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  1. TennisLovaLova

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    I'm travelling to Scotland for 10 days in august with some friends.
    Here's our planned trip:
    Edinburgh-Stirling-Inverness-Oban-Islay- Loch Lomond-Glasgow-Back to Edinburgh.
    We are gonna rent a car for this.

    Some tips guys please! Especially if you live there, what would you advise us to see?
    We planned some bike and trekking on Islay and Loch Lomond, some distillery tours, but that's it mostly.
     
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    Drive for about two hours south, reach England, enjoy :)

    Nah Scotland is beautiful, the castles, the scenery, the history, the distillery tours as you mentioned. Have fun.
     
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    Hahaha
    Tx.
    Shame that Laphroig is closed in August.
     
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    If you're in Edinburgh, they really must take in the Fringe festival. It's just incredible. Music, dance, theatre, plays, improv, comedy, music of all types etc going on at various venues throughout the city with everything 'live'. There's more things to do that you have time to do them. But great experience for a long / very long weekend. If you're interested in this sort of stuff, try and get the get the directory / programme of events beforehand to figure out what you want to see as it can be bewildering due to the sheer number of events going on.

    https://www.edfringe.com/
     
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    Great. I heard about the festival so thanx for the link
     
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    Glasgow is a great city with mostly free museums and art galleries and great nightlife, just don't stray into the many bad neighborhoods.

    Islay is wonderful, the beaches are the nicest in Europe although the weather typically isn't the greatest!
     
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    Haggis!!!!
     
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    Dress in layers...the weather is very changeable, even in August!
    Too bad you're not going in the fall...The Highlands at change of season make New England autumns seem monochromatic! In addition to the leaves changing color, all the heather above the treeline also burst in different hues. I was lucky the year I went in October...they had a true Indian summer with clear crisp days in the high 50's/low 60's. I spent a wonderful week hiking and biking through the gorgeous countryside.

    If you have some time beforehand, I recommend reading a couple of Ian Rankin's mystery books featuring Inspector Rebus. He sets most of the books' plots in various neighborhoods of Edinburgh and goes into great detail about the layout of the city. At least one of the books is set at the time of the Fringe Festival and all references above to the Festival are true...it is a crazy atmosphere!
     
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    Understood for Glasgow tx
    Islay: we planned some bike tour and also some wildlife "adventure" there
     
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    What's that?
     
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    Yeah the weather is going the be the big mystery during this trip I guess...
    Thanx for the book recommandation.
    I usually carefully pick what I read during my holidays and your recommandation is just peRFect!
    Tx a lot
     
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    Haggis is brain food although I became a vegetarian so Im lacking on the brains these days! (Veggie alternatives not so good imho)
     
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    Ok just googled it so there are "vegetarian haggis based on beans"
    looks promising actually!!!
     
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    Another question about Islay: is it better to go through Port Askaig or Port Ellen
    As we'll be spending only 2 days there, it may change something
     
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    Assuming you are driving it doesnt matter, Bowmore is probably the main attraction and it is in the middle. Be prepared for brown tapwater! The peat in the ground does this and it is actually delicious to drink if a bit strange.
     
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    ^^^It's the best episode...of the best TV series...that nobody has ever seen!
     
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    Lots of good tips.
    10 days is not enough.
    I would highly recommend Glenfiddich distillery tour.
    Guides have good knowledge about their product.
    Tasting at end was also really worth it.:)
    Edinburgh worth 3 days,Fringe is truly great and whole city has a buzz.
    Isle of Skye, Highlands needs a week.
    It takes longer than you think, steer clear of Aberdeen!:twisted:
    Fantastic, enjoy:)
     
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    No, make sure to pack the cowboy boot & kilt for an evening in Aberdeen...that will fit in real well:twisted:!
     
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    We're gonna visit Laphroig and hopefully if it's open, Adberg, both in Islay.
    We skipped Skye on purpose, deserves a whole week, but don't have enough time this year. Next time, in spring maybe.
    Edinburgh: we booked on AirB&B, so we'll be staying with some locals during the Fringe!!! Can't wait!!

    kilt: I don't really know about this, I read somewhere it made you develop a weird habit to touch your b a l l s somehow :)

    Also: what's the thing with Abderdeen?
    We were avoiding it anyway, Pitlochry than Inverness...
     
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    Make sure you don't add that extra "d" in there...Aberdeen is Scotland's equivalent of Las Vegas...what happens there, if you make it out alive, definitely needs to stay there. The oil industry, from its offshore drilling activities, has created a Wild West atmosphere reminiscent of boomtowns from the American 19th century but updated with our 21st century sordidness.

    As to "kilting" and scratching, just go commando!:twisted:
     
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    OK I see... It must be nice to do once in a lifetime.
    I didn't really enjoy the Vegas madness, everything was fake and overrated IMO.
    or maybe it was the peyotle? anyhow... for that kind of stuff I mostly go to Spain.
     
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    LOL...the peyote reference. No, Aberdeen is not fake like Vegas...I meant you may wind up doing "Hangover"-like antics you'll be best to keep very secret, especially if you wear the recommended kilt/cowboy boots attire!:twisted:
     
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    I felt the same way about Vegas, as tennislova, seems too man made and I rather go to Reno and actually relax and chill.
     
