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Scotland Tours

Rugged highlands, peaceful pastures, and historic cities only brush the surface of Scotland’s charm. Mystic elements of local lore intertwine with cozy fronts of fog that envelope this land of discovery. Uncover Celtic legends, sophisticated Scotch whisky, revered golf courses, and more on a custom journey through Scotland with Zicasso’s unique trip planning process.

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You can have any trip tailor made for your private travel.

Classic Scotland Tour 2020-2021

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,995

Scotland is an image of classic legend emanating from the highlands and drifting off of reflective lakes known as lochs. Castles hover over cliffs and battlefields are marked with carved stones to commemorate brave clans. Your handcrafted 2020-2021 tour of classic Scotland provides you with the elegance of palaces and thousands of years of history. Indulge in the unique landscape that reminds you of a fairytale wonderland and stroll through charming villages with homes bathed in white walls and topped with thatched roofs. The landscapes and the castles enchant you and help create Scotland.
Best of Scotland’s Distilleries Tour and Island Hopping...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

From the soft smokiness of a Highland single malt to the salty bite of the whiskies of Islay, from the peak of Ben Nevis to the meadows of the Lowlands, Scotland is a country filled with contrasts and complexity. This is the tour of Scotland that will show you all of it and introduce you to the magic of the majestic land.
Romantic Scotland Tour: A Couple’s Love Affair

9 Day Custom Tour

From $2,695

Cliffs rise straight out of the sea and create a breathtaking coastline. Whales leap from the water and crash down with humungous splash. Antique steam trains wind around the lush mountainside, over pristine rivers. Morning mist casts shadows over an ancient castle bringing a touch of mystery to romance. Create a love affair all over again on this custom tailored romantic tour of Scotland for couples. Elegant contemporary restaurants sit in buildings centuries years old. Mountaintops fade into rich glens. Historic warehouses contain celebrated art galleries. Passion rules in Scotland, where your journey will always be an affair to remember.
Enchanting Scotland Family Tour through Cities and...

9 Day Custom Tour

From $2,695

Embrace ancient legends and explore beyond the imagination on this 9-day family Scotland tour. From the Hogwarts Express to monster hunting on Loch Ness, explore the country’s iconic destinations and highlights. Scotland rewards slow travel, and over nine days, you can enjoy something special for all ages, including mountain biking with reindeer, the Isle of Skye, and Edinburgh’s history.
Very Best of Scotland Tour: Literature, Spirits, History,...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $3,595

There really is nothing like Scotland, which is home to breathtaking landscapes and iconic connections. From royal indulgence to wild islands and from atmospheric distilleries to ancient legends, this 12-day Best of Scotland tour will help you explore Scotland’s diverse highlights. There is a little of everything that is essentially Scottish, including lochs, castles, villages, and so many friendly locals.
Best of Scotland Tour: Edinburgh, Blair Atholl, Lowlands...

7 Day Custom Tour

From $2,095

Castles and distilleries, formal gardens and boundless meadows, friendly people and unforgettable stories: It can all be found in Scotland. Be you nature buff or shopaholic, history enthusiast or whisky connoisseur, art lover or fierce outdoorsmen, the stunning scenery, captivating cities and charming people of Scotland are sure to make you feel right at home. 
Scotland Food Tour: Whisky, Seafood & More

7 Day Custom Tour

From $2,095

From the serenity of a countryside estate to the complexity of a fine single malt whisky, from freshly caught seafood to ancient traditions, from the streets of its largest cities to the grandeur of its famous Highlands, Scotland is a place that no gourmand should ever overlook, and this tour of Scotland’s culinary scene is beyond anything you could imagine.
Scottish Ancestry Tour: Tracing the Family Heritage...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,995

Family comes first on this 10-day Scottish ancestry tour, tracing the historic footsteps of your family heritage. Step beyond into the land of oral history and legend, where you clan name was your lifeblood. This custom tailored trip will take you to witness battlefields, grand castles, island life, and ancestral mythology. Traverse the magnificent landscape of Scotland and find the wonders that shaped your genealogical past. From ancient stones to Roman ruins, heritage archives to friendly local pubs, there is no end to the connections you will make in Scotland.
Grand Scotland Tour for Nature & Wildlife Enthusiasts...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

