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goaltndr 
Posted: 26-Jul-2004, 12:46 PM
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I am, AT LONG LAST, going to be able to travel and visit Scotland. I'll have to arrange travel dates around times teachers are off school so my main question is: when is the better time to travel to Scotland, Late-March or Mid-June. Is there a difference as far as weather?


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Posted: 26-Jul-2004, 04:35 PM
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The nearer to June that you can travel the better..... I've seen snow on the hills in June.... cool.gif

Seriously, it depends on where in Scotland you intend to visit - and for how long... If you are visting places like my home town (Edinburgh), then the weather shouldn't matter too much. Lots to do and see, even if it is pouring.

Scotland is the original home of the saying 'four seasons in one day'...

If you have specific information you want, put it in the Scotland forum and I'm sure that other posters will also try to help.

Barddas travelled to Scotland just over a year ago, and can tell you his experiences from a US visitor's perspective.
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Posted: 26-Jul-2004, 05:01 PM
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Just a suggestion, goaltnr! You should visit the Scotland forum on here and you, like me, will learn lots about Scotland! I am the dope on there asking all kinds of questions, but at least we learn, eh? biggrin.gif


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Posted: 26-Jul-2004, 08:41 PM
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Wow, goaltndr, Scotland!! It is at the very top of my "places to visit" list. One of these days...... smile.gif.

I don't have any info to give you, other than take lots of pictures and make wonderful memories. biggrin.gif


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Posted: 27-Jul-2004, 11:01 AM
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goaltndr,

Don't go in August as that is when the UK is out on holiday. We always enjoyed October, it is colder but the sales are great and everything is still open.

Check out Perth and the Edradour distillery while you are in Scotland.


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Posted: 27-Jul-2004, 03:18 PM
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goaltndr, to answer your question to when the best time to travel to Scotland is, i would say March going into April.
There are a few reasons for this. 1) it is not peak season- which means fares are normally cheaper than later in the year. 2) although it may be a wee bit colder you will experience more of the REAL Scotland. There are fewer tourist and you can wander around the country without some of the tourist trap stuff. 3) smaller crouds at all the touristy sites which makes for an enjoyable trip! That is why I will always go off season .
My wife and I went from mid April and rounded out the month there. ( 2 weeks to you and me tongue.gif )
The weather varied. And like Catriona said it varied hour to hour!!!!!!! For real! On one day we started out it was sunny and pleasant ( slight breeze that added touch of a chill nothing horrible though- wind breaker weather) when we got inbetween Glasgow and Edinburgh rain, at Edinburgh castle snow flurries, then at sunset it cleared to a pretty orangered sunset. The following morning was warm and sunny! So expect everything, and anything when it comes to weather.

If you have *any* questions feel free to ask. smile.gif

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Goaltndr alot of your travels to Scotland depend on what you want to do and see. Alot of the historical sites are open year round but there are alot that are only open from May - 30 Sept so it varies to your interests

If you are looking for airplane tickets I go during all times of the year to see my family in Huntley Scotland up in Aberdeenshire in the Highlands. I still continue to get the home town newspaper sent to me here in the states.
For the best in Discount tickets over shop for travel in Mar-April or Oct-15 Nov. Rates are usually at their lowest. I have gone round trip to Scotland into Eginburgh airport for as little as $259 round trip depending on the time of year and as much as $1100.00 during the summer but was a family emergency. So as you see play with your dates when you enter them into a travel search site.

The weather is just like it is in Baltimore Maryland. They say there in Baltimore, if you don't like the weather give it a few minutes and you'll get something different.

I always take a couple of sweaters, rain gear and gloves. Sometimes the weather is warm, sunny and wonderful and others in a ffew moments the mist rolls in and it's cool, wet, grey and dark. So go well prepared.

One of my favorite places in the whole world is Isle of Skye. I could stay out there for a month and never be bored. But do get a good look over the country cause history is everywhere. You will have a great trip and will begin planning a returned trip after the first.

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Come to Scotland, bring one big warm sweater. One thin water proot or one umbrella, I find walking around my home town of Edinburgh even on the sunniest of days doesn't get me any funny looks with my umbrella as it is sort of a negative "sods-law" and means it won't rain as there is no point as I won't get wet. So by carrying the umbrella I provide sunshine for everyone else.
Two t-shirts. Two pairs of trousers (OK pants to you I think? wink.gif One pair of shorts, three pairs of socks, 3 pairs of underwear (shorts?) one pair of sturdy boots. Or save space and bring one kilt instead of the trousers and shorts.
Basically keep space in your bag for the duty-free whisky wink.gif
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I also heard to bring an extra suitcase for all that shopping I am going to do! wink.gif biggrin.gif
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Posted: 09-Aug-2004, 08:01 PM
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Don't forget to bring socks for the feet to keep them warm. Rain coat slicker is an absolutely must!

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Okay, many thanks! smile.gif
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Posted: 19-Aug-2004, 12:30 PM
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Thanks to all. Very valuable information. I'll try to keep any other questions within the Scotland forum. I am sure I will have tons as I am very excited to travel there. My Great Grandfather lived in Newton-Stewart before coming to the U.S., so I'd like to see there but, other than that, I don't have a set plan.
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