My friend and I are going to Scotland on the second week of August.
We are planning on camping and staying in hostels.
We havent decided how long for yet, we want to plan where we would like to go and see how long it will take us.
We are going to walk Ben Nevis while there.
Does anyone have any must see landmarks? We are quite active women and are planning on kayaking and doing a few walks.
We are starting in Glasgow for 2 nights going up the west coast and then ending up in Edinburgh!
If you have any must see sights/walks please can you post them below.
All input greatly received!!
Thank you in advance!
Get yourself some mosquito spray. Scotland's number one enemy in summer.
I really don't know where to start! there is so much wonderful scenery - I'm English by the way!
I have put a lot on my website (http://www.freewebs.com/kdcx/) and I suggest you look there. Good luck and discuss good midge repellent with a pharmacy!
Mosquitos in Scotland lol u having a laugh? You do get a lot of midgies though if you are out in the countryside. Where r youse from? Come visit me in Falkirk lol
If you are going to climb Ben Nevis make sure to get a bus going through Glen Coe, it is not far from Fort William which is very close to Ben Nevis.
August is a great time to visit Edinburgh as the Edinburgh International Festival is on during August and hotels and bed and breakfast establishments are always very busy then.
Just now I am in Colombia but I return to Scotland on 29 th.July.
if you need any assistance or advice while in Scotland please feel free to get in touch. Gordon -snip-
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We are from Wales.
We are taking the car so will be travelling around in that!
Can anyone suggest good campsites that might be on our route?
Also we would like to kayak on a loch, not openeater as we are beginners. Any suggestions there? Kayak rental ect??
Regarding camp-sites you could try the camping and caravanning club site in Glen Coe or the red squirrel site, there is a loch at Glen Coe village.
Scotland *sighs*...wish I was back.
Ben Nevis is nice and easy, spend some time in Fort William while you're there. There is little you can do about the blasted midges. I've found putting plenty of cream on so they just drown in it works, otherwise it does little...
Loch Lomond is a beautiful loch and it's nice and near Glasgow. Sure there are plenty of Kayak hire places there.
If you head up from Glasgow to Oban catch a ferry to the Isle of Mull. From Mull you can get a boat trip to Staffa Island, which is the home of Fingal's Cave (Uamh-Binn). It's honestly spectacular, it's the other end of the famous Giant's Causeway in Ireland but in my opinion better. If you're reasonably sure footed you'll love it.
Island hopping around the Inner and Outer Hebrides is most enjoyable and surprisingly inexpensive. Visiting islands like Islay gives you the opportunity to taste some proper whisky at the distilleries. You'll never want to drink Jack Daniel's again.
Fort William isn't far from Oban, so you can do Ben Nevis there. To be honest, anywhere in Scotland provides beautiful hiking. Just go the tourist shop wherever you happen to be and ask.
Of course, there is the infamous Loch Ness...
There is St. Andrew's, home of the university but also of golf. It's close to Arbroath which has the best smoked fish in the world ("Arbroath Smokies") but also Arbroath Abbey, which is well worth a visit.
Edinburgh is amazing...'nuff said.
The youth hostel on Loch Lomond is just south of Balloch. It looks like a small castle or a large stately home and has views over the Loch.
If you are kayaking make sure you are on a Loch that is not tidal - some are sea lochs e.g. Loch Fyne at Inveraray - and the tide is 6 mph.
The tourist information offices will give you lots of helpful advice and information. visitscotland is a good website.
You might want to check out the Corryvechan (sp?) whirlpool just south of Oban when you are in the area.
Can anyone suggest accomodation in Edinburgh for 2 nights in the middle of August, some hostels are booked up and the hotels are majorly expensive.
Thanks for all your input!!