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Dunrobin Castle or Scenic Drive and Dornach?

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florida
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Dunrobin Castle or Scenic Drive and Dornach?

Our ship's Dunrobin excursion doesn't visit anything else.

The other excursion that we're interested in is the Moorland Drive and Dornach. Photo stop at Struie viewpoint, Shin Falls, then time in Dornach.

Having a tough time choosing-- but hoping to do so when booking opens-- tomorrow!

Much appreciate last-minute input. Thanks!

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1. Re: Dunrobin Castle or Scenic Drive and Dornach?

Dunrobin is wonderful, and you should see some decent scenery on the way there.

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2. Re: Dunrobin Castle or Scenic Drive and Dornach?

Yes this is a tough one (Northern Ireland seems easy in comparison!)

I've not been to Dunrobin Castle but have admired it from outside - it is a splendid building. It is one of the places that have been on the list for a long time but we've never yet made it.

Have you looked at their website:

http://www.dunrobincastle.co.uk/

and also here for some more pictures:

http://www.dunrobincastle.co.uk/

For much of the way you will be following the same route as for the 'Moorland Drive". However this one takes you off the A9 and along one of the B roads to Struie viewpoint which on a clear day is one of the 'all great' views in Scotland. It really does have the wow factor.

www.flickr.com/photos/cradlehall/4007454427/

It is a long time since I visited the Falls of Shin and I hadn't realised just how big a tourist attraction it is now with restaurant and Harrods gift shops.

http://www.fallsofshin.co.uk/

(It depends what you want but I must admit I found this a big turn off.) The falls are pretty and there are viewpoints where you can watch the salmon leaping. If you have never seen this it is an amazing sight.

http://www.fallsofshin.co.uk/fallsofshin.php

Dornoch is a small Scottish town with great character, made famous as Madonna got married there.

undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/dornoch/dornoch/i…

A lot depends on whether you want to visit a castle - have you 'done' one elsewhere on the cruise?

- or sit back and enjoy the scenery....

It is difficult to advise as people's expectations are so very different. If you decide on Mount Stewart for Northern Ireland then you might want to consider the Moorland drive and Dornoch for Scotland, as being a different experience.....

... I think that might be my choice.....

Edited: 09 February 2011, 20:50
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3. Re: Dunrobin Castle or Scenic Drive and Dornach?

Sorry I gave you the wrong web address - the second website for Falls of Shin should be:

www.northernsights.net/shin-falls-fs.html

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4. Re: Dunrobin Castle or Scenic Drive and Dornach?

Dunrobin it will be! Thanks so much to both. (And dare I hope that we might have clear weather in August?)

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5. Re: Dunrobin Castle or Scenic Drive and Dornach?

Thanks for posting back and letting us know what you decided on. It is always interesting to know.

What did you decide for Northern Ireland?

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6. Re: Dunrobin Castle or Scenic Drive and Dornach?

Mount Stewart House and Gardens! But we'll hope to do a city tour of some sort as well.

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