Things to consider on a solo trip to Scotland

Posted on 27 April 2021
By Carlton Whitfield
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Don’t let Scotland’s size put you off – this country is one of the most affordable to visit in Europe, boasting the lively culture of both bustling city life and serene countryside to enjoy for those who prefer a laid-back break or outdoor activities.

Whatever kind of trip you are planning to do, Scotland has everything to offer for solo travellers of any age and with any interests.

Why Visit Scotland solo?

There are tons of great reasons to consider visiting Scotland on your own. If you are a young person, you’ll be glad to hear that this country has a very young population and the cities are popular with students, so meeting new people has never been easier.

Women can feel safe here since Scotland is a country that takes the protection of women’s rights and safety very seriously, and street harassment very low in the country. The locals here are known for being friendly and wherever you go you’re sure to meet somebody who can help you out if you need directions or advice.

Exploring

One of the best ways to explore Scotland as a solo traveller is with one of the private Scotland tours. You can choose from pre-planned tours of Scotland that include all the main highlights or put together your own customized tour where you get to decide where you’d like to go and what you’d like to see.

It’s not just more convenient to let a professional handle the organization, but also much safer. Plus, if you are flying solo, it’s best to consider tours that provide a support line, to ensure a stress-free experience.

Getting Around

Depending on where you are going in Scotland, there are various ways to get around. Buses and other public transport options might be less frequent in the quieter highlands and islands, so it might be worth hiring a car if you’re planning to go there.

In the cities, however, you will find a wide range of frequent public transport options making it easy to get around.

But the most convenient way to get around the country is to take a train, as they connect all the major population centres in Scotland and offer fast travel times and great onboard amenities.

You can read everything you need to know about the railway in the country (and book your train tickets online) on https://rail.ninja/.

Budgeting

You will be glad to hear that Scotland is one of the most affordable UK countries to visit. Even if you are going to be staying in one of the major cities, you will usually be able to easily find cheap hotels, hostels, and other accommodation options along with a reasonable selection of places to eat.

To save even further money on your solo trip to Scotland, try and book all of your tickets for travel and attractions in advance, and consider visiting in the off-peak months outside of between May and August. If you’re going to be visiting in the countryside, consider saying in a Bothy – a house at the base of the mountains where you can stay for free.

Scotland is an ideal country to visit as a solo traveller, whether you’re looking for a vibrant city adventure or some interesting rural and countryside experiences.