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1. Posted by TanTan (Budding Member 30 posts) 8y

I am a 20 year-old female buying a small car and planning on making my way up to Norther Scotland to see some friends. I have about 6 weeks to waste from the time I leave London second week of september to the time I want to arrive. I want to see everything inbetween. I will have to stop for work in some bigger cities (any suggestions on weekly work?), anyway just looking for someone to split gas money with me and see some of the sights. I am really into stopping for a day and just exploring, there is really no rush, no need to come all the way if you just want a ride. Anyway. Let me know.

2. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 8y

Hi there,

I am from North Scotland, bring a woolly jumper as can be quite chilly!

What kind of work to you do .... ?

3. Posted by TanTan (Budding Member 30 posts) 8y

I definately will get lots a woolies, no worries, haha.

Right now I work with kids, but obviously this is not so much a travelling job. So I am pretty flexible, whether it is waitressing, bar work, just office temp work. Just something to fill my gas tank. What is there to see up in North Scotland? Haven't heard much about it to be honest.

4. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 8y

Nothing to see up here, just rednecks and hillbillies really Best bet might be to try gumtree for a job i reackon. You could also phone a few hotels in Aviemore, small touristy town not to far from Inverness, see if they have anything. Hope you enjoy it up here!

5. Posted by TanTan (Budding Member 30 posts) 8y

Nothing wrong with hillbillies. Special sort they are;). Anyway, thanks for the tips. Inverness is loch ness monster bit, right? Oh yeah, and how early do you get snow up there?

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 19, 2008, at 3:11 PM by TanTan ]

6. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 8y

Yup top of Loch Ness is about 20 miles SW of Inverness, there are couple of tourist centers half way down at drumnadrochit and Invermoriston. I suppose its worth having a look at the Loch. Snow is pretty random, i would say end of November if we are to get any at all, which can vary a lot. I think last year we might have a had a weeks worth of snow all year...........

7. Posted by Monkey74 (Budding Member 65 posts) 8y

Hi Tanis

Depending on how far north you planning to go, work wise I would try Oban, Fort William, Aviemore, Elgin, Inverness, Aberdeen, Perth, they should all have casual work, bar,waitress,hostel,shop etc and plenty around area to explore. Edinburgh and Glasgow will have work but more expensive to live. Have you thought about stayin extra wk in London and working tht way you wouldnt have to stop to work?
Where abouts you planning to travel to in Scotland? tht can depend on snow or not, most my family live in Morayshire n they get their fair share, mostly just after xmas til Feb

Hope it helps abit
anymore questions n Ill try n help

8. Posted by TanTan (Budding Member 30 posts) 8y

Its a place called Thurso. I don't know very much about it, or how long I am going to stay. Thanks for the places to find work, I can plot them on my route, I already have a hard week of work planned in London, I am just kind of worried about gas and emergency funds incase something goes wrong with sampson. I have kind of depleted my funds on the car and insurance. I should be fine, just cautious. As for snow, late December would be awesome, as I am not sure I will still be up there. I am just worried about being cold really, I am not exactly prepared for a northern winter. Haha, which is quite a shame as that has kind of made me ill prepared for English summer. I am going to buy a road map and just plot a basic route, that way I can plan where all my money is going to go. I am never this prepared!! It is kind of getting to me. I feel I am ready to go already.
Thanks to both of you!!

Oh yeah, and any tips on an Ireland trip?? I am planning on going home late November for a bit, but would hopefully like to fit Ireland in on this Scotland trip as well (maybe just a train??or take the car over by ferry?). Once I get to thurso I meet up with a friend and from their we are pretty flexible.

9. Posted by Monkey74 (Budding Member 65 posts) 8y

Hi Tanis

Yeah Scotland can be very chilly, cold wind.
As for Ireland I would take your car ova,very handy especially as u only goin for short period. I believe you can go from Stranraer to Belfast, Holyhead and Liverpool to Dublin. I went from Pembrook to Rosslare which only cost £58 for car and passengers if you book 28days in advance, Pembrook pretty far from Scotland but hopefully one of others will be similar priced.
Most car insurers will cover southern ireland on policy,some have vary time limits,other cover, Im with directline and they give full cover for length of policy.
Petrol abit cheaper than UK but creepin up.
Where abouts in Ireland u thinkin of seeing?
Also might help, not sure of your plans after Ireland but I found flying to USA and Canada cheaper from shannon(Ireland) than London(I got flight to Toronto for 229) plus you would get better price for car in southern ireland as pretty expensive here.

Hope it helps, let me know if anymore questions, will try n help

10. Posted by TanTan (Budding Member 30 posts) 8y


Yeah, I am getting the feeling Ireland is bigger than I thought. Do you always have to book the ferries in advance? Also. about insurance; do I need a total different insurance for being in Ireland? I want to see Dublin, Cork, Limerick, I also like walks and trails but am wondering about the time of year that I am going. Any little unheard of bits that are must sees? I want to get a feel for the country rather than just see the typical sights. This is my first time travelling without staying for atleast a month to a country. And thanks for the flight information as well....I hadn`t got that far. Yikes. It is coming up fast.

I will keep the questions coming as they pop up!!
Thanks everyone.