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1. Posted by kashia (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hi,

I'm heading to Scotland with my husband in Dec/Jan. At this stage we are staying in Stirling for 3 nights and then we have 3 nights free before we fly out of Glasgow Prestwick on 4 January (evening flight).

We were thinking of heading up towards Inverness but are not sure if it will be too cold. We are particularly interested in historial sights - any thoughts or suggestions about where to go would be appreciated! We will have a hire car so don't need to rely upon public transport.

Thanks :)

2. Posted by oshy_79 (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y

hello, i had been to Scotland in 2001. At Glasglow, u can take a GuideFriday where they will take u on the bus around the city. But since it's winter, it gets dark at 5pm n it's wet n sluggish (after the snow melts). Inverness will probably be cold. u should travel in summer to inverness then to orkney to stromness n arran. Lots of wonderful places in Scoltand. Inverness is a small city, but the Loch is magnificient. Some activities may be closed due to winter though. U can drop by Edinburgh since its a city so more things there.

3. Posted by scotsman (Respected Member 128 posts) 11y

Afternoon to the brave soul going north in winter,

Good choice with Stirling if it's history your after. The town isn't all that appealing but the Castle & the Wallace monument are good. Bannockburn is quite interesting too, but only the visitors centre. The site of the battle is just a big grassy feild so it's difficult to get a feel for the place.

As for heading to Inverness... it's a nice wee city but i think people maybe get romantic notions of a highland city when it's really just another town. The road up to Inverness (which starts at Stirling pretty much) has some stunning scenery from about Dunkeld onwards. There would be a few good places to visit on the way to Inverness too i.e. Blair Castle (you'd have to check the winter opening times but even if it's closed you can still get into the grounds and gardens), Killiekrankie, Ruthven Barracks & maybe even the old steam train at Aviemore. Plus there are plenty of distilleries en-route to keep you cosy!

If you were to stay in the lower half of the country so as to not be completely frozen then i'd recommend Edinburgh too. Possibly a trip up to St Andrews for the ruined medieval cathedral and castle. Maybe even on to Dundee 20 mins from St Andrews, have a squiz at the Discovery (the boat that took Cpt. Scott to Antartica the first time). The frigate Unicorn in Dundee too, the oldest warship still afloat in the UK. Then maybe the auld steeple in the centre of town?!? There's absolutely loads and the best bit is, the tourist attractions that are open will probably be no bugger there 'cos it's winter!!

Hope my warblings have been some use,

happy travels

Stuart

4. Posted by StevanHogg (Inactive 13 posts) 11y

I highly reccomend visiting Stirling Castle. It is awesome :)

5. Posted by whitey (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y

hey there - well im from bonnie scotland!

Been all over the place - for beauty - id suggest Loch lomond - there is nothing else like it! lots around too!

Also - im possibly byist, but im from edinburgh and it has lots of history. The catsle, the old town and the newtown, the buildings are especially old and have all the history and myth you could ask for.

You can even take a lift down into the old town, which sits beneath the town we walk on today - id deffo sugest it guys! You can do tours and walks with guids who explain all the story and legend of the sites.

cheers