Expert Travel Advice to Scotland

Top Answers To Scotland Travel Questions

  • Anonymous user asked:
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    How to get to Scotland by boat?
    Anonymous user answered:
    Scotland doesn't really offer any major cruise-ship ports-of-call, though it is possible to find transatlantic cruises between the U.S. and English ports like Southampton and Dover. From there it's a short low-cost flight or train fare north to Scotland. Lines that offer transatlantic itineraries include Princess Cruises, Holland America, and Cunard (on board the luxe Queen Mary 2). Another more adventurous option might be to look at trips on a working cargo ship. You can browse available berths and routes at: http://www.freightercruises.com/
  • Alistair answered:
    Lori, that should be a good time to visit either country, with Europe's summer season winding down and better availability and dates. You might want to search on "holiday rentals" or "holiday cottages" to get a better selection of local properties, as "vacation" is more of an American term. I don't know Ireland all that well so can't speak to that side of your question, but I do have a few specific suggestions for Scotland. The West Coast has some fabulous spots, especially on the outer isles like Uist or Harris, though these take some getting to. A little closer to Glasgow, Loch Awe is a beautiful location -- you might try the rental properties at Ederline Estate (http://www.ederline.com/) or Ardbrecknish House (http://www.loch-awe.co.uk/). Another fun place to visit, which is within easy range or Glasgow or Edinburgh, is the Isle of Arran (one hour by ferry from Ardrossan). There are loads of holiday rentals here, though my favorite is Castle Lodge, a former hunting lodge on the grounds of National Trust-listed Brodick Castle (http://www.stay-arran.co.uk/accommodation/cottage.php?ID=1). We stayed here to celebrate my mum's 60th birthday and had a fabulous time. Plenty of rooms, big kitchen and dining area, a game room for kids, and you're just steps from the trail leading up Arran's signature peak, Goatfell, as well as the lovely castle gardens and a rocky beach where seals congregate. Great place. Hope this helps!
  • Anonymous user answered:
    Being a Scot, I commend your choice of vacation destination! Two weeks should give you plenty of time to explore -- good thing, too, as there are loads of must-sees! The capital, Edinburgh, is a beautiful city with loads to see and do: Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street, the Royal Mile, Arthur's Seat; mix up the history with plenty shopping, eating, and cultural events like dance and theater performances. Next, hire a car and spend a night or two over in Glasgow, Scotland's biggest city and home to lots of top-class entertainment and shopping. It's not as visually arresting as Edinburgh, but Glasgow has a vibe and character all of its own. Then motor on up to the west coast of Scotland, perhaps scheduling at least a week of your vacation to explore beautiful locales like Argyll, the Isle of Skye, and areas around Fort William and Loch Ness. On your way back south, swing through Stirling to visit Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument before heading back to either Glasgow or Edinburgh. Have a great trip!

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