The Scottish Highlands are known for their rugged and powerful force. The northern islands are pictures of perseverance against unpredictable Mother Nature. The Scottish countryside holds grace and delicateness along with raw power. This custom tailored grand Scotland tour for nature and wildlife enthusiasts through northern territories takes you into the natural beauty of the landscape and its unprecedented splendor. Mountains take shape in the mist and sea forges coastal cliffs. Puffins nest in sandstone niches and red deer graze on verdant foothills. This is Scotland at its most luxurious, captivating in its originality.
Golf, Castles & Gardens Tour of Scotland: St Andrews,...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

When you stand at the tee, you look out over the historic fairway and find the sunlight glinting off of the layer of morning dew. Take a practice swing and feel the weight of the course itself, having challenged golfers like Palmer and Mickelson through bunkers and pars. The legends of the Scottish landscape fill more than the castles, embodied on the courses spread across the countryside. This handmade golf, castles, and gardens tour of Scotland through St Andrews, Gleneagles and Turnberry has you experiencing history, from the golf fairway and garden walkways, taking pleasure in the game and the magnificent landscape that helped inspire its creators.  
Food, Wine & Golf Vacation in Scotland

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

Few things are more fulfilling than the rich and succulent flavors of a gourmet meal after a day on the golf course. The scent of wet grass lingers around you and adds to the decadent aromas of earthy wine and dark chocolate soufflé. Delicate fish is brushed with smoky flavors; you sit in luxury and remember how you made par on the same hole as a British Open champion. This 8-day gourmet food, wine and golf vacation in Scotland pleasures all the senses, flush with stunning landscape and sensational foods, fresh-dewed grass, and your chance to capture your perfect swing. 
Family Vacation Tour to England & Scotland

11 Day Custom Tour

From $3,570

Nothing is more enrapturing than a story filled with kings and queens, knights and battles, as you’re family will experience firsthand on this custom family vacation tour to England and Scotland. Castles stand against imposing cliffs and look out to the sea. Palaces are filled with unimaginable luxuries, from crystal chandeliers to gold-trimmed windows. Double-decker busses roam through the streets and the family wanders through hidden tunnels beneath an ancient city. From the myths of Stonehenge to the fictions written on the streets of Edinburgh, your friends will be enchanted by the family’s endless stories of this adventure of a lifetime.
A Romantic Getaway Tour to London & Edinburgh

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,595

Skyscrapers rise from the cityscape like Faberge eggs. Mountains are carpeted with effervescent grassland until the craggy peaks are exposed. The River Thames winds peacefully beneath London Tower Bridge and the waters of Loch Ness ripple against the reflection of the surrounding hills. On this handcrafted romantic getaway to London and Edinburgh, you will experience the romance of two of United Kingdom’s most seductive cities. From architectural splendor to dramatic skies, castle grandeur to palatial opulence, and even the pleasures of a cozy evening with a seaside view; you will find that on this vacation you can have it all.
The Ultimate Whisky & Scotch Tour of Scotland

9 Day Custom Tour

From $2,695

Lush hills roll across the highlands and into the mountains. Emboldened forestry spreads through the landscape as streams cut through the trees. You sip on honey colored single malt scotch whisky and look at the impressive walls of a medieval castle watching over the land. This whisky & scotch tour of Scotland will take you through the highlands and lowlands to experience the most famous and the most secret Scotch whisky distilleries in the country. Indulge in the unique and the bold while you soak in the breathtaking beauty of the historic scenery. 
Grand Scotland Golf Vacation: Royal Dornoch, Castle...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

