7 Essential Scotland Travel Tips to Read Before Your First Visit

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Language:

English is the primary language spoken in Scotland, with Scots and Scottish Gaelic being spoken in some regions. However, English speakers will have no trouble communicating, although some Scottish accents may require attentive listening.

Currency: 

Scotland uses the British Pound (£), and both Scottish pound notes and English bills are accepted for transactions.

Money: 

Chip-enabled credit cards and digital payments like Apple Pay are widely accepted, but having coins for parking machines and small bills for tips or purchases is advisable. Consider obtaining small bills from your local bank or using ATMs upon arrival.

Tipping: 

Unlike in the U.S., tipping practices in Scotland differ. Service charges are often included in restaurant bills, but if you wish to leave a tip when paying by card, inform the server beforehand.

Electrical:

Scotland operates on 230 voltage and requires a three-pronged adapter with a G-type plug. Dual voltage devices only need a plug adapter, but non-dual voltage devices necessitate a voltage converter.

Car Rentals:

Advance booking is recommended for car rentals to secure better pricing and availability, especially for automatic transmission vehicles. Opt for the smallest car that meets your needs, equipped with a backup camera, and consider purchasing full insurance coverage.

Driving in Scotland: 

In Scotland, as in the rest of the United Kingdom, vehicles drive on the left-hand side of the road. It's essential to concentrate and stay focused, particularly when navigating roundabouts.