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Anonymous 08/16/14(Sat)22:09 UTC+1 No.888005 Report

Going to the UK for October and spending most of that time in Scotland, any suggestions for place to go or things to do?

This is my first trip and I have nooo idea where to start.
Anonymous 08/16/14(Sat)23:30 UTC+1 No.888030 Report

Ah, you say you're interested in eighteenth century seashell mosaics? Then the villages of coastal Fife will be just the thing for you.
Anonymous 08/16/14(Sat)23:37 UTC+1 No.888037 Report

That's a new approach. Let's see if it works.

(I tried listing interesting examples of church architecture for awhile, but got tired of googling up examples... Nobody got the point anyway...)
Anonymous 08/17/14(Sun)00:28 UTC+1 No.888053 Report

Fuck it, on any grounds coastal Fife is hard to beat (apart from Kirkcaldy, which sucks) and Dalgety Bay (which is deadly dull), of, and the whole Buckhaven/Methil/Leven conurbation, which is Stab city.

But....those apart, so many wonders. Working round: North Queensferry - the odd regatta, and the Forth Rail Bridge. Burntisland - kind of old fashioned, run down, but characterful seaside resort. Elie and Earlsferry - a far posher version of the above, with a great beach and a fabulous old fashioned pub (The Ship In Inn at Elie - how I delighted to take my first girlfriend there), St Monans and Pittenweem - two gorgeous, very distinctive fishing villages. Anstruther (be sure to pronounce it correctly) - less nice, frankly, but home to what has often been described as the best fish and chip shop in Scotland or the UK - and it is good. Crail - unusually gorgeous fishing village, amazing harbour, arts and crafts scene. Then St Andrews, which is simply out of this world, and like nowhere else in the world. Gorgeous coastal walks all along, you might see seals, interesting geological formations both on and off shore.

In short, if you're going to Scotland, why the Fuck would you even contemplate going anywhere other than the Fife coast? Seriously, do it.
Anonymous 08/17/14(Sun)01:10 UTC+1 No.888060 Report

Yeah, I actually posted that as sarcasm but I studied at St Andrews and Fife is far and away my favorite part of the lowlands. Coastal caves, Pictish carvings, sorrel-carpeted woodlands, and dear sweet fuck is that Falkland Palace looming on the horizon?
Anonymous 08/17/14(Sun)11:50 UTC+1 No.888211 Report

Ha! Snap, on both points. Still, if this guy is gonna come here with ridiculously inspecific questions, he should just be thankful we're directing him to Crail, rather than saying, "be sure not to miss the enormous metallic flowers of Glenrothes", eh?
Anonymous 08/18/14(Mon)11:37 UTC+1 No.888661 Report

In terms of cities if you want a ye olde historical feel all around go forth to Edinburgh. Be warned though, people from Edinburgh are up their own arse.

Glasgow is a little rougher but it really is the major metropolis of Scotland. It's got great pubs, plenty to see and great parks. Byres Road and the Westend is nice.

Also if you're on the west coast it's worth taking a ferry to Arran.
Anonymous 08/18/14(Mon)20:01 UTC+1 No.888836 Report

Oban then get a ferry to an island.
Anonymous 08/18/14(Mon)20:03 UTC+1 No.888837 Report

Man I want to go to Scotland so bad. One day.
Anonymous 08/19/14(Tue)07:24 UTC+1 No.889118 Report

How does Arran compare to other islands? Just curious.
Anonymous 08/19/14(Tue)08:41 UTC+1 No.889154 Report

Are you flying in to London first? I'd recommend stopping off at York and possibly Leeds if you're moving north by road.
Anonymous 08/19/14(Tue)21:32 UTC+1 No.889435 Report

Picture is me on the isle of skye last april. Did a 2 day hike there, beautifull scenery. (Seeing this back makes me want to go on my next adventure)
Cairngrom moantains where great too. Fort William and Ben nevis isn't worth it, everyone is slogging up that hill like donky's. Loch ness is just a big lake full of toerist.
Anonymous 08/19/14(Tue)22:24 UTC+1 No.889455 Report

Edinburgh - Royal Mile, Castle, Greyfriars, Dungeons, Museums, Oddity shops, Festivals, Just a cool city to explore despite the snooty residents.
Glasgow - Pubs, Clubs, Parks, Decent museums, it's alright.
Fife - Nice coastal towns like Crail and Leven, and nice non-coastal towns like Aberdour. Just a nice place in general. Also deep sea world.
Others - Loch Ness, Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle, Ben Nevis, etc
Anonymous 08/19/14(Tue)23:25 UTC+1 No.889470 Report

Royal Deeside is good to go see. There is a reason the Queen has a castle there.

I hope you're ready to be cold wet and miserable. Get familiar with the word Dreich because it will apply to the weather a lot.
Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)09:01 UTC+1 No.890105 Report


Thanks for the tip!

I was planning on going to ben nevis, but now I'll think twice about that.

dp you know if ben nevis is a difficult climb?
Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)09:04 UTC+1 No.890106 Report

haha yeah, i was kind of worried about that. i am from the pnw though, so hopefully i'll be at least a little prepared

Anyone know how the uk's weather is compared to the pacific northwest?
Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)09:08 UTC+1 No.890108 Report


yeah, sorry about that.

tbh i dont even know where i want to go or what i want to do.
Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)09:12 UTC+1 No.890110 Report

Some more info on my trip

Flying into Glasgow on the 9th, I know I want to go to Stirling and Edinburgh. Then I will some how go south to north England. then London at the end of the month for a Halloween party

Does anyone think a month is too long for just going south to London?
Anonymous 08/22/14(Fri)03:04 UTC+1 No.890394 Report

>Fort William and Ben nevis isn't worth it, everyone is slogging up that hill like donky's.
Even in September?
[on a side note, you must be Dutch, right?]
Anonymous 08/22/14(Fri)17:46 UTC+1 No.890583 Report

>Visiting Scotland in October
>Referendum is in September
You're either going to meet a lot of butthurt Scots, or a different group of butthurt Scots depending on which way the referendum goes.
If you're mistaken for an Englishman you won't be coming back.
Also, I hope you like rain.
Anonymous 08/22/14(Fri)18:02 UTC+1 No.890585 Report

>If you're mistaken for an Englishman you won't be coming back.

>mfw people still think Scots hate English people for being English.

Are you English and some Scottish guy once called you a wee poofter or something?

Sure there are nationalistic arseholes but no more so than any other country.

Regardless of what way the referendum goes, you will have a good time OP, it's a serious issue but if there is going to be any trouble with the outcome (which there won't) it will die down by October.
Anonymous 08/22/14(Fri)18:56 UTC+1 No.890591 Report

Fair point about rain (in the west, at least), but the rest of this post is complete bollocks. You'll have no problems like that.
Anonymous 08/22/14(Fri)22:30 UTC+1 No.890659 Report

burntisland sucks
Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)17:29 UTC+1 No.891688 Report

go to the Hebrides
Anonymous 08/29/14(Fri)20:35 UTC+1 No.893157 Report

didn't see other islands, but arran is the shit
go there
Anonymous 08/30/14(Sat)13:38 UTC+1 No.893431 Report

If you are into archaeology, there are stone circles, passage graves, and brochs in Orkney. I spent a few days there some years back, based in Kirkwall, taking buses and ferries around the islands. But that was August, not October.
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