Touring Scotland without Breaking the Bank

Touring Scotland without Breaking the Bank A vacation can be an uplifting experience, allowing you to get away from the daily grind and to investigate different cultures. A trip to Scotland can be particularly exciting, offering a combination of beautiful scenery, wonderful history and a real sense of heritage. As with any travel experience, however, there may be concerns associated with the funding of the trip. You are undoubtedly aware of the need to find some time to relax, but how can you go about justifying the need to spend a substantial amount of money? It seems to me that there are a number of approaches that are available to you. It’s clear that there are savings associated with making particular choices, in terms of accommodation options and how you choose to find entertainment along the way. But there are also options for those who are concerned about issues surrounding cash flow problems. I’d like to explore some of these concepts in more detail:

Budget accommodation options

The problem with selecting budget accommodation is that it immediately creates visions of staying in dark, damp surroundings that are rarely associated with enjoyable experiences. There’s certainly a mindset issue here that needs to be dealt with and you really need to look at the options that are available to you. Choosing a cheaper option needn’t mean selecting a dreadful hotel, or finding a guesthouse that doesn’t have the facilities that you require. Instead, it may mean giving consideration to the idea of making sure that your trip is a real adventure. As an example, you’ll discover that Scotland boasts some fantastic campsites and motor home areas. Although some of these locations might lack a few facilities that would be associated with an expensive hotel, they often have many other benefits. You may find that you have a view that is simply without equal, allowing you to enjoy the surrounding splendour of the Scottish Highlands, or meaning that you can bathe in a loch each morning. Those are the experiences that will be memorable and will help to shape your thoughts on the entire vacation.

Using credit cards

You may be tempted to pay for your trip by making use of a bank loan, or seeking to borrow money from family and friends. You should be wary of taking such decisions, particularly if your primary concern is simply to put off spending money for a short period of time. It may be the case, for example, that you are waiting to get paid for your employer. In that case, the expectation is that you will soon have the money to pay for the trip, or to ensure that you can choose to eat in some nicer restaurants. Knowing that such opportunities will arise in the future does not, however, mean that the money is present right now. In such circumstances, it can be tempting to take out a loan. The problem with this course of action is, however, that interest rates can be prohibitive high and you may be left paying for the trip for months, or even years to come. Many credit cards, on the other hand, won’t start charging interest for at least 28 days after making a purchase. This can be useful for paying for accommodation and meals during your trips, with most Scottish tourist attractions readily accepting payment via Visa and Mastercard. It should be noted, however, that American Express is not always accepted.


A visit to Scotland can be an interesting option for the entire family. Although your first impression may be that such an experience will be expensive, the intelligent use of credit cards can offer you an increased level of flexibility. It’s perfectly possible to enjoy a Scottish tour, without spending massive amounts of money.

About the author

Keith Barrett writes for Motorhome City, examining motorhome hire options within Scotland. He understands that it’s possible to make travel arrangements that will meet your budget requirements.