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January 7, 2007 5:15 PM   Subscribe

Need ideas for last minute travel out of Edinburgh for this forthcoming weekend.

And before you all start, we tried that last minute site and its utter, utter rubbish and i genuinely have no idea where to find actual last minute travel deals on the internet - if only i had the skills of Marquis, who can find 10 quid trips to Norway rather easily - these things are a complete mystery to me and i ask you , the good citizens of metafilter to help me out - me and a bonnie lassie want to go somewhere this friday and come back either sunday or monday - please dont suggest Glasgow as a destination - i mean like, flying, on planes and things.
posted by sgt.serenity to Travel & Transportation (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
When I lived in Glasgow some friends and I rented a car and drove up to the Isle of Skye. You don't have to take a plane to get there, but it is frikkin' beautiful and everyone is really, really nice.
posted by travosaurus at 10:43 PM on January 7, 2007

Fife and St Andrews
posted by A189Nut at 11:43 PM on January 7, 2007

You don't mention a budget but I assume you are after something relatively inexpensive. Personally I would start with Edinburgh Airport's list of destinations and plug them into Expedia to see what came up (I have similar negative experiences with LastMinute). I might also try Kayak which now has a UK site. I would look for Expedia's combined flight and accommodation deals. If you have about £600 to spare then you can go pretty much anywhere - for less money you will be more constrained.

You might also consider taking the Ferry from Rosyth to Zebrugge staying a night in - say - Brugges. The ferry does get booked up and does not go every day so it could be a tricky one to pull off. I have been booked with these guys before.

Of course this assumes that you want to spend a significant proportion of your weekend in airports, etc. If you do not then pick up something like "Scotland the Best" and choose from a wealth of more local options.
posted by rongorongo at 4:51 AM on January 8, 2007

Fly with Ryanair from Edinburgh to Dublin for a weekend. A flight departing at 8am on Friday and returning late afternoon on Monday will cost you a mere £65 for two people. Or fly Easyjet from the capital to Belfast for £52 each. The tickets are actually only about a tenner each but airport tax etc makes up the difference. Hotels tend to be expensive though averaging £80-100 per night but that gets you, say, a great room with a city view at the Raddisson Belfast for example (£85 per night). Search for deals and advice.

If you can get to Glasgow Prestwick in time you have a whole heap of nice places to fly to for a tenner + taxes with Ryanair (Oslo / Pisa / Paris / Krakow / Rome etc). Check their website and get busy!
posted by brautigan at 5:10 AM on January 8, 2007

Yeah, sorry Sarge - I can't find any really cheap flights for this weekend, departing Friday, except Edinburgh-Dublin.

Usually the best bargains are if you're willing to travel midweek (eg: Thurs-Mon or Thurs-Tues), and indeed if you book ahead.

The best websites are:

Martin's Flightchecker, which lets you set search parameters like: "From Edinburgh, to anywhere, on these dates, for less than £5 before tax".


Momondo, for which you have to specify the to- and from- destination, but which has significantly more airlines in its database than Flightchecker does.

Dublin's a lovely weekend getaway, though; consider it. (Go to the modern art museum; nice photos to be had.)
posted by Marquis at 6:58 AM on January 8, 2007

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