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my girlfriend is leaving to go back to australia at the end of january and we are planing a short trip to scotland for around 7-10 days. just wondering if anyone could give us an idea of the best pla…
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7y, 2m agoPosted 7 years, 2 months ago
my girlfriend is leaving to go back to australia at the end of january and we are planing a short trip to scotland for around 7-10 days. just wondering if anyone could give us an idea of the best places to visit and see while we are up there.

we shall be doing this on a budget and using public transport and just trying to come up with an itinary so any input would be appreciated

we have been looking at http://www.haggisadventures.com/ for some ideas but would probably end up arranging ourselves to try and save some ca$h
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1 Like #1
Edinburgh...check out Tripadvisor

Plenty to see and do. Easily accessible. Plenty of places to stay...
1 Like #2
edinburgh is a good start-loads to see,from there get a bus to saint andrews for at least a day-its very peaceful and beautiful and again,lots to see and do-should not be missed on a trip to scotland.

at this time of year no need to prebook anywhere to stay in saint andrews,from the bus station walk one hundred yards,turn right(cant recall the street name) and you have an entire street of cheap bed and breakfast places(just beside tom auchterlonies golf workshop)
#3
thanks so far we or rather she got

edinburgh - well be training it in from london so thi is starting point
glasgow
loch ness
isle of skye
a castle

that is as far as she has got so while shes at work i said id try and come up with something and some places to visit
#4
t1nker
Edinburgh...check out Tripadvisor

Plenty to see and do. Easily accessible. Plenty of places to stay...


Yes come and see the streets dug up because of the bl**dy trams!
1 Like #5
If you're using public transport then have a look at these tickets from Scotrail, should work out cheaper and give you a bit of freedom with your travelling times/dates.

http://www.scotrail.co.uk/content/rover-tickets.html

For accommodation check out the Scottish Youth Hostels Association: http://www.syha.org.uk/home.aspx

As for places to visit the usual suspects would be places like Edinburgh, The Great Glen/Loch Ness, maybe one of the islands (the train tickets above can include ferry travel too) like Arran (known as "Scotland in Miniature" or Skye, maybe Mull too. Arran has lovely scenery and has some great locally produced food available from its own dairy, chocolatier, brewery and distillery plus loads of wildlife to see too. Skye has some stunning scenery and the trip up there goes through places like Glencoe and Rannoch Moor so it's a great trip to make. If the weather isn't too bad then there are some great walks you can do, especially around the Cuillins, Elgol, etc. There are loads of other places to visit, try the Scottish Tourist Board website too:

http://www.visitscotland.com/

Hope you enjoy the trip!
#6
casparwhite
thanks so far we or rather she got

edinburgh - well be training it in from london so thi is starting point
glasgow
loch ness
isle of skye
a castle

that is as far as she has got so while shes at work i said id try and come up with something and some places to visit


isle of lewis is better than skye imho-both are fantastic,remote,beautiful places ,but if you only have time for one island,go to lewis.
#7
bjmcghee
If you're using public transport then have a look at these tickets from Scotrail, should work out cheaper and give you a bit of freedom with your travelling times/dates.

http://www.scotrail.co.uk/content/rover-tickets.html

For accommodation check out the Scottish Youth Hostels Association: http://www.syha.org.uk/home.aspx

As for places to visit the usual suspects would be places like Edinburgh, The Great Glen/Loch Ness, maybe one of the islands (the train tickets above can include ferry travel too) like Arran (known as "Scotland in Miniature" or Skye, maybe Mull too. Arran has lovely scenery and has some great locally produced food available from its own dairy, chocolatier, brewery and distillery plus loads of wildlife to see too. Skye has some stunning scenery and the trip up there goes through places like Glencoe and Rannoch Moor so it's a great trip to make. If the weather isn't too bad then there are some great walks you can do, especially around the Cuillins, Elgol, etc. There are loads of other places to visit, try the Scottish Tourist Board website too:

http://www.visitscotland.com/

Hope you enjoy the trip!


