Scotland First Time

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  1. Cliffy38

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    hi guys me and hubby have decided we are going to Scotland first two weeks in July not quite sure as of yet where we going but would like to include Isle of Skye as a stop off , before I start on the guide books was wondering if anyone got any ideas or must see places for our itinary , looking for scenery more then anything else and some nice bike rides look forward to hearing from you xx
     
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    This could be of interest to us as we're planning to "do" Scotland in a couple of weeks time.
     
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    Culzean castle, great site there to. Beautiful walks and views of Mull.
    Can't miss that!
    Sunsets to die for too.(y)

    Trikeman.;)
     
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    We are taking our friend on a mini-tour at the end of May / start of June.

    He is from Chicago and has traveled quite a lot in the UK (comes for work most years). Our route is.... pick up from Edinburgh airport (United fly in direct from Chicago), up to near Fort William (he is B&B in a traditional Inn, we are BritStop), then across to Skye, all three of us in the van at the C&CC site, across to Harris and a night for him in The Blackhouse Village (that will be an experience) - not sure what we will do that night yet) then somewhere near Stornoway for the ferry back.

    For m money too many miles in too little time but needs must - we would take much longer if it wasn't for our friend's time constraints.
     
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    Last week had 3 nights at Loch Ness Shores C&CC site, it's featured on friday night in the programme done by Warwick Davies where he travels with his family for holiday breaks.
    Site is only in its 3rd season, facilities are excellent.
     
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    Giving that site a go next week, hope Warwick's programme doesn't fill it up and there's space for us.:D
     
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    Prog was made last year, fairly quiet last week, shouldn't think it will get too busy yet, lovely couple that run it Lynn and Gordon, pub up the hill does ok food.
     
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    We're going there on the 22nd of this month, lots of mileage to cover but really looking forward to it
     
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    Try visiting the Isle Of Cumbrae and cycle around the island, its 10.5miles. Nice scenery.
    Ferry is relatively cheap too
    £36 return or thereabouts.
     
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    Also doing highlands and islands first 3 weeks in July....we might bump into each other :)

    Also looking for ideas, but we have skye and harris on the list. Can recommend sunnyside croft at arisaig for beach walks to die for. Also the ardnamuchan peninsular is great.
     
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    I agree and don't miss one of the most accessible islands ,Scotland's Madera ,The Isle Of Bute !
    It sits on the highland fault line and has beautiful scenery ,all a short drive from Glasgow .



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    If your in the caravan club try these two CL's, number's 2056 Dumfries & Galloway and 2030 Argyll & Bute. Both have EHU. See views from both sites on photo of today thread, #1763 and #1825.
     
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    Scotland is so beautiful .... But where to go? Have a look at the Calmac ferry .... hopscotch tickets lots of options there.
    We did Arran, hopping over to the Mull of Kintyre then to Isla and finally Jura (but not Jura with the motorhome) Otters, Eagles, basking sharks, dolphins, baby deer. Been back to Arran many times since. Further north Arisaig, stunning white sand beaches, boat trips to Rum Eigg Muck and Canna, ferry from Mallaig to Skye get piped on board! Plockton is a pearl of a village when you come back off Skye and Applecross is another great place to visit, go the long way round if you have a long motorhome, over the pass of the cattle if you haven't. Dippingatoe has a fantastic blog.
    Midges go ballistic at 5pm so head indoors or to the pub then, believe Islands with few trees / vegetation are best for avoiding them.
     
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    Anywhere north of the Great Glen is wonderful. Had 6 weeks there last year. Got over to Orkneys and Hebrides too. 50% of travellers were from the continent. South of the great glen there were caravans. Ugh.
     
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    Almost anywhere on the west coast. My favourite island is Mull which I prefer even to Skye.
    Generally in Scotland, once you get out into the wild places, there are lots of opportunities for free (wild) camping. Just be respectful of locals' wishes and sensitivities.
    The wildest scenery is perhaps north of the Kyle of Localsh. If mountains are your thing, the Torridon range is magnificent and awe-inspiring - don't attempt to climb the big ones unless you are used to mountain walking (Beinn Alligin, Liathach, Beinn Eighe) and a bit further up towards Ullapool is perhaps the grandest of all An Teallach. I hasten to add that I have only climbed the first of this list.
     
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    Don't forget school hols in Scotland start earlier than England
     
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    We are off to Scotland later this year for the first time so please keep the useful info coming as the experiences of others really does help our "planning".......;);););)

    The Tinca's
     
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    The easy way to do Scotland is to head up the M74, the scenery from the north of England and towards Glasgow is well worth the drive, once on the motorways at Glasgow head in a north westerly direction ,plumb fort William into your sat navigation and take your time ,enjoy the glens and the mountains ,going through glencoe must be done ,when you get to the bridge at Ballachulish the choices are many .
    Just go,there are plenty of campsites and plenty of wild camping spots, you will find you are in the most beautifull part of these islands and you will be spoiled for choice ,it's impossible to find a dull area, once past Glasgow ,just explore because every where north of the central Highlands is beautifull,the central Highlands are the mountain range that you can see to the north of Glasgow, but I would recommend heading north west, no need to do many miles after Glasgow.
    Don't forget the midge repellant
     
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    The whole of Scotland is a treat. From the rolling hills of the Boarders, around the Islands and Highlands to the suttle beauty of the East coast. Don't try to do it all in one go, it is a large country. Don't forget to let the train take the strain. Park up at a site near the West Highland Line and enjoy the scenery as you travel from Glasgow, or Fort William to Mallaig or from Kyle of Lockalsh to Inverness. Wonderful experience.
    If you go for the far north then experience the white sands and blue/green seas as you head back down the north west coastline. On a warm sunny day you could be in the Caribbean (until you dip your toes in the sea!!)
    Enjoy....:smiley:
     
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    I think you mean the Mull of Kintyre and or, the Isle of Arran. You could not see Mull from Culzean. ;-)
     
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