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Thread: Report on my Trip to Scotland

  1. #21
    i would suggest you will be able to see a lot more places with a car

  2. #22

    We Took the Tour to Edinburgh from Kilconquhar.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dancingfish View Post
    ok my trip is one month away! OCTOBER!!!still looking for information. I recieved a packet from Kilconquhar that shows they have tours everyday-- maybe we could get by without a car? and use the bus and the tours they have lined up???

    Anyone wanna jump in?
    You never want to drive and park in any large city in Europe.

    But I also think that you will enjoy having a car more than using the bus and tours to see the area.

    Walt

  3. #23
    I realize that we could see more with a car, but with the exchange rate doing sooo poorly we are trying to cut back on expenses. I guess I am trying to find out if anyone has any experience with the tours that the Castle holds. Are these worth the money? Are they big tour buses or smaller Vans?

  4. #24

    Ours Was A Small Van!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dancingfish View Post
    I realize that we could see more with a car, but with the exchange rate doing sooo poorly we are trying to cut back on expenses. I guess I am trying to find out if anyone has any experience with the tours that the Castle holds. Are these worth the money? Are they big tour buses or smaller Vans?

    I would also think that the tours will cost you more in the long run. some of our best days were going to the smaller villages that you will never get to on a Tour Bus or Van.

    What tours are available to you?

    Walt

  5. #25
    We did a week in Scotland back in November 06 and drove it all, ourselves . . . including a day in Edinburgh. Driving in the UK for the first time was a bit of a learning experience for my hubby, but he did fabulously well in spite of the stress of driving on the opposite side of the road. Parking at Edinburgh Castle was problematic as the upper parking lot by the entrance was closed, forcing folks out into the street parking which was metered. We found something at the bottom of the hill behind the castle, so it wasn't too terribly bad for us.

    Our general opinion is that we prefer to avoid tours via tour groups on motor coaches and vans. It has more to do with biological comfort and wanting to stop and do what you need to when you have to. If there is absolutely no other way to experience something (like the Arctic Circle on the "Haul" Road), then I've been known to go with the flow of a tour offering.

    Being totally dependent on tour operators and public transportation can wind up being as expensive as renting a car. With that being said, our two weeks in the UK last fall cost us $450 (USD) for the rental car and just about as much for the gasoline for the two weeks. Some may say that $900 is terribly expensive, and they'd be right . . . it was! But for three of us, had we taken tours to the major sites we got to experience exploring on our own, I'm confident it would have been more than $300 per person for the two weeks. There is no getting around it . . . vacationing in the UK is especially expensive, especially with the poor exchange rate on our USD's.

    Have a wonderful time . . . and enjoy everything that you do. We still talk fondly of our time there, even the few stressful driving moments

    p.s. I should have added that I love to take photos on vacation, and often a photo op occurs when you least expect it while driving off the beaten path. On a tour bus or as part of a tour group, you completely lose that spontaneity of stopping when and where you want to take photos.

  6. #26
    Sunday- East Neuk of Fife Coastal tour--
    Coastal harbors and St Andrews
    Monday- Tour of Edinburg-- Arthers seat, holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle-- then you can explore on your own and call them to pick you up or they will continue to tour
    Tuesday- Stirling and Loch Lomand-- Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle, Scottish Wool Center and Loch Lomand
    Wednesday- Glencoe and LochNess -- Crieff, Glencoe, LochLinnhe, Fort William, Great Glen, Fort Augustus, Loch NEss, Pitlochary
    Thursday- Glamis Castle and PErthshire-- Caithness Glass, Whiskey tour in Edradour, Glamis Castle

    All of these are 8-5 or 7pm tours with the exception on the Sunday tour. And range from 27pounds to 37 pounds

    I guess my next question would be is there anywhere to rent a car other than the airport... will there be a rental place near Kilconquhar if we only wanted a car for a few days?

  7. #27
    Dancingfish . . .

    Those look like very ambitious tour itineraries. I'm just not sure you can get that much packed into a day and be happy. We spent nearly a full day at Edinburgh Castle, and while we wanted to do Holyrood Palace, we simply didn't have time. The Stirling day also seems to be stretching what is possible.

    I suppose if you are looking for good overviews on the sights and history of Scotland, they will be sufficient. When you say the tours are 8-5, is that from pick-up to return times?

    One positive in using tours is that typically they do include the admission fees to the sites. Be sure you know whether or not they are included in the price quoted.

  8. #28
    The tours are provided by the timeshare and yes they are start and stop times. While we certainly wouldn't want to do one everyday it does give one options. I was hoping someone on this board would have stayed there and could offer more insight!

  9. #29

    Edinburgh Castle Tour

    Quote Originally Posted by Dancingfish View Post
    The tours are provided by the timeshare and yes they are start and stop times. While we certainly wouldn't want to do one everyday it does give one options. I was hoping someone on this board would have stayed there and could offer more insight!
    We stayed at Kilconquhar Castle and took the Edinburgh Castle tour. But we drove the car to the other sights. If you are asking me would I rent a car again or would I take the Tours only. I would rent a car and see Scotland at my own pace.

    Walt

  10. #30
    Quote Originally Posted by tennisWalt View Post
    We stayed at Kilconquhar Castle and took the Edinburgh Castle tour. But we drove the car to the other sights. If you are asking me would I rent a car again or would I take the Tours only. I would rent a car and see Scotland at my own pace. Walt
    I concur! We stayed at Kilconquhar, and took the Glen Coe / Loch Ness tour, and drove to the other sites. Tho we enjoyed the tour day and the guide, if we did the trip again, we'd skip the tour and drive there ourselves. Honestly, we didn't spend enough time in the best places en route, and our stops were at so-so places that allow the tour buses. I'd spend more time walking the East Neuk coastal path. Also note that sometimes the Kilconquhar tours don't happen, if/when there aren't the minimum number of participants.

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