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Hey, I am planning to do a roadtrip along with my parents. We fly into Glasgow on a friday early morning rent a car, stay friday night, saturday night in Edinburgh, sunday night in inverness and monda… Read More
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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
Hey, I am planning to do a roadtrip along with my parents. We fly into Glasgow on a friday early morning rent a car, stay friday night, saturday night in Edinburgh, sunday night in inverness and monday night in Isle of Skye.
Would love suggestions from people on
1. Cheap and Cheerful hotels, preferably not travel lodges or premier inns, something with a bit of charm and stuff, old school!! But not very expensive, say £50 a night for a room.
2. Places to visit, specially in Glasgow, as Ive heard that there isint much to do there, and that we should spend that day in the highlands somewhere!!
3. Any interesting drives and "must" sees!!
4. Places to eat food.. like famous places.. part of the "Must see" and eat list.. lol
All help, suggestions and expereinces will be greatly appreciated and rep left!! cheers.
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1 Like #1
If your in to picturesque?sp places, you should go to Fort Augustus. I totally love it there. It's about 15 minutes drive from Inverness. There's loads to do round Inverness way.

If your looking for touristy type things, It's Edinburgh for the most.

What about the wonderful Aberdeen??
1 Like #2
http://www.visitscotland.com/ Official Scotland tourist board website. You can find accommodation on that website, anything from cheap B&B to farm house type accommodation. Plus website has many to do things and places of interest to see and do.

Kelvingrove art gallery and museum is worthy of a visit in Glasgow...free as well. Or a visit to the Burrell collection at Pollok Country Park..if you are into art.
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ooh long link! we stayed at the glasgow erskine bridge hotel about 3 years ago for the week. Looks like rooms are £29.50 so a bargain? we stayed on the top floor as when we got there i said the room was small and they gave us a suite-big tv and amazing views as it is so high! at the time the decor was a bit dated(but spotless!) and we had a jacuzzi bath and used the pool. It was lovely and the area was really great!
Hope it helps, Linda
#4
Not into art galleries so much, unless its like something brilliant.. like the Museum of the Aberdeen Angus hamburger.. lol.. just joking.. I'll go through the website, though usually its information overload from them.. Rep left nonetheless!! Any more thoughts, let me know!!

Any interesting activites as well.. like say white river rafting for novice, scared by the number 3 waterfalls type stuff... lol or any interesting tours, totally different and wierd, like the Mad Bath tour.. unique!!
#5
That is a lot of driving!! You will probably not have a great deal of time for touristy stop offs. If you want to see a lot of scotland then just take the road trip easy and go the tourist routes - these are easily available from Visit Scotland. There are lots of places you could go to in Glasgow - though it looks like you will just be there for the night. May therefore be worth doing Buchanan Street/Sauchiehall Street then some of the bars around the merchant city.

Edinburgh - lots to see and do there.

Inverness - I think the drive up will give you the Scotland factor - obviuously there is Loch Ness the next day on your trip cross country.

[url]www.superbreak.co.uk[/url] are pretty good for a search on hotels - you probably want to try to get central in Glasgow if possible

Sorry cannot be more specific but you will probably be knackered after that tour anyway. Hope you enjoy and the weather is kind to you.
1 Like #6
unileeds
Not into art galleries so much, unless its like something brilliant.. like the Museum of the Aberdeen Angus hamburger.. lol.. just joking.. I'll go through the website, though usually its information overload from them.. Rep left nonetheless!! Any more thoughts, let me know!!

Any interesting activites as well.. like say white river rafting for novice, scared by the number 3 waterfalls type stuff... lol or any interesting tours, totally different and wierd, like the Mad Bath tour.. unique!!


Mary Kings Close and the Witches tours are always popular in Edinburgh. Open top bus goes round the city from the station and I think you can hop on/off all day.

Greyfriars Bobby Grave - not far out but lots on around the Royal Mile.
#7
Also could try Stirling..great castle there and Wallace's monument..and Callendar which is just outside Stirling..they have what is known as The Gateway to the Highlands..fabby scenery..Loch Lomond is a great place also..just north of Glasgow.
1 Like #8
For Glasgow there are loads of things to do, there are the Kelvingrove Art Galleries and Museum in the West End which has some excellent exhibits and it's free (as are all the museums in Glasgow) so you can just go for an hour rather than spend the whole day. The Museum of Transport is just around the corner from there and is well worth a look if anyone's interested in vehicles from the earliest cars (including some made by the Scottish car manufacturers in the late 1800s) all the way up to more modern-day cars via steam trains, trams, etc. In town you have the Gallery of Modern Art which is worth a visit too as you'll probably find something in there for everyone even if they're not big modern art fans. There are a few cheap hotels in Glasgow's city centre including the Novotel and Ibis hotels near Sauchiehall Street where there are lots of nice places to eat. If you're in town then a visit to the City Chambers is always a good option as they're stunning inside and rather nice on the outside too. If you want a really nice place for a drink at night then go to Arta in the Merchant City, the G1 group have a website for it (http://www.arta.co.uk/). Blackfriars and Babbity Bowster's are two good pubs for great beers and Babbity's is a great place for traditional scottish food if you fancy trying that.

