Top Tips for Student Travel in the UK

Travelling around the UK can be an expensive business, particularly if you are a student. Generally, though, travel companies do recognise that the cost of getting around is significant to students and so there are promo codes out there that can help make the cost of student travel a lot cheaper. STA Travel are the world’s largest student and youth travel company – take a look at STA Travel Promo Codes for October 2018. Read our guide to find out how you can make travelling around Scotland and the rest of the UK more affordable.


There is no getting away from the fact that our railways are expensive, but it is possible to cut the cost of your travel with a 16-25 railcard. This little card, which you can also use digitally on your phone or tablet gets you a third off of any train journey that you make. They cost £30 for one year or £70 if you go for the three-year option, but you can get a discount off of this with your NUS card. You can also buy your travel card for the year with £15 worth of Tesco Club Card Vouchers. Simply swap your vouchers online with Tesco then enter the promo codes that they send you onto the railcard website, and you’re done.


When it comes to cheap student travel, coaches might be a good option. They offer cheap journeys and even allow you to use your NUS card to get a good discount. They offer fares from as little as £1 and they are extremely comfortable and offer great facilities such as free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and charging points. Sure, your journey might take a little longer but you’ll get the opportunity to sit back, relax and gaze out of your window to see what Scotland and the rest of the UK have to offer.

Young Person’s Coach Card

If you plan to travel by coach often, it might be worth purchasing a young person’s coach card. Operated by National Express, this card works very much in the same way as the 16-25 railcard. The card costs £12.50 for a year or £30 for three years and it gets you one third off your standard coach tickets. Plus you get 20% off your bill at Pizza Hut when you show your coach card, you can travel and dine in style.

NEC Card

Young people living in Scotland are entitled to apply for a National Entitlement Card (NEC). So long as you are aged between 11 and 26 and live in the country, even if it’s just while you are completing your study you are eligible to receive this little card that is full of discounts. The best bit when it comes to your travels is that it entitles you to 20% off you fares with Scottish City Link Coaches, helping you travel around the country as much as you want. There are also discounts offered on food shopping, restaurants and at many attractions, plus the card doubles up as a proof of age, meaning that you won’t have to carry around other ID to help you get served at the bar.

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Loch Ness Marathon 2018


Last chance to enter Baxters River Ness 10K & 5K

23 September 2018

If the thought of a marathon or half marathon is a step too far, there’s still time to enter and train for the Baxters River Ness 10K and 5K on Sunday 23 September 2018.  These two race distances offer the perfect opportunity for runners and fitness enthusiasts alike to join in with one of the UK’s most scenic and popular running events.

The River Ness 10K and 5K follow a flat, point-to-point course through the historic Highland capital of Inverness alongside the banks of the picturesque River Ness. Renowned for their ‘personal best’ potential, these shorter distances are appealing for those experienced runners looking to return to better their previous times or those running novices looking for an achievable and enjoyable running challenge.

Corporate teams from across Scotland will also take to the streets as they take part in the Baxters 10K Corporate Challenge which is open to all businesses and organisations in the public and private sector.

There’s also the Wee Nessie race, which is open to pre-school children aged 5 and under, that follows a short circular route in the enclosed Bught Park providing youngsters with the perfect introduction to the sport.

Race director Malcolm Sutherland, commented: “We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to this year’s Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running weekend. The event has been growing in popularity year on year with runners of all abilities and age groups represented.

“The 10K, 5K and Wee Nessie are the perfect opportunity for those looking to take on a new challenge with family or friends whilst enjoying a great day out.”

Hosted by Scottish television and radio presenter Bryan Burnett, the two-day festival of running weekend promises a packed family friendly agenda.

There is the new Runners Café which opens on Saturday 22nd September from 10am to 6pm as well as the Baxters Food & Drink Fayre, Scotland’s largest Expo dedicated to runners, kids’ activities and live music, with free entry for all.

Malcolm added: “The weekend offers so much more than a spectator event as there’s a plethora of festivities served up with great food and drink from a great selection of street food vendors as well as a series of Expo talks, conversation with runners from around the world and lively Scottish music to enjoy.”

Entry to all races is open now until 3rd September at:

For those still wishing to enter the Loch Ness Marathon, places are available via our official charities and for club and overseas runners.

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How To Travel On A Shoestring Budget

Traveling on a ShoestringGoing travelling on a shoestring budget can be tough for even the most seasoned travellers. There are many hacks that can save you money while travelling and help you have the best trip regardless of your budget.

