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1. Posted by star_bug (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

So me and my cousin are going to Scotland for the month of September this year. I was wondering if buying train passes and bus passes that last for so many days is well worth it? 'Cause we aren't the richest of people, seeing as how I'm a part time sales person at a mall store and also an Avon lady on the side, while my cousin works at McDonalds (or as we call it, McShits!) So... anywho... any tips on cheap get-around?

Thanks a heap!!


2. Posted by star_bug (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Also... any cheap accomodations and such anywhere around Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness... anywhere you can recommend in Scotland. We're gonna be going all over the place

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

hi there
Trains are very expensive here. U can get passes that will cut ur cost down. Buses are much cheaper, but personally, i cant ride them cuz i get sick on the turns and hills in bonnie scotland ;) But the bus pass is ur cheapest option.

You wont have any trouble finding cheap hostels - Edinburgh has the most, I think, In one area than any city in europe. The Royal Mile - while it might be a bit more pricey for hostels, is a great location.

4. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 10y

hey!!i just put some info for you on the post you left in the introductions bit....but basically i said also check out the Highlands, Oban, the west coast islands, Loch Lomond, Loch Ness!!!

5. Posted by NiuMei84 (Full Member 113 posts) 10y

I'll be heading to Scotland while I'm in practical training in London.Probably will spend a week there.I'd like to go to Fort William.I heard that bus is the cheapest option to get to Scotland?Could someone tell me how to get from Edinburgh to Fort William and how long it will take to get there?


6. Posted by Sea's-Sway (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Thanks for the notes on that...
But aren't there cheaper passes for people under 20 or something like that?

(I'm the elusive cousin who works at McShits)


Anywho, I've got another question to add on to our list of growing ones...What sort of clothing would people recomend? I mean, everyone knows that its a rainy place to be -Scotland- but I was just wondering, is there a certain type of gear that works better for rain resistance than others?

7. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

no theres no youth concession unless ur a student and can sign up for a student pass which costs about 60 Pounds.

Wear Water proofs, hats, and hiking boots. The same clothing youde wear anywher else when it rains. Just have plenty of dry socks ;)

8. Posted by Sea's-Sway (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y damn...
Oh well it was worth a shot...

By the way, how's the weather usually over there in september?

9. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 10y

The weather in September isn't too bad, you have to watch out for the rain of course, but temperature wise it's pretty mild, about 15-20 celsius, it's only when it hits October that it starts to get chilly. I live in the South of Scotland though, it's a little colder up North.

10. Posted by Sea's-Sway (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Wow, so it's gunna be pretty much like it is over here, only with a bit more rain.
I don't think we'll have much of a problem with that...
Or at least I won't, I don't know about my