(Closed) England/ Scotland Bee's, help me plan a trip!

posted 5 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I live in Newcastle, id say you would be best hiring a car or using the train. If you want historical cities look at edinburgh and York and obviously London, which have castles and cathedrals. You can also take the eastcoast train to Inverness which takes you through some stunning scenery through Scotland – although there’s not a lot to do once youre there except perhaps hire a cottage and enjoy the surroundings. June or July are usually the best months we have although September has also been a warm month the last few years and you’d also have the trees starting to turn too. 

Post # 4
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Bamburgh and Warkworth are also beautiful and worth a visit!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’m not English, but I am marrying an Englishman and have spent a good amount of time over there.

My absolute favorite city to visit was Salisbury. Stonehenge is just north of it, so you’d likely travel through it anyway. It’s really charming. I loved it and have tried to convince my Fiance to move there when we marry. You must visit the cathedral – it is gorgeous! It also holds the best original copy of the Magna Carta. Also visit Old Sarum, which is an Iron Age fort in Salisbury. My Fiance and I just loved having a stroll through it. There weren’t many tourist. There were actually more locals there going on afternoon strolls with their families.

I also loved visiting Winchester. The cathedral holds Jane Austen’s grave. There is also a famous round table housed in the city, though I missed seeing it. Towards the edge of the city there is a large hill called St Giles Hilltop with a lovely mossy walkway leading up it. Up at the top it is so green and beautiful, and it provides fantastic views of the city.

You may or may not like Oxford. When I went the weather was pretty rubbish, so that cast a bit of a pall on the whole day. It was also very touristy – my Fiance and I were both surprised by this. I think we saw more tourists than locals. It is a lovely place to walk around though, and it is full of history. The colleges are all gorgeous.

I have been in England during summer and winter. I definitely don’t recommend the winter months, though I doubt you would have gone then anyway. I would say June was the best for me. It was the sunniest and had the least amount of rain, so our travels were rarely affected by the weather (and any rain was very light and not a bother). I actually got a sunburn in June there! I was shocked. Hah. Also, June is nice because European schools are still in session, so during the week everything is less busy.

ETA: Also, if you want specific details about tours we did, I can pass that along. We did a tour in Salisbury/Stonehenge and a hop on hop off bus in Oxford.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@chasesgirl:  Honestly, I loved taking the train all over and I recommend it. It’s just so nice to sit back, listen to an audiobook, and watched the countryside roll by without having to worry about driving on the other side of the road while sitting on the other side of the vehicle! Don’t knock the trains!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2025

Okay I’m not from the UK but I lived in Edinburgh, Scotland for study abroad. It is a gorgeous place, and you can hop on a train from London and take it up there. I think it was only a few hours?

Edinburgh is separated into Old Town and New Town, and Old Town has lots of beautiful Gothic buildings and New Town has a lot of Greco-Roman architecture.

Since you like beautiful historic places, some things you could do would be: 

  • Walk up Arthur’s Seat and see the whole city from the top, it’s beautiful
  • Go to St. Giles which I did a paper on, it is a very very old cathedral and it’s just beautiful
  • Definitely visit Edinburgh Castle
  • Glenkinchie Distillery, you get a whole tour and you get to see exactly how whiskey is made, plus, samples at the end!
  • Crichton Castle–it’s way out in the boonies a little, but it’s pretty much untouched by modernity
  • If you can pop over to Glasgow definitely check out the Glasgow School of Art 
  • Sir Walter Scott’s house–GORGEOUS garden and beautiful house

I think that’s everything I can remember. I loved Scotland so much and I wish all the time I could go back.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I second Salisbury. It’s amazing and the cathedral is my favorite in the UK. 

I love Brighton. It’s “touristy” but many of the holiday goers are English, not American tourists

I’m marrying a man from Glasgow so I’m partial 🙂 lots of cool Charles Rennie Mackintosh architecture. And tons of distilleries 

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Scottish bee here! I live in Edinburgh and strongly agree with misskitten above that it is beautiful. My Fiance is from Winchester, and it is lovely, but he agrees that edinburgh is the most beautiful city in the UK. Very dramatic, very gothic and very old. It’s also quite small by city standards, it’s very possible to walk around, though it is very hilly. August and September are the busiest time to visit due to the Fringe Festival (massive theatrical/book/film/comedy summer shindig) and the Military Tattoo in the castle. Spring is probably your best bet in regards to weather and less tourists, though scottish weather is VERY tempremental. Experiencing all four seasons in a day is not uncommon. Example: today. Pouring rain in the morning, snow in the afternoon, bright sunshine in the early evening.

 

If you want nature then the Highlands is the place to be. Watch Brave for a pretty accurate idea of what the more rural areas are like. The West Coast of Scotland has better scenery than the East if you plan on driving north from Edinburgh and want a scenic route. Ullapool is a nice place to stay in the Wester Ross area. It’s a little fishing village and there’s lots of activities you can do there and in the surrounding country. Try taking a ferry out to the islands! And don’t forget to visit the lochs.

 

if you have any specific questions feel free to ask 🙂

 

 

 

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Some visual aides! A beach on the west coast.

Edinburgh skyline (one of many)

Edinburgh, the Meadows

Kayaking in the highlands

A highland hostel.

Ullapool

A bit of scenery

Hope this helps!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@chasesgirl:  hello, scottish bee here! you must visit the wallace monument in stirling and stirling castle they are steeped in history and everyone loves a bit of braveheart!! 

also loch lomond is beautiful , maybe i’m biased as my Fiance proposed on the bonnie bonnie banks of loch lomond!  hope you have a wonderful time!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

If you’re planning on going to Stonehenge, then I highly recommend going a bit further along to Somerset and visiting Bath. MrWigeon studied there and it is by far my favourite city. It does get a little touristy but if you do your research you can avoid it a little! Bath has the Royal Crescent, Roman Baths, abbey, the bizarre Bath comedy walk (one of the best things I did there!) and it is just stunning. 

Also, the New Forest (where I’m from) isn’t far and I may be biased but it’s beautiful. Horses cows and donkeys roam pretty much wherever they like. Beaulieu is a village that is a particular highlight with Palace House and Buckler’s Hard. 

Another recommendation for Winchester too. I’m doing my training there 🙂

The trains are pretty good. I’ve covered most if the South over the last few years!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Glaswegian bee here so I’m slightly Biased towards the west coast of Scotland!  You have to see Edinburgh castle, I don’t think anyone can visit Scotland and not go – it is amazing!

As you don’t really want to be in the city, I’d suggest looking at some of the islands along the river Clyde, Arran in particular – you can get the Waverley which is an old steam ferry and the scenery is stunning.  There’s also Loch Lomond and Tarbet, that’s a beautiful drive (google the Trossaachs national park).

If you’re looking to explore the Uk I would recommend hiring a car, there’s far too many beautiful places and you can stop and take loads of pics on a train!  The lake district is beautiful as well.

For shopping I would recommend Glasgow, and also for eating out as we have a huge cultural melting pot and you can get almost any kind of cuisene you want! Nightlife is also great if you fancy some time out in the evening.

And as a bee mentioned above, if you go in summer you need to see the Edinburgh tattoo – they also have the Edinburgh festival around the same time so if you plan well you’ll see both.

The Uk as a whole is absolutely beautiful and I’m very proud to be British, there’s so much to see and do – and thats before you head to Northern Ireland, which is incredible scenery wise.

I don’t think you can lose either way, it totally comes down to what you want to do – but there’s something for everyone!  Good luck and happy planning! <3 x

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