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    • Highland Games - Piping/dancing competitions

      Scotland May 17, 2015 at 1:51 AM

      Any ideas as to which are the best Highland Games for piping/dancing competitions and music rather than tug o war - I accept that all of them are good. Can flex as to where and when we go but so far my short list is:

      Nairn
      Glenisla - good celidh - looks fun!!
      Bridge of Allan
      Inverary - could be tight as we have to be home by 23July
      Kenmore
      Invergordon
      Lonach
      Argyl
      Cowal
      Pitlochry
      Dundonald

      Any suggestions for caravan sites nearby much appreciated. Many thanks in advance

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      hiking in Scotland

      Scotland May 11, 2015 at 11:46 AM

      I would like to go to Scotland for hiking (never did it before) starting from 12-13 June. Maybe there is anyone who would like to join, or to give some guidance on possible routes for beginners? thank you in advance. Neringa

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    • Airport transport

      Orkney May 19, 2015 at 4:48 AM

      What's the best way to get from Kirkwall airport to Stromness?

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    • May Day Sunday

      Oban Apr 27, 2015 at 1:41 PM

      im thinking of spending a night in Oban for mayday with my partner for a change of scenery. I live just outside fraserburgh where during May Day Sunday all the bars have bands and other entertainment and wondered what Oban has to offer during this day ?

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    • Prices in Scotland (Portree)

      Portree 18 hours ago

      Hello everyone,

       

      I recive some welcome messages so I decide to post some thing, and maybe I will find some time to fill my profile. Thanks everyone for your lovely get welcome.

       

      So my question... I am interested in visiting Scotland in next few months, so I am now preparing myself for everyhing and most important thing I want to know are prices. I already read some threads but I want to make sure. I have already something in mind about place to sleep, will go for a week, how much I need to take with myself? I am going to stay Isle of Skye, so plan to visit Portree (here some photo's: scotlandpictures.net/isle-of... ), which destination you also suggest me to visit?

       

      Thanks everyone!

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    • visit to isle of skye

      Scotland Apr 30, 2015 at 4:14 AM

      Hi all
      After reading so many reviews from you all i have decided to visit isle of skye. Pl tell should i go with a 3 day tour by Timberbush.as I will be using public transport. If not then is it possible to move of our own I mean the transportation and all will be convenient. I have booked 2nights stay in portree. This is in july.

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      Ingliston Park and Ride - long term stay?

      Edinburgh May 15, 2015 at 2:15 AM

      Dear VT members,
      I need to leave my car for 9 days near Edinburgh airport. I have found Ingliston Park and Ride to be very convenient and free. However, they indicate no overnight stay in website. Is there any VT member who left his car there for a long duration? I don't want to find my car towed when I arrive back. If this will certainly happen, where do you suggest to park the car?
      Thank you for your help.

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      Falkirk Wheel and Stirling.

      Glasgow May 5, 2015 at 11:28 PM

      Hi All, I am arriving into Glasgow via Cruise Ship and have about 8 hours here. I was hoping to experience the Falkirk Wheel and then mooch around Stirling. Is this doable without booking an excursion and if so advice please.Tia.

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      Slowest season

      Scotland May 3, 2015 at 8:47 PM

      Looking to travel to Scotland but would like to go in the off season. Much into historical monuments and the beautiful landscape but don't want to be bothered by huge crowds of tourists. Thank you

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      A few hours in Edinburgh

      Edinburgh Apr 29, 2015 at 7:43 AM

      Hello
      Can you tell me what is possible to do in a few hours from 7 am to 3 pm in Edinburgh?
      Is it maybe possible to go to Glasgow or St Andrews?
      Is it possible to go to Arthur's seat early in the morning? How long does it take from Masson House to get to Arthur's seat?
      Thank you very much!

