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Adding Friends During Your itinerary

Hello,

Our trip to Scotland will include 14 days starting in Edinburgh. We will travel to Oban, Skye, Fort William, Inverness and around Pitlochry.

We have a couple of friends that would like to join us but can only travel for a week. Where and how would you place them on the trip. The intention was to arrive together, have one car... but we will continue for another week.

Any thoughts???

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216 posts

@ Doug

No RS tour. I guess I am asking where in our itinerary should they depart? Oban-Skye-Fort William-Inverness? Best locality and closeness to an airport. I do-not want to backtrack on my trip to take them to the airport.

Posted by
26359 posts

They can get to the airport by train.

I'd say good by when the time for them to go comes. That will be wherever you are. You'll plan that ahead with them?

They can join you when they arrive?

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216 posts

@Nigel

Yes, we all plan to arrive together from Florida to Edinburgh. I was just wondering if it would be better to go from Edinburgh to Pitlochry then to Inverness and fly out from there...

Or Edinburgh to Oban to Skye or Fort Willam and leave from there...

Posted by
19379 posts

What time of year?

The scenery in the west seemed more dramatic to me, so I'd tend to prefer Oban and Skye, but the weather risk is greater over there. Edinburgh offers some protecton against being outdoors in the rain but was extremely touristy last month, so much would depend on your friends' tolerance for heavy crowds.

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216 posts

Ok.... so any good information on the airports? I see Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh as their options to return to London Gatwick to fly home to Florida.

Posted by
26359 posts

so they will have an overnight in London?

Posted by
216 posts

I do not think so. There are early flights out of Edinburgh to London but the others I did not check.

Posted by
4566 posts

With only a week and a departure out of London, the only route I think makes sense is Edinburgh - Pitlochry - Inverness. Spend 2 nights in each location. Have them fly to London from Inverness the day prior to their Transatlantic flight and spend their last night in London.

Posted by
2801 posts

I agree with Laura. Trying to fly from Scotland to London early on the morning of the transatlantic departure is a gamble I wouldn't want to take.

Posted by
610 posts

Like Laura and epltd said, I wouldn't risk the early morning flight from Edinburgh to Gatwick either especially since it appears that it would be two separate tickets and your friends would have to exit security, collect checked bags and recheck in for an international flight. And baggage check in for international flights closes earlier than that for domestic flights.