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Scotland in Late October

#1
Mrs M and I are heading for Scotland last week in October and interested in recommendations of where to go, what to see/do and what to avoid.

Fying into Edinburgh, collecting hire car and have the day and night there before moving on to wherever. Not necessarily restricted by distance but will be visiting Mrs M's relatives around Fort William and Glencoe at some stage.

Realise it will probably be somewhat cold and wet etc but we know that and will be equipped accordingly. We are in Travelodge for the first night but after that are open to recommendations.

I'm certain that there are plenty on here with recommendations on what is good and bad. Links to sites with good info would also be appreciated.
 
#3
Nairn is beautiful, has stunning beach and conservation area, the golf course is highly recommended too................if not your style there is lovely walks and the marina is pretty,

Couple of miles down the road towards Inverness is Cawdor Castle............stunning , beautiful gardens.
Not far from there is Culloden Moor and visitor centre, has stunning views and you can walk around the area and soak up the history, the visitor centre is a must ................myself and my son's loved it and the cafe and gift shop was good too.

If you look for signs nearish Culloden there is a hidden gem...........stunning and spooky stone circles and cairns hidden near a wood and next to a railway bridge that featured in the Harry Potter movies.

Umm Fort George is interesting too .

If your looking for fabulous scenery then head to Ballater and the Braemar area, lots of castles and history, good food, fantastic scenery and walks especially The Seven Bridges Walk around Ballater, head to loch muick if you can..............the deer will be getting fed soon, they come down from the hills.................stunning sight.

Visit Knock Castle, it's in ruins but history and scenery lovely but sad.

Well hope this helps......................enjoy your holiday.
 
#7
Edinburgh to Stirling and Ballquidder to see Rob Roys Grave ,across Rannoch moor to Glencoe( Inverriggen house is in the woods next campsite) and Fort William up Great Glen passing the Commando Memorial to Inverness, Collodan ,Fort George and then fish and chips on the beach at Nairn. back over the Cairngormes to Edinburgh job done
 

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#8
What is the point of going to Scotland unless you intend to climb mountains or blast wildlife out to the sky?
Or even combine a bit of both by sending expanding bullets through Bambi's descendants chest cavities...........
 
#9
tropper66 said:
Edinburgh to Stirling and Ballquidder to see Rob Roys Grave ,across Rannoch moor to Glencoe( Inverriggen house is in the woods next campsite) and Fort William up Great Glen passing the Commando Memorial to Inverness, Collodan ,Fort George and then fish and chips on the beach at Nairn. back over the Cairngormes to Edinburgh job done
Oh what a great itinerary. Stop in at the king's house though after Rannoch - for a bit to eat and the beautiful picture window view onto the Buchaille Etive Mor!

Oh my heart is in the highlands, unlike my bank balance which in dire straits - so we won't be takin any high or low roads for a while!
 
#11
Murielson said:
Mrs M and I are heading for Scotland last week in October and interested in recommendations of where to go, what to see/do and what to avoid.

Fying into Edinburgh, collecting hire car and have the day and night there before moving on to wherever. Not necessarily restricted by distance but will be visiting Mrs M's relatives around Fort William and Glencoe at some stage.

Realise it will probably be somewhat cold and wet etc but we know that and will be equipped accordingly. We are in Travelodge for the first night but after that are open to recommendations.

I'm certain that there are plenty on here with recommendations on what is good and bad. Links to sites with good info would also be appreciated.
Jock Arrse Crawl - Edinburgh, Sat 31st October for starters?? :D :D
 
#12
tropper66 said:
Edinburgh to Ballquidder to see Rob Roys Grave ,across Rannoch moor to Glencoe and Fort william up Great Glen to Inverness, Collodan ,Fort George and then fish and chips on the beach at Nairn. back over the Cairngormes to Edinburgh job done
Sounds good to me Tropper.

A few points.

Nairn is full of 'Wee Neds' and while it is beautiful, they are not. It also has a good Indian restaurant that is usually so quiet, the owner will sit with you and chat (incessantly) while you try and eat your meal. There is a guest house in Nairn run by two blokes and they take it in turn to do the cooking as well as in the bedroom. A nice breakfast and they both really know what to do with a sausage.

Fort William while stunning is the drugs capital of the Highlands so watch out for more of the 'Wee Neds' as they're usually on something and I don't mean a scooter. The Edinburgh Woollen Mill close to the town sells beautiful genuine Highland fleeces (made in Indonesia) and you can't move in the shop for shortbread tins. Ben Nevis is closeby, unless of course the Tourist Board have moved it nearer to Glasgow.

Inverness is of course a city and (surprise surprise) is full of 'Wee Neds' but of the city variety. Anybody looking vaguely like a 'Teuchter' is invariably Dutch as the city is bunged full of them and the fact there isn't a van Hooijdonk tartan doesn't seem to put them off.

Culloden is close by and now boasts a new visitor centre where you can rub shoulders with Jacobite Walts and Mr and Mrs Kowalski from Minnesota as they're trying to trace their roots.

Aviemore is close by but far enough not to bother with. Really just a Butlins built on a slope. The wildlife park in Kingussie is just down the road and has a variety of animals including a dead racoon and a pack of wolves. It tends to be closed more times than it's open which probably means they're burying yet another dead racoon.

Loch Ness is a large body of water that everybody stares at and nobody sees a monster apart from on clear days (laughs!) when you might catch your own reflection. The shores of the loch are populated by Monster Walts and some have seen it and some have not so they just lie about it.

The road to Mallaig is stunningly beautiful apart from the washing machines thrown into a gorge and you pass the beach that was used in the fillum Local Hero. Once in Mallaig unless you're catching a ferry just turn round and drive back again as there's sod all there. There is a sealife aquarium centre there but sorry, I prefer my fish battered.
 
#13
Thank you for the Tourist Board "Official" view there.

One of the funniest descriptions I've read in ages - but oh so close to the truth!!

:D :D

You forgot to mention the Midges...
 
#14
Sparky2339 said:
Thank you for the Tourist Board "Official" view there.

One of the funniest descriptions I've read in ages - but oh so close to the truth!!

:D :D

You forgot to mention the Midges...
Should (just) be ok in late October?
 
#15
mistersoft said:
Sparky2339 said:
Thank you for the Tourist Board "Official" view there.

One of the funniest descriptions I've read in ages - but oh so close to the truth!!

:D :D

You forgot to mention the Midges...
Should (just) be ok in late October?
Dinny put money on it.

edited to add; they survived the Ice Age; October is a doddle for them.
 
#17
Cheers for the info so far all. Plenty to research so far but please keep it coming if there is more to be had.

As for Arrse crawl 31 Oct - happens to be my wedding anniversary so I think Mrs M will be saying no before I even get all the words out!!

I did attend in 2005 so she knows how long it takes me to recover nowadays (and it was a long time I can assure you)!!
 
#18
The weather should still be ok in late October so don't expect any sunshine. Generally it'll be a mixture of heavy rain with scattered showers turning into squally showers and then dying off to a light drizzle before starting to rain again. Due to this any scenic/panoramic views will be totally obscured by mist/fog/cloud.

Dress accordingly and anything SHOWERPROOF is a waste of space. You should be prepared for the previously mentioned weather conditions though this early in the year, there's probably no need for the inflatable dinghy (yet) or the snow shoes.
 

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