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Scotland trip
« on: January 14, 2017, 11:25:58 PM »
Hello,

Hopefully this is the right forum. I'll be on a layover in Scotland for 24 hours in May. I'll have a rental car from Glasgow. I plan to spend most of my time in Edinburgh. Any recommendations for great scenery/landscapes anywhere in the area or anything else I should do? With such limited time, I can't spend all day at a national park, so just some specific locations please.

Thanks
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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2017, 02:40:11 AM »
Hi mate,

Two places to see is the Castle in Edinburgh, then the Forth Rail & 2x road bridges at South Queensferry.  The Carlton Hill (overlooking the city) is popular for landscape photography.
Outside of Glasgow you have Loch Lomond which is stunning countryside.
Mind come back and let us see your pics  ;)
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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2017, 07:02:12 AM »
Hey,

+1 to the Castle in Edinburgh and Carlton Hill. The latter has a nice tower from which you can overlook the city. To the east there is a big cliff that gives you also a nice view of the city ( I think it's Holyrood Park). The Roal Yacht Britannia is at anchor in the harbor but IMHO that's not really worth a visit unless you are especially interested in the Royals or boats ;)
You could go and visit a distillery, but there are not many around Glasgow/Edinburgh, and AFAIK no interesting ones. Glengoyne is not too far away (from Glasgow).
When you walk around the city walk High Street/Canongate up and down: at the upper end sits the castle and at the lower end is the Scottish Parliament, which is at least architecturally an interesting building.
Near Edinburgh is the Roslyn Chapel, pretty famous now from a Dan Brown novel/movie. But it is indeed very pretty and interesting, but sadly too much tourists nowadays.

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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2017, 09:00:38 AM »
With only 24hrs, go west my friend go west!
Loch Lomond towards Inveraray (and castle) with great seafood, pub grub and micro breweries on your way. Surprisingly quick to get to from the city centre.

and don't forget Glasgow itself.... you'll have time for some really great restaurants and famous pubs when you get back.

Edinburgh overrated IMHO once you've seen the castle then meh. If you must and are driving watch out getting caught in traffic. If you're not going to venture beyond Edinburgh I'd recommend the train.

Whatever you decide, hope the weather is kind and you have a great time
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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2017, 10:21:16 AM »
Hello,

Hopefully this is the right forum. I'll be on a layover in Scotland for 24 hours in May. I'll have a rental car from Glasgow. I plan to spend most of my time in Edinburgh. Any recommendations for great scenery/landscapes anywhere in the area or anything else I should do? With such limited time, I can't spend all day at a national park, so just some specific locations please.

Thanks

Don't forget that there are some interesting things to see & do in Glasgow as well.

The Glasgow Necropolis, the Glenlee (aka the "Tall Ship"), and Glasgow Green are three nice spots to see in Glasgow.

As for Edinburgh, on your way back to Glasgow, stop in for a quick visit to the Kelpies.  You could also make your way to Stirling if you're interested in Stirling Castle, the William Wallace Monument, and/or the Battle of Bannockburn.

Cheers.

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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2017, 12:17:25 PM »
Is there a specific place in Loch Lomond that you would recommend? Inveraray is a bit away from Edinburgh. What about along the coast, is there a great place to see or just anywhere? Maybe by Edinburgh.

Also, how do you pronounce Edinburgh? In my mind it is Ed-in-berg.
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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2017, 12:49:08 PM »
Is there a specific place in Loch Lomond that you would recommend? Inveraray is a bit away from Edinburgh. What about along the coast, is there a great place to see or just anywhere? Maybe by Edinburgh.

Also, how do you pronounce Edinburgh? In my mind it is Ed-in-berg.

Ah wait, I've picked you up wrong. I thought you were staying in Glasgow. If your base is Edinburgh ( Edin-bu-rrah) and you only have 24hrs the west coast isn't a good idea stick to the east!  Stewart K's advice is perfect.

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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2017, 01:10:37 PM »
Is there a specific place in Loch Lomond that you would recommend? Inveraray is a bit away from Edinburgh. What about along the coast, is there a great place to see or just anywhere? Maybe by Edinburgh.

