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Help recommend a good late-October vacation

I planned to visit Scotland at the end of summer but as it turns out my vacation time isn't until late October when it gets cold and rainy—where should I go instead? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Sep 14, 2016 - 5 answers

Please recommend a guided tour of Scotland

I'm doing a solo UK trip in mid-May and plan to spend a week in Scotland. One of my Scot friends suggested I do a guided bus/coach tour with other tourists to catch the highlights. Please recommend some good companies providing such tours. [more inside]
posted by madman on Apr 11, 2016 - 7 answers

Winter is coming. 8-day Northeast England/Scot Driving trip in January?

We want to travel by car around Northern England and Scotland just after the new year (Jan 8-16) for a vacation/holiday. Where should we go given the Xmas/NY/Hogmanay holidays are just finished and weather might be…changable? One Brit, One American, mid 40s, likes culture, nature, art, off-the-wall stuff. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Oct 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Travel advice: Glasgow (and Edinburgh)

Planning another trip, which means it’s time for another AskMe. This time: Glasgow (with a side trip to Edinburgh)… [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Feb 3, 2015 - 14 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

30 days in the middle of nowhere

A month in the Hebrides. One woman, one tent. Tell me what not to miss. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Jul 19, 2011 - 9 answers

Vacation in Scotland

Bonehead and I are going to Scotland in July, and will be starting in Edinburgh and culminating in a singing session in Cullerlie, near Aberdeen. On the way I'd like to see the Highlands, Skye or maybe Oban. My question is twofold: what awesome things can Scottish Mefites suggest to us to do between July 15th and 23rd, and 2) any appetite for a meetup?
posted by LN on Mar 16, 2011 - 9 answers

What should we know about vacationing in Ireland/Scotland in late spring?

Planning in two-week vacation with the wife in Ireland and Scotland. We've never been to either before, what should we know? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch on Feb 23, 2011 - 24 answers

Twelve hours in Manchester/Glasgow

How should a couple fill a day while getting from Manchester, England to Milngavie, Scotland (possibly via Glasgow)? [more inside]
posted by TrarNoir on Jul 24, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me find good rock/punk shows or venues in Scotland and Ireland this March.

Help me find good rock/punk shows or venues in Scotland and Ireland this March. [more inside]
posted by bloody_bonnie on Jan 23, 2010 - 3 answers

Help us make the most of an Islay trip this spring?

Have you ever been to Islay in Scotland? [more inside]
posted by gingerbeer on Jan 23, 2010 - 9 answers

What's on at the fringe

What did you enjoy at the Edinburgh fringe, and in Edinburgh in general, this month? [more inside]
posted by chickaboo on Aug 11, 2009 - 3 answers


Going to Scotland later this month. What Scotch distilleries can we tour? [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér on Aug 6, 2009 - 16 answers

Where to go?

So I am pondering a trip to Scotland. I know nothing at all other than that I think it is beautiful. If I were trying to find some place to go that possibly included the following desires (listed after the general questions) A.) Are there any good websites to explore for booking purposes B.) Have you dealt with any companies that you really enjoyed... Desire list: B&B style accommodations, in the country, the greener the scenery-the better, horses are good & preferred, water for swimming is cool- but not absolutely needed, booze must be easily found, good food huge plus Any words or links of wisdom?
posted by MayNicholas on Jun 18, 2008 - 11 answers

Scotland in August? Should I bother?

Scotland in August? Should I bother? [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames on Jun 15, 2008 - 11 answers

London+England trasportantion, baggage shipping and hotel chains

London+England transportation/extra baggage shipping / hotel chains questions. A minor question about Scotland as well. [more inside]
posted by elpapacito on Jun 2, 2008 - 10 answers

Scotland, here we come!

My fiancee and I will be traveling through Scotland next week. Any interesting events going on that we should check out? [more inside]
posted by rbs on Mar 11, 2008 - 4 answers

Where should we go in Scotland?

Where should we go in Scotland? [more inside]
posted by rbs on Jan 28, 2008 - 28 answers

Recommend Photography Tours and Travel Workshops

I would like to find out about good providers of photography tours and/or travel-based photography workshops abroad. Preferably, the workshops should be pitched at the level of an intermediate photographer. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Dec 27, 2006 - 6 answers

Travel and money in the UK

I'm traveling to the UK over Thanksgiving on vacation and am curious about how to get around and money issues. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 on Oct 24, 2006 - 24 answers

Scotland & England filter

We are going to Scotland & England in August. We have some questions for locals. [more inside]
posted by aacheson on Apr 6, 2006 - 13 answers

Should we go to Scotland?

Where should we spend 2 nights in the British Isles? [more inside]
posted by Packy_1962 on Feb 19, 2006 - 12 answers

How many pounds should I bring and what should I see in Scotland?

I'll be in Edinburgh, Scotland, for about a week. How many pounds should I plan to bring, and what should I see? [more inside]
posted by AlexanderBanning on Jul 13, 2005 - 27 answers

Staying in Hostels

Advice on staying in hostels in general, and Glasgow and Edinburgh in particular. [more inside]
posted by amarynth on Feb 21, 2005 - 13 answers

Fun stuff to do in Edinburgh?

A friend and I have free tickets to Glasgow from around March 18-27. We may have a free place to stay in Edinburgh. Which city is more fun? Any insider tips for travelers or fun places to go that we won’t find in guide books? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by amarynth on Jan 27, 2005 - 20 answers

Reasonable hotels in Glasgow?

I'm hoping to spend a few days in Glasgow in September but I'm hitting a wall in finding a hotel because of the cost hike due to the single supplement which in some cases is more than the actual cost of the room. Any singletons out there been to the city and stayed in a reasonably priced hotel?
posted by feelinglistless on Aug 8, 2004 - 2 answers

Need to plan a route : Edinburgh , Scotland to Sittingbourne , Kent.

Need to plan a route : Edinburgh , Scotland to Sittingbourne , Kent . [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity on Jul 25, 2004 - 5 answers

iPods in Rental Cars

Going to Scotland and don't want to blow up my new iPod, so I'm looking for some firsthand knowledge here -- do UK cars have the same kind of AC cigarette lighters? Will I be able to power the 'Pod with my Belkin car adapter in my rental car? Or do I have to spring for the "world traveler" adapter kit to power the blasted thing while I'm across the pond?
posted by blueshammer on Feb 27, 2004 - 8 answers

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