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on ground travel in Aberdeenshire?

by derigby Online Now May 1, 2008 at 6:11 PM

I'm going to travel around the Castle Trail in August from St. Andrews, to Aberdeen, to Elgin or Huntly, to Inverness. What is the best way to get around? Do the buses take people on the castle trail route? Are there trains to and from these cities?

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    Re: on ground travel in Aberdeenshire?

    by saracen Online Now May 1, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Hi

    There is only 1 rail line in Aberdeen that comes from the south and departs to the north. It passes through various towns including Elgin and Huntly, so that could be your principle method of getting around, but once you get to any of those locations, you will need to rely on local bus services.

    Why not check out www.visitscotland.com - they may have some better advice.

    Have a great time!

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    Re: on ground travel in Aberdeenshire?

    by leics Online Now May 1, 2008 at 10:51 PM

    The Scotland journeyplanner here:

    travelinescotland.com/journe...

    will give you details of bus services in Scotland.

    You can travel by train to Aberdeen, Inverness and Elgin. www.nationalrail.co.uk for timetables/fares.

    www.nationalexpress.com will give you long-distance bus times/fares (e.g. London to Inverness). Takes longer than the train, but is cheaper.

    The Tourist Information Offices in Aberdeen, Inverness etc will be able to tell you which castles you can access by public transport. However, there will be some which are inaccessible without a car.

    I don't think there is a specific bus which takes the castle trail route other than privately organised tours.

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    Re: on ground travel in Aberdeenshire?

    by lichtie Online Now May 2, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Firstly, St Andrews, Elgin & Inverness are not in Aberdeenshire. They are in Fife, Moray & Highland respectively.

    St Andrews has no railway station of it's own. The nearest station is Leuchars (on the Edinburgh to Aberdeen line). There is a connecting bus service from directly in front of Leuchars Station to St Andrews bus station, but the connections (from memory) aren't too great. It is also possible to call a taxi to take you from Leuchars to St Andrews.

    As noted above, Huntly & Elgin are on the Aberdeen to Inverness railway line.

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