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      Driving, parking, hotel during Tattoo

      Edinburgh May 5, 2015 at 11:48 AM

      Unless I can come up with a better idea, we are flying into Edinburgh on Friday morning, picking up a car at the airport, driving to Loch Lomond so my husband can do a swim on Saturday morning, driving back to Edinburgh for the Tattoo Saturday night (tickets are still available as of a few minutes ago for the 7:30 show) and then leaving Sunday morning to head north.

      So if we are coming back from Loch Lomond, is there any place close enough to Edinburgh that we can stay with parking, free or pay, and take a train/bus into Edinburgh? Or maybe a train station where we can park overnight and then continue onto a nearby hotel? Or maybe there's long term cheaper parking at the airport? Obviously hotels are at a premium although I can still find one but I'm also not wild about actually driving into Edinburgh city center since we will already have the opposite side of the road issue to worry about.

      Maybe an airport hotel? Queensferry? Leith? Mainly I'm concerned about ease of finding it and ease of getting into the city center. Thanks.

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      Scotland in late August

      Scotland Apr 30, 2015 at 12:43 PM

      Just scheming right now but I think I'm going to try and go back to Scotland this summer. If it works out, Mr. Dabs will be doing a swim race in Loch Lomond in late August and from there I'd like to head north and the two places I've got on my list so far are Eilean Donan castle and the Isle of Skye. And my grandfather was born just outside of Glasgow so I may want to put that in there somewhere. I'm assuming we'd have to fly into Edinburgh, United flies straight into Edinburgh from Chicago for sure in the summer.

      So if we do a round trip from either one and hit those two spots, what other places should I be looking at? Last summer I visited a lot of the castles in and around Edinburgh (Stirling, Linlithgow, Craigmillar) and I did a 1 day bus trip that went to Inveraray, Loch Awe, Doune so no need to revisit any of them.

      Thanks :-)

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    • Public Bus cost

      Stornoway Feb 23, 2015 at 3:04 PM

      We are arriving via cruise ship to Stornoway next summer, and I was considering using the bus to get to Callanish and the Black House museum. I have a bus schedule, but nowhere can I find cost for the bus. Anybody have a clue?

      1 Answer Feb 24, 2015 at 4:26 AM
    • Stornoway taxi costs

      Stornoway Aug 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      Just wondering how much a taxi would cost from Stornoway airport to Back on a Thursday around midday.
      Thanks :)

      1 Answer Aug 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM
    • Best way to tour the Western Isles

      Western Isles Sep 11, 2011 at 1:30 PM

      We are considering touring the Western Isles in November. I would appreciate advice on the route I should take including sailings, places to see & stay. I would prefer a round trip boarding at Ulapool and returning to Oban or vice versa but open to any advice.

      3 Answers Sep 30, 2011 at 5:21 AM
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      Colonsay Visit

      Western Isles Dec 14, 2010 at 7:08 AM

      Any advice on visiting Colonsay in Oct '11 would be appreciated. I'm looking at a 4 day visit, to include arrival and departure days.

      1 Answer Dec 14, 2010 at 8:47 AM
    • Travelling the Western Isles

      Western Isles Dec 10, 2010 at 12:34 PM

      Hi all.

      I'm thinking of doing some travelling before I start University next year and really wanted to visit Scotland in particular a few of the Western Isles. I want to go for either 7-10 days in early July or mid September as I can't do anything from mid July to early September due to work.

      Has anyone any experience of camping on the islands? I'm thinking of doing, Barra, both Uists, Skye, Lewis, Harris, Ullapool, YHAs are pretty much useless as there isn't one in every location. My intention is to do:

      Day 1: Travel from home to Glasgow, stop the night.
      Day 2: Up to Oban by train, then off to Barra for 9pm
      Day 3: Barra, onto Eriskay on the 1230 ferry to Lochboisdale for 3
      Day 4: Early bus to Lochmaddy, hour there then ferry to Uig (Skye)

      Day 5, 6, 7, 8: Option 1.
      Day 5: Over to Tarbert for 1120 then 1600 bus to Stornoway
      Day 6: Day in Stornoway and Lewis
      Day 7: Stornoway to Ullapool, 7am ferry. Day in Ullapool, last bus to Inverness
      Day 8: Go home from there.

