Scottish Highlands on a Budget


The cheapest but surely not the fastest way up north from central London is an overnight coach from Victoria station taking you all the way to Inverness. The journey takes just over 12 hours and a return ticket, bought few months in advance even for a bank holiday weekend, costs just under £30.

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Once at Farraline Park bus station I grabbed lunch in town before continuing my onward journey to the adored by many Isle of Skye. I was stunned by the gothic architecture, brightened up by colourful flower hanging baskets, while listening to the traditional here Scottish bagpipe.

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Inverness High Street.
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The Tolbooth Steeple attached to the old courthouse in Inverness.
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Inverness - the capital of the Highlands.
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Then I hopped on the infrequent but reliable Scottish Citylink service which takes you to Sligachan. Tickets are sold by the bus driver himself so no need to prebook them in advance. Don't worry about availability as the busses run just half full. Many people self drive around here or even hitchhike as this area is well known for being extremely safe with plenty of friendly locals always available for a chat, if you are up for it of course.

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Bridge connecting the mainland Kyle of Lochalsh village to Kyleakin on Skye.
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Cuillin Mountain Range.
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Common heather Calluna vulgaris (bottom right) is an iconic plant of the Scottish Highlands.
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Camping is extremely popular in the Scottish highlands from April till October. If you don't like the weather on arrival, don't worry at all as it will change in the next half an hour or so. The less personal belongings you have on you the better as long as you have the essentials starting with a waterproof coat, a pair of wellies, hiking boots and a warm jumper.

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I opted for a self catering accommodation which also usually comes with a drying room so I was able to carry on comfortably exploring the great outdoors day after day.

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Another option for experiencing the Scottish highlands without even spending a penny is if you consider helping out locals run their farm or support a family in the daily jobs around the allotment and garden in exchange for accommodation and food. It is extremely safe to do so popular amongst young, even international, students on a gap year sort of trip.

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Whitewashed cottage near Sligachan.
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I totally enjoyed taking all the photos featured in this post together with hundreds more, so stay tuned.

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I believe this post is useful to some of you looking forward to a Scottish adventure. Or maybe even inspired some to plan a trip to the Highlands.

Safe travels!


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08.05.2021 18:24
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Thanks a lot @steem.history !

08.05.2021 18:31
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Very interesting and useful, will plan a trip to Scotland with my wellies now!

08.05.2021 22:08
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I'm glad it is. I'm sure your wellies will enjoy being taken to Scotland. Any part. Especially the west coast if you ask me.

08.05.2021 22:18
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Beautiful photo tour, nice to see familiar landscape and architecture. We live in Scotland and traveled along the East coast to Inverness up to Wick.

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11.05.2021 18:53
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Thank you ever so much @stef1 I’m trilled you enjoyed my (actually first) post and I ended up being nominated for the Community Support Program. The post is original and has not been cross posted.

Scotland has a special place in my heart. By the way my partner’s mum and dad just came back from a Scottish adventure. They stayed in a cottage near Aberfeldy. They booked a mountain safari and were lucky enough to see a herd of deer running past while they were having lunch in a bothy. I just wish I was there to photo it. Next time.

11.05.2021 21:30
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Not far away from Inverness, just 25 miles West is the #NewAge community, the #FindhornFoundation. And close by, I am offering one-to-one tantra, yoga and healing retreats. Text me on 0770 333 2737 if you want to know more.

14.05.2021 18:01
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Thanks for getting in touch @deesunshine It’s certainly good to know what is available in the area.

I myself attended a yoga class for a month the summer before the pandemic started in Grosvenor Park here in London which I found a pretty good exercise great for clearing the mind.

14.05.2021 21:04
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