Rugged mountains rise out of the flatlands and the dark blue North Sea brushes against the shore. A city shimmers with silver stones and castles had protected the landscape as much as the people. In the rolling plains, and along the coast, you find the expansive greenery of manicured fairways and the challenge of plateaued greens. On this custom tailored grand Scotland golf vacation through Royal Dornoch, Castle Stuart, Royal Aberdeen and Trump International, you will find legendary courses set in mystical landscapes. Walk on secluded knolls overlooking the sea and enjoy exclusivity against the backdrop of Scotland’s illustrious golf culture.
VIP Tour of Scotland: A Private Access Journey

10 Day Custom Tour

From $5,995

Your exclusive tour of Scotland is custom-tailored to ensure every day focuses on creating a private access journey for your comfortable exploration. Castles retain their image of nobility as they rise above the dense forests and manicured gardens. Cobblestone streets take you back in time to the historical beginnings of fabled cities. The gentle swish of a golf club grazes the trimmed grass outside a historical society. Cathedral steeples tower over the expansive flatlands and mountain peaks shape the fascinating skyline. Experience artistry and elegance, ruggedness and beauty when you discover the elite luxuries of Scotland.
Scotland Tour for Solo Travelers: Edinburgh, Glasgow,...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

When you travel alone in Scotland you are never lonely. Mountains tower over lush valleys and forests are filled with grazing deer. Locals crowd into the coziness of charming pubs to find comfort in conversation and laughter. Lakes sparkle with iridescent light. Castles are set high on the hills and cast shadows over the lowlands. Everyone welcomes you with a smile and is ready to hear your story. This Scotland tour for solo travelers is handcrafted to ensure you make the best of your time there, exploring cobblestone streets and unparalleled nature at your whim and leisure.
Adventurous Scottish Sea Tour: Oban & Glasgow

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

Bleached white sand spreads into pink sandstone cliffs. Dark blue waters fade into glassy, see-through estuaries. Friendly basking sharks circle local boats and harbor seals nibble at your fins. Witness the diverse Scottish coastline on this custom tailored Scottish sea tour through Oban and Glasgow. The west coast of Scotland erupts with natural beauty: you can indulge in peaceful villages, and dine on the freshest seafood. Visit medieval castles and snorkel in protected secluded lagoons. Puffins circle the air, and white-tailed eagles dive into the water for a fresh catch. The unparalleled wilds of the Scottish sea are yours to experience. 
Scotland Golf Vacation Tour of British Open Clubs

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

The Atlantic Ocean creeps into the Firth of Clyde and brushes against the shore. Lighthouses illuminate the cobalt water. Sandy beaches turn into grassy hills. Spectators watch people golf as if each individual were a professional. Your 8-day tour of British Open clubs in Scotland takes you from Ayr to St. Andrews in the name of golf history. Spend your days playing coastal courses and your evenings relaxing in the luxuries of five-star hotels. You can feel the exclusivity of your golf excursion in the looming atmosphere of past victories and the comfortable ambiance of your resort style accommodation.
UK Culinary Tour: London, Edinburgh, Glasgow

9 Day Custom Tour

From $2,920

The United Kingdom has shed its culinary past for a rich and celebrated present. Modern chefs have taken inspiration from around the world, incorporating international elements to intensify familiar flavors along the British Isles. On this custom tailored UK culinary tour through London, Edinburgh and Glasgow you will indulge in dining; discovering the exceptional newness of tradition, celebrated by the international cooking community but somewhat hidden behind the blanket of a distinct past. From markets to restaurants, roadside vendors to countryside inns, the cuisine will imitate the cities, a charming antique on the outside but bursting with captivating modernity, a vivacious zest, on the inside.
Southern Scotland Tour: Edinburgh, Stirling, Glasgow...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

Scotland is a country of more than just bagpipes and haggis, warring clans and tartan kilts; it is also a country of culture and tradition, history and majesty, stately homes and stolid castles. If you’re looking for a tour of Scotland unlike anything else, all you need to do is turn south.
Scotland Literary Tour: Edinburgh, Swanston, Glasgow...

