|Subject: Re: Next trip - Wales &Scotland|
Ricardo asked for thoughts on Wales and Scotland. The following are from
our notes on a trip to Scotland but bear in mind that this was nine years
ago, so some places may have turned over.
We had driven up from England and did a counter-clockwise loop around Scotland. So we went over to Ayr on the west coast and took the ferry from north of there over to the island of Aaran. We usually book a day ahead if we are traveling in August (pardon any assumtions I make but I have no idea of your traveling experience) but on this day we had not, so we got a B&B through the Tourist Information at Brodick. We stayed at Kincardine Lodge in Lochranza on the north tip of the island. The place was o.k., not great, but was convenient to the ferry out the next morning. This place, like many others, serves dinner, but you need to book that when you reserve the place since they often have limited space. If you are in a small town it saves hunting up a place for dinner.
The next day we took a very small ferry west to the peninsula and drove to Glencoe, but I don't have the name of the place we stayed. I do remember that there were mostly motel-type accomodations here, so check your guidebooks ahead of time.
We swung up to Fort William the next day, stopping for picnic lunch at Urquart Castle on the shores of Lochness. Then to Colloden and then down the whiskey trail to Homewood Lodge in Kingussie (I'll leave you to get out your map and find it). It was the best place we stayed in Scotland. It is run by a young couple one of whom is trained hotel management and the other is a cordon blue (?) chef. They were really gracious and the dinner and breakfast were outstanding. Their phone # is 0540 661507.
From there we went to Edinburgh for several days. On the way we stopped at the Erador Distillery, the smallest in Scotland. In Edinburgh we stayed at St Bernard Guest House. I have no address, but I do recall it was on the north side of town, just a few blocks from the center of town. One thing I do recall is that many of the B &B's on the south side of the city center and are a lot less convenient. We enjoyed the city; it is very walkable and has lots of little alleys off the streets near the castle (the Royal Mile)and lots of inexpensive, good places to eat. Great art museums.
As to Wales, we have been through there several times [and traveled on the Llangollen and Monmouth and Brecon canals - if you want comment on those holidays drop me a line] but I havn't transcribed our notes. However, I have a long commentary, several years old, from someone on the old Travel-L which I will send separately to Ricardo. If anyone else wants it let me knows.
Jerry and Mary Coleman (in Belmont, California)