Looking for local hidden gems is a great idea to help you save some money. The problem with travelling in tourist dense areas is, that they tend to have inflated prices. Everything in those areas is increased from food and drink, even souvenirs can be at a sky-high price. If you headed to lesser known areas you’d get a more authentic experience as you will see a different side of your destination, you’d also probably find much nicer food too! You can also save money by, buying food and alcohol from the local markets. Not only is this a great way to save some money but also a great way to fully immerse yourself in the culture. You can also find some local delicacies to tantalize your taste buds.

Planning your trips in advance can be very helpful. By planning ahead of your trip, you will find yourself getting the better offers. Make sure you do your research online and even keep your eyes peeled for discount codes and offers. Once you are at your destination you may want to use cabs to help you get around the city, however, if you choose to take public transport this can work out even better. Rather than taking the pricy tourist hop on hop off bus, take a regular bus and enjoy the sights this way.

Flights can be some of the most expensive costs when going travelling. Opting to go for a flight with connections may help you to save as much as £200. This will massively reduce the cost you are spending on flights and leave you more money to enjoy yourself with. Be sure to compare holidays before making any bookings as this will give you a better chance of finding holidays which are more affordable.

Check out the infographic on the right to find some ingenious hacks for travelling on a budget. Like did you know sometimes standing at a bar to order your drink can save you money rather than ordering it to your table!

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The Best Holiday Destinations in Europe

Scenic vistas, fascinating history and incredible culinary adventures – Europe offers an overwhelming amount of diversity. Whether you’re seeking beaches and Mediterranean climates, wide open countryside and famous landmarks or the opportunity to take a step back in time, holidays here are filled with memorable experiences. These are some of the best destinations for holidays in Europe that will have you reaching for your passport in no time.


Instantly recognisable and always beautiful, no matter the time of year, Paris should be on everyone’s travel wish list. One of the fashion capitals of the world, this city is a stylish mix of bistros, boutiques, iconic architecture and some of the best food you’ll ever eat. Whether you’re here to admire the Mona Lisa, wander the glitzy Champs Elysee or catch a show at the Moulin Rouge, this is one European destination that’s truly unforgettable.


Its main draw is its stunning beaches, but Alicante is more than its coastline – although that certainly doesn’t disappoint. Alicante is one of the big players of the Costa Blanca region and is fast-becoming one of the must-see destinations thanks to the hilltop castle, stylish boutiques, vast aquarium and architecture. With miles of coastline to enjoy, why not hire a car at the airport with Avis to make getting around easier while you’re visiting?


You don’t need to leave the UK to find fantastic holiday destinations in Europe – Scotland has some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, and the further north you go, the more scenery and open countryside you’ll find to get lost in. No trip to Scotland would be complete without a visit to Loch Ness and nearby Inverness is a cosmopolitan city with the beauty of the Highlands on its doorstep – the best of both worlds.


Berlin is a cool and contemporary city with cutting-edge architecture, historic landmarks and a thriving clubbing scene. Shaped by its history, the city is now a cultural hub of trendsetting fashion, intense parties and great food. The metropolis is always buzzing but it still maintains a laidback vibe that makes it a really wonderful city to explore.


One of the finest weekend getaways in Europe, Rome is vibrant and beautiful. The city is teeming with architecture, art, charming street side cafés serving excellent food, and friendly locals. Rome is a romantic city with inspiring surroundings so it’s no surprise that this is one of the greatest destinations to visit, not just in Italy but in the world.


Athens is famous for its history and monuments that are centuries old, overlooked by the Acropolis which serves as the hub of the city’s heritage. There’s an edgy and youthful atmosphere here, but there are also calmer spots to relax in too that make it a good balance. From the Byzantine churches to watersports off of palm-fringed beaches just outside of the city, and tasting your way through Greece’s delicious cuisine, this destination is filled with inspiring and idyllic views.

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12 Picturesque Locations You Must Visit In Inverness

Undoubtedly, the city of Inverness is one of the most beautiful places that one should visit while being in Scotland. Inverness is basically a Gaelic term that means “mouth of the River Ness”. Here Ness is the name of a river that flows into the Moray Firth out of Loch Ness. This city offers all the benefits associated with city life along with the natural beauty of Scottish Highlands on the doorstep.

So, it can be said that without a visit to Inverness, your trip to the Highlands of Scotland will be incomplete. A compact city center along with a friendly unhurried pace is the thing that makes this city the perfect and stress-free holiday destination. Here comes a list of 12 picturesque tourist destinations that one should visit.

