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help for quick 2 day trip to Glasgow

Saint Louis
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help for quick 2 day trip to Glasgow

This may be a little late, but could any one advise a two dday itinerary/suggestion for a 2 day trip to Glasgow? My daughters will be departing the lake area tommorow and have to arrive Glasgow on Monday. Their planned itinerary was changed and left them with two extra days. They currently do not have internet access and are unable to research They are looking for small villages or towns that are en route via train or bus to Glasgow.ny ideas, B&Bs would be greatly apreciated.....thanks

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1. Re: help for quick 2 day trip to Glasgow

Can they stay around Windermere for the extra days? This would be the easiest solution especially if they are reliant on public transport. The easiest way to get from Windermere to Glasgow is by train - changing at Oxenholme and (in some cases) Carlisle. It takes about 2 to 3 hours. However checking the times for tomorrow (Saturday) it looks as though several of the trains will be replaced by a bus service, which lengthens the journey time to 5 hours.

There is a coach service by National Express but it takes 9 hours so it would be much easier by train.

B&B accommodation is plentiful in the Lake District. Have a look on http://www.golakes.co.uk/ for places to stay. Ambleside and Bowness are close to Windermere, or you could try Kendal, Penrith or Carlisle which are on the rail route. Keswick also has plenty of places to stay and is on a bus route from Windermere. They would have to get another bus from there to Penrith to get the train to Glasgow.

A lot of the trains don't stop between Carlisle and Glasgow so the only other option would be to travel directly to Glasgow and find accommodation there for the extra nights.

Hope this helps.

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thank for that info, They have been in Windemere for two nights and would like to move on to see more of Scotland before they depart on Monday. It ounds as if their best option is to take train direcct to Glasgow and do a day trip from Glagow on Sunday. Is it much more difficult for them to go to Edinburgh direct from Windemere and then to Glasgow on Suday?

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I'd consider staying in Carlisle for the two nights. They could visit the castle and cathedral on Saturday afternoon and visit a couple of locations on Hadrian's Wall by bus and/or train on Sunday.

If they are interested, I can look up the name of the excellent B&B in Carlisle I used a few years ago.

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4. Re: help for quick 2 day trip to Glasgow

Travelling to Edinburgh has the same degree of difficulty as travelling to Glasgow. They are approx the same distance. The train uses the same route until Carstairs, just south of Glasgow/Edinburgh. The replacement bus will be used on both routes on Saturday afternoon - so the journey will be much quicker on Sunday.

You can search for train times on http://www.eastcoast.co.uk/

If they stay overnight at Carlisle it will take about 1 hour 20 mins to Glasgow/Edinburgh on Sunday. There is plenty to see in either Glasgow or Edinburgh so either would be a good introduction to Scotland. There are also frequent trains between the two so it would be feasible to go to Edinburgh and do a tour there, then go on to Glasgow.

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