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BasqueStorm
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Location: Turks and Caicos Islands
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:53 am 
 

Hi,
I plan on taking a flight to Edinburgh and renting a car to drive across the Highlands in some weeks.
Any recs or valuable info about the idea, please?
That's what I have for now:
https://viviendoapesardelacrisis.blogspot.com/2019/02/vacaciones-en-escocia.html
Thanks for your help and time.

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CoconutBackwards
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:32 am 
 

I don't have any recommends, but I'm jealous. Relive Trainspotting for me.
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Dragunov
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:53 am 
 

CoconutBackwards wrote:
I don't have any recommends, but I'm jealous. Relive Trainspotting for me.


Just without the, y'know...heroin.

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ambientsorrow
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:45 pm 
 

I live in Scotland. I'd say visit Isle of Skye, wouldn't bother with the Falkirk attractions (Kelpies and Falkirk wheel), I'm a fan of Stirling, nice place. Edinburgh castle is great however not a lot to see inside the castle for the amount you pay, Stirling Castle is better in that regard. Solid Rock pub next to Glasgow Central station is decent if you want a rock/metal pub.

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MathemagicalMisanthropist
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:56 am 
 

How about Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire? Anything worthwhile there?

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ambientsorrow
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:30 pm 
 

Not sure on Aberdeen area to be honest.

Also, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park well worth a look too.

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quickbeam
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Location: Scotland
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:58 am 
 

Aberdeen? I love the place but don't usually recommend it for tourists. It's all right, but less going on than Glasgow/Edinburgh (colder too). However, if you're interested in whisky then it's a great base for a distillery tour through Speyside. Lovely part of the country.

I still need to visit Orkney & Shetland!

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MathemagicalMisanthropist
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:31 pm 
 

I'm actually moving there as a foreigner, so I would be interested in anything worthwhile to see when I have free time. It's not a big place, so I can believe it can't compete with Edinburgh and Glasgow in stuff happening.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:18 pm 
 

Glasgow's a great city, I lived there for 4 years. I'd recommend it, definitely.
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BasqueStorm
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:51 am 
 

CoconutBackwards wrote:
Relive Trainspotting for me.

I will watch it again... :-D

... and then go on holidays! :lol:

Thanks, guys! At the moment, I'm running on this list:

Quote:
1) Shetland Islands
2) Oldshoremore
3) Loch Ness
4) Balmoral
5) Dornie (Eilean Donan Castle)
6) The Isle of Skye
7) Cairngorms
8) Pitlochry
9) Carnoustie
10) St. Andrews
11) Anstruther
12) Stirling
13) Falkirk
14) Edinburgh
15) Glasgow
16) Loch Lomond
17) Ben Nevis
18) Fort William
19) Glencoe
20) Tiree Island

Could you comment, please?

P.S: Fuck! I'll miss this in Shetland Islands:
https://viviendoapesardelacrisis.blogspot.com/2019/03/up-helly-aa.html

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Doors of Stone
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:05 pm 
 

I was in Scotland four years ago. It was a gift my grandparents gave me when I graduated from high school. First we had two days in Edinburgh, then four days in Inverness, then another day in Edinburgh. We took the bus from Edinburgh to Inverness. It took us five hours, but it was worth it. The scenery we saw on the ride was absolutely beautiful. We drove through the highland and I didn't get tired looking at it. It was so beautiful.

Among the places that we drove through was Pitlochry. The landscape sourrounding the town is beautiful, but I got the impression that the town itself is very touristy. Lots of souvenir shops, etc. If you decide to go to Pitlochry, go for the landscape and not the town.

We also went to Loch Ness and visited Urquhart Castle. It's a big tourist attraction, but nevertheless I would recommend it. There are tours around the castle and historians telling about living in mediaval castle. Some of the historians manage to convey the information in a brilliant manner while being funny at the same time. On an interesting side note, the castle belonged to a side branch of the Forbes clan at some point. The same side branch came to Denmark through Sweden in the 15th century. They are, according to the research that my grandparents did, among the ancestors to our family.

