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Scotland Tourist Traps

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    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    There are many walks that claim to show you 'Underground Edinburgh,' but only one shows you the part of the city that was buried many years ago: Mary King's Close. Other tours will dub themselves as "underground," but only show you vaults under a bridge (South Bridge). You will not be allowed to take any photos or videos, but they will try to...

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  • Shopping

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    Like any capital city there are plenty of traps to allure the eager tourist. Watch out for the overpriced shortbread biscuits, tartan everything (can you find YOUR clan?) and plenty of whiskey themed gifts. I managed to go home with all three!.

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  • Royal Mile

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    Unless you want something typical Scottish to eat and pay for it don't eat at the restaurants on the Royal Mile. They are very expensive and if you never had any Scottish food before and are not sure, this is not the place to try it.

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  • Edinburgh Castle

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    You might say that the castle is one big tourist trap and you will be right. A lot of visitors , noise and you cant see anything you want , problems to take photos but still this is one amazing castle. i liked it a lot !

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  • Surroundings

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    The Royal Yacht Britanna at Ocean Terminal (A shopping mall & cinema) is over priced but it does give you a chance to see how the Royals lived and the poor bloody marines who went with them. Around ?10 and it will take about 1 hour 30 mins. The Castle cost ?10 and you can spend 4 Hours or more. The view is great take a wide angle lens. Marks and...

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  • Scott Monument

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    This is not the best view point for Edinburgh although its not bad. Its a hell of a dizzying climb up very narrow stairs for a few minutes of viewing not really worth in my opinion. Check out Black ford Hills for the best view. Hit the stairmaster first and make sure when you do it its a nice day. Hit Blackfort hills (see must do activities.)

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  • Miscellaneous

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    only use black hackney cabs the proper taxis the same ones you see in london dont use the "private hire cars" i stress the word cars as they are not taxis, although they are liscenced by the council they do no training whatsoever and will take you the tourist route where as the hackney cabs(london taxis)will always give you the professional service...

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  • Holyrood

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    You can register your ticket to gain unlimited entry for one year but stop and look at the small print before shelling out for tickets to both the Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen's Gallery (both have seperate admission charges) Your unlimited ticket carries big restrictions, both are closed from 30th. May till 15th. June as well as the...

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  • Many Miles From Edinburgh...

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    If you like the views of an oil refinery then this place is great. It's an absolute dump - the only thing that can be said about it is that the car parking is free! How the NT have got the nerve to charge to go into 1 small house is beyond a joke. There is simply nothing to see - we drove back to the Trossachs - they are plenty more pretty and...

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  • Festival, Tattoo, Hogmanay, Etc.

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    Now I suppose theatre goers and culture vultures will not agree with me but I'd advise you to avoid Edinburgh during the 'festival' period (August). It's NOT typical then... crammed full of people from far and wide, with everywhere just too busy and noisy to be enjoyable. I'd also advise you to avoid Hogmanay.... do yourself a favour and visit at a...

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  • Greyfriar's

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    The statue of a dog who stood by his master's grave for years. It's cute, I have to admit, but not worth a special trip. Although if you're on your way from the castle to the National Museum, you may as well pass it.

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  • Art & Culture

    Edinburgh Tourist Traps

    This is kind of a "museum", where the visitors are told about how our planet was created and how it was developing. However, no real things of the past centuries are exhibited. "Our Dynamic Earth" is suitable for 7-10-year old kids. Smaller kids can be scared there, and for older children and for adults it will be boring. It's very informative, so...

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  • Hungry in the Highlands - no late...

    This isn't really a "Tourist Trap", just a piece of advice for travellers to know what to expect and avoid any inconvenience.We've done a lot of driving and hiking around the Scottish Highlands and plan to do more in the future. It's a fantastic area to explore, even if you don't have a clear destination in mind… in fact, these are the days when...

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  • Haggis Hunting Season in the Scottish...

    According to a BBC survey of the year 2005, a third of US tourists who were asked about their upcoming trip to Scotland said they believed the haggis was a creature. The survey also revealed that almost a quarter of those questioned thought that they could go on a hunt & catch the country's most famous dish... OK then!Traditionally, Haggis hunting...

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  • expensive exchange

    If you are buying anything in the many woollen mills around Scotland using your credit card watch which currency they do the bill in. The exchange pound/euro they use is very high. They should ask which currency you want to pay in before ringing up the amount. In several shops we were in they did but in the Jedburgh woollen mill they did not and I...

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  • YOU COULD BE IN TROUBLE IF YOU TAKE...

