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itenerary for scotland

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itenerary for scotland

hi , can sumbody suggest an itienary for 5 nights in scotland. we plan to hire own vehicle from london and arrive back to london after 6 days. we are interested in scenic drives. we are visiting in august.

wat we plan right now is

aug16: drive from london to edinburgh via lakedistrict, night at edinburgh

aug 17: visit castle and chapel. night at edinburgh

aug18: driving to fort william via inverness. taking scenic route of loch ness. night at fort william

aug 19: driving to and fro from portree. night at fort william

aug 20: drive to blackpool. night at blackpool

aug21: drive to london heathrow

this is a very tentative itienary , as we r not sure whether these are the best places to visit or not. but we dont want to change the place of stay everyday as we r a group of 12 people with young kids.

suggestions are welcome.

thanks in advance

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1. Re: itenerary for scotland

Far too much driving. Some days over 6 hours.

See www.viamichelin.com for route planning , but allow more time than suggested for stops etc.

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2. Re: itenerary for scotland

Stupid itinery, really really stupid. Far too much driving. Would comment on specifics but the whole thing is so ridiculous that every day apart from 17th, should be changed

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3. Re: itenerary for scotland

The OP was only asking for advice. It may be "really, really stupid" to you but there is no need for abuse like this.

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4. Re: itenerary for scotland

the itenerary may be stupid...that is y i wasnt sure about it....bt nobody has suggested the changes...pls suggest a gud itenerary....

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aug16: drive from london to edinburgh via lakedistrict, night at edinburgh

This will be a very long day on the road. The last time I did a similar journey it took 10 hours, owing to a couple of accidents on the motorways, and that was without any significant stops.

aug 17: visit castle and chapel. night at edinburgh

Silly question, but I assume you have accommodation booked already for Edinburgh as this time is the height of Festival season?

aug18: driving to fort william via inverness. taking scenic route of loch ness. night at fort william

aug 19: driving to and fro from portree. night at fort william

Any particular reason for choosing Ft William as your base? Inverness may be a better option

aug 20: drive to blackpool. night at blackpool

aug21: drive to london heathrow

Edited: 31 July 2010, 09:26
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3. It wasnt abuse in the slightest, and that is more than obvious. The itinery is stupid, and that completely undeniable. It is hours and hours and hours of driving. Unless the OP wants to spend their entire time driving then they need to start from scratch. Work why you are wanting to go to places, then figure how to link them, otherwise you will just drive from place to place and see nothing by tarmac

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7. Re: itenerary for scotland

@overlooking

thanks fr reply...wat r ur suggestions thn fr driving to edinurgh...shall v make a stopover sumwhere

we havnt booked the hotels yet...as the itenerary is not final

thought of choosing fort william as base...bcoz that will divide the driving bw all days...total driving each day wud b arnd 4-5 hrs.

bt we r open to change it....

how shld we keep the r itienerary if the base is inverness???

thanks

Dimple

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8. Re: itenerary for scotland

thanks fr reply...wat r ur suggestions thn fr driving to edinurgh...shall v make a stopover sumwhere

You can do the journey in one day, it will be a long day though. It is up to you whether you want to break the journey or not.

we havnt booked the hotels yet...as the itenerary is not final

You may well struggle to find any accommodation on the dates mentioned in Edinburgh. Check NOW! You may have to re think your entire plans

thought of choosing fort william as base...bcoz that will divide the driving bw all days...total driving each day wud b arnd 4-5 hrs.

bt we r open to change it....

Not my first choice for a base.

how shld we keep the r itienerary if the base is inverness???

On the day you leave Edinburgh you can drive up Loch Ness to arrive at Inverness. Easy drive from there to Portree.

thanks

Dimple

Edited: 31 July 2010, 10:08
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9. Re: itenerary for scotland

I would suggest that you stay in and around the central belt of Scotland during your stay (and I live in the north).

You will spend a day in Edinburgh itself. Glasgow and Stirling are never that far away; if it is scenery you are looking for then Loch Lomond and the Scottish borders will entertain you.

The drive north to Inverness is a long one and mostly single carriageway.

I would avoid Blackpool at all costs, it is tacky and would be a waste of your valuable time. You may want to look at alternatives such as York.

Hope this helps.

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10. Re: itenerary for scotland

Have you considered taking the train from London to Scotland? You can get a train to either Glasgow or Edinburgh from London for around £100 and it only takes 4.5 hours. Driving the same distance will take 7 hours on a good day with no stops. You'll also find limited use for a car (and difficulty parking) around Edinburgh.

You will not find accommodation in Edinburgh during August. I'd suggest locating yourself in Stirling or Glasgow. Stirling is a beautiful small city with a castle to rival Edinburgh's, and Glasgow is Scotland's biggest city with great shopping, architecture and night-life.

From either you can visit Edinburgh by train in under an hour.

How about:

Aug 16 - Train from London to Glasgow at 9am arriving 1.30pm. Visit Cathedral, Merchant City, City Chambers in George Square. If time permits some shopping before dinner and overnight stay in Glasgow.

Aug 17 - Train from Glasgow to Stirling. Visit castle, the old jail and have a wander through beautiful old cobbled streets. Stay in Stirling.

Aug 18 - Take a return trip to Edinburgh, visit castle, holyrood palace, and have a wander round the festival taking in the atmosphere. Return to Stirling by train.

Aug 19 - Hire a car (there's an Enterprise in Stirling who are reasonable and will pick you up from your hotel). Drive north passing Dunblane and stopping in Doune (a lovely little town with an old castle featured in Monty Python film the Holy Grail). Then head on to Callander, a beautiful town known as the gateway to the highlands. Take the A821 out of Callander and head past Loch Venacher and through Queen Elizabeth Forest Park to Aberfoyle, another lovely town. The road between Callendar and Aberfoyle goes quite high and you get great views over loch lomond on a clear day. Depending on your time you can head back to Stirling or take the A81 towards Loch Lomond. If you set off early, you'll have plenty of time to see Loch Lomond before dark. This drive will give you a real flavour of Scottish scenery, without having to spend all day in the car.

Aug 20 - Depending on what you've enjoyed either head back to Edinburgh or Glasgow for another day trip or take another trip in the car. You could head towards Perth for something different, or go back towards Callandar and visit the lovely villages of Strathyre and Ballquider which are 10-20 minutes drive further north.

Aug 21 - train to London via Glasgow then transfer to Heathrow.