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Posted: 13-Apr-2009, 12:59 AM
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Hello Everyone!

I am in the early stages of planning a two week vacation to Ireland and Scotland, if anyone has suggestions they can share, I'd really appreciate it; date to travel is a year away, so I've got time. Thanks!

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Posted: 13-Apr-2009, 09:46 AM
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If you would "Mary Kings Close" underground streets in Edinburgh. It is said to be the most haunted place in Scotland. A 10 year old little girl Annie is said to be seen there. If you go take a toy and leave it for her, they have a room for that it's where she has been seen in.


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Posted: 13-Apr-2009, 11:02 AM
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When I went to Scotland in the Summer of '07, I spent three weeks there, and it wasn't enough time. smile.gif 2 weeks to split between Scotland and Ireland is going to kill you! lol.

My Scotland recommendations based on my own interests: smile.gif

1. Visit the Clachann Pub in Drymen Village near Loch Lomond. (Claimed to be the oldest registered pub in Scotland.) Their haggis is from the butcher shop across the green, and it was the best haggis I had in all of Scotland. I had it on top of steak with a whiskey cream sauce (Talisker, I believe.) Absolutely heavenly. Drymen is a nice little village, and Loch Lomond is absolutely stellar. I recommend you stay at Green Shadows Bed and Breakfast, if you're staying near there. Absolutely beautiful area, and Gayle is a wonderful hostess. Phenomenal breakfasts, IMO. http://www.visitdrymen.co.uk/

2. If you DO find yourself near Loch Lomond with time to kill, take the mail boat trip around the Loch. Great photo opportunities, and the pub on Inchmurrin is tasty! (There were quite a few spiders on the beach, though, so if you're arachnophobic, like me, I'd stay off the beach itself.) lol

3. Stirling Castle is a must-see castle. A lot of the castles have been converted to tourism, which has its high and low points, to be honest. (Edinburgh Castle being the most converted.) Stirling, however, has a lot more of an "original" feel to it.

4. Visit Kilmartin Glen to see a great deal more ancient Scotland than you'll find elsewhere. Dunadd Fort is DEFINITELY something to research before you visit, but it's worth the trip AND the hike to the top.

5. I quite enjoyed the Ft. William area. If you do visit Ft. William, I recommend visiting Glenfinnan, which is where Prince Charles raised his banner in the '45 uprising. There's a Viaduct train, known as the Harry Potter train that leaves from Ft. William that we've heard is excellent. You get to cross the viaduct that was shown in several Harry Potter movies. However, be sure to buy your tickets in advance, as it was sold out when we went to take it. Also, if you visit Ft. William, I recommend staying at Woodside B&B. Andrew was a really nice guy, and we quite enjoyed our stay there. His wife was born in America, and provides a breakfast of waffles, which you may be craving after the protein-heavy breakfasts you'll find all over. smile.gif http://www.woodsidefortwilliam.co.uk/

5. If you're interested at all in the religious history of Scotland, I recommend the ruins of the St. Andrews Cathedral. We went there looking for information on the Scottish Protestant Martyrs, and were not disappointed. An excellent day trip. We got to see where Patrick Hamilton and George Wishart were martyred, as well as we got to see Bottleneck Dungeon. Really sobering, but fascinating.

6. In line with the above recommendation, The High Kirk of St. Giles in Edinburgh is an amazing place. If you visit, be sure to check out the burial place of John Knox, under parking spot 23 of the church parking lot. (They paved over the graveyard, and that's where he was estimated to have been buried.) sad.gif Gorgeous structure, St. Giles.

7. Glen Coe, of course, is a place filled with tragic Scottish history, and I can't recommend it enough.

As I said before, I spent 3 weeks in Scotland, and it wasn't nearly long enough. sad.gif

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I also will be doing some traveling. My husband and I are going to Ireland for 1 week in September. Wish we could go longer. Some of the tips I received is that stay in B&B's because you get to know the people. They are also very helpful in letting you know what are some good places to see. The best places to eat are the pubs because of the $. Therestaurants are above the pubs and offer the same food for higher price. Alcohol is very expensive so I was told you are allowed to bring 2 bottles of alcohol with you. I have a lot of Irish customers and these are some of the things that they told me. Well good luck if you have any other questions feel free to ask. cool.gif
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