(Closed) Anyone been to Scotland? We need advice!

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@Ryansgirl:  Dangit, I had some suggestions, but you aren’t going to Edinburgh. But definitely hang with the locals, Scots are great people!

 

Have fun! I’d love to go back someday.

Post # 5
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  • Wedding: September 2010

I can’t believe Edinburgh isn’t on you itinerary?! Take a train north to save drive time in England and give yourself more time in Scotland! The weather might inhibit some of your plans, so it’s better to build in buffer time. Hike the hills on the edge of the city, climb the tower, go to Hollyrood House, tour the castle, and walk the cobblestone streets. It’s unbelievable!

Post # 6
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  • Wedding: January 1993

@Ryansgirl:  yessssssssssssssss!

Go to Edingburgh Castle…tourist trap but SOOO worth it!

Walk down Princes Street and check out the shops (they mostly sell the same things and prices get cheaper the further down you go).

Check out Holyrood….and my favorite – hike Salisbury Craig/Arthur’s Seat for the best free activity you’ll find. The view is incredible.

I’d love to go back, lol!

this pic is looking from Edinburgh Castle over to Salisbury Craig:

this is my friend sitting on the edge with the tiny-seeming castle just behind her:

another friend risking her life to peer over the edge

 

oh, and these pictures represent the grainy, foggy (it was absolutely clear in person) wonderfulness at about 0.0000001%! It was so amazing in person!

 

Final edit: just notice that both friends climbed barefoot…they decided flip flops were too dangerous!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

Edinburgh deserves days worth of time. The zoo! The colony of 200 penguins that go on a walk through the zoo every day! The royal mile! The castle and palace! The shopping! The quaint town that’s centered around a train station!

Seriously, I adore Edinburgh. The hills overlooking the city are great hiking and the city itself is wonderful.

Post # 9
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  • Wedding: January 1993

@Ryansgirl:  It was amazingly cool for a history nerd Scot/Irish history fan like me! But there’s also a castle in Glasgow? Stirling? One of the guys in our group was hoping to get to it, but no time ๐Ÿ™

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

I am with pp, the botanical gardens in Edinburg are lovely and the castle is a must. Totally a tourist trap, but a must. also if you are in to museums there are some great ones around there. 

 

I did a backpacking touof that went through Inverness some years ago and loved every second of it. There is a sleepy little bed and breakfast there with the greatest pancakes ever (or we were just really hungry) and if I’m not mistaken there is a restaurant not far away that looks overthe water and is very romantic. Make sure you stop by all the strange little places along the way. It wouldn’t hurt to stop by a mc backpackers or someplace like that and chat with the tour guides there, they could certainly give great suggestions 

Post # 13
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and actually, in the suburb(?) of Portobello, there were several great bed&breakfasts run by elderly couples who fill you to the gills with great breakfast – if you were interested, I have the contact info for them – granted I don’t know if they are still there 2 years later. But it sounds like you have lodging taken care of.

Post # 15
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@Ryansgirl:  nope, no Ireland yet, but it’s on Darling Husband and my pre-baby bucket list. He’s never been to the UK – but we’re hoping to hit Ireland, Scotland, and England in 2014.

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