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1. Posted by smallstar (Budding Member 18 posts) 9y


My cousin will be joining me for nine days in Scotland at the beginning of September (I will be arriving in Glasgow with her, but just staying longer) I was looking for some suggestions as to what we could see together for those 9 days? What are everyone's favourites? Thanks for any suggestions!

2. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 9y

will you have a car? If you do, travelling the highlands would be breath-taking, stunning landscapes.

Edinburgh is a must,I really loved this city

3. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

What sort of things did you want to do? Sightseeing? Shopping? Pubs and clubs? Camping? Walking?

4. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 9y

dont miss loch ness....
maybe can spot the monster...;)

5. Posted by smallstar (Budding Member 18 posts) 9y

Well we can always rent a car, but we were considering buying a Britrail pass, as we're not sure how comfortable we would be driving.

We both love outdoors stuff, like hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, etc. But we definitely have to go sightseeing as well. I know one day we'll take the train up the west highland line, but that is about all we know for sure at the moment!

Oh, and I saw that the Braemar games are on September 1st, so we'll probably go to see it.

Thanks again for any thoughts!

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 5, 2007, at 2:20 PM by smallstar ]

6. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 9y

My advice is to go to an island or two as it seems like the islands are always overlooked! There's a tour to Staffa to see Fingal's cave for instance, or you can go up to Aberdeen and get a ferry to Orkney to see all the neolithic sites up there. It's not particularly expensive and it's a nice change from the rest of the things you'll do in Scotland. Those two sites (Fingal's cave and the neolithic sites on Orkney of which Skara Brae is the most famous) are both very interesting in their own right, plus you have the experience of getting there. Of the two, Orkney is certainly the best.

The only thing to keep in mind with respects to transport is that trains are great in the lowlands and going to a major city like Aberdeen, but not the best for travelling in the Highlands where a bus or preferably a car is the best bet (even if you rented a car for just a couple of days). I wouldn't wish driving in Glasgow upon anybody, but once you're out in the countryside driving is very easy and enjoyable in Scotland - except when you get a tractor/sheep/cows stuck in front of you.

Links -

Skara Brae
Fingal's Cave
Staffa Tour

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 5, 2007, at 5:52 PM by BlankFrack ]

7. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Why not walk part of the West Highland Way? The first section, Milngavie to Balmaha will take about half a day.

As for sightseeing, I recommend that everyone starts with those open-air double decker buses that run in most major cities - they will show you a huge selection of points of interest and you can get on and off if something catches your fancy.

If you're not up for driving, no problem, Scotland has very good public transport.