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quick highland tour

by wangyixuan1981

is it possible for a 1-2 days tour in the famous highland? either guided service or by rail. it's our first trip to scotland, we are not self-driving or hiking, the only convenient transport we have is Britrail Pass. can you tell me which is the quickest way from one of the hub cities to the wildness and uniqueness? if the way is guided service, we hope it's not costing too much.. any suggestion and advice is appreciated. thanks.

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Re: quick highland tour

by doodybee

you can go Glasgow to Mallaig on the train - look at the journey planner

there are no changes but it takes 5+ hours

you will see some of the countryside on the way up there and i think yo uwill get a discount using the britrail pass -- if not there are advance tickets you maybe able to buy ( upto 6pm on the day prior to your journey usually )
once in Mallaig you can access a wealth of options regarding hte highlands areas - and if you want to stay in FOrt William my mother in law would recommend the Croit Anna Hotel ( owned by Alpha Travel Company) its nothing spectacular but she says its clean and the food is good and the staff are more than accommodating to guest needs
also try visit ( i think ) for ideas
hope this gives you a starting point and that you enjoy your visit


Re: quick highland tour

by Turtleshell

Second doodybee. The "West Highland Line" (I think that's just the inofficial name) from Glasgow to Mallaig won't disappoint you.

I have walked the nearby West Highland Way twice, and Loch Lomond, Bridge of Orchy, Clen Coe are fantastic.

I think the train leaves Glasgow from Queen Street Station, not Glasgow Central.

Re: quick highland tour

by Suet

You might like to try this site to see if there are coach tours for the say from Glasgow to some of the sights.

this is for day coach tours.

Re: quick highland tour

by chineseglasgow

with brit rail your desytinations should be thurso in far north and atrip to the Orkneys ,back down to Dingwall for the Kyle of Loch alsh {day on Skye or better still go to the lighthouse that is a hostel and see skye taking all the rain and you see the magnificent mountains of skye taking all the rain then back to aberdeen the most beautifull city in the country. rail passes have ltd times so i know y cant see every thing. But it is fun To TRY>

Re: quick highland tour

by uglyscot

Gt to Inverness by train and then take traon/bus to Dingwall, and the train to Kyle of Lochalsh. Great views.

Re: quick highland tour

by uglyscot

Go to Inverness by train and then take train/bus to Dingwall, and the train to Kyle of Lochalsh. Great views.

Re: quick highland tour

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Travel Tips for Glasgow

people's place

by rayvan

The most interesting thing about Glasgow are the people that live there.

Glaswegians are very down to earth and very friendly (unlike ppl from Edinburgh) and they will always help you out if you need some information (sometimes they'll help you a bit too much,but that is another story). My fondest memories are the lone piper who was practising for the world piping championships under my hotel window after arriving in the city and watching the sun set over the city from the flag pole in Queens park (not advisable anymore as it is now a dodgy palce after dark)

Never Say: "Not Interested.............!"

by johngayton

If you ever find yourself in a strange pub in Glasgow (or pretty much anywhere in Scotland) and get chatting to someone at the bar and that person asks The Question: "And whit team do you support?".

The "I'm not interested in football." is not an answer!! This will mark you as some sort of strange alien species, undoubtedly with perverse and possibly threatening attitudes to the status quo.

And of course to get the answer wrong: vis-a-vis Rangers or Celtic, could even be life-threatening.

The best answer is: "...em, (you must always start with .....em before replying to a question in Scotland) well I've always liked to see how Partick Thistle are doing, I'm not so much a fan but, you know....the Jags....well, I've always had a soft spot for them."

This usually results in all at the bar taking great pity on your many years of suffering for following such dunderheids and can even result in people buying you drinks!

Quick thanks to zizkov for providing the PTFC link.

Support the Blues.

by danski

If you go to Glasgow it is well worth a trip to the south side of the city to Rangers football club. Rangers has a 5 star stadium(as awarded by FIFA) and is one of only 12 stadiums in Europe to have this privilige. Take a tour of the trophy room which is packed with the history wihich has made Rangers the club that has won more cups and championships than any other club in the WORLD. Sample the atmosphere of the big game and enjoy what is a day to remember. A red white and blue scarf and a Union jack flag will also come in handy.

Defo the most heinous of...

by nixon_fc

Defo the most heinous of crimes commited by those travelling to Glasgow would be to not make the half hour trip to loch lomond and stay up there for the night. There is a youth hostel at Rowardennan right at the foot of Ben Lomond which by chance also has small bar along the road 2mins towards Balmaha.

Swanky bar

by Minstrelette about Corinthian Bar

Built in 1842 and originally housing a bank, Corinthian Bar is perfect if you want an upscale but comfortable place to spend an evening. The cocktails are delicious, the atmosphere is spacious and cozy at the same time, and you have a choice of the main bar, a piano bar, and a nightclub in the basement. This building is truly impressive. business-casual, but on a quiet night, we got away with slightly more casual


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