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Scotland-based stag do...

I have been charged with organising my best friend's stag do. He has some very specific ideas about what he wants and I haven't really got a clue where to begin. So I came here!

I'm posting in all of the Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness forums as these are going to have the highest following and hopefully the greatest amount of replies.

First things first we are likely to be a group of twelve and we have fixed on a weekend in mid-May.

My friend wants an outdoorsy do somewhere remote, possibly needing an adventurous journey to get to, be it on foot, by boat or off-road vehicles.

Preferably we aren't looking for a stag do package type trip. We'd like a much more organic schedule that we can build ourselves.

We'd be interested in, but not limited to, sailing, fishing, hiking/mountaineering and shooting/hunting.

We'd need accommodation that could fit us all and in a perfect world we'd be looking for a cottage/barn/house/castle without too many creature comforts and where we have to take most of what we need with us.

Pretty specific, hey?

Obviously this is all perfect world stuff and we expect to have to be flexible. But this is our starting point. And absolutely any help would be appreciated. If it's links to accommodation options or activity suppliers great but even just suggestions of where might be more appropriate forums to post would be welcome.

Thank you.

Aberdeen, Scotland
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1. Re: Scotland-based stag do...

Two ideas for accommodation - renting a house in the countryside although the drawback is someone needs to stay sober if you are planning on going anywhere! An option if you choose Aberdeen would be Skene House (http://www.skene-house.co.uk/) they have serviced apartments located throught the city and sure they'd be able to accommodate you easy enough.

Activity wise - well we've loads of pubs/clubs here for a "traditional" stagger!

Friends of mine did some gliding on a recent stagger (http://www.deesideglidingclub.co.uk/) which isn't too far away from Aberdeen.

If you are into football and the fixtures work in, do corporate hospitality at Pittodrie (afc.co.uk/articles/20110608/richard-donald-s…).

London, United...
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2. Re: Scotland-based stag do...

Thanks for the reply.

We're not looking for either serviced apartments or accommodation in the city. We want something bare and rough and ready and we want it to be as remote as possible.

Gliding aside this pretty much puts the kibosh on your other suggestions. But I appreciate the time you've taken to reply.

For anyone else replying, there are no worries about having someone sober. I've never touched a drop in my life!

Stonehaven, United...
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3. Re: Scotland-based stag do...

My husband went on a stag do to Skye a few years ago, which kinda fits what you're looking for, and he loved it.

They hired out the Glenbrittle Hostel. They got exclusive use of it as it was off season, so I guess you might not get that in May, but I think it sort of fits your bill as they had to bring everything with them. And Glenbrittle is quite isolated. Not that any of the towns on Skye are massive.

During the day they went to a distillery and did some hiking and wild swimming and that sort of thing. Skye is a beautiful place and there's plenty of outdoorsy things to do (weather permitting of course!)

And you could make your journey to Skye as adventurous as you like, there are several ways to get there. Depending on your budget like. Although I do realise it's quite a trek from London.

Something to get you thinking perhaps.

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4. Re: Scotland-based stag do...

If you fancy staying in an old lighthouse outbuildings right on the wide East coast of Scotland. There is a place near us that fits that bill.

www.buchannesslighthouseholidays.co.uk/

Aberdeen, United...
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5. Re: Scotland-based stag do...

So would you be looking for something more like a Highland Sporting Estate or Cairngorms area rather than City with pubs and clubs?

Edited: 10:58 am, February 09, 2012
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6. Re: Scotland-based stag do...

Thank you for those suggestions.I've just had a quick look and they are definitely in the spirit of what I'm looking for. I will look at them more closely tomorrow.

bluebell, I am definitely looking for something more like a Highland Sporting Estate or Cairngorms area rather than a city with pubs and clubs because I am absolutely, categorically not looking for a city with pubs and clubs. So I'll look into those options.

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7. Re: Scotland-based stag do...

Not sure how long your trip is, if a long weekend you could maybe charter a couple of boats and go along the caledonian canal. You could probably fly into Inverness.

There are a few companies for this here is one http://www.caleycruisers.com/

Stop off for restaurants, do a bit of fishing, etc

Another suggestion would be to head to aviemore/cairngorms and stay in a lodge somewhere eg www.greatnorthlodges.co.uk

Get one of the companies in the area to take you gorge walking or canyoning eg g2outdoor.co.uk/summer-activities/canyoning

Aberdeen
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8. Re: Scotland-based stag do...

Have you thought about Moray?

Dolphin watching from the fast dinghy type boats, mountain biking in Glenlivet estate or on the Moray Monster trails, distillery visit, sea fishing, loads of hill walking in nearby Grampians, rafting/climbing/gotge walking a wee bit further south at Aviemore.

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9. Re: Scotland-based stag do...

My answer on the Inverness forum to your question is almost exactly what Jarjer has posted - that is the problem with mutiple threads it does get confusing but I see a couple have been closed down so hopefully you will be able to amass all the info given in one place!

Woody

Aberdeen, Scotland
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10. Re: Scotland-based stag do...

Google outdoor activities Scotland, and you'll find more like these - sound just the job -

http://www.highlandactivities.co.uk/

http://www.noahsarkoutdooractivities.co.uk/

http://www.lochter.co.uk/page.cfm?main_ID=15

http://www.wilderness4adventure.co.uk/

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