Once you arrive in Scotland, we can look after you for as much or as little time as you like. For the times we are not taking care of you, there is some useful information below. Planning for your trip to Scotland should be pretty straightforward. We have good air links from all over the world into our major international airports of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Inverness. We also have good road and rail links to other parts of the UK too. We offer scheduled tours from Edinburgh and Glasgow but can arrange pick-ups and drop-offs anywhere in Scotland if you require. Below are some frequent questions we get asked by guests planning their vacations in Scotland:
Any time! With so many amazing events throughout the year, there is always something going on in Scotland. The scenery changes with the seasons and, even in the depths of winter, there is beauty all around in the landscape.
No matter what time of year you visit, the weather can be unpredictable, to say the least. There can be snow on the hills in mid-summer, amazing sunshine in mid-winter and the chance of rain (or future-whisky as we like to call it) is often quite high.
We suggest you check out the average weather to expect on our weather page before you do your packing. No matter when you are coming to see us, always bring a waterproof jacket and clothing that is suitable for layering.
At the moment, we use the Great British Pound (Sterling). We do NOT use the Euro. Most businesses accept payment by credit/debit cards. The most commonly accepted are Visa and MasterCard. American Express is taken by some larger businesses but is not as commonly taken as Visa or MasterCard.
The simple answer is “Delicious!”.
There is some incredible food available in Scotland. This ranges from traditional dishes like haggis up to Michelin starred fine dining. Scottish produce is some of the best in the world. Here are just some of the Scottish produce you can look forward to sampling: Lamb, mutton, salmon, trout, lobster, crab, prawns, mussels, clams, razor clams (spoots), mackerel, haddock, cod, beef (check out www.macbeths.com for this), scallops, potatoes, turnips and much more…
In the not too distant past, it was a bit tricky to find good vegetarian food in Scotland. This is no longer the case and there are some amazing vegetarian restaurants all over the country. Even the smallest and remotest B&B’s now offer vegetarian breakfasts to their guests.
We will take care of all your accommodation needs while you are on tour with us. But, for accommodation on either side of your tour, click here to find some great deals on hotels and guesthouses all over Scotland. Please note, room descriptions vary around the world so, to clear things up, here is a guide for Scotland:
- Single Room: Usually a small room with a single (individual) bed
- Double Room: A room with one bed to share (for two people)
- Twin Room: A room for two people with two single (individual) beds
- Triple Room: As above but with 3 single beds
- Single Occupancy: A double / twin room offered for single occupancy (usually at a slightly reduced rate)
WEATHER IN SCOTLAND
The Weather in Scotland can be unpredictable and, if we let the weather dictate our plans, we may never leave the house. However, with a bit of forwarding planning, the weather should not have a negative impact on your tour. After all, you don’t come to Scotland for the weather…
The exact weather and temperature during your tour are almost impossible to predict. However, there are a couple of things that will help with planning. The first thing to do is to check out the average weather conditions for the time of year you will be visiting. The best place to start is the trusty BBC Website. Another good resource is the UK Met Office.
No matter what time of year you visit, we suggest sticking to the following basic rules with regard to the weather:
- Always have a waterproof jacket.
- Umbrellas are fine on calm days, but it does get pretty windy in Scotland (especially in the Highlands and Islands).
- Bring clothes that can be layered up if it is cold and then taken off if it is warm.
- Never trust the weather forecast!