    YOU ARE A TERRORIST.Oops! I meant ‘You are a Tourist'! See how easy that mistake was to make. Well the Metropolitan Police in their infinite wisdom have decided that you may want to report ‘Odd picture taking’. Let’s see. You see someone taking pictures of their food, bus stops, train stations and major landmarks. It’s a Virtual Tourist Member...

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  • Loch Ness Monster

    Please people, face it, Nessie just isn't there.Don't you think it would have been found by now? Loch Ness isn't exactly the Atlantic Sea, and they have found much more interesting things there.Some actually believe that Loch Ness Monster sightings in by gone times were when the circus travelling to Inverness stopped by the loch and let the...

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  • TIPPING IN RESTAURANTS

    We don’t tip in Britain. Get over it. There is a reason there is no place to leave a ‘gratuity’ on credit card bills or your server tells you not to bother. In the UK service workers are paid full wages unlike restaurant waiters in North America. I should know; I was a waiter! Tipping can be severely counterproductive here. Also, if you do tip,...

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  • GETTING TELEPHONE NUMBERS

    Need a telephone number in Britain? That’s going to cost you! A few years ago the Directory Enquiries number ‘192’ was privatised and now there are over 100 options. Some will cost you more than £1 for a phone number! I recommend not using 118 118. They do the most marketing, but they certainly are not cheap. They charge you 49p for answering the...

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  • Skip the audio tour at Edinburgh Castle

    When visiting the Edinburgh Castle, you will find that there are free guided tours that start regularly (IIRC, on the half hour). Skip renting the audio guide...the guided tour is more interesting and makes the audio tour relatively redundant and a waste of money.

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  • Inverness

    Get in - get out - and nobody gets hurt. The only city in Scotland I didn`t particularly like - there is not much to see. The only advantage is the proximity to Loch Ness (though Loch Ness itself isn`t very spectacular either if Nessie doesn`t show up).

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  • Nessie

    Sorry....but Nessie was kind of a tourist trap. My dad's comment: "at least at Disney World there would have been a plastic dino coming out of the lake every half hour and blown smoke!" We took a picture in front of the purple plastic Nessie to be able to say we've been there Keep going along the lake, past Inverness and check out Culloden and...

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  • Loch Ness

    Funny enough, i wouldn't try to dissuade anybody from visiting Loch Ness. The novelty enough is worth a visit but just to warn you, don't expect much. There are a few tourist shops that sell gaudy Nessie toys and other than that, thats all.

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  • Edinburgh, Palace of Holyroodhouse

    The entrance fee to this palace is 9 pounds and to be honest I don't get very excited when I see the bed a queen has slept in or the room where some people had dinner in espescially not for that price!Another con is that you have to go through the palace with bus- and busloads of people.But if you are into seeing how royalties lived this is not a...

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  • Dynamic earth in Edinburgh

    This museum shows the creation of earth , animals , ice , lava.I thought it will be much more interesting - spend your money and time on something else...very boring. Try to stay away from the animals and dont get eaten like me ;-) Walk in the royal mile and enjoy your trip

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  • Loch Ness and Urqhardt Castle - Had a...

    I agree that Loch Ness is not as pretty as some of the other lochs however I still found it to be quite lovely. I also enjoyed being able to climb the tower at Urqhardt Castle - although it's a little scary as you go up the old stone steps and all you have is a rope to hold on to. I took some beautiful pictures there and while it is touristy, I...

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  • Loch Ness museum

    To my opinion this place is a big tourist trap.The movies is a little bit boring and we left in the middle of the movies to enjoy the lake. Buy a nessie doll Leave the museum and go to see the lake

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  • Castles

    You might say that castles are one big tourist trap and you will be right.A lot of visitors , noise and you cant see anything you want , problems to take photos but still castles are amazing.i liked it a lot !

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  • Urquhart Stole My Heart

    Urquhart Castle is a much photographed historic site on Loch Ness close to the tourist hub of Drumnadrochit. Being so photogenic, I wanted to see it and was actually satisfied with what I could see from the parking lot. I LOVED this castle, and the only reason I did not go in was because it seemed outrageously expensive for a castle in ruins. The...

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  • Loch Ness Monster - Give It A Miss

    There are two major Loch Ness Monster exhibits in Drumnadrochit, and both seemed pretty cheesy. Didn't seem worth the money. The gift shops of these places were amusing with all the miscellaneous Loch Ness monster stuff they stocked. Quite fun. Enjoy Loch Ness itself! With all the hype about the famed monster in that region, I found myself spying...

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  • Cairngorm "Funny Car" - Fleecing...

    The Cairngorm Funicular Railway is pricy and facilities poor. Check Weather Forecast - It needs Clear Views to be Worth itIt is no good as a "quick way up the mountain"Restrictions around the development of this skiing / tourist attraction, within the centre of a National Park and sensitive ecosystem, mean you cannot get out at the top and walk the...