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DeadKid
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:19 pm 
 

I'm a sucker for industrial monstrosities so I loved the Falkirk Wheel. It was also fun to clamber around in Doune Castle where much of Monty Python and the Holy Grail was filmed, with the spiral stairs being much more cramped than in the bigger castles.

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BasqueStorm
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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 6:11 am 
 

This has been AMAZING! 1619 miles (2605,528 Kms) in 2 weeks and around 10 Kms walked each day (top of 21,3).
P.S: Music while driving:
https://forum.metal-archives.com/viewtopic.php?p=2848779#p2848779

https://viviendoapesardelacrisis.blogspot.com/2019/02/vacaciones-en-escocia.html

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2019_05_12: Problems with my credit cards to rent the car and almost 24 hours at the airport.

2019_05_13: Car rented, cross Forth Bridge, Anstruther, Crail, Saint Andrews, Carnoustie and Pitlochry.

2019_05_14: Rolls Royce rally at Milford Vintage Engineering Ltd in Kirkmichael (https://vintage-engineering.co.uk/), Balmoral, Loch Morlich and Inshriach Forest (https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see- ... ve-p333871) and Ruthven Barracks at Kingussie.

2019_05_15: RZSS Highland Wildlife Park (https://www.highlandwildlifepark.org.uk/), Urquhart castle and loch Ness and Inverness by night.

2019_05_16: Fort George, Route 500 from East to North, Dunrobin castle, John o' Groats, Dunnet Head cape and lighthouse and Orkney Islands view.

2019_05_17: Route 500 from East to West, Cape Wrath, Route 500 from West to South, Oldshoremore, Scourie by coast, Drumbeg and Old Man of Stoer.

2019_05_18: Inverewe garden, Eilean Donan castle, Skye island and pre Talisker party at Old Inn in Carbost.

2019_05_19: Talisker distillery. The Cuillin view, Tor castle and Fort William.

2019_05_20: Glen Coe through A82, Ocean Explorer Centre SAMS, Dunstaffnage castle, Oban and its distillery, circle the peninsula to Campbeltown and Kennacraig for the ferry to Islay.

2019_05_21: Ferry to Islay, 3 distilleries route (Laphroaig, Lagavulin y Ardbeg), Port Ellen and Inveraray castle by night.

2019_05_22: Inveraray castle and gardens, Dun Na Cuaiche Woodland Walk and watchtower, Loch Lomond and Stirling.

2019_05_23: Stirling castle, Holy Rude church, Wallace monument, Falkirk Wheel, Glasgow and Whitburn for Owl Centre.

2019_05_24: Scottish Owl Centre (https://www.scottishowlcentre.com/), Deep Sea World (https://www.deepseaworld.com/) and Edimburgh.

2019_05_25: Edimburgh castle and city.

2019_05_26: Return car and flight home.

P.S: And I did watch Trainspoting again. Great film. :thumbsup:

Thanks guys! :beer:


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iamntbatman
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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 9:47 am 
 

Brilliant! I have a friend spending a lot of time in Scotland soon, so I'm gonna send this to her. I'll also be in the U.K. soon myself so might have to borrow some of your itinerary.
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PaganiusI
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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 10:54 am 
 

Whatever you do, make sure to visit at least one whisky distillery! Almost all of them have a visitor center and make tours and stuff.
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Zephirus
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 4:23 am 
 

looks like you made the most of your trip
i've seen most of scotland but have never been to the far north (john o groats etc)
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BasqueStorm
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Location: Turks and Caicos Islands
PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 1:12 pm 
 

iamntbatman wrote:
Brilliant! I have a friend spending a lot of time in Scotland soon, so I'm gonna send this to her. I'll also be in the U.K. soon myself so might have to borrow some of your itinerary.

That's the idea. LOTS of people are telling me they will use my route as a planning for the future. :thumbsup:

PaganiusI wrote:
Whatever you do, make sure to visit at least one whisky distillery! Almost all of them have a visitor center and make tours and stuff.

