Scotland’s craggy castles and battlefields tell the stories of some of history’s most compelling figures. But it’s also home to dynamic, contemporary cities. Dive into the urban bustle of Edinburgh and hop from trendy gallery to lively bar. Escape the city and jaw-dropping landscapes soon unravel before you. Days spent outdoors could see you exploring Trossachs National Park, skirting Loch Lomond or whale watching. With some of the world’s finest golf courses, an inspiring food scene and beautiful boutique hotels, Scotland has all the elements for a luxury break.
A country steeped in fantastical tales and captivating history, home to spirited cities and untamed scenery.
- Capital city: Edinburgh.
- Currency: Pound Sterling – in £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes. Scottish bank notes look different to English ones, but both can be used across Britain.
- Cuisine: From Michelin-starred showstoppers tofashionable takes on fast food, Scotland is heaven for foodies.
- Saying hello: Simply say ‘hello’ or ‘hi’.
- Tipping etiquette: Some restaurants will include a service charge on the bill. If not, around 10% is typical in eateries and hotels.
WHEN TO GO
The saying goes, in Scotland “there’s no such thing as bad weather – only the wrong clothes.” Pack your walking boots to make the most of the country’s dramatic landscapes – come rain or shine. Or don your golf shoes when it’s fine. Scotland’s museums, galleries and castles are magical year-round. Edinburgh buzzes throughout the summer festival season. And if you’re here for Hogmany, you’ll see in New Year in unforgettable style.
For a true taste of Scotland, explore the farmers’ markets. Expect just-off-the-boat seafood, craft beers and artisan cheeses – plus plenty of old favourites.
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