GerryG has covered a few things outside Glasgow and I'd recommend them all, but I'd also recommend Loch Katrine north of Glasgow (near Callander) as it has a steam boat that goes on trips across the loch, lovely area round there. In the area in a village called Brig O' Turk there is 'The tree that ate a bike', (http://kikoshouse.blogspot.com/2007/05/tree-that-grows-in-brig-oturk.html) worth stopping off at if you're in the area. The Crannog Centre (http://www.crannog.co.uk/) is worth a visit on your way north and it's situated on Loch Tay, it's a look at a neolithic structure that they rebuilt on/in the Loch basically a house on stilts and it's really interesting. There's a really nice wee cafe in the village next door called Kenmore, it's in an old church. Around there is also the Fortingall Yew whicvh is reputed to be thousands of years old and very close to the Crannog Centre.

If you're going to Inverness then I'd recommend going the A9 route as it takes you through places like Pitlochry and that area is really nice. Inverness I'd bow to the superior knowledge of those above, but would agree that Fort Augustus is worth a visit.

Skye is worth the journey, the views of the Cuillins are just stunning! Also, on the mainland side of the bridge you shoudl make some time to stop off at Plockton to see the palm trees, it's a lovely little village and it has some very nice views of Skye too.
#9
Ah Plockton..think that is where they filmed Hamish MacBeth that TV show with Robert Carlyle as the local bobby :)
#10
GerryG
Ah Plockton..think that is where they filmed Hamish MacBeth that TV show with Robert Carlyle as the local bobby :)


That's the one! :thumbsup:
#11
this is great.. ive got tons of stuff already.. guys ive added reps to a few.. but the rest it wont let me.. is there a limit to the amount of rep given out in a day or soemthing? if there is, then ill come back tomorrow!! and leave some.. to the others!!
#12
Yeah there is a limit to how many reps ya can leave in one 24 hour period..dunno what it is though :)

Remember to take your camera with ya..get some great shots :)
#13
Camera [check].. lol.. yeah will do so.. i dont go anywhere without it, and hopefully i'll be able to geotag some pics as well..
[helper]#14
There is the Falkirk wheel not far from Ediburgh http://www.thefalkirkwheel.co.uk/

If you can, try and see Glen Coe and Loch Ness. If you are a fan of Local Hero you could also visit Pennan on the North East coast (near Banff)...

If you are a whiskey drinker, there are plenty of whiskey trails on the east coast. and there are some great fish & chip shops in Anstruther, smokies in Arbroath. I also recommend the steak pies, steak bridies and scotch pies (and the morning rolls are fab) St Andrews is a nice town to visit, if only to laugh at Americans in their plaid trousers. However, given your schedule you will be hard pushed to fit in many activities.
#15
Falkirk Wheel is a good call too, especially if leaving Edinburgh and heading to Inverness!
#16
oh brilliant.. list is growing.. i hope i can drive fast enouhg :)
1 Like #17
First of all I hope you have a great time but secondly, have to say it looks like you're trying to pack too much in to one weekend and if you're driving you wont even get to appreciate the countryside. I'd rethink my plans if I were you. If you want to do the lot though there is a highland tourer train ticket available.

Anyway, things to do in Glasgow depends when you'll be here, 19th July (although saturday sees the start of the river festival) http://www.glasgowriverfestival.co.uk

and about a week or so later is the glasgow show http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/en/Residents/Parks_Outdoors/theglasgowshow2008zones.htm

Permanent attractions include xscape http://www.xscape.co.uk/snow/braehead/ but as there is one in leeds I don't think you'llwant that

If the weather is nice you could go for an evening cruise on the waverly. http://www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk/

or for an interesting tour try the subcrawl
http://www.subcrawl.co.uk/

If you get here and find you miss the student life then you have to head to Ashton Lane.
http://www.glasgowguide.co.uk/images_ashton_lane.html

Failing that, how about a night at the dog track?
http://www.shawfieldgreyhounds.com/

