April may not be the best month for a trip to Scotland, some of places are still preparing for the high season, and there are a few castles closed. However it is also an opportunity to see the Spring and we even saw some of the places with snow, curiously during our first night there, it was the night of the biggest snow fall of 2012.
|The Glamis Castle with the white snow instead of the green grass|
We did not make a smart choice spending so much nights in one place, but in the beginning we still did not know we were going to Dunrobin, right in the North of Scotland. It gave us the opportunity to visit a variety of places around Edinburgh, but on the other hand less coverage of landscapes, specially in Glencoe.
Our advise if you want to visit several castles is to sleep at least one night in the north, near the Lake Ness, probably in Inverness.
|The Dunrobin Castle, the reason we went most northerly than we expected|
|Edinburgh Castle view from the Easyhotel|
Scotland has amazing landscapes and castles. It is surely one of the trips that was worth it and we are planning to come back.
So some of the advices we can make are:
- Choose wisely what you want to visit in Scotland. Between cities, castles, lakes and mountains, there are several options with a distance between them.
- Consider the season you want to go, different seasons offer different colours in the landscape, specially in Glencoe.
- The time of the day of your visit is also important, remember the sun rises in east and sets in west. In the Arthur's seat in Edinburgh this can be useful, since the best view can be in the morning, and in the late afternoon the sun is setting on the horizon.
- When doing the budget on visiting castles, plan at least £12 for each person, at least 2 hours and if you like a walk around the castle gardens.
- On some remote places, as Glencoe you may not find restaurants or any retail, so be prepared and always carry something, specially water.