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6 Days in Scotland

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6 Days in Scotland

We have 6 days to spend in Scotland. Definately want at least 2 days in Edinburgh but then don't know what is best. Should we drive to Glasgow or stay on the East. Perhaps Perthshire or Fyfe. All suggestions appreciated.

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1. Re: 6 Days in Scotland

I would suggest renting a car on your way out of Edinburgh. You might like to stay in St. Andrews and explore it and the fishing villages along the Fyfe coast. Kelley Castle and gardens, Culross, even Scone Pallace are reasonable day trips from there.

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Definitely get up to the Highlands. Rannoch Moor and Glencoe are very beautiful. Are you into walking/outdoors stuff? If so there are great adventure activities in Highland Perthshire (white water rafting, canyoning, hill-walking etc). Have stayed at the Loch Tay Highland Lodges before - great base. Nearby village of Killin has good pubs, and you can travel to Glencoe easily as a day trip. Activity centre on site. See http://www.lochtay-vacations.co.uk/. We've stayed in everything there from the tepees to the Loch Tay House - can give you more advice on what to pick if you like this option.

If you give more information on your interests then it would be easier to advise - are you into museums/art galleries, golfing, outdoors activities, history etc etc....?

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You won't need a car in Edinburgh.

In 4 days don't try and do too much. The danger is you will spend all your time in the car.

St Andrews and Fife are beautiful and you could easily spend the 4 days exploring this area. You may be interested in the detailed itinerary I posted on this thread:


This gives a good mix of scenery and attractions. The drive along Loch Tay is beautiful and has many of the attractions of the further north Highlands but without the driving distances.

ANother suggestion is to head south into the Borders and Northumberland. This is an area ignored by tourists who dash through on their way to Edinburgh and points north. This is a great shame as it has some glorious scenery. Again this can be done as a loop. Begin by driving to Roslyn Chapel (of Da Vinci Code fame) and then heead up to the North Berwick Coast (Tantallon and Dirleton castles), St Abbs Head for Berwick on Tweed (with its Elizabethan walls and story of the peace treaty with Russia...) Visit Lindisfarne (Holy Island if tide times allow), Seahouses (Grace Darling fame and boat trips to the Farne Islands) the glorious castles of Dunstanburgh, Wakworth and Alnwich (Harry Potter fame).

Cut across through Rthbury (Cragside) and down to Hadrian's Wall (Roman fame) and spend time exploring the delights of a Roman bath at Chesters, the latrines at Houseteads and walking part of the wall itself. Then take the road up through the North Tyne for Kielder water (biggest man made lake in Europe) and Kielder Forest (biggest man made forest) back to the the A68 via glorious roller coaster ride through the middle of Northumberland and over Carter Bar - possibly one of the best view points in the country - into Scotland. There are the ruined abbeys of Jedburgh, Melrose and Dryburgh to discover as well as places like Traquair House (oldest inhabited Castle in Scotland), Floors and Thirlstane castles.

If neither of these appeal have a look at the suggested itineraries on this website for more ideas:


Edited: 27 February 2011, 22:33
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4. Re: 6 Days in Scotland

Edinburgh is a good starting point for many attractions, in almost every direction, as the previous 2 replies have hinted at. What sort of things are you looking for? Mountains, lochs, forests, coastline, beaches, castles, shopping, fine food, photography, wildlife, whisky? SOme more ides about your interests will let us give you some more detailed information.

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