Scotland: A Brave Adventure Meets Thread

Discussion in 'Adventures By Disney' started by sayhello, May 29, 2012.

  1. CaliforniaGirl09

    CaliforniaGirl09 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2009
    Messages:
    882
    I can't believe we are approaching the six month mark. I'm still holding out hope for a summer airfare sale. Doesn't seem to have been any yet.
     
  2. Avatar

    Google AdSense Guest Advertisement


    to hide this advert.
  3. SleepingPrincess

    SleepingPrincess Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2000
    Messages:
    30
    Good to know I'm not the only one that's still hoping for a sale on airfare! That being said, I think I'm about to give in and get them soon.
     
  4. calypso726

    calypso726 Escaping reality one Disney vacation at a time

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Messages:
    3,483
    Hi :wave2: This is the first ABD tour for DH and I. I wil post pictures and share our experience here once we get back.

    I saw that and worried for a minute until I remembered that your family and CaliforniaGirl's family were going at the same time we were. That makes 10 of us here on the DIS and I figured surely there must be other people going who were not on the DISboards and posting here. I am glad to know for certain though. Thanks for putting our mids at ease :flower3:

    OMG I cannot believe it is almost here! I really need to get cracking on learning the ins and outs of my new camera! I am determined to take lots of good pictures for this trip!
     
  5. 2BNDisney

    2BNDisney Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2010
    Messages:
    145
    Our news had a segment last night that said 81 days out is the key time to buy overseas flight tickets. Not sure how that was arrived at though. :confused3
     
  6. CaliforniaGirl09

    CaliforniaGirl09 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2009
    Messages:
    882
    Glad to know I'm not alone, too.

    My sister and her two kids are going to, so that's 13 :)

    I've heard the 3-4 month thing, too, and I'm *really* trying to hold out and not panic. But it's tough...
     
  7. Calfan

    Calfan DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2009
    Messages:
    759
    I just bought tickets to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the evening of Aug. 3. I know it's a bit early, but I didn't want it to sell out!
     
  8. calypso726

    calypso726 Escaping reality one Disney vacation at a time

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Messages:
    3,483
    You are in good company. We bought ours back in October LOL We didn't want it to sell out either so we decided to do one of the packages. We will be attending the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 2nd.
     
  9. Calfan

    Calfan DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2009
    Messages:
    759
    Tickets came today (in a very small envelope -- lucky we didn't recycle it or throw it out by mistake!). Very exciting.
     
  10. paddles

    paddles Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2011
    Messages:
    179
    Are there any other "must do's" in Edinburgh? We'll have an entire day to ourselves before the tour begins, and we were thinking of a chill day going to see a ghost tour and maybe the Royal yacht.

    I'd love to do high tea in the hotel....my husband has zero interest, so I may splurge on that with my daughter (she'll be 8 years old - but I'm sure she'll think its fun).
     
  11. edinburghlass

    edinburghlass DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2005
    Messages:
    862
    I've only read the last page of this thread, the title caught my eye, my favourite *must do's* for visitors is Mary King's Close, can be done through the day especially if raining as its all underground. :rolleyes1

    http://www.realmarykingsclose.com/

    The best ghost tour in my opinion is the Murder and Mystery tour, best done in the dark so in the summer time aim for the latest tour.

    http://www.witcherytours.com/index.html
     
  12. calypso726

    calypso726 Escaping reality one Disney vacation at a time

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Messages:
    3,483
    Perfect timing Edinburghlass! Thank you! Today, I was working on adjusting bookings and things to do when we get there. We changed flights and decided to come in on the 1st instead of the 2nd. I just added these to our itinerary. Here is the pre ABD itinerary so far:

    Arrive August 1 - dinner ressies at The Witchery by the Castle but still haven't decided where we are sleeping that evening. Probably whoever I have the most hotel points with so we don't pay out of pocket that night :laughing:

    August 2 - booked for a Real Mary King's Close tour at 11:00 am. Then we check into the Inner Sanctum Suite for 2 nights at Witchery by the Castle. If I suggest to DH that we add a third night (arrival day before) he may have a stroke :rolleyes1 The rooms sure look cool though!

