Scotland Archeological and Drunkenness Trip

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  • #16406

    boudicakickedass
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    I am trying to plan a trip for next September. It's our 20th wedding anniversary. I am happiest when traipsing around ruins and my husband really loves Scotch. So, I figured that Scotland would be kind of perfect. The fact that I just got done listening to the Scotcasts may have influenced my decision also. :-)If you were to plan a trip encompassing those two interests, where would you go?  I'm kind of jazzed about the Picts right now, so anything from that post-Roman era would be cool. I was thinking of the Hebrides, but that doesn't coincide with Scotch tours very well. Any ideas would be very appreciated. I've been to England a few times and Ireland once, but never to Scotland. This is unfamiliar territory for me.

  • #20331

    ScottFM
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    I'd start with a train trip from London to Edinburgh, maybe visit Lindesfarne as well. Then focus on Edinburgh, Fallkirk and then venture futher into the north to Stirling, then Ne to Dundee and maybe Aberdeed.

  • #20332

    boudicakickedass
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    Thanks! Would you recommend renting a car from Edinburgh? I drove on the left side of the road in Ireland — took some getting used to, but I know I can do it.

  • #20333

    ScottFM
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    If you do Lindesfarne you will need a car from that point. I am sure that you could hire one at Berwick upon Tweed and then head south. But if you bypass that and go straight to Endinburgh I would consider staying a couple of days in the city. You will not need a car there. But when you are ready to leave you could pick one up. Driving on the proper side is no problem for me. I lived there, am left handed, and it makes a lot of sense to me. I have trouble when I come back to the US. Takes me a week or two to get back into US style driving.

  • #20334

    iain
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    if you're going to see Lindisfarne then why not see Hadrian's wall too? Base yourself in Newcastle and it's a short drive to bothEdinburgh, Stirling and Glasgow are all close to each other and well worth a visit

  • #20335

    lisacatto
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    Oooh I have so many suggestions! Just went in December and planning to go again this September as well (happy early anniversary!). First question: what kind of scotch does your hubby prefer? Islay, Speyside, Highland? If he there is one he likes more than the other, that would help. I absolutely loved the Western Highlands. Since it was my first trip, I did a few 1-day tours with companies. My favorite tour was the West Highland tour with Rabbie's. Great company, great tour. The diversity of landscapes in that region is spectacular. I did the one-day Loch Ness tour and I wouldn't do that again. I preferred the W. Highlands for one, and the other issue was just too damn many tour buses on the same route. As a lover of this podcast (nice username, btw), I take it you like history. That's one aspect of doing the Rabbie's tours I really loved - the storytelling. It really added to the experience and my connection with the landscape. While I like the idea of driving oneself around (and that's my plan for the upcoming trip), I did enjoy my introduction to the land accompanied with stories. I've heard good things about the Rabbie's tour to Skye as well.If you want to rent a car - maybe stay in a couple of places and use them as hubs. One would be in the Glencoe area - good location for the Western Highlands. Inverness isn't the greatest city (or so I keep hearing from folks), but great location as a base in the northern Highlands. I've also heard that Aberdeenshire is beautiful. Planning to use Old Deer as a hub myself, but that's also for family lineage reasons.

  • #20336

    boudicakickedass
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    Thanks for the ideas. I don't know what kind of Scotch he likes — good question. I'm a bourbon drinker and don't know much about Scotches. I'll have to ask him. The suggestions you've all provided have given me lots of ideas. Now I just need him to lock down a vacation time so I can at start planning an itinerary.

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