Travel Essentials

When planning a trip to Scotland it’s easy to get so excited about all the amazing things you’re going to do that one or two essentials slip your mind. Don’t worry though, we have you covered! From accommodation and currency to driving and connectivity, this is your one-stop shop for essential travel information.

Accommodation

Whether you’re looking for five-star luxury, a quaint B&B or a unique ‘glamping’ experience, Scotland has an impressive array of accommodation options. After a busy day uncovering the myths and legends of our ancient buildings, sampling the whisky at a local distillery or dancing the night away at one of our Ceilidhs, you’ll definitely need somewhere to rest your head and recharge your batteries for your next adventure.

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Driving

If you’ve got an international driving license then you’re able to drive in Scotland. This is especially good news when you realise the amount of jaw-dropping, scenic road trips you can soak up during your visit. We also have a large number of car rental firms spread throughout the country, making it easier for you to find a vehicle during your trip. Wherever you plan to drive in Scotland, we recommend allowing some extra time for your journey, because you’re definitely going to stop along the way for some photos!

Learn more about driving in Scotland on Visitscotland.com

Safety

We take your safety incredibly seriously; after all, Scotland is famous throughout the world for its warm welcome and hospitality. More than 2.5 million visitors travel to Scotland every year and everyone speaks of the genuine friendliness of the Scottish people. We work incredibly hard to create safe place for you and your family to visit and our dedicated police force work within our communities to tackle and prevent crime.

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Connectivity

When you’re visiting Scotland, we know how important it is for you to stay connected. Thankfully, whether it’s getting to your destination, or getting online, we’ve got you covered. From first-class, award-winning public transport, to the very latest in digital connectivity, Scotland has what it takes to get you where you need to be, in the real world or the virtual one!

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Travel Visas

When planning a trip, it’s important to know what legal documents you may require to enter the country. It’s important to note that, depending on where you are travelling from, you may need a visa to enter Scotland. If you’re an EU citizen, then you don’t need a visa to visit Scotland, however, if you’re travelling from outside of the European Union, you may need one. This will depend on how long you’re planning to stay and why you’re visiting.

Learn more about travel visas on Visitscotland.com

Currency and Cost

During your trip to Scotland, one of the biggest decisions you’re going to have to make is what souvenirs to take back to remind you of your visit. To make sure you’re not caught short at the register, it’s important to know all about the currency and the different methods of payment we accept. Foreign currency is rarely accepted in Scotland, but we also have plenty Bureau de Change kiosks at our international airports and in most of our city centres, making sure you have the right money for your purchases.

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Where is Scotland

Located in the mid-west of Europe, Scotland may be small but we’re punching well above our weight! Occupying the northern third of Great Britain we share a border with England in the south and pack some of the most stunning scenery in all of the UK into our borders. From wild coastlines and pristine beaches to rolling valleys and towering mountains, Scotland’s geography is a huge part of its appeal.

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