Loch Ness

Loch Ness from Urquhart Castle - kingsley - 30-JUN-09

This is probably the most popular loch available in this world as well as the habitat to Nessie, the “Loch Ness Monster”. Here the travelers can explore a 754-foot deep lake on the Loch Ness trip, can visit the ruins of the Urquhart Castle perched on the bank of the lake, the largest castle of Scotland or can hike around the side of the lake. Apart from that, the tourists should also check out the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, where they can discover the legends of the most mysterious sea creatures of the UK.

Urquhart Castle

This ancient fortress is located on the bank of Loch Ness. Standing in mostly ruined condition, till now this castle is one of the ideal places to find Nessie. Besides, there is a dock for loch boat tours, a life-sized trebuchet siege engine, and also a wonderful visitor center. Earlier, this castle was one of the largest castles of Scotland; the remaining part of the tower now offers wonderful panoramic views of both the Great Glen and the Loch Ness.

Falcon Square

This is the latest mercat cross planned for Inverness prepared from sandstone along with bronze castings and it was designed by Gerald Laing. This square features a falcon on every side that is in stooping pose to catch the prey. This place is also crowned by the national animal of Scotland. But the majority of the tourists to Scotland and some of the Scots also don’t know that Falcon is actually a unicorn.

Culloden Battlefield

The Battle of Culloden

Being poignant, powerful and windswept moorland, the Battle of Culloden ended the cause of Jacobite and then changed the path of the world history. This place has preserved to accurately emulate how the place looked on the day of battle. Now as an informative visitor center, this place offers amazing audio tours of the battlefield as per the preference of the users. This allows the visitors to connect to the past while being immersed. This makes Culloden battlefield a special tourist destination in Inverness.

Highland Wildlife Park

Specialized in local Scottish Wildlife as well as some other creatures of the colder weather, this park has obtained an approval for the program of breeding Scottish wildcat as this park is aiming to save these species from extermination through the inter-breeding process with house cats.


Visitors, who like to explore conventional hospitality, music, drink, and dance of Highland while visiting Inverness, Hootananny is nothing but the best option. On every Friday and Saturday, some of the tables of this place are cleared to organize ceilidh dancing that brings in laughter, smiles and the feeling of accomplishment remembering the steps.

Eden Court Theatre

With a number of shows per year, two cinema screens, two theatres and different workshops, Eden Court works as the greatest arts venue located in the northern part of Scotland. Extended and refurbished recently, most of the people visit Inverness to watch the performances hosted by this theatre.

Cawdor Castle


Built in the 15th century, this castle was the residence of the “Thane of Cawdor”, whose name was cited in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. With a prosperous history and some beautiful looking gardens, this place works as the must-visit place for the visitors of Inverness. Here the tourists can step into the fairy tale in the Scottish Highlands located in the Cawdor Castle. Besides, this romantic place also shares some links with Macbeth. After exploring this castle, the tourists can scroll the beautiful gardens and therefore can immerse themselves in the actual history of Scotland.

Botanic Gardens

There are a few sub-tropical gardens located in the northern part of Scotland. The Botanic gardens produce an amazing range of plants starting from Pitcher plants to Cacti. These gardens are then beautified with added waterfalls and fish ponds. Besides, there are some sheltered colorful gardens outdoor that work as the ideal places to travel around. Apart from that, tourists can also enjoy a tempting experience of chatting here by sitting between the River Ness and the Caledonian Canal.

Beauly Priory

Deprived of in the year 1634, the remaining of the 13th-century monastic settlement is still extensive as well as worth exploring. Originally, the monks were French and the place got its name from “Beau Lieu” that means “beautiful place”. In this place, the tourists can capture the best scenes of Highlands. Besides, the gallery of Beauly Priory displays the best examples of Scottish Art that the tourists should not miss. Tourists can also purchase the paintings and artworks from different locally and nationally acclaimed artists from here.

Glenmorangie Distillery

While being in Inverness, it is really tough to choose any specific distillery as there are a number of options to offer. In fact, Glenmorangie offers three types of tours and the visit can be merged with the day trip to Seaboard, Tain, and the Dornoch villages.


This is basically a small seaside town. Except for the walks, miles of sands, the challenging golf and the wonderful eateries, the main attractiveness of this place is that this place is located just 15 minutes away from Inverness aboard. This place is also well known as the home of actress Tilda Swinton. Apart from that, Nairn can also be considered as the beautiful.

Author – Sarah Bennett

“Sarah is a senior editor in, a leading online holiday marketplace in Dubai, UAE”

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