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How would one get around if not by car

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How would one get around if not by car

My husband and I are thinking of traveling to Scotland, but we don't particularly feel like driving in the countryside, mainly because of the side of the road problem. Suppose we wanted to go to Edinburgh and also to Inverlochy castle-- how would we get from one place to another. In the city we would expect to take public transportation of course.

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1. Re: How would one get around if not by car

Don't be put of by 'the side of the road problem' - thousands of Americans manage to drive here every year without issues.

Unless you or your husband is completely incompetent you will be fine - how do you think us Brits manage when we go to the Continent ?

You risk missing out on a lot if you rely on public transport - but if you do decide to hire a car, make sure you reserve well in advance, and insist on an automatic: Europeans don't like automatics, so they are few and far between.

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You don't need a car in Edinburgh - most of the things you would want to see are in walking distance (horizonally or vertically) and the others are a simple bus ride.

If all you want to do is stay at Inverlochy Castle then just take the train to Fort William, then taxi from there - ottherwise hire a car from Edinburgh Airport

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There is a decent rail network between the main population centres in Scotland and some of the tourist towns http://www.scotrail.co.uk/timetables-routes (see this site for maps/ timetables) but after that you are reliant on local buses or taxis. This is fine if you want to stay in towns but less useful for exploring the countryside/ castles/ lochs. Alternatively you could join one of the may excellent tours of the country for long or short trips such as www.rabbies.com

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The "side of the road" problem is easily surmounted with a little bit of concentration. After half an hour or so, you should have it licked. Generally speaking, Brits (and people from other countries that drive on the left) make much less of this than people who are accustomed to driving on the right, probaby because we expect to have to drive "on the wrong side" at some point.. We are no more skilled at driving than you are, however, so there is no reason why you cannot make the transition, just as 100's of thousands of Brits (and others) do every year when visiting your country or other lhd countries. It really isn't difficult, particularly in Scotland where (outside busy cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow) you will find the roads uncongested and drivers generally patient and courteous. To see the best of rural Scotland, a car really is beneficial.

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