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August 23

How to best spend a few days in Glasgow?

I'll be visiting Scotland this week, and I'll have two days in Glasgow before I head onwards to Islay (and another day back in Glasgow before I leave). What are the condensed must-sees and must-dos? [more inside]
posted by Itaxpica around Glasgow, Scotland at 1:41 PM - 19 answers

August 17

How to do Edinburgh with kids this weekend?

We will be in Edinburgh for the weekend, but not specifically for the Fringe. How should we (four adults and three young kids) plan for this? [more inside]
posted by heavenknows around Edinburgh, Scotland at 3:06 AM - 6 answers

June 19

Help us enjoy the Scottish Highlands!

We have 9-10 hours to spend in Scotland around Inverness (arriving in Invergordon). We are interested in seeing some beautiful Scottish highland scenery. We are interested in suggestions for routes to take to see the most dramatic scenery, and what would be some worthwhile local sights/castles/picturesque villages to see. We have heard about the road from Durness to Ullapool, but are not sure if there is time for that. We do not have a car but might be able to hire a driver. Thank you for any help!
posted by xammerboy around Scotland at 7:41 AM - 1 answer has best

May 22

From EDI sans car

What's the best way from Edinburgh Airport to the Old Town without a car? Difficulty: 2 adults, 2 kids, luggage.
posted by Chrysostom around Edinburgh, Scotland at 7:24 PM - 5 answers

April 19

Ah dinnae ken whit ah dinnae ken... aboot Scotland

Campervanning family holiday in Scotland in early May. Yay! I've googled like mad and bought a guide book, but what's really worth seeing? And what aren't they telling me? In other words: what less obvious things, places, foods, sweets, experiences, etc. would you recommend? This is free form, anything goes. [more inside]
posted by sively around Scotland at 1:48 AM - 18 answers has best

July 7, 2015

Restaurant recommendation in Edinburgh

I'm looking for restaurant recommendations in Edinburgh. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by meerkatty around Edinburgh, Scotland at 6:38 AM - 7 answers has best

June 22, 2015

Scotland Filter: St Andrews Strategy

Looking for tips and advice for attending the final day of the Open Championship at St Andrews in July. [more inside]
posted by Flood around Scotland at 5:07 AM - 2 answers has best

March 16, 2015

Recommendations for spending 10 days in Scotland this summer

My wife and I are planning a two-week trip to Scotland in early July. Our base will be Edinburgh but we plan a couple of nights in the Lake District (a family link) and then have 10 or so days in Scotland. Interested in hearing from people who have been there recently, what you have done (and avoided). Any advice would be welcome. [more inside]
posted by RafikiGuy around Scotland at 5:07 PM - 12 answers

February 5, 2015

Campervanning in Scotland with kids?

Taking the chirren (3 and 10 months at the time) for 19 days in Scotland, and wondering how to handle the logistics. Is a campervan a good idea? [more inside]
posted by youchirren around Scotland at 1:13 PM - 6 answers

February 3, 2015

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 around Glasgow, Scotland at 11:16 AM - 14 answers

May 25, 2014

What should we do in Edinburgh Monday morning?

We've got until 1:45pm tomorrow in Edinburgh. I feel like we've hit most of the obvious sights. What else should we do? [more inside]
posted by Jasper Fnorde around Edinburgh, Scotland at 1:04 PM - 8 answers has best

April 15, 2014

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 around Scotland at 5:47 AM - 5 answers has best

April 4, 2014

Scottish B&Bs in May: Book in advance, or arrive as a walk-in?

My wife and I are in the midst of planning a driving tour through Scotland for the first week of May. (Main destinations: Glencoe and the Isle of Skye). Finding a hotel in Edinburgh was a piece of cake, but the Glencoe and Skye areas, after looking through the listings on Trip Advisor, seem to be booked in advance. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott around Scotland at 5:05 AM - 10 answers

February 17, 2014

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 around Scotland at 2:27 PM - 10 answers has best

November 15, 2013

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 around Scotland at 7:19 AM - 17 answers has best

September 8, 2013

Scotland by day trip train from Edinburgh?

I'll be spending a week in Edinburgh in late October. I absolutely love train travel and I'd like to take as may day trips by train as possible over the week. The only requirement is that the trips have me back by 8 or 9pm every evening. Are there week or day train passes I can buy that will let me hop on and off? Any routes that you suggest? For instance there seem to be a number of rail lines to get from Edinburgh to Glasgow, is that right? Are there some rail lines/trips that are better for tourists than others? Also, what is the best way to keep track of the routes and timetables?
posted by tigeri around Edinburgh, Scotland at 1:19 PM - 11 answers

August 5, 2013

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 around Scotland at 1:42 PM - 7 answers has best

July 9, 2013

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 around Scotland at 7:23 AM - 20 answers has best

April 25, 2013

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 around Scotland at 9:56 AM - 5 answers

April 12, 2013

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 around Edinburgh, Scotland at 2:58 PM - 9 answers has best