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It May Sound Stupid but I Need to Plan a Trip to Scotland.... by missfrog on 23 March 2005 4:36pm
 
It's not THAT stupid actually: I'm not british and I need to plan something. I'm a French student and my friends and I are going to Scotland in July and we need to find very cheap places to go to. we're staying two weeks and we already know that we're going to spend a few days in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen but we don't know what other places are worth seeing. As most of you are british, we thought that, maybe, you would be able to help us find cheap youth hostels and stuff. Thanks. Me (who else?)
 
Re: It May Sound Stupid but I Need to Plan a Trip to Scotland.... by julwis on 23 March 2005 7:22pm
 
Sounds like a good plan actually! Edinburgh will probably be very busy around that time, since its just before the festival, so finding a place might be hard, as well as expensive. A very good place to stay which is near enough to both Edinburgh and Glasgow would be Stirling. Theres a very good Youth Hostel there, and Stirling is close to the Trossachs so you can do some hiking too, if that takes your fancy.
If youd prefer to just sightsee then the West coast is a must, you can take the train from Glasgow, up to Crianlarich (again great hiking area, though the climbs are much higher than in the Trossachs), then either go to Oban and Mull, or across Rannoch Moor to Fort William and Ben Nevis. If you then take the train out to Mallaig and Skye, then you go over the Glenfinnan viaduct, as seen in the Harry Potter movies. If you cross Skye to Kyleakin, and take the train from Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness, you can see a lot more of the Highlands too. Once in Inverness you can head down to Aberdeen, or Perth, depending on which way you go. If you go down to Aberdeen then you can follow the coast down to Edinburgh, stopping off at Donnater (?) Castle, where Mel Gibson filmed Hamlet 15 years ago, and also see Dundee and St Andrews. The best way to do this trip would be with a Scotrail pass, not sure how much they are but are quite reasonable, I believe.
This route would give you a great feel for the country, though is not byany means exhaustive. If you went even further up the West coast to Ullapool and Cape Wrath, the scenery is very impressive and the ferries connect with the Hebridean Islands of Lewis and Harris too. Of course, north of Inverness, theres also the train line up to the Orkneys and Shetlands, which are every bit as unique as Scotland is.
If you dont fancy a guided coach tour and would prefer to sample the outdoors as part of a group expedition then check out the Scottish Youth Hostel Organisation, who run regular trips, either on foot (along paths like The West Highland Way, which takes about a week) or by bicycle across some ofthe islands.
 
Re: It May Sound Stupid but I Need to Plan a Trip to Scotland.... by sminobe on 24 March 2005 1:22am
 
I'll be there in July, too (11th-13th)!

julwis, what a thorough itinerary!! However, you missed the most important part about staying in Stirling -- Doune Castle (they even keep their own set of coconuts for MP&tHG pilgrims).

8-)
 
Re: It May Sound Stupid but I Need to Plan a Trip to Scotland.... by julwis on 24 March 2005 1:34am
 
Ah! Quite right too! Just seeing whod notice, ok Im sorry I had completely forgotten! ;) Sorry, Im just a stupid englishman! You can blow your nose in my general direction. :)
I guess somewhere around Stirling is the cave where the rabbit scene was filmed too, though if you find it I think Michael would like to know!
I should also point out that most of the rail route I mentioned is the same route that Michael took in Confessions of a Train Spotter!
 
Re: It May Sound Stupid but I Need to Plan a Trip to Scotland.... by sminobe on 28 March 2005 11:29pm
 
The Killer Rabbit scene was filmed around Loch Tay -- see the docu on the DVD or this fine site:

http://www.scotlandthemovie.com/movies/fpython.html

 
Re: It May Sound Stupid but I Need to Plan a Trip to Scotland.... by julwis on 29 March 2005 12:08am
 
Thanks for the link, Id heard that MP and TJ had gone looking for the cave but had no success in finding it, guess they did find it afterall!
 
Re: It May Sound Stupid but I Need to Plan a Trip to Scotland.... by missfrog on 29 March 2005 7:54pm
 
They did. Just watch the HG dvd bonus and you'll find them walking in Scottish landscapes and eventually finding the cave. Thank you julwis for all that helpful information. As we are more than broke actually I doubt we'll be able to visit all these places but we will go to Stirling, Fort William, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Loch Lomond and a little place called Uig (my friend grew mad when she saw the picture of the hostel). We'll go hiking as much as possible, I promise! And as for the scottish rail card, I'm still looking for it but a great britain one wud be better(i spend one week in england before that, hihi!). Also looking for coaches and everything. The cheaper the better cause i don't want to have to sell my liver or something.
ps:oh and sminobe, i'll be there from the 17th, approximatively. sorry mate.
 
Re: It May Sound Stupid but I Need to Plan a Trip to Scotland.... by julwis on 29 March 2005 11:24pm
 
You might find a Britrail pass on this site
http://www.raileurope.com/us/index.htm
Cant seem to find if its available in France though.
 
Re: It May Sound Stupid but I Need to Plan a Trip to Scotland.... by missfrog on 30 March 2005 4:25pm
 
Thanks for the link! Seems like my holidays will be perfect after all. Thank you all for being so useful.
Joe
 
Re: It May Sound Stupid but I Need to Plan a Trip to Scotland.... by Ken Dunn on 1 April 2005 12:47am
 
How many will be in your party? We live between all 3 cities you have mentioned and my daughter speaks more French than I do. I would suggest that you go easy on the itinerary although if you are not on holiday then make sure the others help with a realistic plan.
 
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