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Scotland & London

Introduction

Welcome to Scotland & London!

Year-round rainfall gives these nations some of the greenest, most beautiful scenery you will ever see.

Scotland is the northernmost country in the United Kingdom, rich in history and tradition over the last 9,500 years. Hike through the mind-blowing landscapes of the Scottish highlands where films like Harry Potter and Braveheart were filmed.

London, the capital of the United Kingdom, offers something for everyone. With countless of world-class attractions, you'll surely be planning your next visit before you leave.

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights

Start: Edinburgh International Airport (EDI) -- Edinburgh, Scotland
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive before 9:30 am on Day 1.

Finish: London City Center (several airports to choose from)
Plan to depart at anytime on Day 7. Travelers are responsible for their own transportation to the airport of their choice.

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions.

What's Included

  • 7 days / 6 nights shared accommodations in boutique hotels and guesthouses
  • 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • Passenger train from Edinburgh to London King's Cross
  • Hike The Lost Valley in the Scottish Highlands
  • Visit historic Glenfinnan
  • See the UK's highest mountain - Ben Nevis
  • Hike to Steall Falls in the highlands
  • Experience the Scottish Highland town of Fort William
  • Walking tour of Edinburgh
  • Arthur's Seat Hike in Edinburgh
  • Authentic Scottish cultural experience
  • Explore the heart of London like a local
  • Private airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet some kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences community
  • Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates

Highlights

  • Experience the mind blowing beauty of the West Highlands in Scotland
  • Stay at the foot of Ben Nevis - Britain's highest mountain
  • Relive the magic of Harry Potter by visiting various filming locations
  • Traverse epic Scottish Valleys and Waterfalls
  • Explore the enchanting city of Edinburgh and eat some Haggis!
  • Discover the heart of London like a local!

Is this Trip for You?

Do you want a mix of small towns, big cities, and some of the most beautiful hikes you'll ever experience? Then this trip is for you!

Harry Potter fans are also in luck. Visit the inspiration for Hogwarts and the wizarding world as you get lost in knock-turn alleys and incredible landscapes.

This trip includes some city time but also active outdoor hiking adventures. The hikes  can be challenging and an active lifestyle would be helpful.

There are a few long drives on this trip but this will be the opportunity to enjoy the scenery and get to know your group.

Weather can be very rainy in Scotland and London. Please pack accordingly to stay dry and warm.

-Age requirements: 21+
-Group size: 16 max, average 12
-Physical rating: Moderate. The most active part of the trip will be in Scotland. In Scotland, be prepared to hike approximately 3 hours round trip - much of it uphill.

Community

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Once you come on a trip, you become part of our Travel Community forever.

From U30X Alumni resources (and a secret group) after your trip, to custom Facebook groups before your trip, to meetups around the world, you will have the opportunity to meet and stay connected to other like-minded adventurers.

More than 70% of our travelers come solo but they all leave with friends.

Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to the Under30Experiences Travel Community.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Meals

Breakfasts will be served at your hotel or guesthouse. Dinners will be enjoyed in local restaurants short walk away.

Sample Breakfast Menu:

  • Scottish breakfast (eggs, sausages, pudding, bacon, beans), salmon breakfast, pastries, cereals, yogurt, fruits, coffee, tea, juices.

Sample Dinner Menu:

  • Fresh seafood, steak, chicken, potatoes, and a dessert.

We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Many meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies.

Transport

You will be traveling by private, locally-owned, ground transportation in Scotland. Your trip also includes a passenger train from Scotland to England.

There will be early departures on some days in order to optimize time.

  • Private ground transportation throughout Scotland (Included)
  • Public passenger train from Edinburgh to London (Included)

Cabs and other public transportation are not included unless specified in the itinerary.

Accommodation

You will be staying in shared boutique hotel rooms and locally-owned guesthouses for the duration of your trip. Please be aware that rooms in Europe can be smaller and don’t always provide a minibar, air-conditioning or a safe.

Laundry is available at some hotels or guesthouses for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details.

Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.
Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.
Private room options are available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge).

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.

When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt or credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders.

