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Any suggestions, advice, tips for Scotland?

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1. Posted by donsangel_64 (Budding Member, 2 posts) 29 Jul '12 22:43

Hi! Need tips on what it´s like to travel around in Scotland as a lassie on her own. Am still in the planning stages, since this is my first trip abroad on my own. Not an experienced traveler, so if you've done what I´m planning to do, please tell me all about your experiences. Good & bad

Am going there for medical care, hiking, biking, visiting Castle ruins, & to be with my dad.
I've been trying to immerse myself in the culture, dialect, & accent, but there is still so much I would like to learn before going...

Would love to talk with someone in Scotland, or one who lived there, or one from the US that has traveled to Scotland that can give me advise, tips, suggestions on what it is like to manage a trip such as this, i.e. documents needed, how long can a person stay, which time of the year is best, what forms of medical/dental care can I locate, how to translate money & exchange the currency while there, are just a few to mention...Honestly I have spent months scouring the internet, but without much success

St. Andrews will be my first stop, as my adopted father has given me a place to stay, while he finishes up his work in another town...Hence, I'm trying to figure out the majority all alone ---keep running into brick walls...
Thanks to all in advance!

2. Posted by laurah311 (Budding Member, 4 posts) 30 Jul '12 00:44

Hi.

This site should help you. I know its for people coming to Scotland for work and education but the checklist should cover any questions in regard to health care, documents needed etc

http://www.talentscotland.com/Workers/Moving-to-Scotland/Moving-Checklist.aspx

I'm from Scotland & live in Glasgow so if there is anything else I can help with, just ask.

You'll love Scotland. St Andrew's is beautiful.

Laura :)

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4. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1722 posts) 30 Jul '12 08:16

Weather is very important for Scotland since it has lots of open countryside. I last went in September several years ago and had great weather but the British weather being what it is, it could be horrible in that period. It's pot luck.

I drove around by car (a cheap Ryanair flight from London to Glasgow and picked up a car at the airport). It's the only way to see all these out of the way places. You can hike or hire a bike as you wish.

I found lots of out of town B&B's or very small hotels about and the owners all seemed to be a good lot. You can even stay in a castle if you can afford it.

Do go south of the border to check out Hadrian's Wall.

Highlights: Waking up by a loch outside a small village one morning. The last few miles to John O'Groats and when there, seeing islands still further north. Looking around some castles, even the little ones.

5. Posted by donsangel_64 (Budding Member, 2 posts) 1 Aug '12 13:36

Greetings!
Many thanks Laura for the link! Will definately hed for it straight away, & aye, would love to talk to you more about simple things if that is possible.

I have a friend on youtube from Glasgow, & he is trying to teach me the accent, learn a bit more of the dialect, etc. but it is slow going. My dad is in Frasenburgh at the moment, & I can only skype him while he is in his home at St. Andrews...Very rare unfortunately. Both say that the doctors or such are suppossed to speak 'proper English' & I should fair well, but I just went through a $40 phone card attempting to convey to a receptionist, then nurse what I needed, but the doctor was well versed. Whew! He is located in Glasgow, & teased me a bit about sounding like a combination of Harry Potter & Craig Ferguson,-- as does my family, LOL
I wanted so badly to go this September, but my mum is quite ill & needs me here for awhile.
Guess that is both good & bad, --The extra time will allow me to earn more money, and learn more of what I need, but do fear my timing might just land me under 3 feet of snow, if it's anything like dad said about last winter :(
[Although considering we are going into our 49th day of triple digit heat, and no rain, I just might reconsider the snow! LOL ]

Oh, women cannot wear a kilt, can they? I only ask, as I am doing a benefit concert for abused kids, and each member is representing a different country, & hoped to bring it along, if I can afford to get one. Not sure what clothing to bring for the trip, but am desperately searching for affordable Scotland clothing, both for concert as well as the trip. My biggest problem is I am such a 'tom boy' as we say here.....
I would also like to learn if I can apply for citizenship....
I wish I could give you my email addy, but alas, breaking the rules
~kendall

Cyberia, thanks to you for the advice also!
Actually I would love to see Iona, Glencoe, Orkney, Isle of Skye, Aberdeen...Loads of museums, and I've heard of the castle located in St. Andrews, as well as St. Andrews Church. I've watched Craig Ferguson's "The Dirt Dective" loads of times, & would love to go to some of the places he went to. ;)
My dad said he used to walk the train track that is in the Harry Potter movie as a wee lad, so that would be fantastic as well!
I've heard travel by train is inexpensive, as is biking, but know that I'd definately need a car to get to any of the other places. My friend speaks often of climbing Ben Nevis, and has done it several times, but not sure I'd be up to that type of hiking just yet!

My biggest fear is the flight Going to have to find one whom can help me with medication. That I think is the hardest, for according to my flight plan, I go from NY, to Chicago --am on for 1 1/2 hrs, then Chicago to London which is approximately 5 hrs, with a 9 hour layover then from London to Edinburgh, roughly 1 hour flight, grrr! Quite complicated, but cannot afford a straight through flight.

How bad is a flight to Edinburgh from the states? As well as jet lag? --Trying to figure out how many days it will take me to adjust upon arrival, since I've never flown before.

Hope to hear back from you both, & thanks for all of the help!