Covering the northern part of Great Britain, Scotland is a country within the United Kingdom. Edinburgh is the capital, while Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland.
Each has a wealth of historic sites and their own culture. The real heart of Scotland lies in the countryside, with rolling hills and lakes.
Areas like the Scottish Highlands, Isle of Skye and Loch Ness are must-see destinations, while Scottish cuisine includes Haggis and a lot of whiskey.
QUICK SCOTLAND FACTS
Currency: Great British Pound can be withdrawn from ATMs throughout Scotland, however keep in mind that smaller cities or towns may not have access to ATMs and its recommended to withdraw cash and take it with you.
Power Points: Scotland uses the uses a standard three pronged UK plug. I would recommend you take a Travel Adapter especially for non Australians.
Official Language: The official language of Scotland is English and Scottish Gaelic.
Health: There are no major health concerns in Scotland for travellers. I would recommend that you contact your doctor a few weeks before you travel as in some cases you need to start any medication a few days before your trip or you may need to get a vaccination.
Drinking Tap Water: The tap water is generally safe to drink, however, if you are unsure, make sure to ask your hotel receptionist or host.
Visa: Most countries don’t require a visa for short stays, to visit Scotland.
– Haggis (sausage meat made from the innards of the sheep mixed with onions, oatmeal, suet, stock, dried herbs and other seasonings).
– Scottish Porridge (Made with fresh porridge oats cooked in milk, it’s more of a savory breakfast rather than a sweet one).
– Cullen Skink (creamy smoked fish soup; smoked haddock, cream, potatoes, and onions).
– Cranachan (Scottish dessert made of whipped cream, scotch whisky, honey, oatmeal, and fresh raspberries).
When to go: Scotland is at its most beautiful in the spring (late March to May) and autumn (September to November). By spring, temperatures have warmed somewhat, but the Cairngorm and Highland mountains will still be covered in snow.
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