The goal of the Trip Leader is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Packing List

Please be eco-friendly
  • Bring a reusable water bottle.
  • Use as little plastic as possible by declining straws and plastic bags at restaurants and when shopping.
  • Please avoid aerosol bug sprays as they negatively affect the environment.

We recommend using a travel backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with!  All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and organically inspired when possible.

Do not forget: Bring a three prong power adaptor to charge your electronics.

For the Hikes:

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you Under30Experiences will earn a small commission if you make a purchase.

Passport & Visas

Guidelines for U.S. Passport Holders

Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your passport must be valid for 60 days after your trip. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.  Please consult the U.S. Department of State with any more questions.

Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.

Health & Insurance

The tap water in Scotland, and England is safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep these countries beautiful.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 USD coverage.

Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.

There are no required vaccinations needed to enter into Europe however the CDC recommends routine inoculations.

More specific Health information for Travelers to Europe can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Money & Currency

The official currency in Scotland and England is the Pound Sterling (GBP).

Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to additional expenses such as snacks, alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, and optional activities.

We suggest bringing about ~USD $190 (£150) in cash.
Please be advised that US Dollar notes that are slightly torn, heavily marked, or faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than $100USD.

ATMs are available in the cities and towns we visit. Although you can withdraw Pounds from any ATM in Scotland/England, it's a good idea to come with some local currency just in case.

We recommend exchanging from USD to GBP at your local bank before arriving in Europe to make sure you have some local currency in case you have issues with your card when you arrive.

Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you'll be traveling overseas.

For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE.

Safety & Security

Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.

Keep your passport and any valuables locked in your hotel room.

Don’t leave valuables unattended.

US Citizens please consider registering with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.

Weather

Weather in Scotland can be unpredictable. The average temperature is a mild 50°F. While the weather can vary, it’s rarely extreme.

Scotland has the coolest weather of any country in the United Kingdom throughout the year.

Generally, Scotland is cloudier than England. Over Scotland the mean annual temperature varies from 44°F to 48°F. In England the average annual temperature varies from about 47°F to 51 °F

Spring Months of March to May

  • Average high is 54°F
  • Average low is 43°F
  • April is considered particularly pleasant

Summer Months of June to September

  • Average high is 68°F
  • Average low is 50°F
  • July and August are the warmest months and get about 18 hours of daylight. During this time it stays light out until around 11:00 pm.

cultural information

Scottish culture is typically separated by the highlands and the lowlands of Scotland. Gaelic traditions are strongest in the north and premier urban cities embody the south.

Scotland's national dish is Haggis which contains sheep heart, liver and lungs.

Key Phrases in Scotland

  • Highland Cow -- Coo
  • Yes -- Aye
  • Mountain -- Ben
  • A little -- A wee bit

Optional Activities

Please bring cash with you. It will be helpful to have at least ~USD $190 (£150) in cash.
The activities below will be paid in Pounds. All amounts are approximate prices in US dollars.

FORT WILLIAM

West Highland Museum: Free

Learn about the fascinating history of the West Highland people.

Ben Nevis Distillery: ~ USD $7

Visit a whisky distillery nestled in the Scottish highlands.

Neptune Staircase: Free

EDINBURGH

Arthur’s Seat: Free

Hike this popular path for arguably the best views of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Castle: ~ USD $25

Visit Edinburgh's famous castle overlooking the city.

Scott’s Monument: ~ USD $7

Climb to the top of this historic monument in the middle of the city.

Calton Hill: Free

Hike to the top of a hill in the middle of Edinburgh for great views of the city.

Underground City Tour: ~ USD $15

Experience Edinburgh’s haunted history in an underground city tour.

LONDON

Tower of London: ~ USD $30

Visit this historic castle and home of the English crown jewels.

Visit Buckingham Palace: ~ USD $30

Tour the residence and headquarters of the English monarchy.

Ride the London Eye: ~ USD 30

Ride Europe's tallest observation wheel.

Eat at Borough Market

Explore Camden Market

While your Trip Leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.

General Rules

Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, Trip Leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.

Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.

It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.

Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.

Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.

Trip Leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!

Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.

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