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I am planning a trip round a few places around April time. i am hoping to do a few of the islands but am yet to decide whether to go North to Orkney/Shetland or west to Lewis, Eigg and the like. I did put another post on for anyone interested in coming along.
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I've booked the first three weeks in April off, so it'll probably be around that time.
Rachael, if I may make a suggestion, have a look at the CalMac 'Island Hopscotch' tickets. You could do quite a nice tour of South Uist to Lewis returning via Skye, saving quite a bit of money on the individual ticket prices.
Thanks Dave, thats really useful, i had been plannign on paying a visit to some contacts in the area to see if they could get me a discount but this way seems a lot easier. i think there is something similair available for Orkney and Shetland. I am hoping to see a lot of historical sites and many of them are on the smaller islands.
Do you have any historical places in mind? Orkney is packed with them but realistically, you'll need transport to make the most of them all.
Orkney is fab, I have been briefly before but a long time ago and that wasnt the purpose of my visit. i also really want to photograph the standing stones on Lewis, the texture of them is fantastic.
All the isles, west and North are packed with historical features, and a lot of them remain unknown to the public and arent advertised in tourist brochures.
It is a hard decision to make between the two, I only wish I had the time, money and energy to do them both, perhaps it will come to that yet!!!
I went to Uist from Skye in October, Just had the ferry ride though, didn't get off the boat. The view of the Islands was great, I totally recommend it.
Darla, Callanish on Leiws is a beautiful location and there are two more circles nearby and another a short drive away. Lewis also has some great beaches and plenty of the old Blackhouses - some intact (available as accommodation) and some in ruins.
The Uists are pretty spectacular, too, for landscape work (and one very photogenic circle which is in my portfolio).
Which ever islands you visit, I'm already jealous.
I'm from the Aberdeen area .. Haven't had much time to go taking any good pics recently, hopefully get out sometime soon!!
Hi Fletch, welcome to the site as well hope to see some good pics from you, lots to photograph around your area!
Dvae thats a really nice pic of Lewis, I must scan some of my last lot on eday, though the weather was really crap so they are not very good.
i am hoping to go down to Barra as I havent been on there before and i think there are some good sites to look at. i do know several people from the islands and a few in Mallaig so I am hoping to sort transport out with them (fingers crossed).... you can fly to Barra but the beach is the airstrip so don't fancy that!!! i will let you know where I manage to get to!
Hi, I am hoping to tour as much of Scotland as I can, possibly from mid-April to mid-May. Are there any tips out there for a single laydee travelling around this marvellous country. Would really appreciate cheap friendly places to stay.
Hi Claire, are you planning on the quiet quaint type places or the larger towns and cities? most of the smaller places are great, everyone up here is sooo friendly.
so many post on here now - I`m orinally from a town called "Biggar" in south lanarkshire but have now stayed in Glasgow for the last 4 1/2 years. Andrew
I am looking for the quiet places, and the very edges of the large towns. Is mid-April a good time to go, or should I wait until later in the year?
Mid April would be a fairly good time to go i think, either that or very late in the year.. Tourists are usually everywhere until at least September. What sort of things are you looking for? Countryside, historical etc?
yep...another one here, i live in balloch, which is just 30 mins from glasgow...im lucky enough to live next to the new national park....loch lomond and the trossachs.
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