This is the itinerary I promised to post. I’ll flesh it out and post a note when I do.
May 4: in Edinburgh
Arriving in Edinburgh about midday (even if the flight arrives on time, we’ll still have to go through Customs and Immigration, and get from the airport to the hotel), we’ll leave our luggage at the hotel – check-in is later in the day but we don’t have to drag our bags with us. We’ll explore the city – the hotel and the B&B are near Princes Street, and it is not far to the Castle and the Royal Mile.
We need to check out the public transportation system too, just to be sure we know how it works and that we can get where we want to go. Mostly though, we’ll just go off on our own and see what’s there and what interests us.
A pub lunch, a nice dinner. My sister Chris is looking forward to trying deep-fried Mars Bars! We both want to go to Mary King’s Close, though that will probably have to wait till another night. I don’t want to plan anything late or strenuous the day we arrive!
May 5: in Edinburgh
This is a day for serious sight-seeing. Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood, some museums.
May 6: Out of Edinburgh
I plan a trip into the Fife, sightseeing castles and other historic stuff.
May 7: In Edinburgh
More serious sight-seeing because I love a good museum and I can spend all day in one. But there’s a lot more to see besides the historic stuff and the art museums. There’s the Botanical Garden and the Zoo, and other stuff. So…!
There’s also shopping, of course.
May 8: On the road
Sightseeing across Scotland’s Central Belt, ending up in Glasgow.
May 9: Glasgow
The hop-on-hop-off bus, which I’m going to call the HoHo, will get us around the city. I plan to take all day for this.
May 10: Out of Glasgow
I want to go down the Clyde, to at least one of the islands. There’s also Loch Lomond, Stirling, and the Trossachs.
May 11: Last full day
If you’re returning via Edinburgh, this is the day to return to that city and catch up on whatever sights you missed or want to see more of.
If you’re flying back from Glasgow, there’s plenty to see and do in the area.
May 12: Return flight.
This is based on flight info I found on Expedia. Their website is http://www.expedia.com/
I looked for economy fares and the best rates I got are the basis for this information. The fares to Scotland gave a direct flight from Chicago to Edinburgh. The return flights all involved changing planes one time.
All the flights I found leave Chicago at 6:00 pm and arrive in Edinburgh at 10:00 am. The flight takes 10 hours and 0 minutes.
Return flights leave Edinburgh at 12:10 pm and arrive in Chicago at 6:27 pm, or leave at 9:25 am and arrive at 3:26 pm. I’m for the later flight!
On this flight, you change planes in Newark, I think.
The 12:10 takes 12 hours and 17 min; there is another flight that leaves at the same time but you have longer layover when you change planes, and you arrive at 7:23 pm.
The 9:25 takes 12 hours and 1 min.
Return Flights from Glasgow:
A British Air flight leaves Glasgow at 12:45 pm and arrives at Heathrow at 2:10 pm.
The plane on Brithish Air to Chicago leaves at 3:25 pm and arrives in Chicago at 6:00 pm. The flight takes about eight and a half hours.
Chris and I are thinking about taking a train to London and flying out from there. That adds at least a day to the trip – maybe longer, because she’s never been to London and there’s such a lot to see!
I’ve looked at a bunch of possibilities in Edinburgh and I like these two.
The first is a Bed and Breakfast, with three bedrooms. It is on the upper two floors of a Georgian townhouse in New Town, and quite beautiful in the pictures. It is the place I would choose if I were going on my own or with an able-bodied companion.
The link below, for Edinburgh Flats is for “self-catering” – that is, you get a kitchen. I like that because I get tired of eating out all the time. If you’re dealing with dietary restrictions, it is especially helpful. Since this is a reality-based fantasy and my husband is going with me, I am going to have to consider his diet.
I’m still working on accommodations in Glasgow; I will post that information as soon as I can.