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Welcome to my Trekcapri Discovers Scotland trip planning page.  Here you will read brief notes as I started to shape my itinerary for my trip.  In 2009, I had intended to return to Italy a country that I adore, but with the much improved exchange rate in the UK, I decided to seize the opportunity to visit a country that has been on my must see short list, Scotland!   So check out how I planned my trip to discover Caledonia. 
 
EDINBURGH – MUST SEE'S

I will spend 8 nights in Edinburgh at a Rental Apartment.  Edinburgh will be a lively and exciting City to explore and for many reasons as indicated by this Lonely Planet video.

 

Arthur's Seat is the main peak of the group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park, a remarkably wild piece of highland landscape in the centre of the city of Edinburgh, about a mile to the east of Edinburgh Castle. The hill rises above the city to a height of 251 m (823.5 feet), provides excellent panoramic views of the city, is quite easy to climb, and is a popular walk. Though it can be climbed from almost any direction, the easiest and simplest ascent is from the East, where a grassy slope rises above Dunsapie Loch.~ Wikipedia

A Loch is a common Gaelic word which is a body of water and is applied to most lakes in Scotland.  Here's a complete list of Lochs in Scotland. Did you know that there are 31,460 fresh water Lochs in Scotland.

Edinburgh Castle is an ancient stronghold which dominates the sky-line of the city of Edinburgh from its position atop the volcanic Castle Rock. ~ Wikipedia

 Official Site of Edinburgh Castle
Hours:  9:30 am to 5:00 pm
 
Entry is FREE on:  Saturday (11/28) and Sunday (11/29)

 Holyrood Park & Arthur's Seat:  is a spectacular circular park which offers a stunning view of the city from it's highest point, Arthur's Seat.  The summit is 823 Feet high and will be worth the effort to climb!

St. Giles Cathedral – This history of the St. Giles Cathedral 1130.  It has amazing architecture and beautiful stained windows.  A definite must see!

Opening Hours:  October to April:
Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Sunday 1.00pm to 5.00pm
St Giles' Cathedral,

Edinburgh EH1 1RE.

Tel: 0131 225 9442.

Fax: 0131 225 9576.

info@stgilescathedral.org.uk

www.stgilescathedral.org.uk

 
 

ROAD TO THE ISLES:

I will travel from Glasgow to Fort William which will be my starting point on the Road to the Isles.  I will rent my car here so I can take the Road to the Isles and ferry over to the Isle of Skye.  There are a couple of things that I want to see:  First is the famous Ben Nevis Mountain (highest beak in the UK). 

Here is a great Webiste to explain the Road to the Isles route. 

Ben Nevis Distillery Website:  HERE

Links:Internet Guide to Scotland:  Fort William

Wikipedia:  Fort William

Wikipedia:  Ben Nevis

GLENFINNAN 

Here I'll find the Glenfinnan monument was built by Alexander MacDonald of Glenaladale in memory of all the clansmen who had fought in Bonnie Prince Charlie's fight for the British throne.  

Internet Guide to Scotland:  Glenfinnan

LOCAL HERO 

The next couple of stops were used to film a beautifully made movie called, Local Hero, that was recommended by Slow Traveler, AnnieNC. 

 

  ARISAIG

Arisaig Bay and the beaches of Morar is very beautiful and is the location where such Films as "Local Hero" and "Highlander" were filmed.  There is much written here about the beautiful sunsets.  

 LODGING:  3 NIGHTS BOOKED AND CONFIRMED!

 Internet Guide to Scotland:  Arisaig

Internet Guide to Scotland:  Arisaig Bay/Beaches of Morar

MORAR

"While in the village of Morar, you should take the opportunity to visit the cross and viewpoint which affords panoramic views of the Inner Hebrides and Loch Morar. The cross was erected in 1899 to commemorate the opening of the present church. " ~ Internet Guide to Scotland

Internet Guide to Scotland:  Morar

MALLAIG

Here is where I will catch the ferry over to the island of Skye.  I will want to spend the night before heading over by ferry.  I heard this is a charming fishing town and will at least be worth a night's stay, maybe.

Wikipedia: Mallaig

 DONRIE

 Here I will be able to visit the very beautiful and most photographed Castle in Scotland the Eilean Donan. 

 

 Eilean Donan Castle Official Website: Eilan Donan Castle

 

 ISLE OF SKYE

Some things just happen to jump out at me whenever I'm planning a trip. I'm not sure how to explain it other than you just sort of know deep down.  When I first started thinking about Scotland I immediately thought of three things that I wanted to see:  Edinburgh, the Highlands and the Island of Skye!

 

And after blogging pal AnnieNC from Slow Travel posted her postcard that her friend sent to her from Scotland of the cutest little baby cow I have ever seen, there are now four things that I want to see while in Scotland.  She said that the postcard was from the Island of Skye!  Is that "destiny" or what!

 

The Highland Baby Cows were added to my Must See List thanks to AnnieNC who posted a photo of a little baby cow (what she thought was of a little sheep) on her blog.  I just love that story. MUST SEE'S:      

Armadale Castle Gardens – It is located just as I'll land on the Isle of Skye.

 Museum of the Isles – If it is raining, then touring the Museum of the Isles could be a good alternative.

Talisker Distillery – I was inspired to take a tour here after reading comments left by fellow Slow Traveler and Blogging friend, Sandrac.

Dunvegan Castle Wikipedia – Dunvegan Castle

OLD MAN STORR: Wikipedia – Old Man Storr

PORTEE:  Undiscovered Sclotland – Portee

 LODGING:  CONFIRMED:  LODGING IS CONFIRMED!

RESOURCES:

The Internet Guide to Scotland: The Road to the Isles

 

 

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