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Flying is the fastest option (1h10), but you'll have to take into account: traveling times to the airports: London City Airport is close to the city center (22 min to Bank Station), but Edinburgh Airport is not (35 min by the tram or 30 min by the slightly faster Airport 100 bus, or 25 min in light traffic if you're driving or taking a cab outside peak ...


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As someone who does this route maybe twice a month my preferred options are as follows: Fly. If I am in a rush and require to be in Edinburgh early or in a short amount of time then I fly from London City Airport to Edinburgh with British Airways. The flight time is roughly an hour and I can be at the City Airport 20 minutes before take off with no ...


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When paying for a purchase, be sure to make the cashier aware that you are using a U.S. style credit card which requires them to swipe the card and for you to sign for the purchase. Although U.S. style credit cards are no longer issued in the United Kingdom and Ireland, most cash registers are still equipped to process transactions this way. You may, ...


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There is a lively LARP community in Edinburgh, and while some of the activities are more high fantasy LARPing, the city parks (Bruntsfield Links, Leith Links and the Meadows) tend to see battles ranging from 1-on-1 sword fights up to small armies. LARPEvents tends to list a lot of these as you get into Summer. While many events will have spare kit, I would ...


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Coaches The Visit Scotland webpage on coaches carries plenty of information on the topic, including: Coach operators Most of the inter-city and longer-distance coach services around Scotland are provided by Scottish Citylink, Stagecoach, Megabus and National Express offering most of the inter-city and longer-distance coach services around Scotland, ...


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The fastest option is by air. There are frequent services from all of London's airports, including the centrally located London City airport. The flying time is about 1 hour. If you are only visiting Edinburgh for a day or less, this is the sensible way to go. However, Edinburgh airport is not centrally located (there is a tram, but actually it is faster to ...


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"Festival time" in Edinburgh comprises most of the month of August. There are actually festivals in Edinburgh throughout the year, but in August several festivals overlap - the biggest of which is of course the Edinburgh Fringe. You don't buy tickets for the festival itself, as it's really just a collection of events held at different fringe venues around ...


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The Balmoral Estate is vast. On this map of Scottish estates it's the area in the centre of the image bounded by purple lines, extended south from Easter Balmoral and Braemar, over Lochnagar and Loch Muick, almost to Glen Clova. For most this area, the usual right to roam laws apply, even when the Royal Family are in residence; only the area north of ...


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The problem with Edinburgh is despite having a taxi rank, it's not outside the terminal (that area is reserved for buses). Since you are presumably arriving from Sweden, it will be a longer walk than from the domestic terminal. It's not a ponderous distance, but something to consider if you are carrying lots of luggage because getting to the taxi rank is ...


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I rather hope not. Free fighting with real swords is a skill that takes time and training to master. No-one with any sense is going to let a pair of absolute beginners lay into each other after half an hour regardless of what armour they're wearing. A taster lesson at a club is probably the closest you're going to get, but to be honest you could probably ...


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No policeman is going to arrest you for riding in a park. I'd be surprised if you can't ride in all the parks in Glasgow (or almost any other city in the UK) for that matter. Give pedestrians the right of way and be considerate and you'll be fine.


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For most retailers you can still pay with a card that only has a magnetic strip. However, there are a couple of caveats to that. As previously mentioned, some automated systems, such as at petrol stations or transit ticket machines, may reject these cards, which will mean you might have to use manned sale points. Technically, if they accept Visa or ...


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I was in Scotland this summer, and my American cards worked in every ATM (with PIN) and every establishment (with signature) where I tried them. Sometimes I had to remind the clerk to use the swipe on the side of the terminal instead of inserting the card. My only failures, not on this trip, were in France, at an automated parking garage exit and in the ...


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There are no border/immigration checks between Scotland and England since, at the time of writing, they're part of the same country - United Kingdom. Hence you won't have to show your passport to immigration officers when entering Scotland from England and vice versa. You will nevertheless need to prove your ID to airline staff before boarding intra-UK ...