7 Day Custom Tour

From $2,095

If you loved Treasure Island and tore through the seven books of the Harry Potter series, if you’ve ever recited a Burns poem or dazzled at the adventures of Sir Walter Scott, or if you’ve ever wanted to know the true story behind Shakespeare’s Macbeth, then this unique tour of Scotland is sure to be one you’ll never forget.
St. Andrews & Aberdeen Golf Vacation: Old &...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

Imagine a world of no distractions, filled with verdant dunes that run along the coastline. Stand at the tee with your club in your hand, staring down the fairway. Hundreds of yards away you spot the pin, flapping in the wind. This custom tailored golf vacation through St. Andrews and Aberdeen takes you to some of the most notable courses including the Old Course, New Course, and Kingsbarn among others. You swing, the ball takes flight, and the rest of the world seems to melt away when your perfect golf escape begins in Scotland.  

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How to Book a Scotland Tour

There are three ways to plan and book a trip:

1. Get a customized tour planned and booked by a travel professional. Travel independently on your own schedule.

2. Book a group tour. Join an escorted group tour with a fixed departure date.

3. Plan and book a trip yourself.

Zicasso offers the best solution for a customized tour by matching you with top travel specialists who plan and book the trip for you. Our travel agency division, Marageti, specializes in helping you book an escorted group tour. There is no extra cost to you for either service.

Custom Tours

A customized tour is one that is planned by a travel specialist according to your specific interests, preferences, and schedule. Whether you desire a family-friendly adventure or a romantic getaway, each of the accommodations, activities, and destinations is tailored to your preferences.The knowledge and experience of your travel specialist makes a big difference. Zicasso has spent thousands of hours vetting the best travel partners. We act as a referral service, matching you with specialists that best meet your goals and priorities.

Escorted Group Tours

A group tour offers the advantage of convenience at a great value. The schedule is fixed, the itinerary is pre-planned, and a dedicated tour director travels with the group throughout the trip. A group tour can be 30 - 50% less expensive than an equivalent customized tour. Out of the many hundreds of group tours, how do you select the right one for you? Our travel agency division, Marageti, has sales agents who specialize in helping travelers weigh the pros and cons of each group tour. We give you personalized recommendations to find the best tour for you.

Goals and Priorities

What are your goals and priorities for the trip? These should drive your decision for either a customized tour or a fixed departure group tour. We are here to help you make the right decisions to make your dream trip a reality.

Making up the northernmost part of the island of Britain, Scotland is an independent nation of the United Kingdom, with a culture all its own and a citizenry that will leave you in stitches. From bustling cosmopolitan cities to spectacularly lush scenery, from empty windswept moorlands to some of the finest luxuries on the planet, this is a place that is sure to delight every visitor with its down-home hospitality and its rebellious and raucous spirit.

There are a number of highlights that set Scotland apart, and the country is small enough to facilitate a countrywide excursion in as little as a week. However, these are the places that capture the imagination and make Scotland a truly unique place to visit:

  • From the elegant Royal Mile to the New Town with its ‘Gaelic gourmet’ foods and fabulous haute-couture, Edinburgh is a captivating cosmopolitan city where culture and history inhabit every corner. Walk the ramparts of stately Edinburgh Castle, immerse yourself in Scotland’s best-known export at the ‘Scotch Whisky Experience’, or climb nearby Calton Hill to enjoy incredible views over the city amid an eclectic jumble of historic buildings – including a replica Greek acropolis and a 19th century observatory.
  • Known for centuries as the “Second City of the British Empire”, Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and a stunning example of Victorian grandeur. Check out the sights at Royal Exchange Square (including a traffic-cone topped statue of the Duke of Wellington that epitomizes the city’s irreverent wit), marvel at the ornate City Chambers, or take in a soccer match between Rangers and Celtic – an ancient rivalry that has few parallels in the sporting world.
  • Few places can boast the elemental, otherworldly majesty of the islands of Scotland, where people live much as they have for centuries and where the relentless weather has created some of the most stunning and surreal scenery imaginable. From the indescribable geological formations on the Isle of Skye to the mysterious standing stones that litter the Isle of Mull, to the phenomenal birdlife and end-of-the-world seascapes of the Outer Hebrides – this is a part of Scotland that no visitor ever forgets.
  • The central part of Scotland is filled with reminders of the country’s war of independence against the British, led by the near-mythical figure of Sir William Wallace. Stirling boasts the immense and spectacular Stirling Castle and the towering Wallace Monument – where you can catch a first-hand look at the alleged long-sword of the revolutionary nobleman – while Falkirk offers an impressive view into the past and future; it was also designated Scotland’s most beautiful town in 2011.
  • No trip to Scotland would be complete without a foray into the Highlands, where rolling, heather-filled moorlands give way to towering peaks, verdant valleys, and plunging, peat-filled lochs. Here, you can hike on the stirring slopes of Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in Britain, explore some of the country’s best-preserved castles, or walk the bonnie banks of beautiful Loch Lomond – surrounded by the poetic region known as The Trossachs.