Also, how do you pronounce Edinburgh? In my mind it is Ed-in-berg.

Edin-burrer or Edin-bruh, or rather something in between.
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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2017, 04:01:52 PM »
Getting to Edinburgh by car (and parking) I wouldn't recommend, although you can hop on a train - it takes maybe an hour and a half, and you can do the city centre sights in a couple of hours fast walking. But maybe not worth the hassle if you've only a day to spare.

If you are driving, I agree with the others here that Loch Lomond, being very close to Glasgow, should offer some great scenery without taking all your time. Some nice old and new architecture in the city itself.

Also, how do you pronounce Edinburgh? In my mind it is Ed-in-berg.

Never pronounce the G! Ed-in-bruh or Edin-burruh (English), or Id-in-brr(uh) (Scots).
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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2017, 04:14:56 PM »
Where in Loch Lomond though? It is a big park.

Thanks, I don't want to sound like a noob when saying their name.
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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2017, 04:48:22 PM »
Where in Loch Lomond though? It is a big park.

Thanks, I don't want to sound like a noob when saying their name.

Ha, I'm sure Scottish people are used to it - Americans often say Edin-boro. Anyhow, the south end of Loch Lomond is surely the most realistic prospect, Balloch is closest to the city on its southernmost shores (half an hour in ideal conditions). Or else strike due north from Glasgow and into the (Loch Lomond and the Trossachs) national park, plenty of great scenery there. Note that even the northernmost tip of the lake is only just over an hour from central Glasgow according to Bing maps, although traffic will be the major factor for the first part of the trip.
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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2017, 05:23:54 PM »
I was there a few years ago and spent two nights. Due to my itinerary I did not make it up into the castle, but I did photograph it from below. This is taken from Princes Street, which is on the north side and just up the block from the train station. The castle is lit up at night and as these two stitched panoramas show, the night view is much preferable to the day view (dawn in this case).

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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2017, 06:11:16 PM »
Hello
I hope I can help; I lived in Glasgow for over 40 years and I`ve explored most parts of Scotland (and written about them), including Edinburgh.

I would suggest you have two main choices as you only have 1 day: either Edinburgh or Glasgow.
If you want to see Glasgow then the main places are: Glasgow University (lots of things there), Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow Cathedral, Provand`s Lordship, Riverside Museum. For good information I can recommend David Williams: "The Glasgow Guide".
If you want to go to Edinburgh then DO NOT hire a car but get a bus or train. From the bus/train station head up to Calton Hill to get a great view of the city. Then head to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. From there see the Scottish Parliament and walk right up the Royal Mile to the castle. Great views from the castle. The royal mile is full of "skyscrapers" that are a few centuries old; totally full of history and fine buildings. After that, walk downhill to the National Gallery of Scotland and see Princes Gardens, Princes Street and George Street. For good information: Robin Gauldie "Walking Edinburgh".
My recommendation would be Edinburgh. However, keep an eye on the weather.
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Re: Scotland trip
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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2017, 04:03:40 AM »
What time are you due to land and when do you have to be back at Glasgow to check-in? These will have a big impact on travel time. Glasgow Airport is to the west of Glasgow so you will need to go through Glasgow to get to Edinburgh. The Glasgow-Edinburgh corridor is very busy at peak times and there are major road improvements ongoing on the motorway linking the two cities, which are adding to the travel time (a one-way journey has taken me more than three hours sometimes - that is a big chunk out of your 24 hours). The works may be finished by May, but the information I have seen just says they "are due to finish in 2017".

Also, where are you staying overnight? This can make a difference to what it is sensible to attempt in 24 hours.

 

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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2017, 05:45:44 AM »
No recommendations, but driving in UK is rather different than most other places. If driving a significant amount of motorway, plan an average of 60mile per hour, if not motorway then allow an average of 30-40 mile per hour. It really chews up available time!

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Re: Scotland trip
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2017, 05:45:44 AM »