Using buses in Glasgow

Buses are run by several different private companies.  The largest company in Glasgow is First Glasgow*.

Fares vary according to the distance travelled.  For a single journey fare you can simply tell the driver where you will get off the bus and ask how much the fare is.

Carry plenty of loose change as you must have the exact fare to put into the box next to the driver, most buses do not give change.  You must collect your ticket.

You can also buy an ‘all day’ ticket which gives you unlimited travel on any bus run by that company  all day.  If you use the bus regularly then you can buy weekly or monthly tickets which can save money (student discount is available on some of these tickets).  These tickets are also only valid for one bus company.  If you want a ticket that is valid for all bus companies then you will need to purchase a zone card which is also valid for rail travel and the subway:

http://www.spt.co.uk/travelcards/zonecard/

*First Glasgow now have an app where you can buy tickets in advance using your smartphone.  For more information, visit their website:

http://www.firstgroup.com/buy-ticket

To stop a bus you need to stand at a bus stop and hold your hand out, otherwise the bus may not stop.

Keep your ticket during the journey as sometimes inspectors carry out checks.

When you are near your destination, move towards the door near the driver indicating that you wish to get off at the next stop.  Alternatively, some buses have stop buttons that you can press to indicate that you want the bus to stop at the next bus stop.  Use the same door for ascending and descending on most buses.

 

For more information on all bus timetables, visit: http://www.spt.co.uk/bus/timetables/

Alternatively, you can visit the individual bus companies’ websites.

 

For more information about other types of travel, see your International Student Handbook.

 

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Scottish Scenes

Some of our fab students have been asking us how to get to some of Scotland’s most popular tourist destinations which we don’t currently offer trips to. The EAS team sadly has to limit our excursions to an hours radius of Glasgow but the brilliant International Society at Glasgow (ISoc) offers trips which travel the length and breadth of this gorgeous country. Below is a quick how-to guide to touring Scotland and some of the must-see locations! This list is for those of you that want to try and go it alone – no tour bus, no package holiday, just your boots and your backpack and a group of friends.

Loch Ness:

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Perhaps one of the most well known places in Scotland people from around the world come to Loch Ness in search of mythical monsters and wonderful weekend breaks. There are a few ways to reach Loch Ness from Glasgow, the most affordable way (unless you’re taking a tour bus package) is via public transport. You’ll have to strap yourself in for around 5 hours total via a mix of trains and buses to reach Loch Ness.

The easiest route is to travel from Glasgow Queen St Station taking a direct train to Inverness. This leg of the journey lasts around 3 hours and costs around £54.00 for an adult open return ticket. If you have a Railcard the price drops to £35.00 – we strongly advise you investing in a one-year 16-25 Railcard if you plan on travelling around the UK. 

Once you reach Inverness a frequent 30min bus service from just next to the Station. The No. 19, 917, and 919 all go towards the Loch.

There are many places you can stay while enjoying your visit to the loch. Hostel World is a great site to use for budget trips with large groups while Air BnB is perfect for those with a bit more cash to spend.

Ben Nevis

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The largest Mountain in the UK Ben Nevis towers at a staggering 1352m (though technically the largest mountain in Scotland is actually underwater!). Ben Nevis is most easily reached via train to Fort William. Again leaving from Glasgow Queen St Station the train journey is a direct 4 hour journey which follows the stunning landscape of the West Highland Way. For an open return journey expect to pay either £35 (Railcard) or £50 (adult). Again Hostel World and Air BnB offer a range of excellent and affordable accommodation for your trip.

If you’re planning on hiking Ben Nevis don’t assume it’s going to be a nice quick wee jaunt up a hill. The climb can be very challenging so make sure to dress and pack appropriately! Check out the official Ben Nevis site for some hints and tips for how to prepare for your trek. The so-called Tourist Route is a 17km hike which takes between 7-9 hours to complete depending on your fitness levels. If 17km seems a little bit out of your comfort zone The Walk Highlands website offers a lot of other wonderful routes around the base of the mountain and the surrounding Fort William area.

