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A Scottish Adventure

A brief stint to Edinburgh and an escape to Skye

by nomade_eleanorAbout Me:I love to travel, try new dishes and take good photos read more

EuropeUnited Kingdom8 days / January 2021

Highs & Lows

The view crossing from the mainland to Skye

We had the worst weather the island had seen in years

Itinerary Overview

Scotland has some of the most magical, dramatic and atmospheric scenery in the UK and should be on every traveller's bucket list. A single trip is not enough to explore a country that is home to such wonderful food, people and history. Scotland's landscape has inspired many a traveler over the years and other great movers and shakers: J. K. Rowling set Hogwarts in the Scottish highlands, Diana Gabaldon drew inspiration from Inverness and the Jacobites for her best-selling "Outlander," and a One of the best “Trainspotting” movies of the last century, starring Ewan McGregor, was based on the drug culture in Glasgow. Scotland is a place that will enchant you, surprise you and definitely inspire you. From the culture to the architecture, they will leave you speechless and every place you look at will leave you dazzled. The weather may be cold but it does not prevent you from making all the plans you want

  • 4 Nights: Edinburgh
    Getting a breath of fresh air
  • 4 Nights: Skye
    Living out the Outlander fantasy

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have tried to go to Edinburgh Fringe Festival! If you are planning to go to Edinburgh during the Fringe definitely book well in advance the whole city becomes so busy and accommodation is often very rare to find and super expensive but 100% try and go if you can.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    For Skye the weather - we had the worst rain everyday although one of the local farmers told us it was the worst weather in fifteen years

  • How was the food?

    The Three Chimneys had friendly and classic pub food and after long days outside it was the perfect warm way to end your day. But if you are after fine dining Skye might not be the place for you.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Try all the different food on offer whether it is a deep fried mars bar or divine haggis so I had no complaints. Definitely seek out the weird, wonderful and different here in Edinburgh!

  • Packing tips?

    Again be prepared for all weathers I saw heavy wind and rain on the same day as gorgeous sunshine. A rain jacket and change of clothes is a must.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Make the most of the landscape before Skye by getting the picturesque train from Glasgow and go over the Harry Potter bridge. Public transport on Skye is quite limited so it is worth researching before hand taxi companies or car rental companies or alternatively- bring a bike! I would definitely not bother with using public transport or taxis in Edinburgh itself except when absolutely necessary because the city itself is very small and you can walk just about everywhere.

  • Any surprises?

    Wildlife! There was so much more than I thought: otter, seals, dolphins and stags I wish I had brought a better camera and a pair of binoculars.

  • Booking details?

    Booking.com and Hostel world but as always sometimes it is better to book directly with the host.

Lodging

  • St Christopher’s Hostel. Clean, friendly and a great location.

  • The Cowshed. Friendly, good location and offered lots of helpful tips