For whisky, have a look here:
https://viviendoapesardelacrisis.blogspot.com/2015/12/whisky.html
I have been in 5 distilleries and took 2 tours.

Zephirus wrote:
looks like you made the most of your trip
i've seen most of scotland but have never been to the far north (john o groats etc)

I SURELY did because I was afraid of not having enough time but it's been PERFECT. :thumbsup:
P.S: I ALWAYS do:
https://viviendoapesardelacrisis.blogspot.com/2013/08/planificar-viaje.html
Thanks, guys! And feel free to ask for things to avoid or beautiful roads (which I marked in circles). :beer:
P.S: Man, it's been AMAZING and this next sunday we will come back to Riviera Maya for the third time and to get my cave diving certification:
https://viviendoapesardelacrisis.blogspot.com/2015/07/buceo-en-el-riviera-maya-mejico.html
https://www.tdisdi.com/tdi/get-certified/full-cave-diver/

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DeadKid
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Location: New Zealand
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:02 am 
 

I'm not into drinking whisky/spirits but I did find a free tasting of a whisky liqueur at Edinburgh Castle and that was good enough for me. I do know that those basic whisky stones aren't great physics. I looked it up recently because my girlfriend likes ice cubes in her wine, haha.

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BasqueStorm
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:46 am 
 

BasqueStorm wrote:
P.S: Man, it's been AMAZING and this next sunday we will come back to Riviera Maya for the third time and to get my cave diving certification:
https://viviendoapesardelacrisis.blogspot.com/2015/07/buceo-en-el-riviera-maya-mejico.html
https://www.tdisdi.com/tdi/get-certified/full-cave-diver/

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Done!
https://viviendoapesardelacrisis.blogspot.com/2014/07/buceo-en-cuevas.html

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DeadKid wrote:
I'm not into drinking whisky/spirits but I did find a free tasting of a whisky liqueur at Edinburgh Castle and that was good enough for me. I do know that those basic whisky stones aren't great physics. I looked it up recently because my girlfriend likes ice cubes in her wine, haha.

I think I did saw something similar there but it depends of your knowledge and aspirations. :scratch:
I did bought the ice stones too but not for wine. :P
https://viviendoapesardelacrisis.blogspot.com/2019/01/vermouth.html
https://viviendoapesardelacrisis.blogspot.com/2015/12/whisky.html
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Grave_Wyrm
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:04 am 
 

Your itinerary is substantial. You went all over the friggin shop! Saw a couple stops on your list I recognized.

Last spring we spent a few days in the Highlands with most of our time around Fort William and that peninsula southwest of there but went over the high road from Inverness to get there as there was a bike race going on along Loch Ness when we got in, went kayaking out of Arisaig, hiked to the Lost Valley and around Ben Nevis, spent time in Glencoe, ate local mussels and fresh-caught fish with local whiskey, went to Leakey's bookshop, sat by the fire and had tea reading a book on the beginning of the Crofting movement while it rained, watched the moon rise over Loch Linnhe. It's beautiful there.

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BasqueStorm
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:18 am 
 

Grave_Wyrm wrote:
Your itinerary is substantial. You went all over the friggin shop! Saw a couple stops on your list I recognized.
Last spring we spent a few days in the Highlands with most of our time around Fort William and that peninsula southwest of there but went over the high road from Inverness to get there as there was a bike race going on along Loch Ness when we got in, went kayaking out of Arisaig, hiked to the Lost Valley and around Ben Nevis, spent time in Glencoe, ate local mussels and fresh-caught fish with local whiskey, went to Leakey's bookshop, sat by the fire and had tea reading a book on the beginning of the Crofting movement while it rained, watched the moon rise over Loch Linnhe. It's beautiful there.

I tried, thanks. And that's a WONDERFUL destination for holidays. :beer:
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Grave_Wyrm
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:44 am 
 

Sure is. Consistently hovers near the top of the list. Glad you had such a righteous blast, man. Great stuff.

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