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What do you need to know before travelling through Scotland?

While the culture and people in Scotland are incredibly welcoming, the weather, cuisine, currency and tipping culture might be very different to what you are used to, so it is best to be prepared.


Weather and Clothing

People often say that Scotland experiences all four seasons in one day, and they’re not far wrong. A rainy day may turn into beautiful sunshine in the time it takes you to put up an umbrella. This creates wonderful views and photo opportunities thanks to our ever-changing light, but it also means travellers must be prepared for all weather. Using both sunglasses and an umbrella on the same day is not unusual in Scotland.

Those heading out into the hills and countryside should be prepared with waterproof gear and sensible walking shoes. However, don’t forget to also pack sun-cream, as when the sun does come out it can be strong in the summer months, and cool breezes can be deceptive.



Like in the rest of the UK, in Scotland we drive on the left. As confusing as that might sound, people often say that driving on the opposite side of the road takes a lot less getting used to than you would think!

Speed limits and distances are given in miles, not kilometres.

The alcohol limit is different than in the rest of the UK, 0.05%.


In more rural areas you might come across single track roads, with passing places. If you see a driver coming toward you, stop at the nearest passing place you come across and wait for the driver to pass you. If they have already stopped at a passing place you can go ahead. It is important to remember that you can only use the passing places on the left side of the road, and the drive coming in the opposite direction will use the others. And a wave by of thank you if someone stops for you is always appreciated!


Right to Roam

Scotland has very liberal access laws, allowing the public to enjoy discovering almost all corners of the country. You can walk just about anywhere, including across farmland, as long as the land, owners' privacy and property are respected. Be aware of other land users, too.

The Highlands is host to a number of country sports throughout the year, including shooting and fishing. If you are unsure about access, it is advisable to contact landowners where possible.




Phone service and strong Wi-Fi will be easy to access in any Scottish city. Most cafes and pubs will provide free Wi-Fi to their clients, so you should never be too far away from a connection. In more remote areas it can be a little trickier, and phone reception in Highland glens is notoriously patchy. You shouldn’t struggle too much to regain signal or find a Wi-Fi connection once you have reached a town or village, but make sure you make any urgent calls before you set off for a full day of discovering Scotland’s magnificent landscapes and varied nature.

In Scotland, like the UK, the power plugs and sockets are of type G, with three flat pins. This means that people travelling from abroad will most likely need an adaptor to plug in their appliances.

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