Make use of the Freedom to Roam Act & save money by camping in the wild. The act means that all land is accessible to anyone in the country, which isn’t just great for walks and hikes but also for camping anywhere you like.
Tap water is entirely FREE & SAFE to drink across Scotland, meaning that purchasing any drinking water at all is unnecessary. Bring your water bottles and fill up for the day!
Long term car hire can cost 1/2 the price. Look for the 28 days hire and it comes with unlimited drivers.
Check out if you can get a deal on pre-booking car parking. Use websites like Your Parking Space or Just Park to save money. Download these apps before hitting the road; Just Park, Pay by Phone and Ring Go.
This pass is a great way to save money on attractions. It allows you to discover over 70 places throughout Scotland. For each day that a pass is valid, you can visit as many locations as you like – for no additional cost.
A little known hidden gem of Scotland, a bothy is the perfect place for those who love the outdoors & travelling on a budget. Simple, basic shelter situated in the mountains & usually require a hike to get to, but are FREE!
The majority of Scottish pubs, particularly ones in the rural highlands, offer Malt of the Month, where a specific whisky is on special. This is a great way to try different types of whisky while you're in the country that made it famous.
Live music is a huge staple of Scottish culture & it's free to see most of it, even in the cities. And in rural Scotland, you can still expect to find pubs with traditional Scottish music on the weekends.
The best and most inexpensive time to visit Edinburgh is in the off-season, but there are ways to visit the Fringe Festival in August without breaking the bank. Just stick to the free fringe shows, which there are plenty of!
For traveling around local areas, there are budget options available. In Glasgow, the underground will take you almost anywhere you need to go in the city, and a day pass is just £4 (5-6 US dollars)
There are plenty of great free museums & art galleries all over Scotland, but they make visiting the cities even easier on a budget. Check out the Museum of Edinburgh, Museum of Childhood, Provand's Lordship and more.
Some of the universities will rent out the student accommodations & this can offer a cheap way to stay in the cities. This is mainly during the uni holidays so Christmas (December, January), Easter (March, April) and summer (June, July, August, September).
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