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  • VisitScotlandJulieVisitScotlandJulie Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hello and welcome @Alan_Parish04

    You have chosen some great locations to visit. I'm sure you will find lots of info here.
  • Archie50Archie50 Member
    Hi im Archie, we visited Glencoe last year for the first time. I was astounded with the beauty of Scotland. Looking forward to this years trip back up to Scotland
  • dcresiderdcresider Member
    Hello from Washington, DC, USA. My husband and I have a trip booked from June 29  - July 9 flying to London first, spending one night there, then taking the train to Edinburgh. Since this will be our first time in Scotland, will have 5 days and wanted to know if we had enough time to see Inverness and Glasgow. We will need to return to London on Friday since we have prior plans with friends on Saturday. Your advice will be much appreciated. Oh, any advice on public transport, i.e. trains, uber, taxi's, etx. Thanks so much.

  • VisitScotlandLiamVisitScotlandLiam Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    @Horizons a public transport question for you here!
    Lead vocalist & rhythm guitarist for The Bright SkiesSpotify, Twitter, Facebook, SoundCloud, YouTube.
  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    Thanks @VisitScotlandLiam Hey @dcresider (am a former FL and WA native), 5 days is a bit tight to properly see all 3 cities but ample if you are comfortable only hitting a subset of attractions. I use Google Maps all the time for public transport planning and it works fine. Visit this amazing thread that @spoots created to find the link for ScotRail trains which I recommend that you use to book travel between Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. All the cities have an excellent bus service (which is my go to) failing which I use Uber in Edinburgh and Taxis in Inverness.

    I am a biased Edinburgher so my suggestion would be to do Day 1 EDI, Day 2 go to INV, stay overnight (a daytrip is possible by train but not recommended), Day 3 back to EDI, Day 4 GLA daytrip and back, Day 5 EDI and return.

    Ideally, I'd recommend staying in Edinburgh 2 nights and in some place like Aviemore / Carrbridge for 3 nights to mix in a city stay and a close to nature stay. Let me know if you have any follow up questions.
    I'm Anirudh, an Indian travel blogger who has explored a lot of Scotland by public transport. My blog. Find me on Facebook | Instagram

    Best of Scotland in 1 week itinerary (fully by public transport)

    My Scotland travels (includes EdinburghSkye, HarrisMullArranOrkneyLoch Lomond, Islay, Oban, DunoonSpeyside)

  • Wander2020Wander2020 Member
    Hello! I'm from Nova Scotia, Canada and am so amazed to here beginning to plan my lifetime dream trip to Scotland! Connecting to VisitScotland is my first action step to making this dream become reality. Planning for 2020 so I can save enough money to stay a month or more. I'm sure that is not nearly long enough to experience everything I'm sure I'll find I want to! I hope I'll find this site and community will help me narrow down to the best choices for me - and my husband:)
    Looking forward to starting the adventure!
  • VisitScotlandJulieVisitScotlandJulie Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hello @Wander2020

    Welcome! Hope you enjoy planning your trip. There's certainly lots of wonderful things to see and do here in Scotland.

  • j2scotlandj2scotland Member ✭✭
    hi @Wander2020

    I just got back from Scotland and it is such a great place to visit.  I hope your dream and adventure come true for you!  :) 
    Come by and say hello.  :) 
    Instagram: journeys2scotland
  • charhall1982charhall1982 Member
    Hi Everybody, my name is Char.. I've got loads of questions and do not even know where to begin..
    I was born in England and moved to the states when I was three with my parents.. My husband and I want to move to Scotland where most of my family is in a few years, he is American.  I never obtained my US Citizenship and have always held a greencard on the hopes of returning one day... is this going to be a hard process? I'm not even sure what jobs we would be able to get.. we have young children as well that would be coming..
  • GregSalamonGregSalamon Member
    Hiya everyone 🙋🏻‍♀️ 
    My name is Greg Salamon, and it's a pleasure to be here with you 💟
  • VisitScotlandJulieVisitScotlandJulie Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hello and a very warm welcome to @charhall1982 and @GregSalamon

    @charhall1982 have a look at to help you get started

    @GregSalamon Have a great time here B)
  • Hello all! I'm Kyra. I live in the United States and I'm finally looking to take my first trip to Scotland in June! 
    I've gotten a late start on this and other adventures- I'm in my 30's and I'm finally going to graduate from university next December, this trip is in part to celebrate. 
    I am an educator, historian, folklorist, baby linguist, and armchair anthropologist- making Scotland an obvious choice for me to visit!
  • VisitScotlandLiamVisitScotlandLiam Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    @Murphysmuse, welcome to the Community!!  Where are you thinking about going?
    Lead vocalist & rhythm guitarist for The Bright SkiesSpotify, Twitter, Facebook, SoundCloud, YouTube.
  • So glad I found this site...lots of good info.  My wife and I will be celebrating our 30th anniversary with a 2 week driving trip from late July to early August.  Very excited and looking forward to it.  I'm sure we'll be pouring over this site for tips/ideas and general knowledge.
  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Welcome @kansasjeff! Glad you like the site - let us know if we can help you with any part of your trip planning :) 
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
  • ramseyramsey Member
    Hi, Ramsey here from Edinburgh. I enjoy exploring the beauty of the planet, especially Scotland, and documenting it through photography. I'm hoping to get inspiration and top tips on where to go, when to go, and who to explore off the beaten track too :) 

    In fact, I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find out more about flying drones near standing stones around the country? I've noticed that the drone flyzone guidelines have red/yellow zones, but sometimes when arriving at a spot where it is a green (ok to fly) zone, there are notices asking people not to fly drones in that area. Somehow.. when checking out social media and YouTube, drone footage of the area is captured. Do people just ignore these signs not to fly drones in the area, or are these signs only recommendations, since the official flyzone maps show it as a green (ok to fly) zone?

