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Help planning a Scotland trip

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Help planning a Scotland trip

Hi there... anyone interested in helping us plan a suggested general itinerary? My boyfriend and I are planning a 10 day trip to Scotland at the end of June or early July 2014. We love nature, outdoor physical activity and culture. Below is a short list of areas we plan to be... I'm not sure what is reasonable in that amount of time to do (how many days in each place?) and what is along the way that we should include. I'm hearing of off the beaten path areas that sound amazing and like our kind of travel/adventure, but not sure if time makes it all doable (such as Cape Wrath or one of the islands). I imagine we'll fly into Edinburgh and out of Inverness (or vice versa). Would probably rent a car for all or part for flexibility and freedom.

Must include:

- Old town Edinburgh

- St. Andrews (ideally play but at least see the course)

- Hike Whiskey trail and will visit Speyside Cooperage (we'd prefer moderate to challenging hikes... 5 days is probably enough or day hikes mixed with other things works too). But we'd like to get some physical activity throughout the entire trip. At the minimum a morning run somewhere nice.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Help planning a Scotland trip

There are a number of outdoors companies and others where you can hire bikes. But for hikes or runs you might look at http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/ which will give you easy or difficult day walks as well as listing all of the long-distance ones.

Edinburgh / St Andrews / Speyside is sort of skirting round the central and western highlands - if you want the very best of mountain and wilderness, the areas between Skye and Ullapool and Cape Wrath are where you should head.

WHy not have a look at some of their suggested routes (and the maps) and then come back to the forums with questions?

It would be good to know whether your exercise is more an hour's cardio on the flat or whether you're looking for mountain routes.

If you're referring to the Whisky Trail, it's really aimed more at people in vehicles, but there are plenty walking routes. www.maltwhiskytrail.com/pages/view/the-trail

And to avoid confusion, there's the Speyside Way, which is more a long-distance but not too arduous walk

www.walkhighlands.co.uk/speyside-way.shtml

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2. Re: Help planning a Scotland trip

Thank you for your reply. I see I should provide a bit more info... We are avid cyclists at home so probably will skip that as part of this trip as we are not such fans of hiring bikes from tour companies. After looking at a zillion suggested routes for hikes, walks, etc in various parts of Scotland, I decided to take this approach to see what others might suggest more generally about key things to do along the path we already know we will take. Your second paragraph is more the info I'm after. Sounds like we might really want to minimize our time in the locations we already must be in so we can get to more interesting areas? Once we decide where to spend time, we can probably figure out the activity part but will be great to hear cool or unique options.. Any interesting hiking or mountain trekking would probably satisfy the activity but if we don't get that, maybe an hour run somewhere interesting is a next best option. We are pretty serious about all of our sports and being physical, but this is a vacation and we just need to feel active.

We will need to have a few meetings so the locations I mentioned are where those will be... we don't necessarily need to spend a lot of time in any of those locations.. although I did think doing one of the more challenging routes on the Malt Whisky Trail might be interesting since we will for sure spend at least a couple of days in that area..

Thank you!!

Thanks again!!

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3. Re: Help planning a Scotland trip

http://www.davaway.org.uk/

The Dava Way runs all the way from Forres to Grantown on Spey along the route of the old railway line so is doable by bicycle or on foot.

http://www.greaterspeyside.com/

The above's home page shows a map of your distillery area

Glenlivet Estate has walks and tracks and you can easily pick up leaflets once you arrive

walkhighlands.co.uk/cairngorms/glenlivet.sht…

https:/…GlenlivetMountainBikeTrailCentre

Challenging hikes would take you further south to the Cairngorms but given that Grantown is 14 miles north of Aviemore and 22 miles south of Forres its all pretty close anyway

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/cairngorms/

as Derek has already mentioned

Woody x

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