    That evening we are attending the Royal Military Edinburgh Tattoo. We did the Queen Anne hospitality package that includes:

    Drinks and canapé reception in the courtyard of the Queen Anne room
    Three course set dinner with wine followed by coffee and tablet
    Short performance by Tattoo cast members
    Introduction to the show by the Producer of the Tattoo
    Escorted over the Castle drawbridge and across the esplanade to your VIP seat in the covered Royal Gallery
    A gift bag and official Tattoo souvenir programme
    Invitation to the Producer’s Pommery Champagne Reception


    August 3 - dinner ressies at The Secret Garden. Followed by a Murder and Mystery Ghost Tour.

    If you have any suggestions for other must do's please share!!!
     
  13. lkkinghorn

    lkkinghorn Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2013
    Messages:
    9
    This will be our family's first time with ABD and visiting Scotland. Yahoo! We are traveling on the 6/30 trip with our two kids ages 12 and 14. I saw that someone posted to bring sweaters for everyone. Any other tips? Thanks, LKK
     
  14. sayhello

    sayhello Have Camera, Will Travel Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2006
    Messages:
    10,983
    Welcome to the ABD Forum on the DISBoards, lkkinghorn! There are a lot of DISers on the 6/30 trip! It sounds like a fabulous trip. Just be warned -- ABD's are highly addictive! :thumbsup2

    I've added you to the Roll Call in the first post.

    Sayhello
     
  15. calypso726

    calypso726 Escaping reality one Disney vacation at a time

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Messages:
    3,483
    Hi! :wave2: Welcome to the Disboards. This is our first ABD too. We don't leave until August so please feel free to share your trip with those of us still waiting to go report when you get back :goodvibes
     
  16. 2BNDisney

    2BNDisney Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2010
    Messages:
    145
    Tripadvisor has some good tours in Edinburgh. Think I may do the Hairycoo one when I fly in early. It actually takes you out of Edinburgh for the day to see some different sights. I don't believe ABD stops at these, but I could be wrong. I can only base my opinion on the reviews though as I don't personally know anyone who has taken it. But there are several tours in Edinburgh itself by different operators.

    And will these air fares ever come down - lol. Still holding out hope. They have been fairly steady for many months.
     
  17. edinburghlass

    edinburghlass DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2005
    Messages:
    862
    Bring at least two sweaters each :thumbsup2

    As with most cities you can't go wrong with a bus tour to get an idea of the city and what you want to see. All the tickets give you 24/48 hours travel on their buses and you can hop on and off where you want.

    https://kiosk.iristickets.co.uk/k?v=lothianbuses&item_type=10&ticket_family=TFCEDINTOUR&ka=KCEBT

    The Royal Edinburgh ticket gives you admission to Britannia, Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace which at adult prices would cost you £39 and the ticket price is £45 so quite a good deal along with the different bus tours and 48 hours to use the ticket for.

    They also have a tour down to South Queensferry to see the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge with a boat trip under the bridges.

    If you feel like walking down the High Street/Royal Mile do make sure you pop down the closes (alleyways) that you will pass as you find they open into interesting courtyards or steps down to different areas of the city.

    Any Rebus fans by author Ian Rankin you can find a phone app that describes his city while you walk the city to places mentioned in his book and his favourite pub.
     
  18. calypso726

    calypso726 Escaping reality one Disney vacation at a time

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Messages:
    3,483
    Thank you for mentioning the Hairy Coo tour. I looked it up on Trip Advisor and it has loads of good reviews. We booked it for Saturday August 3rd. I also saw a photography tour of Edinburgh on Trip Advisor that was highly recommended. The tour guide actually teaches each person on the tour how to take the best pics with their own camera. It is supposed to be great for both beginners and enthusiasts. I contemplating whether or not I can squeeze this is in too.

    I took a peek at the airfare rates out there :eek:

    Thank you again Edinburghlass for the advice! :goodvibes
     
  19. CaliforniaGirl09

    CaliforniaGirl09 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2009
    Messages:
    882
    Ditto on all the great advice everyone! Keep it coming :)
     
  20. lkkinghorn

    lkkinghorn Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2013
    Messages:
    9
    We will pack 2 sweaters each! Thanks. Also, I am planning a side trip either before the ABD or after. We would like to visit Kinghorn, Scotland. It looks like it is under an hour train ride from Edinburgh.
    Please post if you went on the March trip to Scotland. I think the Brave ABD starts in March...
     
  21. sayhello

    sayhello Have Camera, Will Travel Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2006
    Messages:
    10,983
    You're right! :thumbsup2 The first Scotland trip started on Sunday! They're still on the trip, so there's still a chance we may hear something after the trip ends on Monday.

    Sayhello
     

Share This Page