Isle of Skye

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The Isle of Skye is one of Scotland’s most beautiful jewels, it’s name taken from the Norse for ‘Cloud Island’. There are several ways for you to get to the island and all involve a combination of buses, ferries and trains and accordingly take a while to reach this fabulous place.

Route 1:

Glasgow – Mallaig – Skye

Taking the train from Glasgow Queen St Station get a direct train to the gorgeous seaside town of Mallaig. The journey is around 5 hours long and again return journeys cost between £34-50 depending on your railcard. The route to Mallaig is a stunning excursion along the West Highland way – even crossing the famous ‘Harry Potter’ viaduct near Glen Coe (more info on Glen Coe below!) which make the 5 hour train totally worth it. Once in Mallaig you can grab the Calmac Ferry over to Skye. Calmac offers a range of tickets ranging from saver singles to island hopping packages.

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Route 2:

Glasgow – Skye

The Citylink bus travels all the way from Glasgow direct to Skye (over a bridge…it isn’t an underwater bus) and takes a total of 6hours. Single tickets start from £50 so it’s a relatively more expensive option for your island excursions. Again have a look at Hostel World and Air BnB for accommodation.

Glencoe

The final place on our list is the stunning Glencoe, one of Scotland’s most historical and stunning sites. The easiest way once again is to grab a train from Glasgow Queen St and take it to either Fort William or the Bridge of Orchy (£35-50)- from here you can get a connecting bus to Glencoe and drink in the gorgeous surroundings. Again for more info on the area and what to do when you arrive, check out the official site for Glencoe.

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Get out there and get exploring!

-Alex

 

Hostels in Scotland

While Glasgow city is a wonderful place to live and study it isn’t surprising that many of our students want to explore further afield during their time in Scotland, but where to begin your adventure, and perhaps more importantly where will you stay!?

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First off, what is a hostel? If you’ve never stayed in a hostel before and have only ever seen the horror movie ‘Hostel’ you might be easily confused and worried about common hostel myths: that they are dirty, unsafe and rowdy.

NOT TRUE!

Hostels are a brilliant and vibrant place to meet new people and make friends. The usual layout of a hostel resembles a large scale college dormitory with either single sex or mixed room dorms available. The beds are usually either single or Bunk Bed style and provide an excellent opportunity to get social both within your group and with other people in the dorms.  Depending on the size of your hostel you will likely have a shared shower area or an en-suite per dorm.

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All hostels will have communal areas of sorts: kitchen, lounge area and maybe even a bar! These communal spaces are a great place to relax after a long day of sight seeing or hiking, and again give you the opportunity to meet new people and cook up a nice hearty meal.

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Most hostels provide residents with safe spaces for their luggage and personal items (lockers, bunks, safe behind the desk) however they are not as secure as a personal hotel room so keep your personal items secure with your own padlock. Unlike hotels you will also need to provide your own toiletries and towels so be prepared to pack these!

The top things to pack for hosteling:

– Passport (and copies of passport)

-Smart Phone

-Toiletries

-Padlock

-Travel Towel

-Power Converter

-Eyemask and earplugs (incase your new friends want to stay up all night drinking and socialising!)

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In general hostels are a much cheaper option than hotels across Scotland with prices ranging from between £8-20 per person per night.

Most places can be reserved online either for free (from solo travelers to group bookings) or a small reservation fee with the full amount paid upon arrival. Have a look at the following sites which can also be downloaded as apps for quick bookings on the go:

Hostel World

Hostel Bookers

Youth Hostel Associations (YHA)

Scottish Independent Hostels

Scottish Youth Hostel Association

Let us know about any of your adventures and experiences while exploring Scotland. We’d love to hear from you!