      Day 5, 6, 7, 8: Option 2
      Day 5: Day on Skye
      Day 6: Head to Fort William
      Day 7: Day in Fort William, sleeper train to Crewe
      Day 8: Make my way home from Crewe.

      Questions on the above:
      Are these islands camper friendly?
      I like to see things but could I see a lot in the time I would allow or are some islands worth an extra day on? Ferry times do dictate I'm afraid, this is a Tuesday to Tuesday schedule!!
      What is definitely worth visiting if I was to do this?

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      My uncle knows quite a lot about the likes of Arran, Jura, Mull and Islay, is there enough to do on these islands for a good 3-5 days? If so, what is worth visiting? Are any of these good for camping or are there hostels/cheap B+Bs (I was born in Yorkshire (lol!!) )

      Anyone any good websites for info on these islands and a link to ferry times and that? CalMac is only useful for the far western isles listed above!


      Thank you in advance

      Tom

      5 Answers Jan 23, 2011 at 11:44 AM
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      car rental

      Western Isles Jun 10, 2010 at 12:13 PM

      Hi,
      has anybody got good experience with any of the car rental companies in Inverness? What type of car would you recommend?
      Thanks in advance,
      Katja

      7 Answers Jun 11, 2010 at 7:47 AM
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      ferry reservations

      Western Isles Jun 9, 2010 at 12:05 PM

      Hi,
      a friend of mine and I are travelling to Skye, Harris and Lewis in the beginnig of August and we are wondering how far in advance (if at all) we should book the ferry tickets. We'll also have a car.
      Thanks for your help.
      Katja

      6 Answers Jun 11, 2010 at 12:58 AM
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      Is Misty Isles Boat Tour a Good Bet?

      Western Isles Mar 12, 2010 at 6:16 PM

      We're staying on Skye for two weeks in May. Saw the website for the Misty Isles boat tours to Loch Coruisk. Anyone taken this tour? Any advice on whether or not to take this? Cheers!

      3 Answers Mar 13, 2010 at 11:10 AM
    • Is it necessary to book B&Bs in advance for the summer?

      Western Isles Jan 30, 2010 at 9:00 AM

      Hi

      We are planning to visit the Outer Hebrides this summer.

      We were planning to just fly there, hire a car, drive around and stay in a different place every night. (We did that in
      mainland Scotland in 2000, without any problems.) (Our plan is also to go from Stornoway to Barra and back to Stornoway.)

      Do you think this is possible, or will every B&B and guesthouse be completely full?
      In other words: Do you think we have to book all the accommodation (way) in advance?

      Thanks a lot.

      5 Answers Jan 31, 2010 at 4:51 AM
    • From Mull to Skye

      Western Isles May 17, 2009 at 11:03 PM

      Hi, was wondering if its a good idea to take the ferry from Tobermory in Mull to Kilchoan and then drive all the way to Mallaig? I hear its a scenic drive but slow going. Or then if anyone can suggest a better route to reach Isle of skye..

      2 Answers May 19, 2009 at 10:40 AM
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      reporting trip to Lewis and Harris May 13-18, looking foreward to get in touch with you

      Stornoway May 7, 2009 at 9:58 AM

      Dear friends,
      I am a free lance travelling journalist writing and photographing forGerman language magazines, newspapers and working for the radio. May 13-18 I will be on the Hebrides islands for a report trying on these very few days to get the “spirit” of the islands and hoping to find out a little bit about what life is like there. Therefore, I would be happy to hear from you and to meet you maybe for a good pint in a joyful island pub.
      Looking foreward to your message – best is directly to rfi02@email.de
      Yrs
      Robert

      1 Answer May 19, 2009 at 10:49 AM
    • Cheapest way to get to Lewis from Ullapool

      Lewis Mar 3, 2009 at 4:15 AM

      Can someone help me find out the cheapest way to get to Lewis from ullapool. I put down by a ferry, but im not sure about the routes like where to get the ferry and would it take me to Lewis? Thanks.

