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Advice for East Neuk F,ort Augustus, etc.

In mid-May 2022, we are driving from Edinburgh to St. Monans (East Neuk) for 5 days of getting over jet lag.

Will visit St. Andrews on the Sunday we are in the area to walk the Old Course, and plan to spend time on the Fife Coastal Path, but grateful for suggestions and favourites of others.

We're leaving St. Monans and heading to Fort Augustus for another 6 days, via Pitlochry. From Pitlochry, is is better getting to Fort Augustus via Inverness, or from the south?

Once at Fort Augustus, we plan on doing a few day trips, including the Fort William area, the Jacobite train, and a tour with Rabbie of Isle of Skye.

Thanks for your suggestions!

Andy in Vancouver, BC

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You should look into visiting Falkland Palace. I loved the tennis court! A bit further away to the west is Culross, which I enjoyed visiting. But Dunfermline would be another option. There is an Abby that is worth visiting. Loch Leven is not far and there is the castle. You are not far from Dundee. I've not visited but there are some very interesting museums. You might go a bit further north and visit Glamis Castle. It's a wonderful Castle and it is where the Queen Mum grew up.

I would take the Southern route to Fort Augustus. That route takes you past Laggan and some of the place where the Monarch of the Glen was filmed. If you've not watched Monarch of the Glen, get that Net Flicks subscription and check it out!

Have you found the WalkHighlands website? They will tell you about walks in the area of different types. I did bits of the River Nevis Walk.

It sounds like a great trip.

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Unless you are desperate to be pulled by a steam loco, then take the usual service train from Fort William to Mallaig and back. It is exactly the same route and a lot cheaper!!

Pamela has already mentioned most of my favourite places for Fife. Don't miss the ruined castle in St Andrews and particularly the mine and countermine.

https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/standrews/standrewscastle/index.html

Information about visiting here.

https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/st-andrews-castle

The fishing villages are great fun and worth exploring.

Have you found the Undiscovered Scotland website? It is a wonderful source of information and I use it to plan all my tours to Scotland as it covers so many places ignored by the guide books. Start with the relevant map and follow the links for text pages with information and pictures.

https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/

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Thanks so much for the great suggestions and links, much appreciated...definitely do not need a steam loco experience!

Regards,

Andy

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Yes, the mine and counter mine are really cool!