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Scotland

PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 1:57 am
by c hristian
Hello all. I sware i will be writing more here once I become employed and housed again. In the meantime, I have to shuttle back and forth between Newport News, VA area and DC.

Anyway, Scotland. Yup. It's true. My son is obsessed with Scotland. He is planning on which castle to own even now. Part of the interest came up after watching and reading all things HArry Potter. He begged me for a book that was the illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons which has a lot of Scottish swords, daggers and the like, which he likes. (a phase, it will pass, I'm sure!)

So, please help him plan on where and what and all that, for that day that he does in fact take the train from London up to Scotland. the not-so-well-known parts would be most appreciated.

(and If I have to hear one more time about Mary Queen of Scotts,..)
Thanks, c

Re: Scotland

PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 2:02 pm
by Des
Go to Oban on the night train. Take the ferry to beautiful Jura, where Orwell wrote 1984.

Go to the Cairngorms in spring.

Take a plane to Shetland, the The Good Shepherd to Fair Isle.

Visit Caithness, the flow country. Wilderness beckons.

Glasgow is quite a 'happening' place - my nephew loves it.

Re: Scotland

PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:27 pm
by CantSleepClownsWillGetMe
I agree with Des that there are many more scenic places to visit than these, but:-

to see where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned, he might want to visit Loch Leven Castle, at Kinross

http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/k ... index.html

Or if it's all things Scots he likes, then the view from above Loch Garry might impress (as it looks eerily like a map of Scotland)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Loch_Garry_07.jpg

And for all things battle-related he shouldn't miss a visit to

(a) Stirling Castle http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/s ... ingcastle/. Mary Queen of Scots was crowned here in 1543.

(b) the Wallace Monument http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/s ... index.html in Central Scotland. Just mention in passing that William Wallace was reputed to have been over 7ft tall (Mel Gibson? I don't think so!) and you may never hear him mention Mary Queen of Scots again.

Re: Scotland

PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 6:01 pm
by Des
It's a little-known fact that Bonnie Prince Charlie was named after three sheepdogs.