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One week in Scotland

Tahmoor, Australia
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One week in Scotland

We have a week in Scotland next May and are looking a getting a car to drive around. What would be the Must See sights???

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Dingle, Ireland
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1. Re: One week in Scotland

Must see sights do not exist.

They seem to be lists of what other people want to see, my list might contain nothing of interest to you. I am afraid you will have to do a bit of research and come up with your own list.

Dunfermline, United...
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2. Re: One week in Scotland

It’s a great time to visit, lengthening days and Spring should be in full swing. You have enough time to see a range of scenery/attractions.

Best to start in Edinburgh for its attractions, easy to walk round in a day.

Head up to central Highlands, stay around Aviemore where there is much to see and do. Great for walking and cycling around the forest tracks here.

I would then head North and West to see Torridon and Assynt. Stay in Shieldaig or Gairloch or even Lochinver here you have dramatic scenery, rugged mountains and fantastic beaches.

Lastly do get over to one of the Islands such as Mull or Skye which are easily accessible and will give you a feel for Island life. In each of the areas you will be close to many Castles, Distilleries or other attraction. Hope this helps.

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3. Re: One week in Scotland

Have a look here for a variety of suggested driving routes depending on your interests https:/…

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4. Re: One week in Scotland

My list of 'Must Sees' could be the list from hell for someone else...

One does rather have to ask the question why are you coming to Scotland if you have to ask what the 'must sees' are.

Scotland may not look very big compared with Australia but don't be fooled... Driving times are slow and it will take a lot longer to cover distances than you might anticipate. You can only begin to scratch the surface in a week and need to decide on a (realistic) itinerary based on your interests. This could be anything from Outlander, Harry potter, ruined castles, stately homes, wild life, walking, shopping, food,....

Will you be arriving jet lagged? If so that will cut your itinerary by a day to allow you time to recover.

Here is another resource for good driving routes.

https:/…index.html

Also if you haven't a clue how to plan an itinerary, look at the suggestions on this website. They will give you an idea what can be achieved in seven days.

https://www.secret-scotland.com/

East Neuk of Fife...
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5. Re: One week in Scotland

Arrive in Edinburgh and spend 2 days exploring......THEN hire a car, no need for one in the city. Are you arriving in Scotland straight from Australia?

Have a look at this website it's very useful for research or if one of us suggests a place you have never heard of.

https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk

With only one week you don't have loads of spare time...can you give us an idea of your interests and what you would like to see....castles, lochs, distilleries, walking, mountains????

How many are " we" ...Are you a couple, friends, are there children in the group ? We need more information.

Tahmoor, Australia
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6. Re: One week in Scotland

Thank you so much for your help. We have been doing research but its great to get suggestions as we are only there for a week and want to see as much as possible and mingle with the locals.

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What are your interests?

Tahmoor, Australia
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8. Re: One week in Scotland

Hi,

We like hiking, waterfalls, history, castles,beaches and the seaside. There will be 4 of us, one being a keen golfer so we will go to St Andrews. Also my husbands mother came from Inverary so we will have a day there, but that is all we know so far. We will probably fly into Edinburgh from London, we will be spending a week there before Scotland.

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9. Re: One week in Scotland

Try going over a good guide book like the DK Eyewitness Guides to Scotland, with lots of color pictures, to help you select a region or area to focuas upon, With only a week you are not going to “see” everything.

Edited: 18 November 2018, 14:22
East Neuk of Fife...
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10. Re: One week in Scotland

I would suggest when you drive from Edinburgh to St Andrews that you take the route along the coast via Kirkcaldy, Leven, Upper Largo and on into the area known as The East Neuk of Fife. Here the little villages of Elie and Earlsferry ( lovely beaches and links golf course with an unusual periscope feature! )

St Monans ( interesting windmill and old salt pans on Fife Coastal Path)

fifecoastalpath.co.uk/the-path/elie-cambo-sa…

Pittenweem ( lots of pretty shops, arts and craft galleries as well as interesting Kellie Castle two miles outside the village) Anstruther ( Scottish Fisheries Museum, famous fish and chip shop, lovely harbour with boat trips to the Isle of May in summer) and Crail which is probably the most charming with its narrow, cobbled streets and little harbour ( also has a great golf course!) On up the coast you will pass Kingsbarns which has an excellent golf course and distillery practically adjacent to the course, before the road brings you down into St Andrews. From the top of the hill, before entering town, you get a great view of St Andrews, the East Sands, the Cathedral and old pier. The famous Old Course is at the other side of town...follow signs for the West Sands and you will find it.

This map might help with some research before your trip. All visitor attractions and towns/ villages are "clickable" to provide you with more information.

https:/…perthstandrews.html

This gives you more information about the villages

http://www.eastneukwide.co.uk

If you need more help with what to see and do I live locally, so I'm happy to try and advise.

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