thanks this is the kind of info i was looking for......she briefly checked the visitscotland site but there is so much in there its hard to decide which places would be best to visit within our time frame and budget, plus wed rather enjoy somewhere a little longer than have to rush around with a set in stone itinary, def want to check at least a couple of islands tho:)
#8
barky
isle of lewis is better than skye imho-both are fantastic,remote,beautiful places ,but if you only have time for one island,go to lewis.


so if we were to take in 2 islands you rekon just lewis and skye then?

thanks for the help btw

havnt planed this sort of thing in years i just usually go and see what happens but we need to set itinary really or rather she does......
#9
barky
isle of lewis is better than skye imho-both are fantastic,remote,beautiful places ,but if you only have time for one island,go to lewis.


Lewis - £14.50 return per passenger (Winter timetable)

http://www.calmac.co.uk/
#10
little question, how much you paying for the train from London to Edinburgh
#11
scoff
little question, how much you paying for the train from London to Edinburgh


between 16.50 and 25 each way on the east coast line:) absolute bargain as to glasgow was over a hundred quid
banned#12
Go visit a scottish bloke in his shack he lives in all on his own, miles high on the top of a hill where nobody goes
1 Like #13
Now I've got the trams out of my system.....

In Edinburgh
The castle, Chamber Street Museum (free and very good), Lots of shopping, lots of pubs, art galleries (most free), Hearts football?, the queens's old boat, The high Street(Royal Mile) with a lot of attactions on the way down from the castle to St Giles cathedral to Museum of childhood to the worst building in Edinburgh the Parliament. Then Holyrood palace.
It's a beautiful city if only the roadworks were finished.
Enjoy the trip.
#14
casparwhite
thanks this is the kind of info i was looking for......she briefly checked the visitscotland site but there is so much in there its hard to decide which places would be best to visit within our time frame and budget, plus wed rather enjoy somewhere a little longer than have to rush around with a set in stone itinary, def want to check at least a couple of islands tho:)


My pleasure, there are a few old threads that might have some useful info too:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/329589/help-with-a-holiday-in-scotland
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/255069/edinburgh-anyone
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/218801/help-need-cheap-hotel-in-edinburgh-
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/78294/advice-needed-what-s-the-cheapest-w
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/13804/romantic-weekend-in-scotland
#15
thedish
Now I've got the trams out of my system.....

In Edinburgh
The castle, Chamber Street Museum (free and very good), Lots of shopping, lots of pubs, art galleries (most free), Hearts football?, the queens's old boat, The high Street(Royal Mile) with a lot of attactions on the way down from the castle to St Giles cathedral to Museum of childhood to the worst building in Edinburgh the Parliament. Then Holyrood palace.
It's a beautiful city if only the roadworks were finished.
Enjoy the trip.


And then what in the afternoon ? ;-)
#16
ryman1000
Go visit a scottish bloke in his shack he lives in all on his own, miles high on the top of a hill where nobody goes


i shall be taking my chess board as a master technician

thedish
Now I've got the trams out of my system.....

In Edinburgh
The castle, Chamber Street Museum (free and very good), Lots of shopping, lots of pubs, art galleries (most free), Hearts football?, the queens's old boat, The high Street(Royal Mile) with a lot of attactions on the way down from the castle to St Giles cathedral to Museum of childhood to the worst building in Edinburgh the Parliament. Then Holyrood palace.
It's a beautiful city if only the roadworks were finished.
Enjoy the trip.


could all this be done in a day or is this a couple of days......castle? which would be the best 1 to visit in scotland?
#18
casparwhite
i shall be taking my chess board as a master technician



could all this be done in a day or is this a couple of days......castle? which would be the best 1 to visit in scotland?


Edinburgh Castle would probably be the best as you are already there anyway. And there's plenty history...