Public Transport in Glasgow

Public transport in Glasgow
Now that you have been in Glasgow for a little while, you may be getting used to the transport system. It’s much smaller than the transport network of cities like London and Paris, but it can still be a bit confusing!

Here is a short guide to getting around Glasgow.

BY SUBWAY
Glasgow’s subway system must be the simplest in the world! There is only one line, and two tracks (the Inner Circle and Outer Circle) so even if you get on the wrong train, you will still arrive at your destination eventually. The subway is known as the Clockwork Orange, because it goes around in a circle all day and the trains are orange! The Glasgow subway system is the third oldest in the world after the London Underground and the Budapest Metro – it was opened in 1896.

How do I buy a ticket?
The subway operates on a Smart Card system. This means that you buy a card in advance, then top up as you travel. You can order a card at: http://www.spt.co.uk/smart/ and it will be posted to your home address. You can then top up your Smart Card at the ticket machines in any subway station, or at a cashier’s desk.

Many students use the Smart Card because, if you travel regularly, it is cheaper: a single journey with a Smart Card costs £1.40.

You can, however, also buy individual subway tickets without having a Smart Card. A single ticket to any station is £1.60; a return ticket is £3.00; a full-day ticket is £4.00. Tickets can be bought at ticket machines or at cashier’s desks. For more information on subway travel, visit the SPT website: http://www.spt.co.uk/subway/

Where can I go?
An old student tradition in Glasgow is to do a ‘Sub Crawl’ – to ride all the way around the subway, stopping at each station to have a drink in a pub! If you don’t fancy doing this (and I would not blame you!) then you can also use the subway as a cheap, fast way of seeing some of the most interesting sights in the city.

• Hillhead: of course the University is here, but this is also the stop for the Hunterian Museum and the Hunterian Art Gallery (both on the University campus) and shopping on Byres Rd.

Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow

• Kelvinbridge: this stop is also close to the University and the shops on Great Western Rd.

Kelvinbridge subway station

• Kelvinhall: this stop is close to Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery.

Kelvingrove Museum

• Partick: this stop is ten minutes’ walk from the Riverside Museum, Glasgow’s museum of transport and local history.

Riverside Museum

• Buchanan Street: this stop is in the centre of the Buchanan Street shopping area and is also close to Queen Street train station, the historic George Square and the Gallery of Modern Art in Royal Exchange Square.

Gallery of Modern Art

• St Enoch: this stop is close to the Argyle Street shopping area, the St Enoch Centre shopping mall and The Lighthouse, an architecture museum designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow’s most famous architect.

The Lighthouse

• Cowcaddens: this stop is close to the Glasgow School of Art (which has a great shop and offers walking tours of the city) and the Glasgow Film Theatre, an original 1930s cinema which shows interesting international films with English subtitles.

Glasgow Film Theatre

• Shields Road: this stop is close to Scotland Street School, a beautiful old school designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, which has been converted into a museum.

Scotland Street School

• Govan: this stop is close to the Govan Stones, a collection of early medieval carvings from the ancient kingdom of Strathclyde, located in Govan Old Parish Church (open until the end of October).

The Govan Stones

BY BUS
The Glasgow bus system is a little more complex than the subway, but still a good value way to travel. The main bus company in Glasgow is First Bus, which operates buses all over the city, and to other places such as Loch Lomond and Glasgow Airport.

The First Bus website has details of the timetables of each bus, and helpful instructions for planning your journey: http://www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/glasgow/

Buses on Hope Street

How do I buy a ticket?
To catch a bus, you must stand at a bus stop and put your hand out to hail the bus, as buses do not automatically stop at each bus stop.

You buy your ticket from the driver on the bus, and you can only pay in cash. It is important to have the correct money as most buses do not give change.

A single journey of less than five stops costs £1.20; a single journey of more than five stops costs £1.95. A return ticket costs between £3.00 and £3.45. An all-day ticket costs between £4.10 and £5.50. If you are not sure how much your ticket should cost, simply tell the driver your destination and he/she will tell you the price. Please keep your ticket, as a ticket inspector may wish to see it.

