First time to Scotland

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Re: First time to Scotland

#16 Post by Baloo » Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:55 pm

There's no end of what to see, but here's some things that are not whisky distilleries or castles, Scotland has a lot of natural wonders

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Mare%27s_Tail not just the waterfall, but walk to the top and when you get there the glacial corrie loch appears it's like you've just arrived on a harry potter CGI set.

http://www.newlanark.org/

http://www.pitlochry-scotland.co.uk/wha ... sh-ladder/ amazing watching the salmon climb the fish ladder

http://www.ecoventures.co.uk/ dolphin watching on the moray firth

https://www.seafari.co.uk/oban/our-tour ... life-trip/ seals and whales

https://www.seabird.org/book/boat-trips/16/54 trips out to see the gannets nesting on the Bass Rock

http://www.cairngormmountain.org/funicular-railway/

http://www.nevisrange.co.uk/gondola-info.asp

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/ If you like walking/hiking up hills, see this website, views are spectacular

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Re: First time to Scotland

#17 Post by Xavy_Mazu » Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:23 pm

Thanks Baloo for your work to show me routes and visits.
In fact it will be one week, I'll arrived on friday afternoon to Edimburg, and I'll stay there the weekend walking and seeing the city. Then from the monday to the next saturday I'll try to know a bit of Scotland, and the sunday 13th I'lll start go down from Glasgow.

I know there are another things to see apart from castles and whisky factories, I like the sea, the rivers, the mountains, and I'm diver, but I think I won't have the time. I`ve seen activities like boats trip, and others when I prepared the routes, and I know they need time (stay before time start, one hour activity, etc), so that is time added
I'll see nature, I'll try to climb or see some tail, but I try that they don`t apart me from ride more than a half or one hour. If I start at 9 am plus 6-7 driving hours, I'd arrive at 15-16, add 2-3 hours of lunch, walking, photos, etc. with luck I'd arrive at 19

Well some of your proposals like me too much and I take, and change any route, another are very similar or equal that I've made, unfortunately for this first time in Scotland I must left some things to do and to see.

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Re: First time to Scotland

#18 Post by bonio » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:42 pm

Westbeef wrote:
Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:52 pm
Leeds is like one big council estate, better off visiting Manchester :D
I thought you were meant to be self-trolling :wink:
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Re: First time to Scotland

#19 Post by bonio » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:47 pm

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Re: First time to Scotland

#20 Post by bonio » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:49 pm

Hey @Xavy_Mazu you might also want to check this out, since you're going to be there: https://www.eif.co.uk/
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Re: First time to Scotland

#21 Post by Xavy_Mazu » Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:04 am

HI bonio I've got it in mind, a friend tell me about it and I had a look.

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Re: First time to Scotland

#22 Post by Xavy_Mazu » Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:51 pm

Hi everyone.
I'm be back.
Thanks to everyone for your suggestions

The trip was very good, I did the 90% of routes I prepared and the visits I thought. After all Scotland and England were compassionate with me, and I had only a few rain. England and Scotland gave me a good welcoming, but Edimburg not, 30 miles before started a hard rain. Then when I was in the Skye Island from the afternoon to the next midday it had rain again, and it basically was all the rain during the trip.

Then the visit to Edimburg was good weather, except some short times with a light rain, even under the sun. I didn't read nothing about Edimburgh, so I discovered it, I wanted to visit part of the city the next day, sunday, the 6th of august, but I hadn`t got time because I went to visit Stirling, their castle and the Wallace Monument.
Stirling welcomed me with rain, I thought that the castle was only walls, I discovered that no, I expend all the morning to visit it, so the intermittent rain didn´t wet me a lot, because I went inside and outside of the buildings. Then in the afternoon stopped the rain and I could visit the Wallace Monument and then I went to St Andrews where a short downpour fell over me. After it, the sun appeared and the return was very good, a beauty landscape, and even I saw the rainbow over the Edimburgh bay, too late to visit it, and to visit the Rosslyn Chapel, but finally, I visit the Chapel in the night, overall I slept 3 mile from it.

The monday I went, more o less, quick to Aberdeen and then to Strathisla Distillery the goal of the day.

On tuesday I woke up a bit late, I was in holidays! so I changed the plan, less road and I did making plans, first I decided to visit Cawdoor Castle (it was a recomendation from the person where I slept) and ridding I saw a sign of Culloden Battlefield (i heard about it from the same person) and I visited it too. Then I come back to the plan and go up until Jhon O'Groats and Castletown (the sleeping place) and I enjoyed a lot the road, the views.

Next day was a long day, but it was happy and funny day too, all the north road, visit the Smoo cave and follow the plan Stoer Lighthouse, the first one pass roads (a new experience, that at the first I was affraid, but then I like, because they show me the great education of drivers). And overall, the views. I saw that If I drove all the roads I'd planned, I would be too late in the sleeping place so I went the most straight I could and so fast from Stoer Lighthouse.

On the tuesday I visited the Skye island, walking by the Fairy Pools, visit the Dunvegan Castle with a litle trip on a boat to see seals and then the storm.

Well on friday the storm continued, fast to the harbor to take the ferry until Mallaig, and like there isn´t visibility I decided go straight to take the ship over the Lock Ness, with a stopped, before, to see the Glenfinnan Viaduct; and from that moment the weather start to changed to a sunny day. Finally it was a very good day and I didn´t see a nessy, but I saw her cousin and take it, it was a souvenir to my baby niece.

Saturday was the first come back day, from Fort August to Glasgow, the day started very good, the locks of Caledonian Canal must open to some boats that went from one side to the another, and I saw all the process. Then ride over the roads with an stop in The Green Welly Stop, with a very beauty views, visit some stones an even a hail in Inveraray. In Glasgow and didn´t sleep good, well, no so bad too, because I was a bit worried about the motobike, park on the street.

On Sunday a visit and old ship that was an Officials School of Spanish navy Galatea (whose original and actual name is Glenlee), maked in Glasgow and now is a museum. Then visit of Dumfrie Abbey and aviation museum. I wanted to stay early in York to see the city, but at the end, I was late, and on Monday I didn´t want to start late to Dover, so finally I couldn´t see the city, that when I go out from it I saw a bit, and I think I must to come back to see slowly.

Well, Monday go down to Dover, but I must stopped to stay a moment in the Robin Hood's Forest, in Sherwood, three o four photos and go on, then one visit to a Palace near there, Burghley House and go to Dover. Dinner, sleep, take the ferry to Calais and end of Britain visit, two day more by France and straigh to Mazuela, where I consider I finished the trip. Mazuela is a very little village where my famlily come from, there borned my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, where I stay in holidays, where live some uncles and aunts and cousins; there we made wine, it is no good, but it is ours, and on the cave where the wine is mading and saving, it build a litle houses where we stay in eating, talking and seeing the life.

These are a very little overview of that 14 wonderful days, 11 of them in Britain.

If someone want to see the photos of the trip here is the link https://flic.kr/s/aHsm5QdXdM

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Re: First time to Scotland

#23 Post by Lateralus » Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:02 am

Sounds like a great trip, even if a little damp! :lol: Glad you enjoyed it. :thumb:
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I may have to begrudgingly agree.

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