Eilean Donan Castle maybe looks the more picturesque - http://templars.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/eileandonan.jpg?w=500&h=375
#19
casparwhite
so if we were to take in 2 islands you rekon just lewis and skye then?

thanks for the help btw

havnt planed this sort of thing in years i just usually go and see what happens but we need to set itinary really or rather she does......


yes-lewis and skye if only doing 2 islands. dunno if its your thing but fyi "we will rock you" is on in edinburgh at the moment-may be a good evening out for you both.
[mod][Moderator] 1 Like #20
casparwhite
i shall be taking my chess board as a master technician



could all this be done in a day or is this a couple of days......castle? which would be the best 1 to visit in scotland?


Try Eilean Donan castle, it's beautiful, its the one used in the Highlander film, near a village called Dornie on the way to the Isle of Skye, also Slains Castle, Cruden Bay near Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, its supposedly the castle Bram Stoker used for inspiration for his castle in Dracula.
Btw the train journey from Edinburgh to Aberdeen is lovely, runs along the coast in many places:thumbsup:
#21
casparwhite
thanks so far we or rather she got

edinburgh - well be training it in from london so thi is starting point
glasgow
loch ness
isle of skye
a castle

that is as far as she has got so while shes at work i said id try and come up with something and some places to visit


Agreed about Glasgow - as you will be in Edinburgh anyway. Some lovely buildings there. Good shopping in both cities...hope you enjoy your trip. :thumbsup:
#22
barky
yes-lewis and skye if only doing 2 islands. dunno if its your thing but fyi "we will rock you" is on in edinburgh at the moment-may be a good evening out for you both.


not sure yet still sussing it out maybe we go to other islands also just wanting to pick out the best places to go and see and work it so we around in some kind of order before heading back to london......

wishihadadonkey
Try Eilean Donan castle, it's beautiful, its the one used in the Highlander film, near a village called Dornie on the way to the Isle of Skye, also Slains Castle, Cruden Bay near Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, its supposedly the castle Bram Stoker used for inspiration for his castle in Dracula.
Btw the train journey from Edinburgh to Aberdeen is lovely, runs along the coast in many places:thumbsup:


thnaks we shall look into this as this is the kind of things we would like to be doing, picturesque, serene, tranquil holiday not really looking to get out on the razz, although we may:)
#23
I know all the Scots will give you oodles of info... just wanted to say hope you both have a lovely time xxx
banned#24
ryman1000;6996673
Go visit a scottish bloke in his shack he lives in all on his own, miles high on the top of a hill where nobody goes


Try and offer a decent answer to the question raised. If not, please try and make it funny.

1 Like #25
Went for 10 days to Edinburgh in September this year. had never been before. If you use Tescos and have clubcard points. Its worth checking out the Tesco Clubcard days out selections. You get 4 times the cash value against having the money off your shopping on most places.
I particularly enjoyed CAMERA OBSCURA & The REAL MARY KINGS CLOSE both on the Royal Mile.
In Leith there is the Royal Yaght Britannia which is interesting (again they accept Clubcard)
1 Like #26
glasgow for shopping etc and not far from there is stirling which has a nice castle and is home to William Wallace is obviously a major tourist spot my gf parents live there so you might get a free cup of tea lol

Skye as i said in another post is the most beautiful place but is not very central

but if its cheap you are looking for the megabus runs to and from all major cities - Dundee (where i'm from has the discovery ship, closest football grounds in the world, an extinct volcano which you can see the whole city from, and its own language that any tourist would find funny :-D), Glasgow Edinburgh and Aberdeen all have decent history and something to see.

Just remember where ever you go wrap up warm and enjoy
1 Like #27
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#28
thanks for all the replies guys.....some food for thought for the moment

gotta try and plan a route encompassing most of these places and then try and work out a rough budget to see what we can and cant afford, working out the prices for accomodation......we especially want to incoroporate a few islands though


feel free to carry on adding your fav "must do's and/or see's"
#29
glencoe beautiful and the glencoe massacre very interesting

thing you have to remember January in Scotland up hills/islands is not gonna be too pleasant

we went to skye in July last year and it was freezing
[helper] 1 Like #30
If travelling by public transport then the West Highland line is a must
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Highland_Line

The West Highland Line (Scottish Gaelic: Rathad Iarainn nan Eilean - "Iron Road to the Isles") is one of the most scenic railway lines in Britain, linking the ports of Mallaig and Oban on the west coast of Scotland to Glasgow. The line was voted the top rail journey in the world by readers of independent travel magazine Wanderlust in 2009, ahead of the iconic Trans-Siberian and the Cuzco to Machu Picchu line in Peru.
1 Like #31
HI OP

I havent read the rest of posts cause too excited to get stuck in here!!!!