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  • Urquart Castle

    Scotland really is Castle Country - there are bigger and smaller ones all over the country so choose another one. Urquart Castle is ruined to say the least but lacks the romance of other ruins. It was destroyed in the Jacobite Rising to make it unuseable to the enemy's troops.Still nobody back then would have thought that this very castle would...

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  • Judge For Yourself

    I was taken to a tourist shop on Seil Island right across from Easdale Island. It's called C.John Taylor's, he owned the place, and you should see some of the stuff in it. I was warned, by my Scottish boyfriend, not to laugh out loud when I went inside. In my opinion there is some pretty awful poetry which is sold in books, and the paintings are...

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  • A9 The Main Road Between Inverness &...

    Most car driving tourists feel the need to first see Edinburgh, then with limited time head north straight for Inverness, to search for the Loch Ness monster, Highland scenery, whisky, and so on. This, they believe, is best done by driving the main road north - the A9, via Perth and Aviemore.That will be you - stuck behind a row of cars and a...

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  • Nessie ? purely another Scots leg-puller

    You have to hand it to the tourist industry in the Highlands that they have managed to produce an entire tourist industry out of the supposed sighting of a 'monster' in Lock Ness.Oh course tourists would visit Loch Ness even without this device - but there are many other lochs and glens that many would consider to be far more beautiful.I'ts all...

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  • Nessy

    Yes, whole commercial thing round the monster of Loch ness is one giant Tourist Trap!It was highly marked this way on the “Trotter” which is a excellent guide to go off the beaten track. BTW the monster don’t exist anymore, it’s dead, you see it in front of the “Museum” of the monster where you probably can buy signatured pictures and tissue...

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  • Loch Ness

    Well....we all know about the famous Loch Ness monster. Before you all jump on me...yes it is a very nice lake, nice views and all that but I must say it felt a bit odd going to a museum built around the whole thing. It's easier to stop along the lake if you drive from the Inverness direction. We visited the lake "off season" but it was still...

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  • Greta Green

    The Old Smithie at Greta is a place where everyone goes on a trip to Scotland but i do think it is overrated and basically a tourist trap. You pay about a pound to see the old anvil where people get married and a couple of rooms. Try to time your trip when there is a wedding on - you cannnot get into the smithie during the ceremony but you can...

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  • You Think British Airlines Are...

    You think british airlines are unrelieable?( sure, you are absolutely right), but just imagine whats happening with busses:)Trust me, i know, coz i have to use them twice a day 5 days per week.its not too funny to wait for half an hour when two in a row busses ane not coming...& then suddenly you have three at once.. or what is even worse to find...

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  • Inverness Castle - Looks more like a...

    Inverness Castle sits on a small hill overlooking the River Ness. At first sight, it was a disappointment. Situated in the middle of town, it was small, too clean and looks like it was built 10 years ago.As we got closer, we realized it is occupied..... by the Sheriff's Court. With a modern carpark and people with suits milling around, it just...

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  • CairnGorm Funicular

    By the brochure, the CairnGorm Funicular is the country’s highest and fastest mountain railway. The spectacular panoramic views from the terrace of the Ptarmigan Restaurant, nestled just under the summit of Cairn Gorm, together with the mountain exhibition and shop, offer an excellent ALL WEATHER experience that is both memorable and unique.We went...

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  • the northernmost opst office in the UK

    it's a red building in Haroldswick , the Northernmost post office in Britain. Only you have the feeling that it has been put there just for this purposem as there's only a handful of houses around do the touristy thing: buy a postcard, and send it to someone, with the northernmost british stamp visit the northermost pub, beach, stone and so on....

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  • Nessie

    The mythical Loch Ness monster is to Scotland what leprechauns are to Ireland. An invention for the tourists. Loch Ness is the deepest coldest loch in Scotland and there could very well be some sea creature living there but nobody's ever really found or seen it. The Nessie culture is a blatant tourist trap and there are far more beautiful lochs in...

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  • Inverness Youth Hostel

    When I was there (1992) there was a fire alarm every morning around 5 or six so everyone had to go out. I was freezing and really pissed off after a few nights ;-) (well we got used to it somehow and after two nights we didn't bother anymore --- good that there was no fire ;). Well..maybe they have fixed it by now - though I heard of other people...

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  • Loch Ness

    Just because there is a monster inside the lake it doesn't mean it's the most beautiful lake... The other lochs like Loch Lomond or Loch Linnhe are much more beautiful and less touristy.Try to avoid Ft. William, too....there's nothing but tacky souvenir shops there! Take a picture of Nessie, the Loch Ness monster and become rich ;) See other...

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