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Where can one see working sheepdogs in Scotland?

My wife and I are visiting Scotland in late June, and would love to see working sheepdogs. I've read a lot about Leault Farms, of course, but are there any others where the public can watch the dog(s) as they herd sheep (or ducks, or whatever)?
posted by Mogur on Apr 15, 2014 - 5 answers

 

Wedding venues at Scottish castles?

We'd like to have a small, lovely wedding on the grounds or in the gardens of a Scottish castle. The internet leads me down a sweaty, confusing little rabbit hole. [more inside]
posted by letahl on Feb 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Best strategies for biking in Orkney and Shetland?

We'd like to spend a week each in Orkney and Shetland this (late August/early September). We love bikes, photography, historical monuments/museums. What are we not thinking of/what would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com on Feb 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Where to live in the UK this summer

My spouse and I are interested in living in the UK next summer. We'd like to stay for three months, and we're looking for ideas on where to live and how to approach organizing this visit. [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now on Dec 23, 2013 - 14 answers

"Scalper" ticket source for Stirling Castle Christmas events?

My mother and I have planned a somewhat last-minute trip to Scotland and we just discovered the Carols at the Castle event at Stirling Castle on the 15th. It is, of course, wildly popular and already sold out. Where might an enterprising couple of ladies manage to find tickets from those who have purchased them but no longer want/can use them? In the US I'd look on Craigslist for something like this, but that doesn't seem to be a popular option here in the UK. Gumtree hasn't given me anything either. Any way for us to track them down, or is it a sadly lost cause?
posted by olinerd on Nov 30, 2013 - 11 answers

Scotish Highland Day Hikes? in November?

So last time I was in the UK I asked about day hikes outside of London. This time, I'm looking for day hikes in the Scottish Highlands... and I'm even more overwhelmed. [more inside]
posted by larthegreat on Nov 15, 2013 - 17 answers

Many a name I know, But never a name like this.

Is there a recording online or perhaps on CD of Ticonderoga, Robert Louis Stevenson's ballad about a curse on a Scottish highlander that is realized years later during a battle of the French and Indian War? [more inside]
posted by Francolin on Oct 20, 2013 - 2 answers

Best cheap option for basic mobile phone while visiting Scotland

I'm visiting Scotland in a month, and my cheapo Tracfone US cell phone will not work in the UK. I understand there are various inexpensive pay-as-you-go options for mobile phones -- tell me about the best balance between cheap, good coverage, and not totally garbage. I don't need or want a smart phone, and I don't want to unlock my Tracfone and put in a UK sim (I mention these two things because countless travel forums I have Googled derail uselessly into discussions of those two areas). I just want something super-basic and really cheap that will work in the Highlands, Skye, and Islay to call ahead to B&Bs and make restaurant reservations with. Thanks!
posted by aught on Aug 22, 2013 - 10 answers

Seeing London, finally.

Asking for a friend: Older American couple is visiting London for the first time. They're having a hard time figuring out travel agencies / DIY internet bookings. Can you make some recommendations? [more inside]
posted by mibo on Aug 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Follow-up question on travel in Scotland (this time eastern Scotland)

Because we're probably going to be in Scotland long enough to not only see Islay and Isle of Skye but also return via eastern Scotland (Inverary, Loch Ness, St Andrews maybe, and Edinbugh), I'm looking for similar great tips to those people offered in my earlier AskMe. Thanks, all.
posted by aught on Aug 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Planning Scotland vacation

This fall we're hoping to visit Scotland for a couple weeks, possibly either the last two weeks of September or last week of September / first week of October. We'd like to rent a car and drive from Glasgow, ideally visiting both Islay and the Isle of Skye. Looking for tips about weather / clothing / other preparations that would be appropriate, as well as tips for an experienced American driver (licensing, insurance, etc.) who's never driven abroad before but wants to drive in Scotland. Also, since I assume we'll need to make ferry reservations to get to Islay, I'd appreciate insider info on that. Specific tips about must-see or must-visit locales and sights in western Scotland would of course also be greatly appreciated.
posted by aught on Jul 9, 2013 - 20 answers

