Subject: RE: Ideas and hints for Scotland Trip
Johannes:

I love April in Scotland: the least rainy month of the year statistically, not crowded, no midges.

Touristy, but still verra cool: Eileen Donan castle at Kyle of Lochaisch; St Columba's haunts on Iona, off the Isle of Mull; Loch Lomond; The Great Glen; Sterling Castle in city of same name. http://www.isleofiona.org.uk/ http://www.scotland-calling.com/forts/eileen-donan.htm

Personal faves: Roslyn Chapel, outside of Edinburgh (read up on it first, it'll be even more interesting), http://www.rosslyn-chapel.com/ standing stones at Calanish (Isle of Lewis); http://www.hebrides.com/ in fact, anything on any Hebridean island. CalMac ferries have good deals on ferry journeys: http://www.calmac.co.uk Their package offerings for scenic loops were a better buy than cobbling together itineraries, &since the ferries have limited routes & schedules, the scenic loops are probably what you'll end up doing.

Odd quests: bagging some Monros! http://www.munromagic.com/

Best pub stay: The Taybank at Dunkeld, where wonderful ceilidhs can happen as well. Also a nice home base for touring, exploring, walking. What's the Shakespeare forest that moved? (Great Burnham Wood to High Dunsinane Hill Shall Come... ) Anyway, that's here too. And a ruined cathedral that is spooky, spooky. Visit just before dusk for more shivers. For Taybank info: http://www.dougiemaclean.com

In April, aside from the Taybank on any weekend, accoms shouldn't be much of a problem.

Gail In Eugene but never for long