Located in the United Kingdom, Scotland is famous for its diverse natural wonders and breathtaking views. It is a mystical land filled with ancient ruins and picturesque little towns. It also boast incredible architecture and rich history. There are a lot of things to see, and everyone should visit at least once.
Why Visit Scotland
Scotland’s landscapes look like they were taken from a postcard. Its scenery doesn’t need photoshop. With more than 6,000 miles of coastline and over 790 islands, dramatic cliffs constantly contrast the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Highlands, caves, lakes and much more to explore.
Scotland boast a rich history, you won’t go far without seeing its medieval heritage. There are well over 2,000 castles in Scotland, ranging from fascinating ruins to well-preserved gems and highlighting the Glamis Castle and the Edinburgh Castle, these fairytale castles are nothing short of enchanting.
Scotland is recognized worldwide for its whisky, as is part of its culture and heritage. The first known written mention of Scotch whisky was in 1494, and it was known as aqua vitae, Latin for “water of life”. The country has many distilleries offering tours that you shouldn’t miss.
Scotland’s larger cities boast and incredible nightlife, especially Glasgow, known as “The Secret Capital of Music”. It offers a dynamic music scene and an incredible variety of pubs, clubs and bars.
What to expect
English is the official language in Scotland, while Scots and Scottish Gaelic are minority languages.
In Scotland the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.
Scotland uses the pound sterling. 1 USD equals 0.80 pounds (as of 2020). Euros are accepted in Scotland only at some major tourist attractions and a few hotels. You can exchange your currency directly on the back or withdraw it from the ATMs. Debits cards are also widely accepted.
Scotland’s climate is generally cool and wet. The best time to visit Scotland is during Summer (June to August). Winters in Scotland have an average low of around 0 °C (32 °F), with summer maximum temperatures averaging 15–17 °C (59–63 °F).
Scotland is a very safe country to travel to. Compared to other European countries, crime is relatively low. If you go to big cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow, the crime will go up a bit, mostly petty crime and tourist traps. Exercise normal precautions
If you are a national of the EU, United States, Canada or Australia, you don’t need to apply for a tourist visa to enter Scotland. Visas, usually for visits of up to six months, are granted on entry, when you present your passport.
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