Help Me Plan An August Trip to Scotland and Wales

A friend of mine has expressed an interest in spending 10 days in Scotland and Wales toward the end of August. However, she has no idea what she wants to see in either! I lived briefly in London and have traveled around England, but have never been to Wales and haven't been to Scotland beyond a long weekend in Edinburgh and Glasgow. What should we do? What can't we miss? What's the best way to organize the trip? [more inside]
posted by traveltheworld on Jun 30, 2013 - 9 answers

Finding a solicitor in Edinburgh.

I am an American moving to Edinburgh soon from the Netherlands, and I want to begin speaking with a solicitor about what steps I need to take to prepare to purchase a home within the next year (or even sooner if possible). I need someone who has experience working with foreigners. I want to work with someone who is knowledgeable and a straightforward communicator. A personal recommendation from someone with prior experience buying or selling in Scotland would be helpful. Any agencies or individuals that you had a good experience with?
posted by Bluestocking Southerner on Jun 29, 2013 - 1 answer

Tell us the secrets of Edinburgh!

We’re moving to Edinburgh in the fall. We’re terribly excited, and have dozens of questions, so please answer as many or few as you feel like. Our special snowflake details are inside. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Jun 20, 2013 - 17 answers

Exchange Student to Scotland

My daughter is interested in studying abroad in Edinburgh for the equivalent of her 10th grade year (fourth year in Scotland). She has an open invitation to live with family friends in Edinburgh. However, there is zero information on how we can do this without help from an official exchange student program. The internets is no help. What are the steps we need to go through to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by lostinsupermarket on Jun 11, 2013 - 3 answers

Contemporary music featuring heavy Scottish accents?

For some reason I really like contemporary music (indie rock, pop, alternatives etc.) featuring vocalists with very heavy Scottish accents (I like Scottish traditional folk too) and I am looking for more to listen to. Some of my current favorites are Arab Strap (and the solo Malcolm Middleton), The Twilight Sad, Frightened Rabbit, King Creosote, and Admiral Fallow. [more inside]
posted by melissam on Jun 5, 2013 - 38 answers

Ideas to market a guided tour?

I'm helping a friend start up a small guided tour company and am looking for ideas to market it. [more inside]
posted by aisforal on May 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Towns to use as a home base in Scotland?

My family will be spending 10 days road tripping through Scotland in May. There will be four adults (myself, my husband, and my retired parents), and one 18 month old toddler. What towns will work best as bases for exploring surrounding areas? [more inside]
posted by asnowballschance on Apr 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Edinburgh in August?

We are headed to the UK in late July and plan to go to Scotland for about 9 days in early August. I just realized that Edinburgh will be in the midst of its festival season in August and my partner is now thinking maybe it will be unbearably crowded and expensive, and we should avoid it on this trip. Is Edinburgh doable in August if you don't particularly like crowds? Are there ways to lessen the pain? [more inside]
posted by WorkingMyWayHome on Apr 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Vacationing in the Scottish highlands w/o car - madness?

My family and I are considering a vacation in the Scottish highlands this summer, but aren't sure whether it would be worthwhile, given our lack of car. If it does make sense, we'd love specific advice about places to see and/or tour companies to patronize. Could any Mefites familiar with Scotland weigh in? [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Mar 15, 2013 - 21 answers

Are the comedy clubs The Stand NYC & The Stand in Edinburgh affiliated?