Where can I go?
• Some useful bus numbers (for the West End/City Centre area):
• 3: this bus stops outside Kelvingrove Museum and will take you into the City Centre.
• 4 or 4A: this bus stops on University Avenue and Gibson Street and will take you to the City Centre.
• 6: this bus stops on Great Western Road and will take you to the City Centre.
• 500: this bus stops at Buchanan Street bus station and Queen Street train station and will take you to Glasgow Airport. A single ticket is £6.00.
• 747: this bus stops at Buchanan Street bus station, Charing Cross and Partick Bus station and will also take you to Glasgow Airport. A single ticket is £6.00.

BY TRAIN
Travelling by train is a comfortable, quick way to explore Scotland – you can go to interesting places all around the country, such as Edinburgh, Loch Lomond and the Highlands! It is a bit more expensive than the bus, usually. There are two major train stations in Glasgow: Central and Queen Street, Trains from Central generally go south or west – to the suburbs of the city, the Ayrshire coast, towns and cities in central and southern Scotland and to England. Trains from Queen Street generally go north and east – to Edinburgh, Stirling, Aberdeen and the Highlands. It is very important to check whether your train will leave from Glasgow Central Station or Glasgow Queen Street Station.

How do I buy a ticket?
For longer journeys, it is a good idea to buy tickets in advance. Good websites for finding cheaper train tickets are: http://www.thetrainline.com/ and http://www.redspottedhanky.com/

For shorter journeys, you can buy your tickets at the train station, at a ticket machine or cashier’s desk. If there is no ticket machine or cashier at a station, you may buy your ticket on the train (from the ticket inspector) but in many stations you will not be allowed to board a train without a ticket.

Where can I go?
Check http://www.scotrail.co.uk/ for information on timetables and destinations.
The smaller stations throughout Glasgow also allow you to reach interesting places around the city by train. For example:

• From Central Station, you can travel to the beautiful Pollok House and Country Park (station: Pollokshaws West) from £2.30 for a return ticket.

Pollok House

• From Central Station, you can travel to Queen’s Park, one of Glasgow’s most beautiful parks, with a glasshouse full of tropical plants and animals (station: Queen’s Park) from £1.90 return.

Queen’s Park Glasshouse

• From Queen Street (low level), you can travel to the East End of Glasgow (station: Alexandra Parade) to visit the lovely Alexandra Park and have lunch at one of the traditional Italian cafés for which this area is famous, such as Coia’s, Celino’s or Zecchino’s from £1.90 return.

Alexandra Park

BY TAXI
As in any city or country, it is very important to only get into a taxi which is officially registered.

You can catch a taxi in the street – the big, black cars with ‘taxi’ signs on the roof are very easy to identify. If the ‘taxi’ sign is illuminated, this means the taxi free and you may take it. If the ‘taxi’ sign is not lit up, this means the taxi is being used and you cannot take it. At busy times (such as Saturday afternoon and Saturday night), taxis are in high demand and it can be hard to catch one in the street. At times like these, it is wise to wait at a taxi rank, such as the one outside Central Station (on Gordon Street) or on Sauchiehall Street (outside The Garage nightclub).

Glasgow Taxi cabs

If you wish to call a taxi to pick you up, you can do so. Please be aware that there may be delays at busy times, such as Friday and Saturday nights. When you order your taxi, ask the operator to send a text or phone you when your taxi is approaching.

