Mr Tattie Heid wrote:My best advice is not to try to see too much in too short a time. I've been to Orkney a number of times and am contemplating a return, mainly to see some of the outer islands I haven't done yet, and when I start drawing up itineraries, it ends up being two weeks in Orkney alone, which I can't really do. So if I do go, it'll be one or two islands with an eye to returning another year for the others.
That said, you can cover all the major sights in either archipelago in three or four days. Hell, you can do it in two, if don't mind rushing all over, but you won't really soak in any of the flavor of the islands. Frankly, I think you're better off to do either Orkney or Shetland with the time you have.
Orkney is for antiquities, Shetland is for scenery. Hopefully someone else can tell you about birds, if you're interested--I'm always there too late in the season for anything much other than gannets.
I always stay in Lerwick in Shetland--it's the only town of any size, with a handful of decent restaurants and pubs. In Orkney, Kirkwall is the main town, centrally located and with better services, but I really like Stromness--it has more of the northern isles character and charm.
Mr Picky sez note that it's Orkney and Shetland, not "the Orkneys" or "the Shetlands".
And finally, Peat, have a look at the cosmetic makeover I've done on the 2007 and 2008 journals. You kicked that off (lot of damn work, thank you very much). Last year's will join them as soon as revisions are complete.
Mr Tattie Heid wrote:I think that's way too much in too little time. But if you like to travel that way, that's your prerogative.
JamesC wrote:How many days are you spending on Islay to be able to take in all of the distilleries? Unless of course you don't plan on taking all of the tours. I found it difficult to see any more than two in a day due to the tour times.
Peat Sampras wrote:I don't see the point in doing distillery tours because the process is the same at all distilleries.
Mr Tattie Heid wrote:Peat Sampras wrote:I don't see the point in doing distillery tours because the process is the same at all distilleries.
But the tours are not; nor are the particular facilities, guides giving the tour, other people touring, etc. I've certainly done some tours that were worth no more than a walk around the plant, but it's a rare tour I don't learn something. Often enough it's that some point of the process isn't the same. And of course, you are taken into areas you can't wander into on your own--stillrooms, warehouses, and so on.
That said, I have my own limit of tolerance for tours--two or three in a five-week holiday is plenty. Outside that, photographing a few distilleries from the outside is fine. There are many interesting things to do and see in Scotland other than distilleries.
malt_boy89 wrote:Sounds like a bit of a feat! I'm going to Speyside next week, visiting Glenfarclas and Aberlour. Only two but I may take a leaf out of your book and go whisky wandering to nearby distilleries. Camera at the ready as well!
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