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1. Posted by piyush (Full Member 26 posts) 8y

Hello Travellers,

I am planning to visit Scotland in second week of June for 3-4 days ( can extend it to 5 as well ). My initial plan is to fly from London to Edinburgh . I dont know much abt the place so need ur expert comments on from where exactly to go. I had not booked the tickets from London so if u can suggest the best place i'll change my plans.

Trust me I am totally fascinated to Scotland after watching "Brave Heart" ......So U can understand I love to see the big castle and historical places.

Also just to add things should be under budget :)

Thanks a ton in advance

2. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 8y

Hi, I think you might find it cheaper and easier to use the train to go from London to Edinburgh. I'm not sure of the exact dates you want to travel, but you can get a ticket to Edinburgh from London for £15.70 if you buy the ticket today for the second week in June. If you can get a ticket at that price you should certainly use the train. It takes about 4 1/2 hours, but when you factor in travel to airports in London (not so much in Edinburgh) it won't be a great deal longer. It will more than likely be cheaper though, especially when you have to pay for a train journey from London to whichever airport you fly from. Also, the train line up the east coast of Britain to Edinburgh is quite scenic.

If you do want to travel by train then you should try and buy tickets as soon as possible as if you don't get in early you'll be left with a more expensive ticket (in which case flying would be more affordable). The trainline will allow you to buy tickets.

If you want to fly on the other hand, then you should use either BMI which flies from Heathrow to Edinburgh, or Easyjet which flies from Gatwick, Luton and Stansted to Edinburgh. You won't get fares anything close to £15.70 for these routes, but they're still affordable. Resist the temptation to use Ryanair to fly into Glasgow Prestwick airport as, although you'll get very attractive fares, you'll have to spend about £15 on the train fare from the airport to Edinburgh alone.

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 8y

Megabus is th echeapest - I heard tales of 6 pound single trips! If you buy early enuff. Thats the key.

If u wanna see Barveheart "stuff" go to Striling. Theres the Walalce Monument and the actual battle site of Stirling Bridge, much different from the scene in the film. Altho even the bridge is now gone and been replaced. Ah Hollywood!

and most of the film was shot in Ireland. But you should see the castles still. tell me your plans I can advise which are the best to see.

4. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 8y

Definitely take the train to Edinburgh, there's some lovely scenery along the way so you won't feel that the journey is too long. As for castles, there's the Edinburgh Castle, it's really lovely and you can spend a good few hours browsing the place. About a mile east is Arthur's Seat, it's absolutely heavenly for a climb up during good weather, gorgeous scenery atop.

You might also want to take a ride to Stirling, there's the Stirling Castle. Lots of fascinating stuff there, and a breathtaking panoramic view.

5. Posted by Nat_1985 (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

Good choice to visit Edinburgh, it's beautiful, especially at the moment because the sun is shining! I usually use megabus...I've taken it during the day which is usually a bit emptier but you get really bored. The night bus passes more quickly but is usually fully booked so you are at risk of having a random nodding off to sleep on your shoulder... (or the other way around!) but anyway it is worth it if you get a really cheap ticket. Train is cheapish too if you book in advance, and true does have beautiful views. Climb Arthurs seat, take a trip out to the pentlands, walk the royal mile and have a look at pubs/bars on george street. Have a great trip!

6. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 8y

I have to say, if you can get a train ticket for within £10 of a megabus ticket it's definitely worth the cost. That said, there are days when the cheapest train ticket you can get is £100, which is just a nonsensical amount of money to pay.

7. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 8y

Quoting BlankFrack

I have to say, if you can get a train ticket for within £10 of a megabus ticket it's definitely worth the cost. That said, there are days when the cheapest train ticket you can get is £100, which is just a nonsensical amount of money to pay.

Wow, that's a bit much, £100. I remember a friend helped me get a train ticket for about £26 for a ride from London to Edinburgh, it was a bloody early start too at 6am from King's Cross. But we arrived in Edinburgh in good time and it was simply lovely strolling around the city.

8. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 8y

Quoting summer910

Quoting BlankFrack

I have to say, if you can get a train ticket for within £10 of a megabus ticket it's definitely worth the cost. That said, there are days when the cheapest train ticket you can get is £100, which is just a nonsensical amount of money to pay.

Wow, that's a bit much, £100. I remember a friend helped me get a train ticket for about £26 for a ride from London to Edinburgh, it was a bloody early start too at 6am from King's Cross. But we arrived in Edinburgh in good time and it was simply lovely strolling around the city.

As I said, there are days when you can get tickets for £15 (if you get in there early enough) but if you leave it too late you get stuck with ridiculous prices - and if you miss your train you'll have to pay the difference between your cheap ticket and the expensive one. I've never really understood why there's such a huge swing in prices between different times/days.

9. Posted by piyush (Full Member 26 posts) 8y

Hello All,

Thank you once again . I have one more funny question about the food in scotland . I am veggi but ya I am ok with eggs ... I heard from some people that I am gonna be in trouble cause of that .... Can anyone advise on that :)

10. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

You'll certainly be OK in Edinburgh, and pretty much anywhere you can eat in the UK you'll have a 'vegetarian option' (3 million brits are veggies after all).

You don't say whether you eat dairy products - if you don't, you might need to be a little bit careful as some 'vegetarian options' may include cheese/milk/butter/whatever - but you'll certainly be able to find something suitable to eat.