Some useful numbers:
• Glasgow Taxis: 0141 429 7070. This is the company which owns the city’s black cabs. It is a little bit more expensive than smaller companies.
• ACS/Network Cabs: 0141 557 1110. This company operates private taxis, and is slightly cheaper than Glasgow Taxis. Their cars look like normal cars, but should have a sticker identifying them as taxis on their rear windows.
• West End Cabs: 0141 954 2000. This is the West End of Glasgow’s local taxi company. Their cars also look like normal cars, but should have a sticker identifying them as taxis on their rear windows.
• Please note: you should NEVER get into a taxi if you are not sure if it is the right one. If you have ordered a taxi, ask the driver to tell you the name of the person who ordered it when he/she arrives. If he/she does not say your name, it is not your taxi.

Private hire taxis should have a yellow ID plate at the front of the car, beside the registration plate.

Exploring Scotland

During the pre-sessional social course, lots of you asked how you could visit some of the places we went to again, possibly with friends or your family. We were delighted to know that you had enjoyed the trips!
So we have made a list – we hope you find it helpful. If we have missed anything, please get in touch.
Culzean Castle
The beautiful Ayrshire castle on the coast, former ancestral home of the ancient Kennedy clan, surrounded by acres of beautiful parkland and beaches.

Omar and Abbas enjoy the castle by the sea!

Omar and Abbas enjoy the castle by the sea!

The beautiful staircase at Culzean Castle.

Travel: You can take a direct train from Glasgow Central to Maybole, but please check the times on http://www.scotrail.co.uk first. From Maybole railway station take the Stagecoach bus number 60/360 (Ayr to Girvan via Maidens), which stops at the entrance to Culzean Country Park on the A719. There is a one-mile downhill walk to the Castle/Visitor Centre from the Country Park entrance.

Entry fees
You can buy tickets for both the Park and Castle, or just the Park.
Family ticket for the Park: £24.50
Family ticket for the Park and Castle: £38.00
Student ticket for the Park: £7.50
Student ticket for the Castle and Park: £11.50. All ticket prices are on the Culzean Castle website: http://www.nts.org.uk/Property/Culzean-Castle-and-Country-Park/Property-description

Isle of Arran
One of Scotland’s most stunning islands, with beautiful beaches, wild woodlands and lots of places to explore.

Wei explores Brodick Bay

Wei explores Brodick Bay

Travel:
From Glasgow Central Station, you can take the train to Ardrossan Harbour. Check http://www.scotrail.co.uk to find the cheapest train tickets (as low as £8 return). Then you can buy a ticket for the ferry at the harbour’s ticket office.
Prices
A return ticket for the ferry is £11.35 per adult; children aged between 5 and 15 years are half price; children under 5 years are free. Current timetables are listed here: http://www.calmac.co.uk/timetables/summer-timetables.htm?id=summer-arran–ardrossan-brodick.png
The timetable will change after 29 September, so please remember this when planning your trip.
Brodick Castle and Country Park
To reach the island’s beautiful castle, you can take the number 327 bus from Brodick Ferry Terminal, from Friday-Sunday. The journey takes ten minutes. It is not a long walk to the Castle either, if you feel like some exercise! For all Arran bus timetables, see this link: http://www.spt.co.uk/wmslib/Bus/Arran%20Area%20Transport%20Guide_Web.pdf

Brodick Castle

Brodick Castle

Prices
Family ticket: £29.50
Student ticket: £9.00.
Lochranza
If you wish to visit Lochranza Castle at the northern end of the island, you can take the bus number 324 from Brodick Ferry Terminal. The journey takes around 40 minutes.
The Isle of Arran Distillery is also in Lochranza. There are regular tours, with tastings, starting at £5 per person.
Check the website for more details: http://www.arranwhisky.com/visitor-centre

Lochranza Castle

Lochranza Castle

Loch Lomond
Perhaps Scotland’s most beautiful loch, the area around Loch Lomond offers shopping, dining and miles of beach, countryside walks and loch cruises.

Giulio, Joao, Leo and Laura cruising Loch Lomond.

Giulio, Joao, Leo and Laura cruising Loch Lomond.

