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Itinerary help needed!

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Itinerary help needed!

Hi all

We are looking at a short break up Inverness way. We are looking at coming up on the Caledonian Sleeper and then staying somewhere in the area for 4 nights before driving down to Aviemore and then back home on the train.

Any good suggestions about where we could stay? We like sightseeing and also wildlife parks and Geocaching!

I have seen a small cottage type place in Gairloch, do you think this would be too far? I think we will hire a car to get us around.

Not too bothered about staying in the Inverness area if we can get to some days out by bus instead of hiring a car.

Thanks in advance

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1. Re: Itinerary help needed!

What time of year are you travelling please?

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2. Re: Itinerary help needed!

Forgot that part!

it will be early/mid march.

Thanks Woody.

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3. Re: Itinerary help needed!

Personally I wouldn't rely on public transport - you would be much better hiring a car and making the most of the daylight hours instead of having to be stuck to PT timetables.

Gairloch is not a long drive from Inverness or Aviemore but it depends on the road conditions at the time. Its about 100 miles one way, taking 2 hours in good summer conditions

Wildlife Parks??!

http://www.highlandwildlifepark.org/

I think they do/did geocaching in Anagach Woods here in Grantown on Spey!

welcometoscotland.com/things-to-do/activitie…

but I don't know enough about it to point you in the right direction, sorry!!

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4. Re: Itinerary help needed!

In March daylight from 7 am to 7 pm, so few constraints due to excessive darkness :-)

There will still be lots of Snow on the mountains (and climbers and skiers) especially around Aviemore. Early March is technically winter; last March I was in the Cairngorms and it was (briefly) like midsummer, with the snow I'd expected in the Lairig Ghru all melted. The only thing I can guarantee is the weather will be unpredictable. And though Gairloch is on the coast behind it you have some big mountains.

Gairloch is well placed for you to visit Loch Maree, Torridon, Applecross to the South or a drive round the back of An Teallach and beyond past Ullapool to the North. The journey from Inverness should take somewhat under 2 hours in good conditions. There won't be enormous amounts of public transport; Gairloch is a good call but you need a car.

Geocaching.com says there are a lot of cache points around gairloch ... there can't be many places left without a few at least!

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5. Re: Itinerary help needed!

If you're contemplating various routes, try http://www.theaa.com/route-planner/index.jsp

70 miles from Inverness to Gairloch, another 30 Inverness to Aviemore.

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6. Re: Itinerary help needed!

I'm from Gairloch, so conflict of interest declared! I love Gairloch, and return now as an eager tourist, time after time. Stunning location, small and friendly, suited to tourists but not too touristy... There is a daily bus to Inverness, to Inverness in the morning, and back in the evening. Operated by westerbus. Sometimes is goes the 'south' route, other times it goes the 'north' route, a 3 hr trip via A835. Nearest train station is Achnasheen. So bottom line is you need a car! It takes 1hr15-1hr30 to get from Gairloch to Inverness, and another 30 minutes to Aviemore (although potential for traffic and roadworks to delay you southbound on A9).

If you want more advice on the Gairloch area, just ask!

Abs :)

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7. Re: Itinerary help needed!

I'm from inverness.! Great base for touring. Gairloch is lovely too is about 100 miles away you'll def need a car for there although not necessarily if you stay in inverness

I live in the city and will happily help out with specifics if you want furthervinfo

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8. Re: Itinerary help needed!

Thanks everyone you have been really helpful. After a lot of thought we loved the look of Gairloch and the area but want to do it when we can do some whale watching. Unfortuntely it seems this does not start until April.

So i'm going to look at the Edinburgh area for this March trip and hopefully head up your way in the later months.

Now if anyone knows where we can do some day trips to from Edinburgh in March, just let me know!

PS. we have done Stirling, North Berwick, Glasgow, Blair Atholl so not them.

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9. Re: Itinerary help needed!

St. Andrews and the East Neuk of Fife

undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/ustours/falkland-…

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