Trip to Scotland
(12th - 22th August) 9 people (4 couples, 1 person)
Sara Gonzalez Martinez I.T.
1. Things we can buy before travelling
1.1. Airline tickets
First of all, we will buy our airline tickets. Here are the prizes and the total one: It’s £256.40 per person.
Considering that Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and the place where we’re going to stay, we need an hotel. Here’s one of the most apropiated ones for the trip, which is called “Edinburgh City Hotel”.
It’s £154 for two people and £147 per day. We will stay the night of the 12th (1 day) and between the 17th and the 22th (5 days). That means it will be a total of £924 per couple and £882 per person. In this trip, there are 4 couples and 1 person who will sleep alone, so it will be £4578 in total.
1.3. Bus tickets
Transport in Edinburgh is not cheap, but efficient. Knowing that, we will check the bus prizes, which are much better than going by taxi everytime you need to move.
We’re going to spend in Scotland 10 days, but only 2 will be spent in Edinburgh. We will buy the 1 week ticket (it’s available online), because we will use the bus a lot those days and buying single tickets are pretty expensive.
1.4. 5 day tour – The Lowlands, Northern Highlands, the West Coast and Skye.
This tour is a really good choice if you want to get to see most Scotland in a few days. You will visit the most important places, like the Loch Ness, Inverness, Glen Coe and many more. It may seem a bit expensive but it includes transport, guide, food, hotel…
1.5. Journey to Aberdeen
Aberdeen is a really nice place and it’s not really far away from Edinburgh, so it’s important to take a moment and go and visit this fantastic city. The best choice is to go by bus, and it’s not really expensive (about £5 each time).
1.6. Journey to Glasgow
Glasgow is probably one of the most important and representative cities in Scotland (together with Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen). This modern city deserves a visit, and it’s £24.70 per person, and it takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to get there.
2. What can we do?
We’ve got the airplane tickets, the train tickets, the bus tickets… But what do we do now? How can we spend our time in those cities? Here are the best things to do there:
Day 1: 12th August
It’s the day we get to Edinburgh, so we will probably be tired and won’t want to do many things. We will take the bus (we already have the bus tickets!). Later, when we get to the hotel, we will have time to take things out from our suitcase and maybe take a nap. At 6pm we will go for a walk in Princes Park, which is situated not far away from the hotel and we will have time to relax and appreciate the beauty of Edinburgh’s castle.
We will go later to the Royal Mile (walking or by bus, it’s not far away from the park) to one of the best pubs in Edinburgh, the Royal McGregor (http://www.royalmcgregor.co.uk/) and we will have for dinner haggis (the typical Scottish food) with the typical Scottish whisky. Then we will go back to the hotel.
Days 2-6: 13th to 17th
5 day tour of Scotland In thi great tour we will visit some of the best places in Scotland: Dunkeld, Inverness, Skye, Eilean Donan Castle, Glen Coe, Oban, Inveraray, Stirling and Glasgow. We will spend 5 days, and it’s an amazing experience. We will get to see fabulous landscapes, cities and villages, and we will get to know more about the Scottish culture.
Find out more on http://www.highlandexperience.com/tours/edinburgh/UltimateScottish-Highlands-Tour.htm
Day 7: 18th
Journey to Glasgow. It’s the biggest city in Scotland, and it’s one of the most modern ones. It’s known by its vitality.
Here are some of the places we will visit: Pollok House and Country Park
Glasgow Cathedral & Necropolis
Gallery of Modern Art
We will have lunch in the Red Onion (http://www.red-onion.co.uk/), a modern Scottish restaurant, probably one of the best ones in this city. We will spend about £30. After this long day, we will go back to Edinburgh.
Day 8: 19th August
At about 10am we will go to the castle (walking or by bus) and we will spend there the whole morning and part of the afternoon. It’s a really big place and we should take all the time we need to see everything in this amazing place. Tickets are £16.00 per person. We would also have lunch in the castle’s restaurant, which has quality food.
In the afternoon and evening, we could take time for shopping in Princess Street, the most important street for shopping in this city.
We would go later to La Favorita (http://www.vittoriagroup.co.uk/#fav) which is considered the best pizza restaurant in Edinburgh. It’s not expensive, we would spend between £15 and £20 (drink included).
Day 9: 20th August
Journey to Aberdeen. We will spend this day in this lovely place. It’s not too far away. Here are the places we will visit: His Majesty's Theatre
Tolbooth Prison Aberdeen
Day 10: 21th August
In the morning, we will visit the Hollyroodhouse, which is The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Tickets are about £15.
The Edinburgh Festival takes place this month here, and it’s probably the best event that takes place in this Scottish city, so we will spend the rest of the day seeing little shows and performances that take place in the streets and are free.
We will have dinner again in the Royal McGregor.
Day 11: 22th August
We will take all our things and will go to the airport.
In total, counting food (of everyday), transport tickets, hotels, etc. we will spend a total of £1101.1 per person. This means that the group of 9 people will spend together a total of £9909.9.