What “Scotland” has to offer visitors like me?
Don’t be fooled by Scotland’s small size. It may be tiny compared to other countries, but it is packed full of different things to do. If you are intrigued by history, you can visit Edinburgh and Glasgow for your history fix. On the other hand, if you are a foodie, you can have your fill of the Aberdeen Angus beef or have some salmon from Dumfries & Galloway. For the outdoorsy types, Scotland has fantastic wild mountain scenery, sparkling seas and a healthy population of otters, whales, dolphins and eagles. Apart from these, there are the castles, canoeing, golfing and fishing.
When is the best time to visit “Scotland”?
The ideal time to visit Scotland will depend on what activities you want to do, although the main tourist season is from April to September. You may want to avoid visiting in July and August when the price for all types of accommodations skyrockets. August can be especially crowded because this is the festival period.
If you particularly enjoy the outdoors, the best time to visit Scotland for you are between May and September when you can have the best chance of good weather. If you want to go trekking in Scotland’s glorious forests, you should visit in October to experience amazing autumn colors. For wildlife enthusiasts, you may see the various seabird colonies during their spectacular nesting season from April to July. If you were the go whale-watching, the best time to visit is from July to August.
Will it be expensive to visit “Scotland”?
Scotland may be an expensive destination for non-European tourists due to the high value of the pound sterling. Expect that the food, accommodation and transport expenses will be high, especially in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. You should be prepared to spend a minimum of £40-£50 per person per day, not including transportation. Families may save some money by staying in family rooms which are available in many hotels and other accommodations. Students, people under 26 years of age and over 60 can take advantage of discounts on transport and admission fees.
What else should I know about money in “Scotland”?
The official currency for Scotland is the pound sterling. The widespread availability of ATMs in Scotland makes accessing your accounts convenient. The most widely accepted credit cards are a Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Cirrus and Diners Club. The best places to convert your money to the local currency are the bureaus de change in International airports. Their rates are lower than most banks and they cash sterling travelers’ checks without fees.
What are the rules regarding bringing medications in “Scotland”?
Two avoid trouble, bring your medications in their original and clearly-labeled containers and have a signed and dated letter from the prescribing doctor, describing your medical conditions and medications. If you need to bring syringes and needles, it must be accompanied by a doctor’s certification of its medical necessity.
Are there some required vaccinations to visit “Scotland”?
No vaccinations are required to travel to Scotland. However, the World Health Organization advises travelers to be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis B, whenever they travel
What are some problems that I should be careful of while visiting “Scotland”?
If you visit the Scotland Highlands and Islands, be wary of midges and clegs. Midges are tiny bloodsucking flies. They are at their worst during twilight and on overcast days and proliferate between May and September. Protect yourself from them by wearing cover-ups and light colored clothing. Be sure to use a reliable insect repellent. Meanwhile, clegs or horseflies are pesky insects whose bites can be very painful and are strong enough to bite through hair or light clothing. They are most active during July and August.