The Alternative Tourist Map of Scotland

by Julie Gibbons on May 29, 2009

sunny weekend weather

sunny weekend weather

Such a beautiful warm, sunny day – and the weekend forecast is just as good. So, where to go? What to do? As it turns out, we’ve plans to fix up the garden a bit, so nothing too adventurous for us.

But imagine, if you will, that you are visiting Scotland for only two weeks from your home in the south of France. You are based in the central belt, slap in the middle of the M8 corridor. Where would you go and how would you spend your time?

We’re preparing for our next round of house-swaps which are fast-approaching, and we wanted to ask for some suggestions for an alternative tourist itinerary of Scotland for our guests.

Interesting towns, secluded windswept beaches, perfectly undulating hills – where’s your favourite place to recommend? What’s your favourite must-do activity? Where do you take your visitors from afar?

Please add in your suggestions below – you’ll be doing us a huge favour! And keeping the Auld Alliance well and truly alive :o ) So far, we can make the recommendation of seeing Aly McBain and Phil Cunningham on tour ..

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Julie Gibbons May 29, 2009 at 10:07 am

From @HeatherBestel
@PeoplemapsJulie If they’ve got children and it’s not too far a day out to Dumfries & Galloway, they must visit here

Yes! Cream of Galloway is a fantastic destination, and their ice cream just happens to be super tasty.


David Hood September 28, 2009 at 1:07 pm

My ideas?

1. Castles …. there are lots of them ALL around the lothians, lesser ones, but interesting nevertheless. A bright day, chose a spot with few midges … a picnic.

2. The Bass Rock – and the bird sanctuary at N Berwick; also Tantallon there too – what a cracker of a castle

3. The folk clubs in Edinburgh – some maddies, but also some cracking acts (and the Sandy Bell and The Royal Oak pubs!)

4. Is there anywhere that is special to the other side of ‘La Vieille Alliance’ …. perhaps ask the Scottish French Institute in Edinburgh what they usually do with their fellow countrymen (although the French Gov are considering its closure)

5. Glencoe, Skye etc always good – and of course my friends up at the Skyewalker Hostel on Skye:


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