The Stand has been a long-running comedy club and Edinburgh Fringe Festival venue, first in Edinburgh, Scotland, and with later-opened branches in Glasgow and Newcastle upon Tyne. I noticed that there is now a New York City-based comedy club and restaurant called The Stand NYC. I didn't see any indication on the websites of either club that there was a connection. Is this an example of the use of a trade name in another national jurisdiction?
posted by larrybob on Feb 1, 2013 - 2 answers

Bourbon in Scotland

I'm heading to Scotland in a few months and I'd like to give my host, who's a fan of Scotch (or just whisky, there) a gift of good American Bourbon. My criteria are that it's a very good bourbon, and that it's a bourbon that he couldn't get there in Scotland. I don't know anything about bourbon, though. Want to help me out? [more inside]
posted by perrce on Jan 25, 2013 - 17 answers

Where can I watch the Seahawks game in Scotland?

Where can I watch the Seahawks game in Scotland? [more inside]
posted by Alien Parachute Man on Nov 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Best meat in Scotland?

Can anyone recommend a butchers/game dealers in Edinburgh (Scotland)? Or if there's a really special one anywhere else along the Edinburgh-Glasgow corridor, or up to Perth?
posted by cromagnon on Nov 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Winter Scotland trip questions

I'll be travelling to Scotland soon and I would love some suggestions from Metafilter, especially for tour groups in Scotland and my layover in Shannon, Ireland, but any recommendations are welcome! [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous on Nov 19, 2012 - 11 answers

Looking for a mid-1990s magazine article about end-of-year celebrations in Scotland

Longshotfilter: Did anyone else in the U.S. see this magazine article about New Years Eve/Hogmanay (or possibly Christmas Eve) in Scotland circa 1996-97? [more inside]
posted by usonian on Nov 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Driving right on the left side of the road

Canadian wishing to drive in Scotland and the Hebrides - never drove on the left side before - how to prepare? [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner on Oct 29, 2012 - 29 answers

Eh? Aye? I?

How does a Scotsman (or woman) pronounce the town Ae, Scotland?
posted by furtive on Oct 25, 2012 - 4 answers

seeking better understanding of this island

Any recommendations on articles, books that would help me form deeper insight into UK politics, especially Scotland? [more inside]
posted by cendawanita on Sep 21, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me plan the final details of our Scottish honeymoon!

My almost-husband and I are leaving for our Scottish honeymoon in less than a week. Hooray! I think I've finally nailed down most of the details—after many, many hours of scouring the Interwebs—but I do have some things I'm hoping that the Mefites over the pond or seasoned UK travelers can help me with. Mostly transit-based questions within (warning: I'm one of those people who absolutely must plan these kinds of ridiculous details in advance, to prevent myself from stressing out and becoming a complete nutjob), but also a few less-important (but more fun) bonus questions, just because. [more inside]
posted by divisjm on Sep 4, 2012 - 24 answers

Scotland 101

Can you recommend a popular history of Scotland--book, documentary, TV series, whatever--that I can consume before our trip there next summer? [more inside]
posted by WorkingMyWayHome on Sep 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Off to the Highlands I go!

Where should I go for a short trip (3 days) to the Scottish Highlands? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Aug 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Hints for family life in Glasgow?

A friend is planning to spend six months in Glasgow and has questions about day-to-day matters: housing; music; dancing; groceries; school; and other matters. I've already sent her previous Glasgow-related questions, and I'll happily forward your more current recommendations. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Jul 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Things to see and do in the UK while travelling by bike

Two guys travelling by bike through England/Scotland from mid-July to mid-August, but no definite plan. What to see and do? [more inside]
posted by ar0n on Jul 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Scotland - Road Trip & T in the Park

Upcoming Trip to Scotland: Itinerary, Road trip & T in the Park [more inside]
posted by angsolom on Jun 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me watch Eurovision in public in Edinburgh

ScotlandFilter: Help me watch Eurovision tomorrow. I'm in Edinburgh for the weekend for a friend's wedding. I have Saturday night free, and I'd love to be able to find a pub where I can watch Eurovision in all its bizarre glory. I know almost nothing about the town, though--can anyone suggest a place to me?
posted by Mr. Bad Example on May 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Where can I find art-related social activities during a vacation in London and Edinburgh?

