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Scotland by Markysek on 1 February 2008 5:39pm
Hello everybody,
I would like to ask you for a little help, especially someone from Scotland. I'm going to visit Scotland in September and of course I have included in my plans to visit Doune Castle and of course Edinburgh. Then I don't know which part of Scotland is better to visit. Because what I have read in Guidebook, it seems, that everything there must be really interesting an gorgeous. I would like to enjoy nature and hiking little bit, but also I would like to feel the real old Scotland history, I mean everything what is associated with Celts or Picts and then I would like to follow the Monty Python's Holy grail footprints, but I only know where the Doune castle is, the other places I don't know, because I don't know the names of the places. Could you please give me some advice for my trip? Thanks a lot
Re: Scotland by peripatetically on 1 February 2008 6:59pm
Yeah, come on JTM, pitch in and tell this person. I've been to the fair land of the Scots myself and want to go again. But I can tell you, everywhere you go is gorgeous and interesting. I remember passing a pict area in the eastern part of the country, north of Dundee and a little west , I think. But I bet there are other regions where you can find artifacts . As for the Celts a pilgrimage trip from Oban to Mull and then over to Iona will take you to where christianity was introduced to Scotland and the rest of Europe by the Celts. Ancient Scottish Kings are buried there too. I loved that trip. Take the ferry with your car to Mull and then a ferry to Iona without the car. it's just a short walk from the dock and is quite a memorable experience. (Oban is on the west coast of Scotland, BTW)
Re: Scotland by austinm on 4 February 2008 10:38pm
Hi, I've travelled around Scotland quite a lot and in my opinion the best of the scenery and history is on the west coast. I've been across to the Isle of Mull and then Iona a few times. From the ferry terminal on Iona is a small pleasure boat that does tours across tho the Isle of Staffa - to visit Fingals cave - its a great ride and Fingals cave is amazing.
Further up the west coast is Fort William. If you get here take the train up to Mallaig. Its the most scenic railway journey in the UK and full of stories of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite uprisings. From Mallaig you can take the ferry across to Skye.
Enjoy your travels.
Re: Scotland by Lia86 on 5 February 2008 1:14am
Hi, I went to Scotland last summer and it was amazing, the nature is just too powerful,especially up north.The west coast is problably the best as far as nature is concerned because it's wilder, but I enjoyed the whole lot. Make sure you visit the Isle of Skye and some of the castles (we drove past Doune castle but unfortunately I was the only one who was eager to visit it...). Edinburgh is probably one of the coolest cities I've ever been to and it's got a nice art gallery (free entrance!. If you haven't thought about accomodation yet, B&Bs are definetly better than hotels (and cheaper...). Have a nice time!

Re: Scotland by peripatetically on 5 February 2008 2:51pm
Yes, the west coast is definitely the most wil and rugged and mighty gorgeous, I agree. I plan seeing more of it. Ft. William is lovely too. Like I said, there's a vast amount of beauty in Scotsville, as I fondly refer to it to my Scottish family clan, The Donnellys. ! lol
Re: Scotland by Ken Dunn on 7 February 2008 11:50pm
There are some quaint fishing villages in Fife, just to the north of Edinburgh, the most famous being Anstruther because of its world famous fish and chip shop. Anstruther is about 50 miles from central Edinburgh and a bus journey there would be a good sightseeing trip.
Re: Scotland by Blairhoyle on 12 February 2008 9:19pm
Markysek if you're still interested in going then give me your email address and I'll send you some links to Scotland.

I live in Stirling (10 miles from Doune). I'll send you the links to buses you take to places like Callander or Crieff. Plus I can give you the low down on restaurants and pubs that are good in and around Stirling.

I have traveled the North of Scotland a great deal as well.
Re: Scotland by Ken Dunn on 29 January 2010 4:33pm
I've just finished watching Munro - Mountain Man, shown on the BBC recently, and it is travelling with a difference.

Nicholas Crane was the presenter and he told the story of Munro, the man who classified all Scotland's mountains over 3000 feet high. Mr Crane told the story from among the mountains accompanied, in one instance, by Alan Hinkes. He also accompanied a climber to the top of his last unclimbed Munro. Finally, with another mountain guide, he climbed the Inaccessible Pinnacle (In Pin) in the Cullins, Skye.

If you like travelling among the mountains or climbing them in Scotland this programme is worth watching.
Re: Scotland by peripatetically on 29 January 2010 5:25pm
I've only been to Scotland once and can understand the dangers off the climbs there. Everything, like one reads, looks so close and easy. Very deceptive indeed! Is the correct phrase, 'bag a munro'? It's something like that. Anyway, I'd love to see that program.
Re: Scotland by Ken Dunn on 29 January 2010 11:33pm
Yes peri, he discussed Munro bagging, a pastime of the more ardent hill walkers/mountaineers. There are 284 of them and I've climbed about 30 of them with a special mention to Ben Nevis, the highest Munro, which I have run up and down once and climbed on at least one other occasion. Time prevented me from seriously thinking about bagging the lot.
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