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JC
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91 posts since 9/12/12

9 Dec 2015 23:14
Heading to Iceland on the 17th until the 22nd, booked up a few things like snowmobiling, snorkelling, blue lagoons amongst other suff, is there anything i should be doing when I'm over there? avoiding the obvious tourist stuff as mentioned above, cheers.
andymakesglasses
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20179 posts since 26/1/06

10 Dec 2015 09:56
Sholto wrote: Not really a holiday but heading up the Scottish Highlands soon, anyone got any recommendations for great sights? Mountains/valleys etc. Looking at maybe a couple of days of light trekking around the wild (no bear grylls). Been up ben nevis before so any alternatives/advice much appreciated.

Where are you travelling from and how far / long do you want to go for? Have you done winter walking before?

If you're coming from the south then the route up across Rannoch Moor and on to Glencoe is a must (the Bridge of Orchy Hotel at Bridge of Orchy (!) and the Clachaig Inn in Glencoe are good stop off points).
Centurionone
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1379 posts since 30/3/11

10 Dec 2015 10:01
JC wrote: Heading to Iceland on the 17th until the 22nd, booked up a few things like snowmobiling, snorkelling, blue lagoons amongst other suff, is there anything i should be doing when I'm over there? avoiding the obvious tourist stuff as mentioned above, cheers.


Try the lobster soup and some whale meat
Sholto
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490 posts since 25/12/12

posted 10 Dec 2015 19:04, edited 10 Dec 2015 19:04
Thanks DT, andymakesglasses. Going to be driving out from Glasgow, looking for a decent inn/bnb to stay in overnight somewhere so will check those out!

Calchaig looks quality Cool big thanks
YLAup
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5140 posts since 5/9/11

10 Dec 2015 23:34
JC wrote: Heading to Iceland on the 17th until the 22nd, booked up a few things like snowmobiling, snorkelling, blue lagoons amongst other suff, is there anything i should be doing when I'm over there? avoiding the obvious tourist stuff as mentioned above, cheers.

Loads of cool coffee shops that turn into bars in Reykjavik. It's so small, there isn't a typical 'tourist' vibe. Just try and meet the friendly locals and eat fish down by the harbour.
andymakesglasses
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20179 posts since 26/1/06

11 Dec 2015 10:40
Sholto wrote: Going to be driving out from Glasgow

Glasgow, Loch Lomond (Old Drover's Inn), Crianlarich, Tyndrum, Bridge of Orchy (Bridge of Orchy Hotel), stop at the viewpoint on the climb after Loch Tulla for an amazing view back over it, Rannoch Moor, Glencoe (King's House Hotel, Clachaig Inn), Ballachulish, Fort William (Grog and Gruel).

If you've not done winter walking before I'd stay off the peaks. The West Highland Way runs from Glasgow to Fort William and would be easy enough to negotiate in snow. If you wanted to do a few hours of hiking it can be joined easily at various points along this route, particularly at Crainlarich, Tyndrum and Bridge of Orchy. Simplistically the further north you go on it the more interesting the scenery becomes.

One of the "wilder" bits (in terms of isolation) is over Rannoch Moor. Join it next to the Bridge of Orchy hotel and it crosses over to the King's House Hotel in Glencoe. You could either walk back to your car or get the bus back (check the times in advance!).

The most isolated bit is from Kinlochleven over to Fort William. There are literally no facilities of any kind from the moment you leave Kinlochleven to when you arrive in Fort William, and it's a full day's walk.

From Fort William you could head up north to Loch Ness if you've not been there, head west to the Glenfinnan monument, or east for a long different route home - Spean Bridge (Commando monument), Laggan, Dalwhinnie, Blair Atholl (Atholl Arms Hotel), Pitlochry (Moulin Inn, Old Smiddy Inn), Dunkeld, Perth, Stirling, Glasgow.

Some of the roads on these routes can be closed if there's heavy snow, so keep an eye on Traffic Scotland. There are snow gates at Tyndrum, Bridge of Orchy, Glencoe and Dalwhinnie.

