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cynthia Jotim

I want to go on my first trip to Scotland and I got questions like which is the most practical way to get around to see sites tour buses, rail or drive. Now with the last drive my brother never drove in a foreign country how does parking and regulations work and fees 
I want to see sites shown in outlander are there reasonably priced tours for that.? Also are there food and bathroom breaks ?
there is so much to see how can I pick what to,see when all is so beautiful 


  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hi @CynthialovesStland12 - welcome to the forum!

    What time of year would you be looking to come here? And which airport will you fly into?

    Whether you're comfortable driving here will depend on many factors, like whether you're from a country that also drives on the same side of the road as us or not (we drive on the left).

    If you're not wanting to drive we have plenty of tours you can book on, as well as fantastic rail and bus routes around the country.

    We have a separate thread for all things Outlander related that you might find useful: 
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
  • In terms of getting around, hiring a car is by far the most practical. Depending where you are in Scotland public transport can be a challenge, however with a bit of planning it's definitely do-able. I guess it entirely depends on how confident you are at driving. The Scottish weather can add it's own set of problems and even after twenty-odd years of driving I still get a bit nervous if I'm trying to negotiate a hilly single-track road in a howling gale! :smile: 

    The tours will always include plenty of opportunities to stop and eat.. and go for a lavvy break! Likewise our public transport is usually pretty well set up for the comforts you'll need. The trains usually have a buffet or trolley service for food and there are always toilets on board. 

    I would suggest, based on what you've posted, is staying in one of the bigger towns and cities like Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling and then using public transport and tours to explore the wider area. You'll get a great feel for the area and you won't feel like you've missed out on anything. 

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