Travel
The village of Balloch is the gateway to Loch Lomond. To get here, you can take a train from Glasgow Central (and several other stations such as Patrick, Hyndland and Charing Cross). A return day ticket is around £8.
At Balloch, you can visit the shops at the Loch Lomond Shores complex or take a cruise on the loch. You can find details of all Loch cruises here: http://www.sweeneyscruises.com/downloads/Sweeneys_Brochure.pdf
You can also visit the ruins of Balloch Castle in the beautiful Balloch Country Park.
If you wish to travel from Balloch to the beautiful villages of Luss or Balmaha, you can take a bus from Balloch bus stance. If you need onward travel information, the staff at the Tourist Information Centre will advise you: http://www.visitscotland.com/info/services/balloch-information-centre-p332391

A barbecue on Luss beach!

A barbecue on Luss beach!

Blair Drummond Safari Park
This animal and adventure park is great for kids and adults alike! With animals from around the world, an adventure playground and boat trips to Chimp Island. Check out the website for more details: http://www.blairdrummond.com/
Travel
Take the train to Stirling from Glasgow Queen Street Station. The journey takes around 30 minutes and ticket prices can be checked at http://www.scotrail.co.uk. When you arrive at Stirling, take the number 59 bus from Stance 2, Murray Place. The journey takes around 15 minutes and tickets should cost around £1.90 for adults.
Prices
Adults: £14.00
Children (3-14 inclusive): £11.00 (must be accompanied by an adult)
Children (2 and under) Free
Students £12.50 (current matriculation ID card required)

Llamas at Blair Drummond Safari Park

Llamas at Blair Drummond Safari Park

Pollok House and Country Park
This grand country house, built in 1752, gives you an idea of what life was like for wealthy people and their servants in Scotland many years ago. Pollok Estate has been voted the most beautiful park in Europe and it is home to lots of cute Highland Cows! You can also visit the wonderful Burrell Collection museum, which houses treasures from around the world.

The beautiful Pollok House

The beautiful Pollok House

Friendly Highland Cows!

Friendly Highland Cows!

Travel
Pollok Country Park is very easy to reach from Glasgow City Centre.
Take the number 3, 57, 57A or 103 bus from Union Street to Pollokshaws West train station. The park entrance is next to the station. The journey takes around 35 minutes and adult tickets on the bus cost £1.95 each.
You can also take the train from Glasgow Central Station directly to Pollokshaws West. The journey takes around 20 minutes and adult return tickets for the train cost between £2.30 and £3.60, depending on when you travel. Tickets should be bought at the train station before departure.
Prices
Entry to the Country Park and the Burrell Collection museum is free.
For Pollok House:
Family ticket: £16.50
Adults: £6.50
Students: £5.00

Enjoy your travels! 🙂

Jenny x

Beautiful Loch Tay!

Loch Tay

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One of our fantastic trips taking place this weekend is to the beautiful Loch Tay, one of the largest and deepest fresh water lochs situated in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. The loch is 14.55 mi (23.42 km) long and spans the district of Perthshire connected small towns such as Killin, Kenmore, Fearnan and Lawers. Ben Lawers, which is one of the highest mountains in Scotland (it is the 10th highest mountain in Britain!) lies to the north side of Loch Tay and is frequently a place for hikers to explore. The loch itself is a popular spot for salmon fishing and there is even a traditional Scottish song about Loch Tay called the ‘Loch Tay Boat Song’.

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Fortingall: the Church and Yew Tree

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Before heading to this amazingly beautiful location, we will visit Fortingall: the Church and Yew Tree. The land on which the church is built is said to have been a settlement for early Christian’s from the 7th century and there are many early Scottish artifacts to see. There is a mythical legend about Fortingall. The legend goes that Pontious Pilate was born at Fortingall when his father visited the Caledonians as emissary from the emperor Augustus. There is no hard eveidnce of this, but we do know of Agricola’s campaigns in to Scotland around 800 AD and the eventual Roman front line to keep keep the Picts out of the rest of Roman Britain was at one time along Strathearn and Strathmore.

