I'm planing on going to Scotland for 4 days in April.
I need some advice on the following....
1) best way to get from London to Scotland (and cheapest )
2) what to do after I reach Scotland....which are the must see places.
I'm not much into castles....but wouldn't mind seeing one.
I thought Glasgow is quite grey and theres not much to do, but I really really liked Edinburgh.
Getting to Scotland from London is not a problem, you can fly quite cheaply, get the train (try to avoid the 5.15 Virgin Express), bus or drive - what is your budget like?
Four days isn't a long time to see too much, you could probably get one city in and a bit of touring in the countryside. What are you into? Sightseeing? Nightlife? Shopping? Countryside?
I'm travelling on a low budget and mostly interested in countryside.
Check out megabus for bus fares - probably about 20 pounds return from London to Glasgow.
Glasgow is a great city to visit - check out The Glasgow Guide and have a think about what might be of interest to you - again it's all down to personal interest; some of it may appeal , some may not.
Stay overnight in Glasgow - check out the Euro Hostel website - very good rates.
What sort of countryside stuff do you want to do - camping, hiking, sitting in a warm coffee shop sipping hot chocolate?
If you like the country and appreciate nice scenery then north west is the way to go. I love Glencoe but you'd be pretty pushed for time... it's about a 4 hour journey on the bus from edinburgh... you could stay at a hostel over night... arrive early morn and depart the following night.
here are some photos from my visit at glencoe.
But for something closer that you could spend the day in perhaps loch lomond. 2.5 hour bus journey. If you're staying at a hostel in edinburgh then they might have a few tours on so you're not going alone.
If you're wanting to see a castle then check out edinburgh castle. You could also take a walk up to Arthurs Seat at Holyrood Park and get a good view of edinburgh from up there (if you're into that kind of thing).
There are a few places up north that i'd recommend but it depends if you're wanting to travel for a few hours and stay overnight somewhere. I've got lots of photos from around Scotland that may be of some inspiration...
Enjoy your trip... contact me if you need more info.
Hi there! Im not sure if my opinion is worth much on this topic but i spent 9mnths in Oban,Scotland ,9 yrs ago.
Well..what an experience!
If you're into unpredictable weather,motley crew inhabitants and loooots of Haggis... believe me, its worth every penny.I left Scotland with a treasure chest of memories!! From moonlight poetry in Castle Ruins to trips in tin motorboats...it was fabulous.
Love to hear how your journey pans out..
i lived in glasgow for a year, as an art student love it!!! if u like nature
there are regular bus tours organized from galsgow/edinburgh takin u to the highlands they pack quite i bit in a few days
else bnb's r common i would recomend going up 2 loch lomond, argyl forest if u go up along the west all the way to Fort william n then head down the other way via edinburgh u can cover a fair bit.
hope this helps
You can take the train or bus to edinburgh, stay in one of the hostels (£11-20/night), spend a day for local sightseeing, go for day tours with many of the tour operators(would recommend grayline - http://www.graylinescotland.co.uk/) specially the 'loch ness and highlands'
try gner train website for good fares.
As above, Oban is fantastic and Loch Lomond is beautiful. Unless you have access to a car though much of the beautiful places are not easily reached within a short time.
There are many companies that do 2 and 3 day tours however. Up to Inverness via Aviemore and Pitlochry is nice.
Glencoe is amazing.
I did the West Highland Way which took 6 days and is a 95 mile hike across some of the most scenic countryside in Scotland. Amazing. Prob the best week I have ever had. Lots of campsites, hostels, B&B's en route there and it is very easy paths/roads to follow.
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