As for edinburgh... best to go when fringe is on and I'd agree with witches tour and stuff. Castle is over rated and for me seeing it from the outside is enough. There is much more to Edinburgh than the castle, especially as you wont see Tam the gun.
#18
here's a bit of info on that train ticket.... not valid for Edinburgh though.

http://www.firstgroup.com/scotrail/content/travelinfo/ticketsandfares.php?pageid=00000000019&ms=sub
1 Like #19
Whilst on Skye, drive up the east cost to Kilt Falls, it's one of the biggest single drop water falls in the UK.
banned#20
Hi when your passing through Glasgow why not take a wee walk into Possil Park
I hear all the tourist go there its lovely scenery and the people are so friendly and you l
Get the best crack around or is the criac :whistling:
#21
just bring a coat
banned#22
Aye & Wellies
1 Like #23
i'd maybe consider driving up to fort william via loch lomond stopping off in loads of places along the west highland way route. http://www.west-highland-way.co.uk/home.asp

the scenery is really incredible and theres hotels pubs etc you can stop off in along the way and of course you've got fort willam at the end of it.

the scenery is better than going up to inverness via the a9 were your also more than likely going to get done for speeding. feckin speed cameras all over that road.

in saying that you really cant go wrong wherever you go as a driving holiday around scotland is truly incredible. have fun.
banned 1 Like #24
Why not just stay in Glasgow a few nights theres plenty to do in Glasgow
& plenty of entertainment too, Places to visit:

EasterHouse
Cranhill
Drumchapel
Castlemilk
Possil Park
Gorbals

Thats just a few tourist locations through out the city ENJOY :)
#25
ants97
i'd maybe consider driving up to fort william via loch lomond stopping off in loads of places along the west highland way route. http://www.west-highland-way.co.uk/home.asp

the scenery is really incredible and theres hotels pubs etc you can stop off in along the way and of course you've got fort willam at the end of it.

the scenery is better than going up to inverness via the a9 were your also more than likely going to get done for speeding. feckin speed cameras all over that road.

in saying that you really cant go wrong wherever you go as a driving holiday around scotland is truly incredible. have fun.


I agree, the A9 is very uninspiring until you get to around Newtonmore.
banned#26
either that or get done for sheep shagging instead lol
#27
gotta say yer gonna be pushed to do all of that in a weekend. Infact I would say it was impossable. As already been mentioned yer goinna spend a large part of your weekend driving from a to b your really not giving yerself enough time .

Still hope you love it. give us a wave from the falkirk wheel :D
1 Like #28
The A9 can be a very uninspiring drive - but it can be a real pleasure to drive if you pick a quietish time to do it. Loch Lomond still has very frusttrating bits where you can't overtake but is more scenic.

On the way from Inverness to Skye you'll probably be taking the road which passes Eilean Donan Castle. You'll recognise it from photos, but it's worth stopping and posing for a photo with it in the background.

Glasgow has the Science Centre which is supposed to be good. Also got the Kelvingrove art galleries and transport museum if you are into that - and they are free.

Re your timings.
It'll take 1 - 1.5 hours to drive from Glasgow to Edinburgh - depending on traffic
180 miles from Edinburgh to Inverness so should take about 3 - 3.5 hours
80 miles from Inverness to Skye and 40 miles from Kyleakin to Portree so you're looking at 1.5 hours to get to Skye and a further 45 minutes to get to the main town.
It would make sense to head back down the west coast - Kyle, Fort William, Loch Lomond - and it could take approx 4 hours to drive from Kyle to Glasgow - and you would arrive at the airport end of the M8 which would be handy for you.
These are tourist timings and you could find your journeys take slighltly less time.
1 Like #29
Thanks to all for such inspiring and helpful tips.. this was one of my first attempts at getting some help from the site, and its been brilliant.. feel like par tof a community.. :)

Anyway.. I am having a family meeting today to finalise a good plan of action for the trip. We have Whole of Sat, Sun, Mon and half of tuesday for this, so yes.. we might skip one town and keep that and the rest of scotland for a week long trip soon.

Ideally I wanted to drive to John O Groats.. as Ive been to Landsend..so it would have been a good thing to do the northern point as well.. :)

Cheers.. and i will keep checking so if anything does pop up let me know.. :)
1 Like #30
unileeds


Ideally I wanted to drive to John O Groats.. as Ive been to Landsend..so it would have been a good thing to do the northern point as well.. :)

Cheers.. and i will keep checking so if anything does pop up let me know.. :)


John O'Groats is not the northern point on the UK mainland, you would need to go a few miles long the coast to Dunnet Head http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunnet_Head

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