    If someone could point me in the right direction, that would be awesome, especially with the summer coming round the corner :)

    Thaaanks :)

  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hello @ramsey and welcome to the community! I think your best bet when it comes to drones is to adhere to the Drone Code, which you can find here: 

    Hope this helps!
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
  • GuglielmoGuglielmo Member
    Hiiii!!!! I am Guglielmo (William) and I wrote from Florence, Italy. Next September with some friends we would like to go in Scotland for 1 week. It's the first time for us in the UK. We hope to pass a fantastic holiday!

  • Hi everyone! 

    My name is Kaja and I am planning to visit Scotland in May 2020 :). I am travel consultant living and working in Stockholm as well as a beginning travel blogger :). I am looking forward to knowing more about Scotland and know you guys :) 

    Welcome to my blog:

    Greetings from rainy Stockholm!
  • Hey my name is Serina, I am a lifestyle and travel blogger, I live in Glasgow with my family and have been here since I was born nearly 40years ago. We love to travel around Scotland and take photographs and videos of our journeys, we are an LGBTQ family and really want to help show that Scotland is a fully inclusive country to our tourists coming over.
  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hello @Scot_Trekkers1 and welcome to the community!!!
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
  • thanks Amanda ❤️
  • MaroMaro Member
    Hello everyone, omg, I don't know where to write...

    So, I'm from Montenegro and want to live in Scotland. I'm interested in the rural part of Scotland.
    Do you have any idea where I might move?I would love to do nature work - hiking / walking tours, I also enjoy driving - I'm not sure how to turn that into work.
    I'd love to make contact with someone here.

  • VisitScotlandRonanVisitScotlandRonan Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hi everyone, 

    I'm Ronan and I am a new admin for the community forum. Hoping to get some positive discussions going about Scotland during these times. What is your favorite destination in Scotland? 

    Excited to see your discussions! 

  • VisitScotlandAli_PVisitScotlandAli_P Member, VisitScotland Staff ✭✭
    Hi, my name is Alasdair and I work in the content team at VisitScotland - looking forward to getting involved in some great discussions about Scotland!
  • spootiespootie Member
    edited August 2020
    Hello :) I am @spoots, formerly of this parish.

    Unfortunately, I forgot the password to my account...and the 'Forgotten Password' emails weren't sending. I'm yet to receive an email with a link to reset my password or anything. Maybe that function is broken or something? Anyway, I began to question whether I'd actually entered the right email address, and tried a couple of others I'm connected to; no luck.

    The only way back seemed to be to create a new account, which I've done. @spoots is now @spootie. Only... I had a brainwave and decided to send a private message to @spoots, with my reasoning being that maybe I'd get a notification email telling me "New message in your inbox" or something.

    And I did!  "[visitscotland] spootie sent you a message", on the email I tried originally.

    Still no sign of an automated password-reset email, so if none arrives eventually I'll probably stay on this account only. But if I do, then apologies for creating a new account, because I know having forum 'sockpuppets' is frowned upon a lot of the time on messageboards like this one. Thanks :)

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  • JanetLJanetL Member
    My Grandmother was born in Edinburgh. Originally we'd planned a visit for August of 2020 with a group of friends, then COVID hit. My husband and I would still love to visit Scotland. We are from the USA and are fully vaccinated. Why the requirement for testing before arrival and again 2 days after arrival for people who are vaccinated? We got vaccines so we don't have to worry about getting COVID and so we can travel without the hassle of jumping through hoops. Any clue as to when I can live out my dream of visiting there? I'm retired and want to hike in the Highlands while hips, knees, and general stamina will permit.
  • Hello from Norfolk. Does anyone know how we can tour Scotland as a puppet theatre company? Tried the usual methods (Creative Scotland/ Arts Council etc) we don't need to make a lot of money or anything just get to communities and perform for them.
  • fishyprofishypro Member ✭✭✭

    The UK government are following World Health Organisation guidelines.
    They state that having 2 vaccinations does not stop you from catching Covid-19!
    It only reduces the risk of dying from the virus.

    You have to test yourself before travelling to prove that you are negative.
    2 days after arrival there is another test that also needs to be negative.
    If you travel to the UK and you are positive, then everywhere that you visit (hotel, cafe, restaurant etc) may have to close down to stop the spread of the virus.
    You can still catch Covid-19 unaware and pass it on to others who are more vulnerable even though you are double jabbed.

    Every day, the UK Government are watching the figures and every month they are announcing new plans. We have now reached a critical time of the year where the Flu virus kicks in.
    This year, it will be quite vicious and therefore it may reduce the immune system.
    This will be like a green light for the Covid-19 virus to attack the weaker person.

    It looks like spring, possibly, where any travel restrictions may be lifted.
    Watch this space, as they say.

    Best regards
    Best regards
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