Backpacking around Scotland without a car – My firsthand experience

My name is Anirudh and I'm one of the VisitScotland Community Ambassadors (Horizons@ on the VisitScotland iKnow community forum). I've lived and worked in Edinburgh, Scotland for 3.5 years now and I have done all of my travel around Scotland by public transport. My single longest trip across the country was an epic 4-week camping … Continue reading Backpacking around Scotland without a car – My firsthand experience

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Camping, hiking & beaches at Arisaig & Isle of Rum, Scotland (Day 23 & 24)

Day 23 of the Great Scotland Camping Trip was a day of moderate travel but high rewards. The day started with a trip from Fort Augustus to Mallaig via Fort William. I really wanted to stay the night at the Invercaimbe campsite in the Back of Keppoch in Arisaig but it was the only campsite … Continue reading Camping, hiking & beaches at Arisaig & Isle of Rum, Scotland (Day 23 & 24)

Spirit of Scotland Travelpass : Is it worth it?

What is this pass? The Spirit of Scotland travelpass is pre-dominantly a rail rover ticket (similar to a Eurail pass in mainland Europe) where one can take unlimited train & ferry journeys along with a few bus journeys for £134 (4 days out of 8) / £179.70 (8 days out of 15). Travellers to Scotland, … Continue reading Spirit of Scotland Travelpass : Is it worth it?

Orkney, Scotland – A cornucopia of history & views

Orkney Islands is an archipelago off the north coast of Scotland comprising 70 islands and is a history lovers dream. Nowhere else in our travels have we found Stone Age historical artefacts this accessible to the public and we find it fascinating to be able to physically see them (multiple Unesco World Heritage sites). Plus the … Continue reading Orkney, Scotland – A cornucopia of history & views

Unbridled joy at the Isle of Hoy, Scotland (Day 20)

Orkney Islands are a set of 70 islands just off the north coast of Scotland. Day 20 of my Scotland camping trip was a day trip to the Isle of Hoy from my base of Stromness on mainland Orkney. Where I would love to write just a single summary post for the Orkney Islands, this single … Continue reading Unbridled joy at the Isle of Hoy, Scotland (Day 20)

Inverness Highland Games (Day 19)

Immediately after getting soaked in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, I took a very rocky ferry for 2.5 hours to reach Ullapool in the mainland. I knew I wanted to reach Orkney as soon as possible but because of the way public transport in Scotland works, I'd have to get to Inverness first. It was a … Continue reading Inverness Highland Games (Day 19)

24 hours in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland by public transport (Day 17)

Continuing from the previous post, I had planned to set sail for the Outer Hebrides to spend an entire week beach-combing across Harris and the Uists before sailing back to Oban. However, after a few hours, the weather turned to become very wet, windy & miserable. So I had to turn back after a very … Continue reading 24 hours in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland by public transport (Day 17)

Day 12: A Breathtaking Torridon Hike

Day 12 Destination My most ambitious hike for the entire trip saw me walking a shade over 20 KM to traverse the drop-dead gorgeous hike of Coire Mhic Fhearchair (which I've already waxed about in our main post). The day's sights, sounds and feelings make up the most of this post. Day 12 Travel Map Day 12 … Continue reading Day 12: A Breathtaking Torridon Hike

Travelling to Torridon Scotland (Day 11)

Date: 8th July, 2016 Day 11 Destination: Spent the day travelling from Aberlour in Northeast Scotland to the village of Torridon in Northwest Scotland. Decided to head for Torridon on super-short notice (woke up & decided to go to Torridon) but I was really excited as I'd read some great things about NW Scotland. Day … Continue reading Travelling to Torridon Scotland (Day 11)

Around Speyside Distilleries in a day – Part 2 (Day 10)

Continued from Part 1, main post here. Travel Map Lessons Learnt Many parts of Scotland are poorly connected: I left off the previous post having got on a bus chock full of ladies & shopping bags. It was surprising as I had taken the same bus completely empty a few hours back. The passengers all … Continue reading Around Speyside Distilleries in a day – Part 2 (Day 10)