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Visiting Scotland in 2018

I and about 12 other friends want to visit Scotland in 2018.  We'd like to drive some ourselves, but don't want to miss out on any facts that a well informed tour guide can give us on a tour.  What are your suggestions?  I've seen so many pictures of the Isle of Skye, and one of our group is a Stuart so she'd like to visit the Culloden Battlefield.  What are your suggestions?  We'll have about 2 weeks, but plan on spending 4 days in Ireland.


  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    Hey @DotHill it's great to hear you & your friends will be spending about 10 days in Scotland.

    My personal recommendation is to drive around to all your places to see by yourself & check beforehand if there are guided tours available at the destination or audio tours. Most places have good visitor centres that have the history laid our quite well.

    The hard bit will be planning a 10 day itinerary. There are a few sample itineraries on the VisitScotland website. Among the first-timer recommendation are Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, a few castles (Eilean Donan, Dunnottar), a few distilleries / breweries. Spend atleast 2 full days in Skye.

    What else would you be interested in seeing? I've planned trips working backwards from pictures I really liked. That helped me map out my plan.
    I'm Anirudh, an Indian travel blogger who has explored a lot of Scotland by public transport. My blog. Find me on Facebook | Instagram

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  • YourScotlandTourYourScotlandTour Member ✭✭✭
    Sounds awesome. Where are you coming from?
    Bespoke tours.
    Whisky, Castles and Food a speciality.
  • ElaineRElaineR VisitScotland Contributor ✭✭✭
    @DotHill The Scottish Borders are so often overlooked but visitors are really missing out as there is so much to experience - here are some suggestions that I offered to another visitor planning a trip:

    There's so much to see and do in the Scottish Borders,  it really depends what you are interested in and also when you will be visiting. Traquair House (inhabited continuously for around a thousand years) and its impressive hedge maze are worth a visit, as is Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott. Dryburgh Abbey is tucked away in a beautiful setting, and nearby Scott's View gives a magnificent panoramic view of the countryside with the three peaks of the Eildon Hills taking centre stage. Bowhill House and Estate are lovely - if you are looking for a marvellous walk with fab scenery, then the Duchess' Drive walk is a must. The lonely and windswept Smailholm Tower is a fairly unique, and complete, example of a fortified tower house, many of which dotted the landscape back in the days of the Border Reivers - the tower also has connections to Sir Walter Scott and his ancestors. If you like the coast, then St Abbs is a picturesque fishing village and nearby St Abbs Head has some of the most fascinating geological features down by Pettico Wick - the view from beside the St Abbs lighthouse is pretty special too. Nearby  Coldingham Sands is a wonderful sandy beach and its colourful beach huts are a lovely feature that you don't often see on Scottish beaches. The Tweed Valley is a photographer's dream - the countryside around Peebles is so pretty, with a medieval castle perched high above the river on a bluff just a few minutes walk from the town centre. Carry on upstream and you reach Manor Valley - the best place to take in the sweeping view is from the viewpoint at Manor Sware. I could go on...

    Hope this helps.
  • ParsmanParsman Member ✭✭✭
    I agree with ElaineR about St Abbs Head. My Uncle was a lighthouse keeper and was stationed there in the 1970s, we spent some amazing summer holidays there.

    Could I also put in a word for Fife, my home county? It is easy to reach from Edinburgh and offers a wide variety of sites. My home town of Dunfermline is the ancient royal capital of Scotland and has many sites of historic interest. Culross to the west is one of the best preserved old burghs in the country and has been used as a setting for the TV series "Outlander". Kirkcaldy has a long history as an industrial town and has a wonderful modern art gallery. St Andrews is well known as the home of golf, but it is also a University town and has deep roots in Scotland's ecclesiastical history. Then there is the East Neuk of Fife, with its many and varied little harbours, what was once known as "the fringe of gold". It is also the home of Alexander Selkirk, the original Robinson Crusoe.

    All these places are easily accessible by train or bus, as well as by car. If you have time, the Kingdom (Fife is still known as the Kingdom because of its ancient history as a Pictish kingdom) is well worth a visit.
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