We are leaving the US for England, on October 27th, traveling to Edinburgh, Scotland by bus or train on November 1st or 2nd. We end up in Aviemore for a week, beginning November 5th and staying through the 12th, and returning to either Glasgow or Edinburgh for a plane trip back to London, and home on the 15th.
We understand there are inexpensive buses to Scotland that will allow us to stop at Oxford, Stratford-on-Avon and York...or would the train be better? Or should we drive?
I understand there are two types of train passes: Britrain and Scotrain, (and the Rover with Scotrain). Is it a good deal to get a pass, if we are going to use it for three or four days?
In Aviemore, although we understand it is cold at that time of year, is there snow on the ground and on the roads? We usually don't drive, and take buses or inexpensive tours, but perhaps this is the time to hire a car and drive?
Are there local buses that feed from the train lines that we could take? Will we be hiking or X-country skiing? (The only other ski places I've been to, have been been here in the USA...)
I've read all of the posts on what to see at this time of year - a lot of places close in October! What would you recommend we
explore from our home base of Aviemore during our week? (We will have seen Edinburgh on our arrival to Scotland, before
coming to Aviemore..)
Would the historical pass be worth while, since so few castles and museums are open?
Like many Americans, I'm part Scottish. My father's name, Murray, (of the James branch) was inherited from my great-grandfather, a sea captain, who left his ship to marry my great-grandmother, a plantation Mississippian, and carried her off to homestead in Oregon... I have no idea where he was from...
Does anyone know where did the shipping to American mostly come from in the early 1800's? Was it Glasgow?
We're so excited about this trip to Great Britain - thanks in advance to anyone who can answer any of the above questions.