Fortingall-Yew-trunk

One of the most impressive features about this location is the 5000 year old Yew Tree, thought to be one of the oldest living organisms in Europe! There are time lines marked in the paving stones near the tree, which helps to illustrate the Yew’s great age. In addition, there are a number of stone circles, standing stones and numerous large stones marked with cupmarks and three groups of standing stones clearly seen from the road in the field east of the church.

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The Scottish Crannog Centre

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After out visit to Fotingall, we will travel further north to visit the Scottish Crannog Centre. The centre carries out amazing research via underwater archaeology! The researchers explore the depths of Loch Tay to understand how the ancient Scottish settlers once lived. They have also constructed an authentic crannog, which all visitors can explore!

What is a crannog?

Crannogs are a type of ancient loch-dwelling found throughout Scotland and Ireland. Most are circular structures that seem to have been built as individual homes to accommodate extended families. Today, crannogs are still visible on many lochs throughout Scotland, but resemble small islands! There is a large authentic crannog, which can be seen from the Crannog Centre near the northern shore at Kenmore. This was the ancient burial place of Queen Sybilla, wife of Alexander King of Scots. This crannog (also known as the Isle of Loch Tay or Priory Island) was considered a holy place and had a monastery. Through time the monastery became a nunnery and then a castle, before the constructions were engulfed by nature. It is amazing to think that 5000 years ago, the ancient settlers built these timbre constructions in some of the deepest lochs!

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This is an amzing trip that will explore some of the most beautiful features of Scottish history and natural landscapes! Not one to miss!

10 ways to avoid being hit by a car in Glasgow

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Pavements (including any path along the side of a road) should be used if provided. Where possible, avoid being next to the kerb with your back to the traffic. If you have to step into the road, look both ways first. Always show due care and consideration for others.

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If there is no pavement, keep to the right-hand side of the road so that you can see oncoming traffic. You should take extra care and
• be prepared to walk in single file, especially on narrow roads or in poor light
• keep close to the side of the road.
It may be safer to cross the road well before a sharp right-hand bend so that oncoming traffic has a better chance of seeing you. Cross back after the bend.

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Help other road users to see you. Wear or carry something light-coloured, bright or fluorescent in poor daylight conditions. When it is dark, use reflective materials (e.g. armbands, sashes, waistcoats, jackets, footwear), which can be seen by drivers using headlights up to three times as far away as non-reflective materials.

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Organised walks. Large groups of people walking together should use a pavement if available; if one is not, they should keep to the left. Look-outs should be positioned at the front and back of the group, and they should wear fluorescent clothes in daylight and reflective clothes in the dark. At night, the look-out in front should show a white light and the one at the back a red light. People on the outside of large groups should also carry lights and wear reflective clothing.

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Motorways. Pedestrians MUST NOT be on motorways or slip roads except in an emergency

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First find a safe place to cross and where there is space to reach the pavement on the other side.

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Look all around for traffic and listen. Traffic could come from any direction. Listen as well, because you can sometimes hear traffic before you see it.

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If traffic is coming, let it pass. Look all around again and listen. Do not cross until there is a safe gap in the traffic and you are certain that there is plenty of time. Remember, even if traffic is a long way off, it may be approaching very quickly.

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Zebra crossings. Give traffic plenty of time to see you and to stop before you start to cross. Vehicles will need more time when the road is slippery. Wait until traffic has stopped from both directions or the road is clear before crossing. Remember that traffic does not have to stop until someone has moved onto the crossing. Keep looking both ways, and listening, in case a driver or rider has not seen you and attempts to overtake a vehicle that has stopped.

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BE CAREFUL–better to be late for a class than to be in danger!

For more information on the pedestrian code, please visit
https://www.gov.uk/rules-pedestrians-1-to-35/general-guidance-1-to-6