I'm new to this forum thing, but it seems to be helpful and kindhearted! I'm a Canadian planning a trip to Europe in the fall...visiting family in Belgium and Germany, then a friend in Belfast, then I fly home out of London. However, thought I'd travel through Scotland and England "on the way," taking a boat from Ireland. I found a train pass for $300 CAD, 8 days of unlimited travel...is that the recommended route to go? Any locals with some strong feelings on points of interest, or things I really ought to do or see, or just general advice? Is it reasonably safe to travel Scotland alone, as a female? Would really appreciate some feedback.
Hey hows it going, im Gordon from Scotland, i think you will love it here, it's safe to travel alone, i suppose you will be using you'r train pass to travel all over, make sure and check out the Highland's. For a good night out try Glasgow, a lot of good pub's and club's, also i have had a lot of great night's out in Aberdeen. Have a great time.
If you're coming to Scotland via Belfast and you only have a few days to experience the delights and the weather of our wee island then i would say don't try and cram in loads of places. Instead maybe have a day or two in Glasgow or Edinburgh, the latter being my prefered option and then a night in a town in the highlands before meadering your way toward london! I would also say that you'd be absolutely fine travelling alone anywhere in Britain as it's probably no different from your corner of the world!
We spent about a week in Scotland a month ago. One night in Glasgow, one in Oban (beautiful little town, but I hear overrun in summer due to the boats leaving for the islands), two in Inverness and two in Edinburgh. The whole thing was brilliant. I can recommend Edinburgh the highest though, as it simply exceeded any expectations. The only thing I feel we really missed was a trip to the islands - my friend who has been to some loves them! It's nice to save something for another trip though
As far as safety goes, I couldn't imagine a much safer place to travel!
For some more information you may be interested to check out www.escapetotheedge.co.uk - with some nice pics and info on the highlands and islands. Sam and I met the guys who run this website at a recent awards ceremony and when I asked one of them what was a good way to tackle the highlands, he suggested a good option was to go to Edinburgh and then catch a 3 day backpack tour up to the highlands. There were lots on offer in Edinburgh, ranging from 2 day to 4 day type trips, some taking in islands, some more focussed on Inverness and the Lochs. As you're on your own, it might be nice to spend part of it with a group. Not always everyone's favourite way to go though I'm sure you'll enjoy it whatever you do - we didn't really find any unpleasant parts of Scotland!!