      1 Answer Mar 3, 2009 at 6:05 AM
    • Fort William

      Western Isles Nov 15, 2008 at 3:49 PM

      I like taking Scenic Photography where are there nice areas in Fort William I could go to for this

      2 Answers Nov 25, 2008 at 2:09 AM
    • Four year old boy in Stornoway

      Stornoway Nov 11, 2008 at 4:04 AM

      Please tell me what a four year old boy could do in Stornoway while he is on holiday with his parents?
      Thanks

      1 Answer Nov 11, 2008 at 9:03 AM
    • Stornoway to Tarbet

      Lewis Jun 12, 2008 at 10:57 AM

      How long would it take to drive from Stornoway to Tarbet, and is there a "best" route for the round trip. Where would be the best stop for a 4 year old to enjoy himself? Thank you!

      9 Answers Jun 30, 2008 at 6:19 AM
    • Stornoway to Tarbet

      Lewis Jun 12, 2008 at 10:55 AM

      How long would it take to drive to Tarbet, and is there a "best" route for the round trip. Where would be the best stop for a 4 year old to enjoy himself? Thank you!

    • distance from Stornoway to the Callanish Stones

      Stornoway May 29, 2008 at 6:18 PM

      How far is it from Stornoway to the Stones? Can anyone recommend a guide or transport?

      3 Answers May 30, 2008 at 9:13 AM
    • transport in Outer Hebrides and accom.....

      Western Isles Apr 3, 2008 at 2:28 PM

      Hi there,

      Well I am up to the Outer Hebrides in my planned itinerary, but I am unsure about the frequency of public transport and also choosing a place to stay for a couple of days is getting difficult.
      So far I will be staying 2 nights in Castlebay on Barra, then get the ferry to Lochboisdale.

      From here I cant decide where to go because I cant find any info about bus services in the area and I am unsure about which destinations would be the most 'photogenic'.

      Any suggestions of where to stay between Lochboisdale and Tarbert on Harris?

      Is it difficult to get to Tarbert from Lochboisdale by bus?

      Will I be missing a lot if I just catch a bus from Lochboisdale to Tarbert without staying somewhere in between?
      I was thinking of staying in Howmore at a hostel there, but again I cant find any buses that go there.
      Sunday travel seems to be a problem too.

      help!! please:-)

      1 Answer Apr 4, 2008 at 5:32 AM
    • Driving from Ft William/Glencoe to Skye

      Western Isles Apr 2, 2008 at 10:57 AM

      My husband and I will be renting a car in Edinburgh, driving to Ft William/Glencoe area for 1 or 2 nights then driving on to Skye for 3 days. Should we see about the ferry from Mallaig to Armdale or go northwest on A87 to get to Skye? About how long would that trip take? Can't decide if we should stay in Portree or Uig -- I don't want to be driving much at night after dinner so would like to be able to walk back to wherever we stay (i.e. not too far out in the country). Also, if the weather is nice we might take one day to go to Lewis by ferry from Uig to see the Blackhouse Village. Is this fun? This will be in early June. Would it be too difficult to drive from Skye back to Edinburgh in one day? We are healthy 50-year-olds from New York. All help is appreciated.

      4 Answers Apr 4, 2008 at 5:38 AM
    • Travelling to lewis

      Lewis Mar 6, 2008 at 1:49 AM

      hi was wondering if anyone could tell me the good sights on lewis for the best scenery? going there in the summer.

