Scotland is well connected via a major network of trains and buses. We consistently found the best deals via Megabus though you sacrifice the comfort of trains for the cost. We went to London for only
Another option is to rent a car, especially for areas in the North less accessible by public transit. The rental itself is quite affordable, but it is the fuel cost that will add up. If you have a vague idea of your route, use Map’s embedded fuel calculator to estimate costs. Remember if you are visiting the isles via car to factor in the cost of ferries.
Scotland is full of farmers markets where fresh produce lies at your fingertips. The bigger cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh have several of them, but you can usually find smaller markets in towns outside of the cities as well. Edinburgh’s Farmer’s Market (held every Saturday from 9am-2pm) is actually considered one of the best farmer’s market’s in the world.
Food : I may have mentioned around these parts that my biggest fear before arriving in Scotland was being fed haggis. Lots and lots of haggis. I did give it the old college try once, and to be honest while it wasn’t the worst it wasn’t my favorite dish either. Those honors go to steak pie, bacon butties, and Canterbury fudge. The stereotypes are true: the food is very stodgy and filling.
I was the cheap prices of drinks out and about around Scotland, but soon realized that due to new laws the actual going into each drink was strictly measured, and therefore they seemed quite weak compared to the heavyhanded concoctions And for once in my life I didn’t feel like an outsider for shunning, but rather joined the masses in drinking the many different summer ciders available. Long live Strongbow!
There is tendency towards deprecating humor towards every subject (self, town, you). But if you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at?
If you haven’t caught on to my moaning about the high cost of everything United Kingdom, you haven’t been reading very closely.If you are on a tight budget, I would recommend couchsurfing or camping when possible, using Megabus or sharing a car rental to get around, and self catering from budget groceries like Asda and Tesco. Many activities, like hiking, walking and attending museums and galleries in Glasgow, are free!
Cairngorms Park is the largest park in the UK, spanning almost 1,800 square miles. Located two hours from Edinburgh by car, it makes for a great getaway for anyone looking to get out and see the highlands. The park is dotted with beautiful B&Bs in historic stone buildings and there are several campgrounds available for anyone traveling in a camper van or with a tent. The park offers lots of hiking trails too. Don’t miss Ryvoan Pass (easy), Dalraddy to Ruthven (moderate), and Ben Macdui (difficult). If you visit in the winter, you can also go skiing on CairnGorm Mountain. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to spot some of the reindeer that call the park home (it’s the only herd in the Isles). Admission to the park is free.