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Traveling as a non tourist

My wife and I visited Scotland for my 60th birthday. To make it unique, we found a self catering cottage on a family farm in Stirling... Within a 45 mile radius, Sonja and I discovered many hidden gems from ruins to farmer markets to out of the way pubs!

We shopped at Morrison's for groceries and had morning coffee out side on the nice patio with breathtaking views of William Wallace monument and Stirling castle.

Please drop a note for other ideas and suggestions about visiting Scotland well off the beaten path!

All the best


  • MoFMoF Member ✭✭
    I'm planning to do this sort of trip during my next visit, We're doing a full week planted at a self cater out on Islay.  

    I'd say more 'living like a local', than 'non-tourist'.  Rather than being a passing ship in the night, you can see the character of the community.   On last trip, during the weekend (in December where we were like maybe 2 of the up to 20 tourists max on the Island) we were able to interact a bit more with the locals, and decided we wanted to come back to spend more time. 

    The first trip over you want to see everything, so you run-run-run, as you don' t know if you can go back.

    For a second trip, it is very possible to find much more affordable accommodations if you stay for a week. 
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