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One of the options would be joining fencing schools. Some of these schools do not require a tight schedule to be followed - instead they run on a drop-in basis, which means you can just show up. Checking some of the schools' websites showing that some of them offer free initial classes and cheap fees for classes after that. Please note, there might be other ...


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It sounds to me like your Quecha jacket should do the job - the main advantage of more expensive fabrics is improved breathability etc - it's ppossible for quite cheap materials to be very waterproof. Although investigate the zips - if they're not sealed/taped then water will ingress through them in sustained rain. Be aware that in the hills of the UK, the ...


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The fastest commercial option is to fly at 1 hour 10 minutes. The train is roughly 5 hours and driving is also roughly 7 1/2+ hours in excellent conditions. Ryanair, British Air and other airlines provide comparable times. Flights are available from Gatwick, London City, Heathrow, or Stansted. Privately, you can hire a helicopter and reduce the flight ...


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I've never walked the WHW, but I have spent plenty of time in rural Scotland, Most stores in Scotland, even in villages, will take credit cards. However most is not all, and you will probably find some that won't. If you are paying for campsites rather than camping wild, or if you are planning on the odd night at a B&B, some will probably only take cash. ...


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As i was often traveling on that route, i recommend to use plane. From Stansted it will take you 70 minutes to get to Edinburgh Airport, then you can take bus 35 or 100 ( I recommend 100, as it goes straight to centre). Currently you can take tram as well. Journey from Airport if you take 100 bus, will take you 30 minutes, and you will have bus every 10 ...


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An easy option is the tram and a train. The tram stops just in front of the airport, with departures every 10 minutes. Take the tram to Edinburgh Park station, where you can change onto the train. There are trains to Linlithgow about every 30 minutes. Both the trams and train should have plenty of space for luggage, though the train could get a bit crowded ...


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If you know something about the history of Glencoe a "dreich" day may be the most suitable for a visit there. Note that the topography makes the climate relatively changeable (specially on the East coast, where four seasons in one day is not unusual). It snowed in Aberdeen quite heavily in July (mid summer!) yet within 48 hours Aberdeen was showing as the ...


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In Scotland in the winter, you can get all sorts of weather. It might be mild and damp, or freezing cold, or blizzards, or some mixture of these. But if the weather is nice, the highlands can be beautiful, with snow on the hills and ice on the lochs. So it can be very nice for walking, or other outdoor activities. There are plenty of scenic easy walks ...


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As the answer by JoErNanO says, there are no passport checks within the United Kingdom. The border between England and Scotland is largely unmarked. Moreover, no one can require ID from you at random, the UK is not a police state. If you are travelling by air within the United Kingdom (from London to Edinburgh for example) it is not legally necessary to ...


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There doesn't seem to be any ferry routes from Stockholm going West of Gdansk. You can probably go to Direct Ferries to look at a fairly comprehensive list of major ferry operators around Europe. The best I can figure here is Stockholm-> Gdansk drive to Amsterdam or Rotterdam and take a ferry to England then drive to Scotland. Rome2Rio also reports ...


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Yes, riding a bicycle in the parks of Glasgow is allowed. Now even more so that there are new bicycle rental schemes in place, right at the entrance of parks.


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All retailers should be able to use the magnetic stripe instead of chip-and-pin. This is not just because of foreign cards but also because the magstripe is the back-up system if the chip fails.


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Abelour - Craigellachie is kind of the heart of the matter as you'll likely want to go to the "major" items like Macallan. For another view, don't forget Scotland is both bonnie and pretty compact ... you could very much just stay in Aberdeen. It's only an hour or two drive. (Stunningly beautiful, of course.) It's perfectly commonplace to go to Speyside ...


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The walk is not advised for reasons of privacy of the Royal Family, because it is the Queen's private house, not for any other reason. The Queen and her family are guarded by police. However unless there are diplomats or other visitors, the Queen prefers not to have too many visible police about. One imagines that she goes up to her private house in ...



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