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    Posted: 3/13/2006 at 10:56am
Dh best friend lives in Scotland and we would like to try to plan a trip there.
It would be a family trip to include my 11 year old SS and at the time of
travel approx. 3 month old baby. Looking to go in late August. Easier to
travel with a new born then a toddler! Can anyone recommend any good
sites or travel agents to contact. Or any information at all. Our friends live in
Edinburgh. I have no clue as to how much a trip like this would cost. Yikes!
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They have a huge festival in Edinburgh in late August, it is supposed to be awesome, but it might be a bit too much for you with a 3 month old baby. I can't remember what they call it (Edinburgh Fest? no, too easy) but the place gets packed.

We were there in late August, early Sept for a week and loved it! Our friends live in Dunblane which is North of Edinburgh and we drove all over the country with them: Isle of Man, Aberdeen, and everywhere in between. It is pretty chilly there that time of year, but it is just gorgeous. We took the train up from London so I can't give you any advice there, but if you have friends to stay with and they have a car, you should be able to do it on the cheap.

Have fun!
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Beach bride - sometimes things in life just are easy - it is called the Edinburgh Festival. There's a mainstream one, with more traditional Arts like Opera and Ballet, and the Fringe, with a lot (like 200 a day) of performances by theatre, comic, dance, music people. It is fantastic, but unless you are staying with your friends at that time then you will find a lot of hotels booked up already and premium price.

The west coast of Scotland is beautiful, and not too cold due to the gulf streams. You can head there via Loch Ness, which is not just worth a visit because of the monster, but also because it's so gorgeous. Or you can head up North to the ski resorts that have a lot of hotels open in the summer (and some of the main lifts running). You can rent a cottage in Aviemore or around there, again beautiful.

And of course, if you visit Edinburgh, you have to go to Glasgow, lots of amazing architecture, old and new. Very cool place.

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Another beautiful place is the Eilean Donan Castle up near the Isle of
Sky and Castle Urquhart which is on Loch Ness, and EleanorSophie is
right it's gorgeous! And DH is telling me that Stirling Castle in
Stirling is really beautiful (but I've never been). And if you get far
enough north, Aberdeen is gorgeous, the whole town is built out of
granite and it just sparkles after a rain, plus the best Fish 'n' Chips
I've EVER had is there -
The Ashvale
If you get "the whale" and can
finish it, you get a second one on the house - but it's a one-pound
cod filet so good luck! Yummm!
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