Feel free to message me for specifics once a plan starts formulating.
DuffMan
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14271 posts since 21/2/07

posted 11 Dec 2015 16:38, edited 11 Dec 2015 16:38
If you're going to be up that way then IMO the Ardnamurchan peninsula, which isn't a million miles from Fort William, is one of the nicest bits of the highlands.
Sholto
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490 posts since 25/12/12

12 Dec 2015 20:04
anymakesglassses, thanks a lot for such a detailed response. Looking at Glencoe and Fort William currently, Calchaig looks like a great place to stay, and looks like there is plenty to see around both areas. Depending on how this goes I can definitely see myself making some return trips and exploring other areas.
MoB
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36661 posts since 31/8/04

13 Dec 2015 11:09
Off to SA for christmas and new year for 3 and a half weeks. So far we have a plan of Jo'berg for christmas, cape town for new years then driving the garden route to knysna before doing kruger. Gonna be spending about a week in each place, but bar the obvious anyone recommend anything they did? We're already booked in to see England SA in newlands and wanderers.
Sholto
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490 posts since 25/12/12

13 Dec 2015 15:13
Is swimming with sharks obvious? Or paragliding off table mountain?
Owlix
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2000 posts since 16/10/08

14 Dec 2015 21:53
Iceland in May. Decent time to go?
Anto
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3554 posts since 19/1/12

14 Dec 2015 21:55
From mid May i'd say it's the best time
carl lewis
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23632 posts since 14/10/04

15 Dec 2015 06:16
MoB wrote: Off to SA for christmas and new year for 3 and a half weeks. So far we have a plan of Jo'berg for christmas, cape town for new years then driving the garden route to knysna before doing kruger. Gonna be spending about a week in each place, but bar the obvious anyone recommend anything they did? We're already booked in to see England SA in newlands and wanderers.

Not actually been personally.

House music parties are top notch. Black Coffee and Dacapo to name a few.








Think crime is still bad so don't take your Sunday best, maybe pay a fixer to take you around also.
trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

19 Dec 2015 13:03
Going to Paris for 3 days in Jan. Is the Louvre worth it/a must do? Best alternatives for a bit of art and culture?
fudge.dredd
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670 posts since 15/12/12

19 Dec 2015 16:22
trailofdavid wrote: Going to Paris for 3 days in Jan. Is the Louvre worth it/a must do? Best alternatives for a bit of art and culture?

Just returned from there. Louvre is worth the trip but quite busy. Pompidou centre and Musee d'orsay is probably a better option to visit… Monet, Van Gogh, cezanne, and so on all on display

Petit Palais also worth viewing
trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

19 Dec 2015 17:34
Thanks mate, appreciate it.

Staying in Le Marais. Any recommendations round there at all?
SJ
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616 posts since 27/11/11

19 Dec 2015 22:04
Depending what else you've got planned in the 3 days you might struggle to do the Louvre properly. I did it in Jan but feel like we barely saw anything because we were rushing round it.
NigelBenn
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4053 posts since 6/2/08

21 Dec 2015 09:15
Anyone been to Carnival in Salvador?
quest
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3221 posts since 11/7/11

21 Dec 2015 16:59
Yes enjoyed it far more than Rio and Belo.
Not toned down compared to other Brazilian cities (apart from Ouro Preto in my experience) and is an amazing place to stay.
quest
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3221 posts since 11/7/11

posted 22 Dec 2015 00:48, edited 22 Dec 2015 00:48
MoB wrote: Off to SA for christmas and new year for 3 and a half weeks. So far we have a plan of Jo'berg for christmas, cape town for new years then driving the garden route to knysna before doing kruger. Gonna be spending about a week in each place, but bar the obvious anyone recommend anything they did? We're already booked in to see England SA in newlands and wanderers.

I used to live and still occasionally work around Ba-Phalaborwa in Limpopo, next to Kruger. The park is amazing, elephant walk is a nice cheap trip and one of the easiest/cheapest ways to experience safari. God's Window is worth a visit too, not too far from Kruger. Don't spend too much time in Phalaborwa unless you want to see the copper mine.

Wouldn't personally spend too much time in Joburg but a decent place to experience at least. Cape Town is great. Stallenbosch is close and out of the city, and has some nice vineyards. Clifton Beach is the best beach but go to Boulders too if you get a chance, both easy to get to and not usually packed. Can't remember the bars too well, was always pretty cunted, but there are some nice BBQ places to go during the day as well as nice restaurants. Haven't done the garden route but all folk I work with say its great.