You absolutely have to go visit Loch Lomond - Luss ...........its PARADISE!!!! I have loads of pics of the place and honestly just love it!

Also could find u a cheap B&B in my area which is twenty mins from Glasgow one way and 20 mins to Loch Lomond the other way - plus an hour from Edinburgh

I would plan your whole trip lol as I just love Scotland!!!

Edit - also you should go to Drumnadrochit - Loch Ness, another of my favourite places. Then head right up to Orkney. I have friends in Thurso near the ferry who would give me details of cheap B&B's

Pm me for any details at all! Would be more than happy to help you and your girlfriend out
#32
DUNDEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol:
#33
Coatbridge is lovely at this time of year.You'll get to see the famous "Buckfast Bottle" smashed on every street corner.It's kinda like an art form.Beautiful almost.
#34
you want to go to Stirling. much nicer than both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Stirling Castle
Wallace Monument
Loch Lomand
Falkirk Wheel

loads more, check it out before going to the big cities.
#35
thanks people, feel free to add any other must sees or do's so we can have a good look around before we make a vague list of where we will be goin, which sites, route etc over the weekend

especially interested in historic monuments, castles etc
#36
marsland95l2cr
you want to go to Stirling. much nicer than both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Stirling Castle
Wallace Monument
Loch Lomand
Falkirk Wheel

loads more, check it out before going to the big cities.


WTF :? 2 of thos arnt even in stirling, one is questionable, wallace monument i would say in just outside stirling, Loch Lomand sure as hell isnt in stirling its 40 mins away from stirling, its closer to glasgow, as for the falkirk wheel, are you high? the name sort of gives away its location

i reckon stirling castle is worth a visit but dont bother staying in stirling, its crap, do it as a day trip from glasgow or edinburgh
#37
micoo
WTF :? 2 of thos arnt even in stirling, one is questionable, wallace monument i would say in just outside stirling, Loch Lomand sure as hell isnt in stirling its 40 mins away from stirling, its closer to glasgow, as for the falkirk wheel, are you high? the name sort of gives away its location

i reckon stirling castle is worth a visit but dont bother staying in stirling, its crap, do it as a day trip from glasgow or edinburgh


whats wrong with you? im trying to help out by suggesting nice things for the op to do and you jump on me like that!
and just becasue Loch Lomand and The wheel are not in stilring stirling doesn't mean they are not close enough for them to go to.
And loch lomand is not 40 minutes away? unless you are walking.
and the wallace monument is right in the middle of stirling.

But hey what do I know, only lived here for 20 years. go to glasgow and edinburgh, get robbed or stabbed.
#38
come on guys lets not start as this is brilliant helping Caspar like this.

Caspar I think I have filled up your inbox lol as tried sending another pm but your box is full!!
#39
micoo
WTF :? 2 of thos arnt even in stirling, one is questionable, wallace monument i would say in just outside stirling, Loch Lomand sure as hell isnt in stirling its 40 mins away from stirling, its closer to glasgow, as for the falkirk wheel, are you high? the name sort of gives away its location

i reckon stirling castle is worth a visit but dont bother staying in stirling, its crap, do it as a day trip from glasgow or edinburgh


p.s Micoo, if you take the 'back' road back from Stirling you come by Loch Lomond only about 50 mins. Its the route I always take when out that way - more pleasant drive plus the alternative is motorway and I HATE MOTORWAY DRIVING!!!!
#40
should look into Go Ape, meant to be a great day

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