Scotland in November

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21. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

You can pretty much walk all over the city centre - make sure you get a map. I use the A-Z maps - very handy!

22. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

As a fully fledged Angle I have to reluctantly say that Scotland is probably the most beautiful part of the UK. And November isn't that bad. If you're in the city (historical and intersting Edinburgh or lively Glasgow) it won't matter anyway 'cause you'll be able to duck out of the weather, but getting away into the highlands will be great - at that time of the year you'll see it really wild and empty! There are plenty of pubs etc to hide in. Just pack some warm clothes.

23. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the info, magykal1! From the pictures I've seen of Scotland, I'd agree it's a beautiful country. And I'll remember that map, Mikey!

Guys, I need to ask for your honest opinion. With all that mess about the airport ban and the heightened tension, I'm concerned and am having second thoughts about going to the UK in November. Asked my London friend, she says it would probably be better if I didn't come over. I hate living in fear like this, but I don't want to... y'know, run into something bad (touch wood) and leave my cat all alone (it's a big thing for me, my cat).

So... I'm paranoid, right? Should I go or not?

24. Posted by ScotchMist (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi... Hope this reply isn't too late for you!

There have been loads of great suggestions for things to do in Scotland (though the Ghost Tours in edniburgh I can highly recommend hee hee!).
I recently found this site which has accommodation and suggestions on things to do... it looks like a fairly new site - but looks like it could be quite good? You could try there...

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

I wouldn't worry about the plane situation, most of the flights are back to normal now, a couple of friends of mine went to the U.S by plane on Monday and they didn't have any problems. In November things will certainly be back to normal barring any other incidents.

26. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks ScotchMist for the link!

BlankFrack: Thanks Stuart for the reassurance. I hope things will have settled down by then as well. Meanwhile I'll be keeping an eye on the situation.

27. Posted by Jimz (Budding Member 34 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I will echo the sentiment that travelling in Scotland in November can be a bit cold, gray, and desolute. Also, remember that Scotland is considerably north of any latitude in the United States and consequently it gets dark early. The number of daylight hours with which you will have to work will be limited from roughly 8 A.M. to about 3:30 to 4 P.M. But, crowds will not be a problem, hotel rooms should be plentiful and relatively inexpensive, dining can become an evening entertainment event, and mixing with and getting to know the local people should be easier than at other times of the year. I also believe that the atmosphere of Scotland can be absorbed and appreciated a little better at that time of year. Good luck with your travels.

28. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Jimz for your advice. I really appreciate that and all the tips you guys have given. :)

I'm thinking of a castle stay while I'm in Scotland. Aiming for just a day-night thing, though if I'm feeling rich, a two-day stay. Have aimed for Nov 10 (and/or 11).

Have checked out some, so would appreciate some feedback:

Culcreuch Castle

Dalhousie Castle

Shieldhill Castle

Castle Venlaw

Melville castle

Traquair Castle

Barony Castle

Castle Levan

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 27, 2006 1:37 PM by summer910 ]

29. Posted by amythoms (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey, not sure if anyone else has suggested Stirling but if you've seen the film braveheart then you might like it ... gorgeous castle, wallace monument, its a student town too (where I went to uni) so good social scene for such a small city too. Only 40 mins on train from Edinburgh.

I would recommend basing yourself in Edinburgh rather than Glasgow. Its worth a visit because has good shopping, bars and is better for music venues than edinburgh but i think Edinburgh is more holiday friendly (without being tacky). When you are here buy a magazine called The List which'll let you know everything going on in Glasgow/Edinburgh everyday for 2 weeks (or go to

Enjoy your travels!

30. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks amythoms for the suggestion! I will be basing myself in Edinburgh and will take a day each to Stirling and Glasgow. Will look out for The List!