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public transport in scotland? by verena on 15 July 2004 2:41pm
 
hi everyone,
in september i want to go to scotland for 2 weeks. since I don´t have a car I have to do it by public transport. does anyone know whether that does work okay? i want to stay in youth hostels, are they close to public transport stopps? any ideas, suggestions? i haven´t planned anything yet except for staying a couple of days in edinburgh.
thanks for your help
verena
 
Re: public transport in scotland? by Godfather on 15 July 2004 3:21pm
 

Depends where you want to go in Scotland,i guess. Public transport will limit you to certain areas, and some of the most fascinating areas of Scotland are quite inaccessible without your own car. Plus,public transport is a rip off in Britain anyway. You could try hitching perhaps in some areas?. In far north scotland,boats are used quite a lot.
 
Re: public transport in scotland? by verena on 15 July 2004 3:49pm
 
is hitching common in scotland? how are the chances that you succeed?
 
Re: public transport in scotland? by Godfather on 15 July 2004 10:20pm
 
Good point. I must admit, that i was thinking in general travelling terms,and i forgot we're talking about Britain here. I have'nt been back to Scotland for years. But here in England, hitching is very slow and not common. Other people apart from me dont seem to trust hitch hikers. They've watched far too many movies. But,it may be a different story in Scotland. The further North you go in Britain,the more friendly people tend to get for some reason. You might have luck.
 
Re: public transport in scotland? by risible-phyll on 16 July 2004 1:27pm
 
Hi Verena, If visiting Scotland, Edinburgh is a good place to start, you can visit the tourist information Centre there and they will give you bus time tables, routes ,lodgings, hostels etc...I suppose thats fine if you are just travelling from day to day and don't have an itinerary , Scotland has a fairly good system and you can reach far away places, usually they are mini bus type transport and these are for remote areas, very remote places are still accessable but should be planned....
www.Stagecoachbus.com is a good site and will give you more links to other transport systems.

I agree car is the best way to go, but you'll not miss too much being in such remote places, my brother( who is somewhere up on the Pyrenees at this moment) has climbed all Munroes in Scotland some in very remote places indeed , unless you want to climb mountains above 914M(3000 feet since you ask). you won't need a car.....

All I can say about Scotland and having lived here for 42 years is it is a glorious and stunning counrty,,IF IT ISN'T RAINING!!!!!!!!!lol

good luck and waterproofs and umbrellas..
Phyll

ah and the hitch hiking but, well it still does go on here but personally I wouldn't consider it an option.....
I watched these film as well Godfather...ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
 
Re: public transport in scotland? by peripatetically on 16 July 2004 1:47pm
 
Hi Verena, I was trying to catch your attention in the chat room late last night. Must've been late for you, around midnight perhaps. You probably left your computer on and went to bed. LOL. Anyway, I'm sorry we missed each other.

Patty~
 
Re: public transport in scotland? by verena on 17 July 2004 1:21am
 
hi patty,
yes, i left the pc on coz i was downloading. anyway, I´m online most of the time anyway so I´m quite sure we`ll meet each other some time in the chatroom.
 
Re: public transport in scotland? by verena on 17 July 2004 1:22am
 
thanks for your advice about scotland,phyll and godfather, I think that´s quite helpful.
 
Re: public transport in scotland? by Ken Dunn on 17 July 2004 4:04pm
 
There is a public transport system in Edinburgh (maroon buses) that lets you use the service for £2.20 anywhere in the city for the day - probably off peak hours.
Scotrail train stations are Waverley, near the East end of Princess Street and Haymarket about 1 mile from the West end of Princess Street.
There is a bus station for outlying destinations in St. Andrews Square, near the East end of Princess Street, less than a mile from Waverley station.
Hitch hiking is possible but difficult as motorists tend to be in too heavy traffic or in too big a hurry to stop. If you stand about 50 metres from the entry to a lay-by your success at hitch hiking may be increased.
 



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