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Author: marymel

Joined: 2/23/2012
Posts: 1
GCT Trips Taken: 5
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Traveler Since: 2008

February 23, 2012

 We would like to know if anyone has done an extension from Edinburgh to the Scottish Highlands on their own, as the GCT extension is not available on the July, 2012 trip we have booked.  Hotels, tours, and transportation tips would be appreciated!

Author: pauline

Joined: 3/9/2010
Posts: 1,053
GCT Trips Taken: 11
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England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Malta, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, China, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canada, Russia, Ukraine

Traveler Since: 1999

February 23, 2012

I was originally booked on the July1st departure for that trip.  But GCT called me a couple of months ago (maybe more than two) to explain that they'd had to cancel the Scottish Highlands extension on that trip because they didn't get enough people.  Which may, or may not, be true.  In any case, they offered me a change to departing a week later which I took.  I really want to see that extension and, since I travel solo it's the only way for me to do it.

If I were in your situation, I would certainly do it on my own.  Check out Trip Advisor for hotels, restaurants and tours.  Look at the reviews from people who've taken the extension and see what they have to say about the "must see" and "waste of time."

Author: suepoor1234

Joined: 7/20/2011
Posts: 38
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All the states; east and west Canada, all of Western Europe(except Iceland and Greenland); the Baltics and Scandanavia; Belarus, Poland, Ukraine; eastern Russia; Turkey, Jordan and Israel; India, China, Mongolia, and Tibet; Egypt, Morocco, Tanzania; Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatamala, El Salvador; Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Peru, Argentina, Chile; Australia and New Zealand; Antarctica.

Traveler Since: 2007

February 23, 2012

Marymel, travel in Scotland is very easy -- just make sure you get a car with a huge US flag painted on the top to warn other drivers!!  HA!!   I have traveled there quite a bit.  Usually, I rent a cottage and then have day trips out to wherever I want to go.  Very congenial people, especially in the small villages.  After our stays in the villages, we had no problem getting a hotel/motel/B&B for the night as we did farther south.  Have a wonderful time.

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