We took two trips to Scotland. One that I call the Flying American Tour, or Clans, Castles and Cathedrals–everything but Edinburgh and Glasgow. It’s another country I loved driving through. Wide roads, lots of space, amazing scenery. It’s especially fun to walk into a pub and ask what the owner’s favorite whiskey is.
You’ll get everybody talking. And drink some great whiskey.
The second trip we took, we only went to Edinburgh. I found it much easier to take plane or train in and then rely on public transport. It’s a very walkable city(although I swear it’s all uphill), but your B&B, hotel or local information office has a handy 3-day pass on buses and trains, and entry to most of the major attractions. And when you go, make sure you go on the Mary King’s Close tour. It really shows what the old town used to be like. And it’s haunted. A little girl is down there, and tourists all bring her little stuffed toys.
(Telephone access to Scotland and England 011-44)
53 Frederick Street
(a real find! AN 1820 townhouse in New Town, decorated in period detail. Warning: rooms are on the fourth floor with no elevators. Well worth it, though)
(very near Sterling)
NEAR GRETNA GREENE
(a wonderful, affordable country house)
Wok and Wine
57 Frederick Street
88 Commercial Street
Leith (a 15 minute bus ride to The Firth)