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    Vegas got disneyfied and boring, kind of like Times Square.
     
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    I guess I'm visiting Scotland the year Murray won Wimbledon
    Fringe is gonna be great
     
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    It was probably one of the best trips I ever did.

    Easily one of the most beautiful countries I ever visited. We toured for 10 days, went to Islay (the Mull of Oa is just the most beautiful thing on earth), visited some great distilleries (McCallan, Lagavullin, Ardbeg), went to Glencoe (Skyfall incredible scenery), did some speedboat on Loch Lomond, camped in Trossachs National Park, and also met lots of very friendly people.
    tx scotland. next time: Isle of Skye
     
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    Also I forgot to mention a few things about food/drink discoveries:
    - I ate haggis everyday, sometimes even in the morning at breakfast on top of my full english breakfast. Scrambled eggs and salmon were also part of my daily menu.
    - We had some incredible local fudges at The Fudge House of Edinburgh
    - Best is a great scottish beer
    - Irn Bru > Coca Cola or Red Bull
     
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    Haggis, fudge and Irn Bru...the poor Scot that was downwind of you!:twisted:

    glad u had a good time!
     
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    My wife and I are seriously considering going back maybe for nye... Isle of Skye this time for sure
     
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    Going to Edinburgh and Glasgow in December:)
     
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    This is halfway between them and is well worth a visit, Im as uninterested in how things work as it gets yet I found it very informative. The train between Glasgow and Edinburgh stops here.

    http://www.thefalkirkwheel.co.uk/
     
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    Thanks jag, driving from Manchester area to Edinburgh then to Glasgow, that might be a possible stop. More interested in going to Islay though:)
     
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    Near Falkirk, there's a little village called Kamelon, and it has small remains of a roman castle. Many believe it's the original Camelot of King Arthur. Worth the visit imo.

    The wheel is just amazing, I made a nice vine this summer and the ballad around it is very nice. Incredible display of human technology.
    But in December, it's gonna be really cold...

    Also in Edimburgh, you have to visit Home of Fudge: they make the best fudge ever, just amazing.
     
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    Islay: we spent 3 days there this summer. You should consider planning a ferry from Islay Port Askaig to Jura if you have the time, you can visit the house where Orwell wrote 1984.

    In Islay, an absolute must see is the Mull of Oa. Stunning views. Just beware of the sheeps. we were walking towards the Mull and suddenly a few of them starting running towards us, very agressive, which was weird and scary. A good laugh afterwards. At the Mull you can easily spot sealions and if you're very lucky, whales.
    There are kayak expeditions if you're willing to go there by sea.

    Between Bowmore and Portnhaven you can spot some Alpagas on the fields. Portnhaven is a fantastic small village and in december you'll see sea lions for sure, just there lying on the beach.

    And just 1 distillery tour only, they're all the same. Ardbeg is nice but they're all the same really.

    If you really want to live the island experience, dont book in bowmore. There's a nice cottage 3 miles from Bowmore called Argyll. Just awesome. The island is small, no need to stay in boring bowmore.
     
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    Scotland tips = pigs fly

    "Scotland tips" .... what an ironic title for a thread.

    Or, put it this way:


    Q: How do you break up an angry Scotish mob?

    A: Take up a collection.
     
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    Unfair generalization...I work for tips in my service on Orlando's International Drive and have received many generous tips from Scots while visiting here.
     
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    Remember former F-1 racing great Jackie Stewart's STP ("the Racer's Edge") commercials? STP would give better gas mileage and Jackie would say: "and with the pennies it saves me, that warms me Scottish heart."
    ___________________________________


    Anyway...


    This Scotsman named Wallace asks his friend Robert: "So Robert, how did your driving lesson with your wife go yesterday?"

    Robert replied "it was a disaster Wallace."

    "What happened Robert?"

    Robert replied "well, everything was going along just fine but then she drove up a hill and after we reached the top and started heading down the other side, the brakes suddenly failed."

    Wallace: "My god Robert!.....then what did you do?!!"


    Robert: "I told her to hit something cheap."



    : - )
     
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    Judy Murray, mum of Andy, posted an amusing story about herself. She found herself at the duty free store of an airport. She was looking and smelling all of the lotions and potions. An overly eager salesperson was extolling the virtues of a particular facial cream that was priced over $225.00 a bottle. Judy replied, "I have two words for you, I'm Scottish."

    For those of you that don't know, ILC is half Scot, but not the cheap half;)
     
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    Cheap and thrifty are not the same thing
     
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    ^^^very true^^^

    Thanks for clarifying
     
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    "Kumquat is red hot, your gal ain't doodly-squat!
    Kumquat is half Scot, your gal's a silly French knot!
    Well she dont lack touch and man she's a-really got a lot!"


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    What half is Scot, and what half is kumquat?
     
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    I've been talking to a friend of mine living in Scotland right now. He did mention something about it being dark there. So do take a flashlight or lantern with you.
     
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    I reckon it is night time there.
     
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