Getting solo in Scotland gives the fantastic backdrop for adventure. No matter if this quest includes living out the plot of Outlander, conquering the rugged outdoors or locating oneself at the bottom of a peaty whisky barrel, the highlands will give you fuel to dream and the freedom to act on it.
I’d travelled solo in eastern Europe and in the extra dubious components of Asia, so for me, Scotland was a solo gal’s dream. But Scotland was extra than just a victor by comparison and by default, the nation place me at ease in extra techniques than I could twirl a kilt and a crank a bagpipe at.
Right here are some factors to look at as a solo gal in Scotland:
Friendly, fine people
You have heard it. Sunkissed and jetlagged travellers returning from their trip abroad, asserting that THIS nation and THAT nation “had THE nicest persons, just gorgeous”, but take it from ol’ Serene (me), Scotland’s it child.
Just reminiscing on all the Scots I met brings a smile to my hatchet face and a Gaelic pipe tune to my pit of a heart. Let’s see, there was Alastair, the beautiful gent who owned the Glenfinnian house exactly where Harry Potter was filmed, Brian, the senior cyclist who guessed my star sign and Mary, the beautiful lady whose Bed and Breakfast I never ever wanted to leave. Plus there was the whole town of Lochcarron, a seemingly utopian village exactly where everybody was keen to repair my flat tyre.
I’m not crazy about hostels. I’m extra most likely to sleep in my car or truck than keep in a hostel if I’m travelling on the low-cost. In Scotland, having said that, the hostel scene is one thing else.
Rather than getting overcrowded dorms, in the far reaches of the nation are what I’d contact wilderness hostels, lodge-like accommodation set against a spectacular canvas of snow-capped peaks, verdantly green valleys and moody, hidden forests. When the final one particular may be a red flag for you as a solo female traveller, worry not, because…
Scotland is secure
When I’m not off my rocker sufficient to situation a blanket statement on the nation – factors can usually go incorrect – from what I skilled, Scotland is a secure spot. I never ever felt concerned about my wellbeing when in each other nation on that European trip, I had.
As you may know, English is the principal language in Scotland regardless of the mellifluous tones of Gaelic also becoming spoken. So becoming an English-speaking lass, I loved becoming capable to make my way about with no any language barriers.
I’ve heard a buttload of persons whining about the “indecipherable” Scottish accent, but for me this wasn’t an situation at all. Perhaps it is one particular of the perks of becoming an Aussie, getting an ear for rugged accents MATE.
JUST Appear AT IT YOU BASTARD
Scotland is attractive, you see. The highlands’ steep, gothic coastlines, surging waterfalls and glens teeming with life are a nature lover’s playground. In spite of an pretty much continual drizzle, farewelling Scotland was a challenge.
I’m currently fixated on the thought of living on a farm in Skye quickly, so that my initially novel may be birthed in Scotland.
Transport is a breeze
When I can not speak about the trains or buses, I will preach about the Scottish road trip encounter till I die. There’s absolutely nothing like the freedom of getting your personal whip: operating on your personal time, spending a small extra or small significantly less time wherever you like and becoming capable to cover way extra ground.
Plus Scotland’s good quality roads and frequent tourist indicators created driving the highlands a breeze.
I fully grasp going solo can make it a bit expeno to rent a car or truck, but if you preserve your eye out for excellent delivers, it pays off. 1 sale to verify out is the Avis Finish of Season Sale. Their snazzy rentals are at the moment a cool 25% off, which can make all the distinction. Pick your ride right here.
So if I’ve convinced you – or possibly you are actually finding into Outlander at the moment – head right here for some need to-take a look at highland destinations.