Visiting Scotland Top Tips
As a Scottish native, I've picked up many tips and tricks throughout my life that I think are important for a visitor to know about. Scotland is an amazing country, with so much to see and do, and the people are famously friendly. However, like every place, there are important things to know when you visit to make sure you make the most out of your trip and don't make an faux pas, so heed my words!
Scotland? Britain? England?
It's completely understandable to be confused as to what to call Scotland; it has a lot of names! As you will know, the country's name is Scotland, and I would recommend sticking to that name. You can also call it Britain, which is also correct, but most locals tend to stick to Scotland. My biggest piece of advice would be to not call it England! The history between Scotland and England is a complicated one, and most Scots will not take well to being called English. Trust me, stick to the name 'Scotland'!
Check Your Currency
I used to work in a touristy area of Edinburgh, and we would often have groups coming in trying to pay in Euros. Once again, it's an understandable mistake, but unfortunately we'd have to turn them away. Scotland is in the continent of Europe, and is in the EU (at the time of making this blog post), so it's an easy mistake to make. However please don't waste your money converting to Euros, as nowhere in Scotland will accept it! Scotland, as part of the UK, uses the British Pound. There's no need to search for 'Scottish Pounds'; we'll accept any pound coins/notes!
Bring the Right Clothing
Please, please, please make sure to pack clothing for a wide range of weathers! All the stereotypes are true, Scotland often experiences every season in one day. It's quite common to start the morning with a thunderstorm, have lunch in a heat wave, and end the day in a blizzard! Therefore it's important to not only bring different layers with you in your suitcase, but also to bring them with you throughout the day. Start off with a couple of layers, and you can take them off throughout the day as you go.
An additional tip: don't bother with an umbrella. While it may help with the rain, Scotland's so windy that it becomes useless! Invest in something with a good hood and hope for the best!
Use the Transport Links
Scotland is fortunate enough to have great transport links. Buses will get you anywhere you need to go, and our rail network is built for tourism. It's incredibly quick and convenient to use, so I always recommend visitors to take the time to explore as much of the country as possible. If you're also planning on visiting the rest of the UK the train links are fantastic there as well. You can take the train from Edinburgh to London no problem!
Don't be Scared to Ask for Help
Scottish people can seem intimidating sometimes, but we're often said to be some of the friendliest people in the world. If you're ever lost or are unsure of anything, don't hesitate to approach someone to ask for help. Nine times out of ten that individual will be more than happy to help! This includes asking for recommendations of places to stay, eat, etc. we love to give our opinion on where the best places to go are!
Don't be Surprised by the Accents
I'm sure you can picture a Scottish accent in your head, but, despite its size, Scotland has a wide range of accents. You can go from the very bottom to the very top of the country and you'll hear native Scots sounding completely different! The Edinburgh accent is quite muted, the Glaswegian accent tends to be quite strong, and the Highlands accent tends to be the stereotypical accent you often hear impressions of. All accents are beautiful, so enjoy hearing different people speak!
And that's it for my top tips for visiting Scotland. I hope you found it useful for your future trips. What is your top tip for visiting your country?
Until next time,