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2013 planning

indiana
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2013 planning

group of 6 adults 50-60. With car hire. Want to see a few castles/scenery/ small town-villages vs. large city. Plan to arrive London-depart Edinburgh. 14 days. Mid-August - Mid-September? Will prefer B&B's but considering 1-2 nights in castle?

Recommendations/travel guides/ where to start.

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1. Re: 2013 planning

To start with you can look at these sites:

http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/

http://www.visitscotland.com/

http://www.theaa.com/

The AA site is excellent for planning your route, you'll also get a map you can print up.

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A couple of points to keep the discussion moving ...

Strongly support Chrisky's suggestion of the undiscoveredscotland website. This is a superb resource for getting an unbiased sense of what's on offer in an area. I get the feeling that the likes of the "official" visitscotland site is more about promoting commercial offerings. Nothing wrong with that other than that parts of the picture go missing.

Timing: August into early September is the height of the tourist season in Scotland. August especially in Edinburgh as that month is packed with festivals and the Tattoo. If any of those are of interest, you should be thinking about booking accommodation now, and you will have no option but to pay top dollar. http://www.edinburghfestivals.co.uk/ for a comprehensive overview. The Tattoo is a very different sort of event to the festivals - a sort of military-based show on the castle esplanade. It helps to think about that separately. If you want to attend, obviously you need to schedule your visit to overlap. In which case, you might like to consider scheduling one or two nights immediately after your arrival in Edinburgh to see the razzamatazz, and return at the end of your trip for a further couple of nights to explore it once it has returned to normality.

Accommodation: A lot of B&Bs are small and many are not able to accommodate a party of six. This may limit your choices, unless, of course, you are willing to split into two even smaller groups.

Cars/tours: Are you planning to hire a vehicle for self-drive? Unless you can afford to hire a minibus and driver, this is probably the most flexible way to see Scotland, but an MPV big enough for six adults and their luggage is a fairly large vehicle by British standards and you will need to arrange for one to be available. Again, of course, unless you plan to split into two smaller groups (but that, of course, means two drivers who then spend all their time staring at the road instead of the scenery.

And if you do decide to hire a vehicle, pick it up (or drop it off) as you leave (or arrive back into) Edinburgh - the city centre is a horrid place to drive in at the best of times. It's a nightmare for a stranger, especially with a large vehicle.

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3. Re: 2013 planning

My husband and I (64/62 yrs) are planning to visit UK for approx 4 weeks May 2013- to early June 2013. We will fly in and out of London and will visit friends in Bournemouth for a couple of days. Other than that we would like to see what we can of England, Scotland, Ireland and ?Wales. We were there 30 years ago (not Ireland) so will really want to see 'everything' again. We will hire a car. Can anyone propose a realistic trip. We will probably try to stay in B& B's. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks in anticipation

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4. Re: 2013 planning

Can I suggest you start a new thread for your questions?

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5. Re: 2013 planning

Castle: look at Borthwick castle, which is something like 5 miles outside Edinburgh, http://www.borthwickcastle.com/

It's a real castle converted into a good quality hotel.

Nearer to Edinburgh is the rather less authentic Dalhouse Castle.

Borthwick is a bit off the beaten track - the nearest public transport is to North Middleton and Borthwick's a mile to the east. However I think you'd probably enjoy that castle. You might want your car by then in order to get there most easily and to spend a day or so in the Borders.

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6. Re: 2013 planning

www.scotlandinaweek.com/natural-scotland.html

I have just come across this page - makes me want to go and explore more on our doorstep.

Perhaps something there for your plan as well

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