Staycations.......

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  1. exiled

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    Having had one foreign holiday cancelled this year due to corona, was planning Sicily/Sardinia in early October, but bottled it, just in case. So have booked a week with a boat on Loch Ness, well from Fort William to Inverness to be precise. Gonna do a bit of a road trip the days before, travelling up the East coast so starting near Melton Mowbray, across to Brid, staying nights at Whitby, Edinburgh and then either Inverness or Fort William. So my question is.....what's the more scenic driving road, Stirling to Inverness, which gets all the reviews, or Stirling to Fort William? Must sees along the way? Cheers all
     
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    Booked for Carribean cruise not going to happen by the looks of it so been to Holmefirth, Ambleside already, looking at Bridlington & York(in fact booked York) Also looking at Elmsley, more than willing to stay & spend in this great nation of ours, shame the Tories spoilt it :rolleyes:
     
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    No stay in Barnsley centre of attraction??!
     
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    I could do that. :)
     
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    Do both. Stirling to Perth up the A9 to Inverness the travel back along Loch Ness down to Fort William.
    But please make sure you have a Covid test before crossing the border.
     
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    I'd probably do this but in reverse. I think the nicer of the two routes is the Fort William drive via Glencoe which I feel is better approached from the South.

    Therefore, drive up to Fort William. Get your boat and cruise up the Caledonian Canal to Inverness and then drive back down the A9.
     
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    In which case you be better taking the A66 from Scotch Corner to M6 and spend a night in Glasgow. Do the trip and visit Edinburgh on the way back.
     
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    Make the trip to the in laws regularly in Glasgow, l will never ever do the Scotch Corner route ever again, Terrible road. M62 to Manchester and then up the M6, easiest route going.
     
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    Glencoe and Fort William is easily the more scenic route if you have the time, the other route is more of a drag I feel, but do both if you get the chance still. If staying in Inverness, look out for glen morangie distillery (COVID closure I guess mind) and definitely Fort George, one of Europe’s largest military forts. Culloden battlefield is also very evocative, still. Plus read about Glencoe’s history before you drive through.
    P.s. if you have lots of time to kill on your drive, try the east coast route at Loch Ness, proper “off the beaten track”
    P.p.s “real food cafe” at Tyndrum was spot on for a superb breakfast/brunch only a few years back
     
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    Two months ago the A66 route got funding for “preferred route status” with a view to duelling the whole lot.... once sorted, it should make it a great route again in a few years time.... if you have tonnes of time to kill, the Otterburn route to Scotland is always worth a look too!
     
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    Glasgow to Fort William along the side of Loch Lomond. Fish and chips at the real food cafe as suggested. Stop in glencoe get out the car and walk up the hidden valley
    https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/fortwilliam/lostvalley.shtml
    What a place glencoe is when you get away from the crowds. View back across to the Aonach eagach awesome. Best place in the world is Scotland you’ll love it. Enjoy.
     
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    Bad enough that they've pissed around with Jif, Marathons, and Opal Fruits. Now they're using Staycation to describe a Vacation.

    World's gone mad.
     
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    Isn’t that a bit dangerous?

    And you’ll use an awful lot of fuel going all that way in just one gear.
     
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    Agreed, The Otterburn route is definitely worth a drive. Also, when you get to Fort William, if you have a couple of hours to kill, the road to Mallaig and back is absolutely stunning - or better still sit back and do it by train (often voted as the UKs most scenic journey).
     
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    Do you mean Helmsley nr Thirsk?
     
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    Road to Mallaig gets a thumbs up, stop off at the beach they filmed local hero at. Great film, great beach.
    https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/fortwilliam/camusdarach-beach.shtml
     
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    Sounds good. Ridiculously expensive?
     
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    Vacation, whatso wrong with a good old fashioned holiday.
     
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    These hybrid words do my head in. "Enjoy your staycation, you can chillax, lie in past breakfast and take brunch instead"

    People who mess about with our language in this way?
    Complete funts.
     
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    Centre of the earth, mate!!! :D
     

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