2 Weeks in Scotland

a trip by The Many Adventures of M&M
From: July 14th 2006
Until: July 30th 2006

My friend Ali and I took this trip together while our husbands were deployed. Matt and I had done a little bit of traveling prior to this but this was my first time across the pond. I learned quite a bit about what do to and what not to do that influenced my travel while we were in Germany. I had originally blogged this trip on Yahoo Travel but transferred it over to here in case anyone wants to read about it with our other trips.

Here are a few words that I wrote after the trip. These are just my thoughts and reflections on what I loved and what I would have done differently:

I learned some very valuable traveling tips on this trip. I've recently bought a backpack...NO MORE SUITCASES! We got SO tired of lugging our suitcases up and down stairs in the B&Bs and train stations...it was really exhausting.

Also, I used those Space Bags that you squeeze the air out of your stuff. While it was really annoying to compress them EVERY time we had to pack up and leave a B&B it was nice having everything in different bags...made it easier to find stuff and kept me more organized. So, I've bought packing cubes for next trip.

Traveler's checks were probably unneccessary but made me feel better. Also, my backpack was like my new left arm, although I'm buying better quality for next trip. This one was falling apart after only a week.

We ended up in the UK during the hottest heat wave in history and I didn't bring shorts. Next time I'll know better to bring at least one pair just in case. I also packed WAY too many clothes. I only needed a few pair of jeans and some tops, although the scarf I packed came in handy at the Highland Games when it was SO cold. Layers are good in Scotland, even in the summer. It got down to maybe 55 or 60 in Inverness in July.

I had an entire cosmetics bag full of cords...for my phone, laptop, camera, mp3 player...so I've recently invested in an iGo. One cord, different tips for different electronics. I got the one that charges two devides at once to help me travel lighter.

My Lonely Planet travel book was the best, although I loved the little map inside of the Scotland's Top 10. It was great for a quick reference on the road. Also, radio stations in Scotland are few and far between in the Highlands. I brought my FM transmitter for the cigarette lighter and plugged in my MP3 player for music. It worked great.

We learned after a few days that you don't need to call ahead for a B&B. It's socially acceptable to simply drive the down the road and stop and ask if there's a vacancy. It's a good idea to book in advance in August when it's their peak travel season or if there's a big event going on, but other than that we had good luck not planning most of them out. I don't recommend ringing the bell late though...these are peoples' homes and they have to go to bed eventually. We tried to find a place no later than 9pm.

The B&Bs were only a few pounds more than the hostels and, once you counted the fact that you got a hot breakfast in the morning, they're probably a better value since you get a nice room to yourself and sometimes a private bathroom.

It was a great trip...I can't wait to visit again!
Trip Length: 2 weeks
Blog Entries: 17
Photos: 0
Words: 7924

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
July 14th 2006 Nashville Airport North America » United States » Tennessee » Nashville
July 15th 2006 More Airports North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta » Midtown
July 16th 2006 In the UK...finally! Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh
July 17th 2006 Exploring Edinburgh Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh
July 18th 2006 Last Day in Edinburgh Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling
July 19th 2006 Stirling, Dunfermline, Tyndrum Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Dunfermline
July 20th 2006 Fort William and riding the Harry Potter train! Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Fort William
July 21st 2006 Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Drumnadrochit
July 22nd 2006 Inverness Highland Games Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness
July 23rd 2006 Backtracking Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Culloden
July 24th 2006 Eilean Donan Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Isle of Skye
July 25th 2006 On to Ullapool Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Ullapool
July 26th 2006 To England Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Basingstoke
July 27th 2006 Salisbury Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Salisbury
July 28th 2006 The Game Fair Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire
July 29th 2006 Salisbury Cathedral and the Magna Carta Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Salisbury
July 30th 2006 Homeward Bound Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London
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