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What to see in Scotland in 10 days in March

We re two guys travelling to Scotland in March for 10 days. What are the best places to see?

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  • Geoff Rowland

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    Somewhat depends on what your interests are. I would suggest spending a day in Glasgow and a day or two in Edinburgh - if you have a car, drive up north from Edinburgh, maybe stopping around Stirling to see the William Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle. Continue north (stopping anywhere you like, perhaps around Cairngorm National Parkup to Inverness. I wouldn't stay in Inverness however. Time permitting, I would drive down Loch Ness - maybe check out Urquhart Castle on the way, and then stay somewhere around Fort Augustus. The next day, make your way to the Isle of Skye and spend at least 2 days there if you can. Not on Skye, but I really enjoyed the towns of Plockton and Ullapool as well. In fact I found the area north of Ullapool to be stunning visually and is quite possibly my favorite area in Scotland. You could then drive south, checking out the towns of Oban and Fort William. Its worth stopping in the Fort William area to check out Ben Nevis Peak and Glen Nevis. On the way back south towards Glasgow/Edinburgh,you must stop and get out to visit Glencoe. Basically making a loop around these cities, either direction, is probably a good use of 10 days.

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  • Melody Moser

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    In addition to visiting the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, I suggest a few castle visits as well. Edinburgh Castle is right in the city of Edinburgh itself, and was Scotland’s chief royal castle during the Middle Ages. It houses the Crown Jewels, called the “Honors of Scotland."

    Fifteen miles west of the city are the ruins of Linlithgow Palace, where Scotland’s royals went when they needed a break from the political intrigue of busy Edinburgh.

    Stirling Castle, about 22 miles from Linlithgow, is where Mary was crowned Queen of Scots. Costumed guides greet you for an entertaining tour there.

    Just 70 miles from Stirling is the picturesque town of Inveraray. Inveraray Castle doesn't open until April 1st, I believe, but there are other things to see in the town and the The George Hotel is a nice place to have a cozy meal by the fireplace.

    The iconic Eilean Donan Castle is on the main tourist route to the Isle of Skye, about 134 miles from Inveraray, and is set where three lochs meet amid the outstanding scenery of the Scottish Highlands.

    If you do go to the Isle of Skye, which I recommend as the drive there is lovely, Portree is a nice little town to explore. You can go to Skye by way of Fort William and Oban. Or, from Ft. William, head over to Loch Ness where you can stop at Urquhart Castle, as Geoff suggested, and perhaps stay over in Fort Augustus and then to travel to Inverness before returning to Edinburgh or Glasgow for your flight home.

    It might be possible to fit in both the Isle of Skye as well as Loch Ness and Inverness, depending on how many days you spend at each place. Whatever you do, be sure to bring warm clothes!

    Here's an article I wrote about the castles if you are interested:

    http://travelblog.viator.com/discover-scotland-through-its-castles/

    -Melody

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  • Susanne Arbuckle

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    This is a lovely time to visit the Highlands as there may still be snow on the hills depending on when you arrive in March. This is a cold time of year so dress warm!

    Glencoe is a must and I have a blog post about getting a mountain view without actually climbing one. The views are spectacular especially if there is snow!

    http://www.adventuresaroundscotland.com/travel-blog/the-cheats-guide-to-climbing-a-scottish-mountain

    Oban is my favourite town and a great place to get a ferry to one of the islands on the west coast. Scotland has many great islands and if you have the time you should definitely try and visit one.

    Glasgow and Edinburgh are very different cities and easy to travel between by train (1 hour) so you can visit both. Edinburgh is more historical and touristy, Glasgow is more modern with great shopping.

    You will find some more ideas to inspire you on my Scottish travel blog

    http://www.adventuresaroundscotland.com/

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