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Savor the pleasures of castles and kilts, craggy cliffs and Celtic legends on a customized tour of Scotland. With your private guide, experience the rugged beauty of the Highlands, or the windswept Orkney Islands whose names roll off the tongue—Mull, Iona and stunningly beautiful Skye where heather-wrapped hills rise up into the mists. If you’re a golfer, ...Show More


On Your Scotland Tour

If there is one word to describe Scotland, it is “welcoming.” Between the fun-loving people, the lush landscapes and the awesome castles, so much about the country opens its arms to visitors the world over. Visit Scotland and learn more about the country’s complex history, have a meal with its lively citizens and gaze out over its mystical lochs. From prehistoric stone circles and burial chambers to modern travel and ceremonies, Scotland tours have experiences sure to delight just about everybody

Passport Requirements for Scotland Tours

American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 90 days beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart the country. Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure.

Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.

Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.

Visa Requirements for Scotland Tours

There are no border controls when travelling within the United Kingdom including the land border with England. Scotland has the same immigration and visa requirements as the rest of the United Kingdom.

United Kingdom is a party to the Schengen Agreement. As such, U.S. and Canadian citizens may enter for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

Insurance Recommendations for Scotland Tours

Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Medical facilities in Scotland are comparable to North American facilities. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill. Insurance can be purchased through us.

Vaccination Requirements for Scotland Tours

We always recommend that you see a doctor or health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. They will best determine your vaccination and medication needs based on your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, planned activities and up-to-the-minute requirement changes. For all vaccinations and health requirements, we also recommend that you consult the World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.

Medication Requirements for Scotland Tours

If there are any medical items that are essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.

Recommended Items:

  • Basic medicine kit (painkillers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, etc.)
  • Digestive aids such as Imodium, Pepto-Bismol; re-hydration salts and anti-diarrhea preparations.
  • Hydrocortisone tablets or cream for allergic skin reactions and bites
  • Anti-nausea tablets if you suffer from motion sickness
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), after-sun lotion, lip balm, wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, Insect repellent

Weather, Seasons and Climate in Scotland

The weather in Scotland tends to be very changeable, but it is rarely extreme. Compared to other locations at the same latitude, Scotland has a much warmer climate. The western highlands of Scotland are one of the wettest places in Europe. Scotland also has a reputation for being very overcast most days which is most notable during the relatively short winter days. For up-to-date forecasts, check weather.com.

Electricity, Phone and Internet in Scotland

Electricity in Scotland is supplied at 220-240 volts. Square, three-pin sockets are standard in Scotland. A multi-adaptor with different plug configurations can be very useful. We advise not to bring a hair dryer as it could blow a fuse.

Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options. It is also possible to purchase a SIM card locally to avoid international charges when calling numbers within Scotland. (You should check to see that your cell phone is SIM card compatible.)

Internet: Internet cafés and wireless access and multimedia booths are available in most urban areas, airports and hotels.

Currency in Scotland

Generally speaking, we advise bringing £70-100 per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). Bills come in different colors and denominations: £5, £10, £20, £50 notes available. There are also coins: 1 penny, 2 pence, 5 pence, 10 pence, 20 pence, 50 pence, £1. We recommend that you bring approximately 100 Pounds of spare cash in small denominations to have ready for tips and expenses when you first arrive.

We recommend that you get local currency from your bank before you leave home or from a bank machine in-country which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Your bank card may work, but Visa or MasterCard are more widely accepted. You will need a 4-digit PIN to be able to use your cards in Europe.

Quick Facts for a Scotland Tour

Capital: Edinburgh

Language: Scottish English

Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)

Religion: Christianity

Time Zone: UTC (Universal Time Coordinated) & UTC +1

Electricity: 220-240 volts

Telephone: Country code for calling you from outside Scotland is +44

Calling North America: Dial 001 and your 10 digit number

Emergency numbers in Scotland: 999 or 112 for any type of emergency.

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