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51. Posted by Rowlo (Budding Member 4 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Off to Barcelona end of September - learned some Spanish when I was travelling around South America last year, need to go and refresh it - what better place. Hit me with any recommendations.

52. Posted by u2traveller (Budding Member 4 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Andyf - yeah - I know driving is the best way...I really can't convince hubby tho. My sister lives in the UK (I'm in Canada) and I tried to get him to take her car for a spin when we were there - it's even an automatic - but no go.

I'm just in the initial planning stages - the only short Rabbies tour I am contemplating is a half day from Glasgow to see the Selkies and Falkirk Wheel. I have 5 or 6 nights for Edinburgh and 4 or 5 for Glasgow - but that's not taking into account doing a Rabbies tour - I'm def thinking of a three day from Edinburgh...maybe will toss in a train trip to Aberdeen - I figure in a few months I'll really flesh out where/how many days and look at public transportation options as well. Plan is to fly into London, stay for a few days (have been there 5 times) then head up and spend a night or two in Cambridge, a night or two in York then on to Scotland, flying home from Glasgow.

Thanks for the tips - planning is half the fun for me - I love to do I'll look into your suggestions!

53. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1907 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

You're welcome.

The other thing you could do en route from York to Scotland is the Lake District. Keswick makes a great base if you've not got a car with you, you can use the lake ferries or buses.

It's making my ears bleed to hear you talk of spending so long in the Scottish cities and having a short time in the Highlands. :-) Aberdeen is, er, lower down the priority list I'd say.

When you come to do your proper research, here are some things you could google - maybe some of them will be your thing. The Old Man of Storr. Staffa and Fingal's Cave. Glencoe Lochan. The Sgurr of Eigg (if you're hikers). The Fairy Glen. Kilt Rock. Kinloch Castle on Rum. McCaig's Tower. The Falls of Dochart. Steall Falls walk (for hikers). Corryvreckan Whirlpool and Seafari whirlpool special tours.

54. Posted by maykal (Full Member 21 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I should really stay away from threads like these, as I'll only end up getting distracted from work and planning another trip that will never happen ;)

My big summer trip ended a week ago (a language course in Tbilisi, Georgia, but getting there via Ireland, Latvia and Belarus, side trips to the Georgian mountains and Armenia, and a stopover in Qatar on the way back), so maybe it's too soon to think about another trip.

One vague idea that I've had for a while is a cheap flight to Las Palmas, because I've discovered a Canarian airline called BinterCanarias which has some interesting destinations (Cape Verde, Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, Azores). Another is to fill in some of the blank spaces on my travel map in Central Europe (Czech, Slovakia, Austria, Serbia, Bosnia). I'd like to see more of Central Asia. I'd also like to see more of Georgia, in a season when it isn't ridiculously hot every day.

55. Posted by u2traveller (Budding Member 4 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Andyf - the cities were more as bases to daytrip from - don't plan on staying 4 or 5 nights in Glasgow itself - we may only end up doing two or three and spending a few nights elsewhere. Ditto Edinburgh. I'm def open to basing elsewhere for a few nights as well.

We've done some whirlwind trips where we spent one or two nights per spot...our 2010 trip we spent one night in Strasbourg, Augsburg, Munich, Spiez, Bern, Zurich (with some 2's and 3's thrown in) - ugh - hated all the moving around...I'm more inclined now to base somewhere and daytrip out if feasible time and transportation wise.

I will hopefully get a Scotland travel guide soon. Then I'll really get into the weeds of planning. I plan to have 10-12 nights to spread out for Scotland.

We have some couchsurfing friends in Matlock, we may end up trying to visit with them. (ugh - looking at google maps and it isn't really convenient - may have to save that for when we decide to properly do the UK).

56. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1907 posts) 2y 1 Star this if you like it!

Oddly enough I was in a pub near Matlock when I read this. :-)

I'd suggest Fort William as a base for the Highlands. Plenty of days out possible from there. Or Oban for the ferries.

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