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Help. visiting scotland. where to go what to see

Myself and her indoors are off to Scotland for a few days in august, primarily to visit friends near inverness but also as a break for the two of us. I am looking for some advise of what to see or places to visit, obviously photography will be high on my list but i have to balance my visit so her indoors is catered for as well. Any advise would be very welcome.

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Re: Help. visiting scotland. where to go what to see

I usually camp in the Cairngorms, but like to call into Inverness.

I always consider it a 'must' to visit the secondhand bookshop in Church Street when I go. It's in an old church and has loads of books and maps. It also has a small cafe with homemade food on the mezzanine floor and comfy armchairs for reading your purchases.

Don't miss it!

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Re: Help. visiting scotland. where to go what to see

Avoid June, July, August and September as the midges are awful.

I am going next week
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Re: Help. visiting scotland. where to go what to see

Glen Affric is not far from Inverness and has great opportunities for walking and photography. At this time of year it may be midgey!




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Help. visiting scotland. where to go what to see

Cromarty is worth a visit on the coast, chance of dolphins, Caledonian forest is spectacular, there is a stepped loch at Fort Agustus, a smattering of distilleries and their is an impressive waterfall on the black water just before it joins the river Conan. You will not be sort of great photo opportunities.
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Re: Help. visiting scotland. where to go what to see

If going by car, a rough idea of your route could could open up suggestions from others to offer up places to stop off for breaks and togging exercises. For example, Durham has a Park & Ride - seconds off the A1M with free parking and transport leaves every 10 minutes. Presently we have on display the Lindisfarne Gospels on loan from the British Museum.
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Re: Help. visiting scotland. where to go what to see

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Avoid June, July, August and September as the midges are awful.

I am going next week
So are we. And I agree about the midges.

There is an animal and wildlife park not far from Inverness, and a steam railway.

I believe there is also a rather spectacular railway bridge on the way up, which I might just get my camera out for (no doubt to complaints from both junior and senior management).

We went to Inverness by train a few years ago, and found it the most spectacular journey, with mile after mile of unspoilt mountains and scenery. I was disappointed that we didn't cross 'The Bridge' on the way up, (East Coast takes an inland route), but we took a detour on the way back just to make sure.
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Re: Help. visiting scotland. where to go what to see

If you are driving and have the time to go up the east coast in the northern parts of England then the scenary is spectacular. Dolpins (already mentioned) off the coast at Dornoch. If you get to the Scottish coast then some of our regular bird watchers may be able to point you at some puffins.
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Re: Help. visiting scotland. where to go what to see

Another thought about driving north. Rather than stopping off at the motorway services, if you are going up the A1 then stop of at the Nene valley Railway. Its no more than 5 minutes off the main road, the cafe is nice for a cup of tea, sandwich or small hot meal, and plenty to look at. If the trains are running that day then in the time it takes to have a small bite there should be a train coming in or leaving.
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Re: Help. visiting scotland. where to go what to see

If I was going to Inverness (which, sadly, I'm not), Ffordes would be first on my list of places to visit. I think my wife would have to confiscate my bank card though!
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Re: Help. visiting scotland. where to go what to see

I see the A1 has been mentioned - don't! You'll get stuck behind farm vehicles for mile after mile in Northumberland, as the A1 there is just 2 lanes and would almost count as a 'B' road down here!

Take the M1, M6, A74, M74 etc.

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Re: Help. visiting scotland. where to go what to see

Agreed, which is why I said you needed time for this route. Or you could turn of the A1 at Scotch Corner and take the A66 to Penrith to pick up the M6. The absolute quickest from the west side of London is probably the M40/M42/M6 but its not my idea of fun.
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Re: Help. visiting scotland. where to go what to see

Depends on time available but head out to Ullapool for lunch in the Ceilidh Place. Stop off on the way at Rogie Falls... go east to Culloden
There is so much...north to Tongue south to Cairngorm
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Re: Help. visiting scotland. where to go what to see

Big thanks to all for your replies, plenty there for me to think about. We will probably be flying to inverness then renting a car, wife is looking to stay near aviemore but not really sure yet. Again thanks to all for your replies. ATB Martin
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Re: Help. visiting scotland. where to go what to see

Aviemore is pretty dreary - mainly 60s built.

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