      2 Answers Mar 9, 2008 at 1:11 AM
    • FAMILY TRIP TO SKYE

      Western Isles Feb 28, 2008 at 7:24 AM

      DOES ANYONE KNOW OF ANY INTRESTING THINGS TO DO ON THE ISLE OF SKYE IT WILL BE MYSELF AND PARTNER ALSO OUR FOUR YEAR OLD BOY

      1 Answer Mar 2, 2008 at 1:29 AM
    • Sights to see in Stornoway

      Stornoway Jan 11, 2006 at 6:17 AM

      Can any one recommend any good places to visit whilst in Lewis? Thanks

      4 Answers Jan 19, 2006 at 3:10 AM
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      Archaeological tour operators

      Western Isles Nov 17, 2005 at 5:43 AM

      I want to tour the ancient sites - cairns, standing stones, megaliths, etc. on the Western Isles.
      I know where they are, and have sites which tell me about them; don't need help with that.
      However, in searching for info about them, I realised that there are a number of specialist tour operators who organise tours around such sites.
      Can anybody recommend one which is reasonably priced and which does a fairly comprehensive one or two week itinerary?
      (NB This relates to a query I placed in the UK forum I wish to combine the tour with a visit to the Isle of Man. My idea now is to take an arranged tour of the W.Isles, and travel on to Man to arrange my own itinerary there.
      Thanks

    • St Kilda

      Western Isles Aug 20, 2005 at 2:46 AM

      Is it possible to visit St Kilda and if so how can it be arranged?
      What overnight accomodation is available there?

      3 Answers Aug 20, 2005 at 3:22 AM
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      What to do in Stornoway

      Stornoway May 3, 2005 at 2:29 AM

      I am planning a trip to Stornoway soon and was just wondering if anyone knew of any nice places to visit or of any exciting things to do while on my trip?

      2 Answers Feb 26, 2006 at 3:53 PM
    • help

      Lewis Apr 25, 2005 at 3:30 AM

      i am going to Lewis for a holiday in the summer and i was wondering if there are any good places of interest that i would enjoy anlo if there is good accomodation that would be great
      thanks
      bill

      3 Answers Apr 27, 2005 at 1:01 PM
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      Nude Sunbathing in Stornoway

      Stornoway Jan 29, 2005 at 3:28 AM

      Hi, I live in Norway, I will be bringing a coach-party of gay men to Scotland in July, we will be visiting at Outer Hebrides. Can anyone tell us, is it okay to sunbathe nude in Stornoway? Here in Norway people aren't too bothered about such things: in my village people can sunbathe topless or nude in the churchyard. Is it okay to sunbathe nude in churchyards in Stornoway? Or do we go to the local nude beach?

      11 Answers Sep 15, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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      western isle tips

      Western Isles Dec 23, 2004 at 8:43 AM

      Hi all Can anyone tell me the cheapest way to get to the western isle's and which ferry company to use. Also any tips on where to stay and where to go oh and of course any pubs that are English friendly ha! ha! must improve my Scottish accent. Thanks for your help Carl from a wet and windy Oldham

      8 Answers Dec 27, 2004 at 6:58 PM
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      ferry routes

      Western Isles Oct 4, 2004 at 6:58 AM

      I'm going up Barra to Lewis,Harris and down through Skye nbext week. Is there any way I can get from Skye to Tiree without going through Oban? CalMac only has the Tiree-Oban route, I believe. Also: Can I get a decent plane from Glasgow-Barra? Landing on the beach sounds delectable, but I won't do it if it csts as much as my fare from the US. Tl

      1 Answer Oct 4, 2004 at 7:13 AM
    • HAS ANYONE ANY ADVICE AT ALL????

      Western Isles Aug 18, 2003 at 12:07 PM

      Am I going to be the first VT member ever to go to the Western Isles! I'm off for a week to Lewis and Harris at the end of August and are looking for any must do tips from anyone?

      8 Answers Sep 15, 2004 at 5:25 AM