Where can I find art-related social activities during a vacation in London and Edinburgh? [more inside]
posted by eeby on May 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Roaming in the gloaming

I'm planning a holiday in Scotland this August with a friend. We'd like to incorporate a few days (anything up to a week) of walking. Ideally, we'd like to go on a guided walk organised by a tour company - the kind where you stay in B&Bs/guest houses each night and the tour company organises transportation of your luggage during the day. The level of walking should be of the easy-to-moderate rather than super-challenging: the goal is to appreciate the beautiful Scottish landscape rather than undertake a strenuous physical challenge. I've googled tour companies that offer this kind of thing, but I was wondering if any mefites have specific recommendations for UK-based tour companies offering this kind of holiday? Or any particular advice?
posted by meronym on Apr 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Easter brunch in Edinburgh?

We want to have Easter brunch in Edinburgh this year. Where to go? [more inside]
posted by laskagirl on Apr 1, 2012 - 12 answers

Attractions to see in Aberdeen

What are the must see attractions in Aberdeen? [more inside]
posted by Emilybpd on Mar 21, 2012 - 3 answers

3-day walk in Scotland

What's a good itinerary for a 3-day walk in Scotland? Part of the West Highland Way, or the Great Glen Way? [more inside]
posted by destrius on Mar 19, 2012 - 21 answers

Can I rent a car - one-way - from the Isle of Skye to Edinburgh?

I am planning an April trip to Scotland and would like to take the West Highland train from Glasgow to Mallaig/Skye. Arriving in Skye, I would like to rent a car. Problem is, I would like to return to Edinburgh through Glencoe or Loch Lomond, and enjoy the flexibility that comes along with having your own car, rather than take the bus. Can I rent a one way car between Skye and Edinburgh? [more inside]
posted by eirelander on Mar 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Travelling to the UK ... bring the iPhone or leave it at home?

I'll be traveling in Scotland and England for a couple of weeks in February, mostly by bus. I'm an inveterate iPhone user, always tweeting, checking-in, posting photos and so on ... but I know that route will lead to financial madness. So what's best to do? I know I can jailbreak, unlock my iPhone, perhaps use another SIM card while traveling, but is the effort worth doing? Is it better to leave the iPhone at home in the US and grab a pay-go smartphone upon arrival in Edinburgh (and if so, how best)? Or do I bring the iPhone and use it via wifi only, hoping I don't slip and fall into a welcoming bit of 3G along the way?
posted by grabbingsand on Jan 18, 2012 - 8 answers

The UK Rump State

What would be the future of the British state without Scotland? [more inside]
posted by welovelife on Jan 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Hunt The Nessie

I want to hunt Nessie in a submarine. [more inside]
posted by gorcha on Dec 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Will I even be able to understand their English?

I just spontaneously booked a five day trip to Glasgow, which leaves in about 9 hours. I have never been to the UK, don't know anything about Glasgow and don't know much about Scotland. Tips for a 27-year-old American/Bulgarian (but a Swedish resident) woman traveling alone? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Nov 10, 2011 - 27 answers

Why are all the cars in the UK new?

Why aren't there any (or many) older cars on the road in the UK? [more inside]
posted by something something on Oct 5, 2011 - 26 answers

Do I want to live in Fife, Scotland?

Put my mind at ease - is there anywhere nice to live in Fife, Scotland? [more inside]
posted by farfaraway on Sep 4, 2011 - 9 answers

Short Scotland trip advice

Quick trip to Scotland, is it too ambitious to try to get breathtaking scenery, a whisky distillery, a castle visit? [more inside]
posted by tslugmo on Sep 1, 2011 - 24 answers

Where can I toss a caber near the Bay?

Where can I learn to be a tosser? [more inside]
posted by wraplan on Aug 19, 2011 - 8 answers

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