Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Destinations > Europe > U.K. and Ireland
Reload this Page >

Thoughts for a week in Scotland in late August

Thoughts for a week in Scotland in late August

Reply

Old Sep 27, 17, 6:04 am
  #16  
Moderator: UK and Ireland & Europe
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Biggleswade
Programs: SK*G, Lots of Blue Elsewhere
Posts: 13,176
The train journeys up to Oban, Mallaig and Kyle of Lochalah are stunning, and Arran is easily reached via the Ardrossan Harbour train. You go through spots you can't get to by road, like Rannoch moor, and can enjoy the scenery more.

But... The services are infrequent, and you're tired to limited areas and a very outdoorsy existence while you're there. Car is much easier and more flexible, even if the train has charms of its own.
stut is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sep 27, 17, 10:00 am
  #17  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: SNA
Posts: 16,058
@stut my non-driving (or at least non-UK driving) student and her friends were thinking about heading north for fall break leaving out of St. Andrews. Would Oban or the other places you mention be doable in 4 days by train? They are energetic and don't mind a lot of walking.
VickiSoCal is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sep 27, 17, 11:56 am
  #18  
Moderator: UK and Ireland & Europe
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Biggleswade
Programs: SK*G, Lots of Blue Elsewhere
Posts: 13,176
Well, there's no station in St Andrew's, so they'd want to get to Leuchars first!

It's certainly doable - there's a number of rover and round robin tickets designed for this purpose. The Scotrail website is a good starting point:

https://www.scotrail.co.uk/scotland-...-rail-journeys
stut is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sep 27, 17, 12:13 pm
  #19  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: SNA
Posts: 16,058
Yeah, she knows the Leuchars drill as we did it when visiting last year. I'll send her the link. A friend did buy her the student railcard as a going away gift, so that will help.
VickiSoCal is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sep 27, 17, 1:22 pm
  #20  
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: SFO
Programs: AA, UA lowly commoner
Posts: 644
This useful site includes journeys by bus, train, or a combination: https://www.travelinescotland.com/.
Giggleswick is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sep 27, 17, 3:24 pm
  #21  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: SNA
Posts: 16,058
Ahhh the Harry Potter viaduct. She's trying to sell her friends on it as I type. :-)
VickiSoCal is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sep 29, 17, 8:24 am
  #22  
Moderator, OneWorld
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: SEA
Programs: RAA RIP; AA ExEXP
Posts: 9,673
Here's a possible road trip route to consider: https://goo.gl/maps/m7H35yhjhR62 Use Google's "street view" to explore the roads - well worth your time.

It starts at EDI and travels through Stirling to Glen Etive and down Glen Coe, across the Corran ferry and through the Morvern peninsula to the Lochaline ferry to Mull. You'd visit Mull, then return to the mainland at Oban, then south to the remarkable Kilmartin Glen and village - full of prehistoric sites like standing stones - and around to picturesque Inveraray on Loch Fyne. You'd end at Glasgow airport.

This would give you a compact and pretty intense exposure to the western Highlands along with pretty villages, incredible history, castles, moors, lochs and mountains.

Examples -

Buchaille Etive Mhor, at the head of Glen Etive -



Tobermory, Mull



Duart Castle, Mull



Kilmartin



Inveraray



Use Undiscovered Scotland to research these places.

With a week I'd allocate two days to Edinburgh, four for this road trip and one for Glasgow, which could easily (and preferably) be done as a day trip from Edinburgh - the trains are frequent and cheap.

There are other options for exploring the countryside if interested.

Last edited by Gardyloo; Sep 29, 17 at 8:39 am
Gardyloo is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 1, 17, 9:38 am
  #23  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Washington, DC
Programs: DL SM; IHG PlatAmb; Hilton Dia; Marriott/SPG Plat; Radisson Gold; Hyatt Discoverist
Posts: 4,135
Originally Posted by Gardyloo View Post
Here's a possible road trip route to consider: https://goo.gl/maps/m7H35yhjhR62 Use Google's "street view" to explore the roads - well worth your time.

It starts at EDI and travels through Stirling to Glen Etive and down Glen Coe, across the Corran ferry and through the Morvern peninsula to the Lochaline ferry to Mull. You'd visit Mull, then return to the mainland at Oban, then south to the remarkable Kilmartin Glen and village - full of prehistoric sites like standing stones - and around to picturesque Inveraray on Loch Fyne. You'd end at Glasgow airport.

This would give you a compact and pretty intense exposure to the western Highlands along with pretty villages, incredible history, castles, moors, lochs and mountains.

Examples -

Buchaille Etive Mhor, at the head of Glen Etive -



Tobermory, Mull



Duart Castle, Mull



Kilmartin



Inveraray



Use Undiscovered Scotland to research these places.

With a week I'd allocate two days to Edinburgh, four for this road trip and one for Glasgow, which could easily (and preferably) be done as a day trip from Edinburgh - the trains are frequent and cheap.

There are other options for exploring the countryside if interested.
Thanks for this. Where would you suggest spending nights? Tobermury and Oban?
Adam1222 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 1, 17, 11:56 am
  #24  
Moderator, OneWorld
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: SEA
Programs: RAA RIP; AA ExEXP
Posts: 9,673
Originally Posted by Adam1222 View Post
Thanks for this. Where would you suggest spending nights? Tobermury and Oban?
I would look at Glencoe village, Tobermory or elsewhere on Mull, depending on when you actually get there, and Inveraray. Although there's plenty of accommodation in Oban itself I'm not especially in love with the town, but depending on how much time you spend on Mull and where you end up staying, the timing with ferries could work out that Oban is the best alternative.

Use the accommodation menu at https://www.visitscotland.com/
Ferries - https://www.calmac.co.uk/
Gardyloo is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 1, 17, 12:30 pm
  #25  
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: HNL
Programs: Plat: UA, Marriott/SPG; Gold: AA, DL, AS, Hilton; Ex-HPlat (now not), GE
Posts: 4,468
Originally Posted by Adam1222 View Post
Thanks for this. Where would you suggest spending nights? Tobermury and Oban?
If you do go to Oban, right off the ferry landing is the Oban Seafood Hut (Green Shack). It is a must-do if you go to Oban. Bring your appetite.
farci likes this.
747FC is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 4, 17, 8:40 am
  #26  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Argentina
Programs: BAEC Azul/OW ?
Posts: 36,757
Get yourself to Skye for at least a couple of days you won't regret it. Go via the bridge and you'll save time and money.
HIDDY is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 9, 17, 5:44 am
  #27  
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 124
Originally Posted by Adam1222 View Post
Thanks for this. Where would you suggest spending nights? Tobermury and Oban?
Indeed Oban is good. Apart from this, if you have a time, also visit Orkney. You will certainly feel refreshed.
TheMadeTraveler is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 10, 17, 2:28 am
  #28  
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Glasgow, UK
Posts: 908
Originally Posted by Adam1222 View Post
Thanks for this. Where would you suggest spending nights? Tobermury and Oban?
If you are in Oban this Three Isle Tour to Mull, Iona and Staffa is worth considering.

Mull is beautiful but Iona & Staffa are, in the often misused word 'unique'
farci is offline  
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: