Holiday in Scotland - advice please

Discussion in 'travel and world' started by Hellsbells, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. Hellsbells

    Hellsbells World's best procrastinator

    My sister and I have managed to get cheap train tickets to Edinburgh the last week of July. We're going to be spending 5 days there. Probably 1 or 2 days in Edinburgh and 3 days somewhere else.

    Was just looking for advice and recommendations really. Where is nice that is close to Edinburgh - in the countryside with cheap youth hostels & outdoor activities?
     
  2. TheHoodedClaw

    TheHoodedClaw acknowledging ur soup leg

    Stirling is pretty, not exactly in the depths of the countryside, but you'll have great views of various mountains, and it's less than an hour on the train from Edinburgh. From Stirling you can bus it to either Aberfoyle or Callendar, where you really are in the countryside and there are really great cycle routes and walks from there.
     
  3. lizzieloo

    lizzieloo Numpty extraordinaire

  4. Pingu

    Pingu Credo

    if you like dolphins head much further north to inverness and channory point

    when the tide turns you can see dolphins follow the fish.
     
  5. Fly

    Fly New Member

  6. machine cat

    machine cat nod from the big man as kosher Banned

  7. TheHoodedClaw

    TheHoodedClaw acknowledging ur soup leg

    To be fair, if you stay away from the west coast, and otherwise don't camp right next to a loch you won't encounter them.
     
  8. Fly

    Fly New Member

    You cant miss the west coast on a trip to Scotland, the very best of Scottish scenery.
     
  9. Fledgling

    Fledgling And the porpoise?

    A trip to the Pentland Hills may be a good idea. All depends on how far you want to go each day. I personally prefer the west coast and the interior. Went to loch Mullardoch last year to climb a couple of mountains and loved it on the summit. Went to Edinburgh for a day but it was during the festival and I wasn't impressed that a) couldn't find the playing card shop and b) every shop is a gift shop designed to ensure everyone looks like the Bay City Rollers. My favourite moment was seeing a load of old Scotsmen in kilts wasted on some steps.

    My friend and I in our quest for entertainment went to the Edinburgh Dungeon which wasn't as fun as the York one we both like (anyone reading this should know that we are both far too old for the Dungeon but did go to Fort Geroge as well so we are mature sometimes).

    You could go off the beaten track and head to Melrose, there's an abbey and beautiful walking in the lowland hills. DO NOT eat out in Melrose.
     
  10. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Stirling or Arrochar are good bases with decent public transport, good hostels & a variety of things nearby.

    Arrochar is more remote mountanous tho & although the SYHA hostel has closed, several of the hotels have bunkhouses etc that are just as acceptable & very cheap.

    Several good hostels in the Borders as well - Broadmeadows nr Selkirk is a great one near a historic town where you can hire bikes & explore on generally good & quiet roads or go offroad on a variety of trails

    http://www.syha.org.uk/SYHA/Web/Site/Hostels/Broadmeadows.asp
     
  11. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    very bump. I've never been (apart from one very ill fated trip to skye) and want to get up there this summer. Wanting big open spaces and some coast.. do i go to the west coast?
     
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  12. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

    yes, but it depends what you actually want - while i'm a huge fan of the West coast, the East coast is pretty stunningly beautiful too.

    if you want big open spaces, coast and not many people try the stretch from Newcastle to Edinburgh: massive numbers of castles, huuuge beaches, forest, mountain, and compared to Glencoe, utterly deserted.

    the bit up around Inverness was gorgeous as well.
     
  13. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Yup - do not discount the East Coast at all - There may be very little of the mountains and glens but just as much of the "big skies" and wide open spaces - Plus a more developed infrastructure and maybe more variety of places of interest to visit.

    OTOH, look at the Moray Firth (Inner and outer) coast, Aberdeenshire and Angus coasts and the Beauly Firth. Also the Fife and East Lothian Coasts - In fact I second the whole Newcastle to Edinburgh stretch but IIRC some of the best bits south of the border can be harder to access? Its been a while for me.
     
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  14. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

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  15. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    Yes. And the east coast. Or the north coast. Basically we have a lot of coast and it's all gorgeous. This is Musselburgh, a 20 min bike ride from Edinburgh, today. Big skies a-go-go.

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  16. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s Well-Known Member

    Edinburgh is smashing, loads of free stuff to do if you like museums and art. In many ways more fun than London, there... I said it.
     
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  17. TheHoodedClaw

    TheHoodedClaw acknowledging ur soup leg

    Scotland does great coast, tbh. Even bits that tourists rarely go to like the Machars and Rhins peninsulas down in the south-west are great.
     
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