 18 May '06 02:14

Hi Rebecca -

Did you mean that you are driving, or not driving?

Michael

4. Posted by FiveSenses (Budding Member, 10 posts) 18 May '06 08:16

Hi - not to be missed = Edinburgh Royal Mile, Castle (outside), Arthur's Seat (walking) and National Museum.

To be missed = Loch Ness, and Rosslyn Chapel, unless you like crowds.

Best little distillery = Edradour near Pitlochry

So much depends upon what you like - and I do not know.

I suggest keeping travel distances short - and some days do not drive - hard to do but worth it. Focus upon North of Edinburgh, Fife, Perthshire and a bit of the Highlands - maybe up to the Cairngorm National Park (Newtonmore) and then west to Fort William and returning south via Glencoe and Rannoch Moor then Trossachs national Park.

Some info on travel itineraries north from Edinburgh on www.allfivesenses.com - enjoy yourselves - best wishes from a sunny Orkney island - Malcolm

5. Posted by FiveSenses (Budding Member, 10 posts) 18 May '06 08:25

As you like coastal scenery, mountains and so on - head for Elgol, West Skye, for awesome view of Cuillin Ridge and islands, sunset and caves ... feel free to ask for directions.

The cuillins are stunning - a good mountain walk that is not too strenuous is up Blaven / Bla Bheinn, nearby, accessed from Broadford on Isle of Skye.

Other stunning scenery in area is north end of Skye - Trotternish which is easier to access on foot but a long drive to reach.

To calculate travel distance and times use www.theaa.com

~ best wishes

Malcolm

6. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 18 May '06 09:51

The two best things of my trip to Scotland were

1) going north from Edinburgh by train over the Firth of Forth - stunning even in thick rain!

2) watching the endless heather float by when I took the train from Mallaigh to Glasgow. I could feel the tracks move underneath, as they were swimming atop of the moor.

Skye was great too.

[ Edit: Edited at May 18, 2006 9:53 AM by t_maia ]

7. Posted by vickim (Full Member, 125 posts) 20 May '06 21:33

Edinburgh is a must, of course. I also really like the area around Stirling and Loch Ness up to Inverness. There is a really nice town on the southern tip of Loch Ness called Fort Augustus.

I'm not too sure if you are interested in escorted tours and if you are young at heart, but Haggis Scotland (www.haggisadventures.com) has some awesome tours. They are geared towards backpackers but are open to any age. They only requirments are you need to be flexible, easygoing and don't require first class accommodation, as they stay in hostels (very nice ones, I'll admit). These trips cover a lot of ground. They can slightly to suit the needs of the group or weather conditions and are a lot of fun.

Otherwise, Grayline also offers some day trips and overnight trips out of Edinburgh.

8. Posted by limsc (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 5 Jun '06 07:05

Quoting FiveSenses

Hi - not to be missed = Edinburgh Royal Mile, Castle (outside), Arthur's Seat (walking) and National Museum.

To be missed = Loch Ness, and Rosslyn Chapel, unless you like crowds.

Best little distillery = Edradour near Pitlochry

So much depends upon what you like - and I do not know.

I suggest keeping travel distances short - and some days do not drive - hard to do but worth it. Focus upon North of Edinburgh, Fife, Perthshire and a bit of the Highlands - maybe up to the Cairngorm National Park (Newtonmore) and then west to Fort William and returning south via Glencoe and Rannoch Moor then Trossachs national Park.

Some info on travel itineraries north from Edinburgh on www.allfivesenses.com - enjoy yourselves - best wishes from a sunny Orkney island - Malcolm

9. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru, 1108 posts) 5 Jun '06 08:29

ok here you go!
Edinburgh ofcourse - the Western Islse (Skye or Arran) but since you only have ten days ide stay around Edinburgh and maybe the Fife Coastal road and St Andrews. Striling is not far from Edinburgh and I really recommend the Border Abbeys (peep my photo section for pics) :)

All this is not far from Edinburgh.

The highlands are wonderful but with only 10 days and you dont wanna do much travel - they are kinda far away from Edinbee. Stick around the central belt and Fife

going north from Edinburgh by train over the Firth of Forth - stunning even in thick rain!

Youll be goin over this bridge - its worth the trip

Hope that helps!

10. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru, 1108 posts) 5 Jun '06 08:31

oh Also - i really recommend Loch Lomond for a day or two - nice Hotels in Balloch (at the south end of the Loch) and a great place to explore the west country.