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11. Posted by am87 (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

castles and dep-fry-everything kitchen...ok, they're on my list. would there be any particularly interesting festivals or things like thatgoing on in any of these countries during May??

12. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I am used to Canada-sized maps, where everything is great distances long would it take to go from...Manchester to Edinburgh? Am I looking at a whole day of travel, or just a few hours?

The whole EU (= all 25 member states) has a territory of about 4 million squarekilometers, while Canada has a territory of 10 million squarekilometers. You really need to size down.

Manchester to Edinburgh should be 4 hours give or take a few. London to Aberdeen will be around 10 hours by train.

If you are going to Edinburgh, go there at the time of the big festival in summer.

Now.....what's there to do and see in Scotland?

To see: sheep sleeping on the tarmac and not bothering to move even when the bus comes and honks or the bus driver gets off and kicks them

To do: catch the worst cold possible (happened to me a few years ago);)

For Scotland, make sure you organise a map of the postbusses (Royal Mail) before you go, they can take you to the most remote places possible.

13. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

To see: sheep sleeping on the tarmac and not bothering to move even when the bus comes and honks or the bus driver gets off and kicks them

So, whenever haggis is suspiciously low-priced, you know that some driver made a good deal with the owner of the restaurant. If this did not turn you into a vegetarian, a taste of the food probably will.

Top experiences in Scotland:
- Getting sucked dry by midges. These tiny stinging creatures are so utterly annoying, inventive and persistent, you are certain to get stung on places you thought you could not possibly get stung.
- Laughing about the deep-fried lobster-look of the British after they returned from their holidays to the Spanish costas.
- Getting sunburnt yourself. Silly me. If there's one place I would not expect to get sunburnt, it would be Scotland. Yet, I did and I do not even look British!
- Having flashbacks of 'Dawn of the Dead' after watching the hordes of elderly semi-moronic A*******s docily following their tour guide.
- Nearly getting blown of the summit of Ben Nevis while it was raining cats and dogs, too.

Believe it or not, but despite the experiences mentioned above I quite liked Scotland. If you're going there I would recommend you to:
- book your train journeys ahead. Pre-booking at least two weeks ahead and not travelling during rush hour saves you a lot of money!
- go on a ghost tour. A lot of places in Scotland (and England too) claim to be haunted and a guided tour around these buildings is just wicked! I wouldn't recommend taking such a tour around your own hotel, though.
- stay in one of the castles of the SYHA!
- leave the dreadful tea and drink whisky instead.

14. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Returning to your itinerary, I would suggest taking a look at this thread. The British countryside has hundreds of nice, small, characteristic villages.
I read you wanted to start in Manchester. Manchester has an ambivalent nature: its nightlife is brilliant, you can shop till you drop, it has several good museums, but it's not exactly the prittiest of places. I would not spent much time there, but instead move on to e.g.:
- Peak District (easily to get to from Manchester, nice for hiking or cycling in e.g. the area of New Mills, Edale, Castleton)
- York (beautiful city, good for a two-day visit)
- Chester (nice and small village)
- North Wales (good for hiking and rock climbing)
- Yorkshire Dales (great for hiking)
- Lake District (also great for hiking and sailing)
- Glasgow
- Stirling (Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument)
- Edinburgh
- Oban (nice for a few hours and a good hub to the islands)
- Western islands (lots of beautiful small islands of which you should definitely visit several ones)
- Skip Loch Ness, it's disappointing and there are plenty of other and more beautiful lakes in Scotland
- Northern Scotland (rough and desolate terrain)
- etc., etc.

Perhaps you should by a guide to Britain, because this list tends to get rather long. :)

15. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I agree with Reinier on Manchester, the likes of Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Newcastle are good if you want to go for a night out but to varying degrees they aren't the prettiest of cities in my opinion. I think the UK (unlike some places in Europe) is more enjoyable if you go to some of the smaller places, though obviously London and Edinburgh are popular with tourists.

I would also agree strongly with the person who recommended a Eurail pass as this neutralises the ridiculous prices for trains in the UK (because obviously you don't have to pay anything with a Eurail pass) and the trains may be inferior to the likes of France, Switzerland, Germany and almost all of western Europe but that shouldn't be exaggerated, they still get you from point A to point B and are (mostly!) on time. I would definitely recommend using trains with a Eurail pass over using the bus service, just hop on a train in the morning and stop off at some of the numerous small villages in the UK that are worth a visit. Reinier suggested some good places already but a few more -

  • Stonehenge - of course!
  • The Cotswolds - a very beautiful area in England.
  • Cardiff - has a good nightlife but is also quite pretty.
  • Loch Lomond - this is a loch that's fairly near Glasgow, it has some things around it to see - restaurants, a nice little village called Luss that's unfortunately full of tourists in the summer and a national park. Also a good golf course if you're into that but there are numerous golf courses in Scotland obviously.

There are numerous other suggestiongs but definitely I would agree that missing out on the big cities in the UK (with a few exceptions) is a good idea.

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