I'm heading over to Scotland with my cousin in September and I was just wondering if anyone knew of any gear that works wonders in the rain-repelant sort of way. We wanna travel light so that we won't kill ourselves. (My cousin is a mondo light-weight.) So if you have any input on some stuff, that preferably, isn't too costly, could you please get back to me on it? It'd be most appriciated!
What are you going to be doing in Scotland? I am interested in going there one day.
We are gunna backpack around as much as we can, but then, we are going for a month, so what the hell, we'll probably get through most if not all of the places we wanna visit.
That sounds fun. I would love to hear some of the places you went and some stories after you get back. My goal is to backpack a few months there when i graduate
Hey there Sea's-sway and you others that want to come to Scotland. I live here after graduating from the University of Glasgow. I have been here 6 years (originally from Oxford in England). I live in Glasgow but have travelled extensively throughout the whole of scotland since I was about 8 years old (25 now).
You'll need a TOTALLY waterproof jacket and if you have a rucksack then you'll need some sort of waterproof cover for it.
Glasgow is the most vibrant city (IMO) for music, culture, arts, entertainment and what not, Edinburgh is good for entertainment but is expensive. Edinburgh however has more classic historical features (like the castle and the royal mile) so can be great in that respect. You should try to get out to the Highlands at some point, and I would definitely recommend Loch Lomond (quick drive from Glasgow), and Ben Nevis and surrounding area.
If you have time and a stomach for the sea, I would SERIOSULY recommend taking a trip out to one of the Western Isles. Somewhere like Harris, Berneray, Barra. They are all spectacular isles with some of the most deserted, beautiful beaches this world has been blessed with. If you go at the right time, you can even swim in the sea! And it's WARM too!!!
If you have any more questions, feel free to fire them up here. But whatever you do, watch out for the NEDS!
Thanks for the mondo amount of information.
We are supposed to be going for a month so hopefully we will be able to hit everything. Hell its not that big over there...(we heard its about a four hour drive from glasgow to inverness -is that true?- and thats about how long it take to go down to victoria from my place, and I do that about every other month.
Oh, and seeing as you live there, do you know of a good way to get a job over there, or something? Because if I can get one over there, I really wanna stay. Lol.
Oh an thanks for the bumpereeno and heads up on the note of askin you stuff. We'll start asking more and more as the time comes closer and closer!
Right...so here's the question.
What the heckamo is a NED
Indeed, Glasgow-Inverness is about 3-4 hours. The population of Scotland is equal thereabouts to the population of London, so that gives you a pretty clear impression of how big this place is. Well, it has monumental scenery but few people in it!
As for Neds, it supposedly stands for Non Educated Delinquent. They are rife in Glasgow and Edinburgh mainly, and are just kids that get up to no good, but the Scottish version. However, they are easily spotted in their tracksuits and top of the range Berghaus or North Face waterproof jackets, usually sporting a cap and a bottle of Bucky (Buckfast - it's a tonic wine so vile but so strong and full of caffeine). My advice would be to use common sense when travelling around and don't annoy a ned! As a side note, Have you read up about Scotland's cities at all? You might want to get the lowdown on what areas are safe etc (not trying to dissuade you!)
In terms of employment, it depends on where you are going to work and what skills you have. To be honest, if you've been in employment for a while and have a career, then you might be able to set something up with a company before you get here. This is doubtful though. If you are a school leaver or uni grad, then the likelihood is that you'll have to either temp (just go to agencies, there's tons in both Glasgow and Edinburgh) or you'll be forced to go the way of so many and work in a typical call centre (Glasgow) or for the tourist industry (Edinburgh).
Either way, you'll have a laugh. If music's your thing, and you enjoy drinking then both Edinburgh and Glasgow have a lot to offer for music and drink, no matter what your taste. Any more questions are welcome. Only happy to help.
a ned is a chav innit?
Get a decent waterproof breathable jacket, of the goretex variety and you'll be fine - scotland isn't that cold in september.
@Magykal, yes I guess they are sort of like chavs but in slightly different attire and with different customs (not to get too into it or anything!)
And if you've lived in Scotland (maybe you have) then you'll know the 411 about weather. Any time of the year it can rain, snow, hail, blow wind and sun can shine down on ya - all in one day.