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    Re: Scotland, we have been to the Trossachs, Rannoch Moor area, Skye and Mull. Would love to explore more. Where have you been and where would you recommend? Scottish folk, please feel free to join in
    It’s a bit like asking a kiddy in a toy shop which one they want......!!!

    I think Shetland remains my top favourite. There is something about it that’s hard to define. The puffins at Sumburgh Head in season when you are only a few feet away is something else, as is the boat trip round Bressay and Noss, when you can almost touch the gannets (my favourite bird because they are so agile, and such show offs). I have also seen lots of otters on Shetland, plus a Minke Whale and a couple of Orcas.

    My favourite view is the view is the one from Gairloch, as you go across to Inverewe looking up Loch Maree.

    Favourite Glen is Glen Docherty on the way to Gairloch. You can almost imagine the clansmen still hiding amongst the rocks.

    Favourite Castle is actually Crichton in the borders. Mainly because you look at it, and the way the floors have been altered and bits blocked up, and think in a dreadfully sexist way that it had to have had a women chatelaine at some point, driving the builders crazy with her demands. I laughed my head off when the guidebook confirmed it. However Edinburgh and Urquart undoubtedly trump the Scotish Castles, with Dunnottar in the mix as well.

    I also like Aran - Scotland in miniature, although I am still scarred by walking on the beaches during the Wimbledon Final of 2013, without access to my phone.....!!!

    Kinross and the East Coast is well worth a visit as well.

    As a student I used to spend hour after hour just watching Loch Ness from the Windows of the Youth Hostel I was working in. It never palled.

    The Outer Hebrides also have their charms. I was fortunate enough to see the Corncrake on North Uist. I have had some great trips there.

    St Kikda was extra special. It was my pre hip replacement treat.

    It’s hard to think of any bits I don’t like.......... my main love is the Highlands and Islands though.

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    Not here.
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    Cairngorms!!!!!

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    We took the kids to the aviemore side of the Cairngorms as there is more to for them to do, through we prefer the other side near braemar and the linn of dee. The walks there are less populated.

    On the aviemore side there are beautiful lochs, my favourite is lochan uaine, it's a nice walk up to it past the reindeer centre, the waters look green, it's beautiful. Kev prefers loch an Eileen, with the ruins on an island in the centre of the lake. The walk around that lake itself is nice, but is you want a longer less popular walk you can walk around the smaller lake behind. When you park you will pay to park and support the park. It's only a couple of pounds. For that you get a map with all the walks around the immediate area on it. That lake is also a good starting point for other walks.

    If you prefer holiday cottages to camping, there is a dog friendly place I can recommend. It's called crubenbeg holiday cottages and it sites just outside Newtonmore, far quieter than basing in aviemore. They one story cottages sit at the foot of a mountain. It's beautiful. They are very eco friendly and the owners are lovely. http://www.highlandholidaycottages.com/

    If you are dog free but don't want to camp, we like the balavil in Newtonmore. http://www.balavilhotel.com/m.index.html I can't recommend the hotel's the other side as when we go there we always either wild camp or take advantage of the mountain bothy near the devil's point.

    Same goes for places to eat, as we don't eat out on the other side I can only recommend places around aviemore. The cairngorm hotel is a great place to eat. We always want to stay there but it's never in budget. The food is good and the staff are nice. There used to be a really nice pizza pasta place but sadly it closed down. We like to get takeaway and drive it to the lake, we usually go to smiffys in aviemore which is amazing

    From glenmore forest you can do a beautiful walk down to the lairig ghru even if you don't follow it the whole way. There are so many great walks all around the Cairngorms though. We just keep going there rather than trying other places in Scotland lol.

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    Planning for our states trip is continuing. We are going to Boston, New York, D.C. the falls and 2 nights over the boarder in Canada. I hate picking hotels so if anyone has any recommendations for these places I’d be very greateful.

    Same goes for restaurants/ things to do etc. Obviously we are hoping to do a few days USO while we are there

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    Well I am off to Flanders and the Somme next Friday on a 4 day trip to see the First World War Battlefields. Not sure enjoyable is quite the right word, but I am looking forward to it. It includes the Last Post at The Menin Gate, which I am expecting to be incredibly moving.

    Then Shetland at the start of July, (bad timing but it was the only week my friend could do). One day at home then off to Liverpool for a few days to see the Terracotta Warriors from China.

    Not quite as exciting as other people, but I am going to be wrecked at the end.

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    Planning for our states trip is continuing. We are going to Boston, New York, D.C. the falls and 2 nights over the boarder in Canada. I hate picking hotels so if anyone has any recommendations for these places I’d be very greateful.

    Same goes for restaurants/ things to do etc. Obviously we are hoping to do a few days USO while we are there
    When you're in Canada (I live close to Niagara Falls) you should definitely visit Niagara-on-the-Lake and perhaps stay there - Pillar and Post, Queen's Landing Inn, Prince of Wales Hotel, Charles Inn. Charles Inn has an amazing restaurant!!! Queen's Landing Inn does the most fantastic Sunday brunch and Pillar and Post does delicious breakfast buffets. I find Niagara Falls a tourist trap and very crowded. The Fallsview Hotel there is nice. It has a casino and shopping mall and overlooks the Falls. Nice restaurants and diners there too. You should visit the Botannical Gardens just outside of NFs. There's also a butterfly house next door.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teresa View Post
    Well I am off to Flanders and the Somme next Friday on a 4 day trip to see the First World War Battlefields. Not sure enjoyable is quite the right word, but I am looking forward to it. It includes the Last Post at The Menin Gate, which I am expecting to be incredibly moving.

    Then Shetland at the start of July, (bad timing but it was the only week my friend could do). One day at home then off to Liverpool for a few days to see the Terracotta Warriors from China.

    Not quite as exciting as other people, but I am going to be wrecked at the end.
    A WWI battlefields trip is something that I recommend everyone do at least once in their lives.
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    I expect NF will be very touristy. I understand the Canadian side is better than the US one, but I still expect it’s going to be a bit more touristy for me. Still a place to see once though. Thanks for your recommendations I’ll check them out. Narrowed Boston to 10 hotels thanks to friends and finally settled on one. Fairly central, more expensive than I’d like but all of Boston was insane. New York is just a sea of hotels :(

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    Re: Holidays and travel discussion and recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by Teresa View Post
    Well I am off to Flanders and the Somme next Friday on a 4 day trip to see the First World War Battlefields. Not sure enjoyable is quite the right word, but I am looking forward to it. It includes the Last Post at The Menin Gate, which I am expecting to be incredibly moving.

    Then Shetland at the start of July, (bad timing but it was the only week my friend could do). One day at home then off to Liverpool for a few days to see the Terracotta Warriors from China.

    Not quite as exciting as other people, but I am going to be wrecked at the end.
    Did the trip to WW1 battlefields and cemeteries a few years ago with a cousin. We were the first to visit and lay a wreath on our great uncle's grave. It was a very moving and yet enthralling visit.

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