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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 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 haggisadventures.com/ for some ideas but would probably end up arranging ourselves to try and save some ca$h

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    Edinburgh...check out Tripadvisor

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

    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)

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    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

    t1nker;6996435

    Edinburgh...check out TripadvisorPlenty to see and do. Easily accessible. … Edinburgh...check out TripadvisorPlenty 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!

    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.

    scotrail.co.uk/con…tml

    For accommodation check out the Scottish Youth Hostels Association: syha.org.uk/hom…spx

    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:

    visitscotland.com/

    Hope you enjoy the trip!

    casparwhite;6996540

    thanks so far we or rather she gotedinburgh - well be training it in from … thanks so far we or rather she gotedinburgh - well be training it in from london so thi is starting pointglasgowloch nessisle of skyea castlethat 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.

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    bjmcghee;6996561

    If you're using public transport then have a look at these tickets from … 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.htmlFor accommodation check out the Scottish Youth Hostels Association: http://www.syha.org.uk/home.aspxAs 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:)

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    barky;6996582

    isle of lewis is better than skye imho-both are … 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......

    barky;6996582

    isle of lewis is better than skye imho-both are … 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)

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    little question, how much you paying for the train from London to Edinburgh

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    scoff;6996645

    little question, how much you paying for the train from London to … 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

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    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

    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.

    casparwhite;6996609

    thanks this is the kind of info i was looking for......she briefly … 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:

    hotukdeals.com/ite…and
    hotukdeals.com/ite…one
    hotukdeals.com/ite…gh-
    hotukdeals.com/ite…t-w
    hotukdeals.com/ite…and

    thedish;6996676

    Now I've got the trams out of my system.....In EdinburghThe castle, … Now I've got the trams out of my system.....In EdinburghThe 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 ? ;-)

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    ryman1000;6996673

    Go visit a scottish bloke in his shack he lives in all on his own, miles … 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;6996676

    Now I've got the trams out of my system.....In EdinburghThe castle, … Now I've got the trams out of my system.....In EdinburghThe 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?

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    bjmcghee;6996694

    My pleasure, there are a few old threads that might have some useful info … 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-scotlandhttp://www.hotukdeals.com/item/255069/edinburgh-anyonehttp://www.hotukdeals.com/item/218801/help-need-cheap-hotel-in-edinburgh-http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/78294/advice-needed-what-s-the-cheapest-whttp://www.hotukdeals.com/item/13804/romantic-weekend-in-scotland



    cheers forgot about searching....ill have a browse through them later as well:)

    casparwhite;6996717

    i shall be taking my chess board as a master techniciancould all this be … i shall be taking my chess board as a master techniciancould 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 - [IMG]templars.files.wordpress.com/200…jpg?w=500&h=375[/IMG]

    casparwhite;6996625

    so if we were to take in 2 islands you rekon just lewis and skye … so if we were to take in 2 islands you rekon just lewis and skye then?thanks for the help btwhavnt 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.

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    casparwhite;6996717

    i shall be taking my chess board as a master techniciancould all this be … i shall be taking my chess board as a master techniciancould 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:

    casparwhite;6996540

    thanks so far we or rather she gotedinburgh - well be training it in from … thanks so far we or rather she gotedinburgh - well be training it in from london so thi is starting pointglasgowloch nessisle of skyea castlethat 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:

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    barky;6996855

    yes-lewis and skye if only doing 2 islands. dunno if its your thing but … 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;6996863

    Try Eilean Donan castle, it's beautiful, its the one used in the … 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:)

    I know all the Scots will give you oodles of info... just wanted to say hope you both have a lovely time xxx

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    ryman1000;6996673

    Go visit a scottish bloke in his shack he lives in all on his own, miles … 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.

    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)

    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

    When in Edinburgh if you like fish you must eat here

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    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"

    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

    If travelling by public transport then the West Highland line is a must
    en.wikipedia.org/wik…ine

    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.

    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

    DUNDEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol:

    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.

    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.

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    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

    marsland95l2cr;7000732

    you want to go to Stirling. much nicer than both Glasgow and … you want to go to Stirling. much nicer than both Glasgow and Edinburgh.Stirling CastleWallace MonumentLoch LomandFalkirk Wheelloads 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

    micoo;7001029

    WTF :? 2 of thos arnt even in stirling, one is questionable, wallace … 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 locationi 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.

    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!!

    micoo;7001029

    WTF :? 2 of thos arnt even in stirling, one is questionable, wallace … 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 locationi 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!!!!

    should look into Go Ape, meant to be a great day
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