These are the activities that make Scotland truly inimitable, the places, people and practices that set it apart. Whether you’re a gourmand or an outdoor enthusiast, a culture lover or a sportsman, these experiences make Scotland one of the best-loved travel destinations in the world:

  • Experience the sacred grounds of the birthplace of golf, where the fairways run wide and wild, the wind whips devilishly off the sea, and the bunkers lie yards below your feet. Navigate the unique layout of iconic Muirfield, take in the gorgeous scenery that surrounds Turnberry, weather the notorious 18th hole at Carnoustie, or play the Old Course at St. Andrew’s – where the game was invented nearly 600 years ago. With more than 550 courses on offer, from championship links to ancient heathland courses, sparkling island gems to treacherous cliff-top challenges, it’s no surprise that so many serious golfers rate Scotland as the ultimate holiday destination.
  • Wander the length of Scotland in pursuit of the world’s finest single-malt whiskies, winding your way from the densely populated Speyside region in the northeast to the remote reaches of the western islands. Learn all about the production methods of this unique spirit, and sample the offerings from some of the best-known whisky makers on Earth: from the smoky smoothness of The Macallan, to the characterful peatiness of Lagavulin and Laphroaig, to the spicy-sweet profile of Talisker – named the “Best Single Malt in the World” in 2007.
  • Travel across the country in supreme luxury on board The Royal Scotsman, where the breathtaking countryside is perfectly highlighted by the amazing offerings of this world-class train. Enjoy a delicious breakfast before setting out to explore a castle, return for lunch and a perfectly prepared cocktail before hitting a distillery – or simply rest in the opulence of your wood-paneled stateroom, watching the stunning Highland countryside roll by. This nine-coach train carries just 36 passengers aboard what has accurately been described as “a five-star Scottish country house on wheels”.
  • Walk the steps of some of Scotland’s most famous literary sons and daughters, getting a glimpse of the life and landscapes that inspired some of the greatest stories in the Western canon. Start at the Writer's Museum in the heart of Edinburgh, the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, before turning to Sir Walter Scott’s former home at Abbotsford House. Or begin out west in the stomping grounds of Robert Burns, Scotland’s favorite poet, before visiting the real-world settings of Shakespeare’s Macbeth – from the magnificent Glamis Castle near Perth, to Inverness Castle deep in the Highlands.
  • Scotland has a long history of feisty inter-clan challenges, and each summer dozens of Scottish towns and villages host their own versions of the legendary Highland Games. These colorful celebrations feature everything from traditional “heavy athletics”, like hammer-throwing and caber-tossing, to Highland dancing, piping, running and cycling. Between late May and mid-September, there are some 60 Games across Scotland. Among the best known are the Braemar Gathering, patronized by the Queen on the first Saturday in September; the Cowal Gathering, the world’s biggest Highland Games, which takes place over the last weekend of August; and the Ceres Games, which has been held on the last Saturday in June every year since 1314.
  • Scotland is home to some of the oldest, best-preserved, and most singularly spectacular castles in the world – all gloriously unique and replete with the rich detail of their individual history. Gaze over the Firth of Forth from the towering heights of Stirling Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was crowned in 1543, tour the magnificent Lochside ruins of Linlithgow Palace near Edinburgh, or revel in the stunning architecture of Balmoral Castle – built by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria in the mid-19th century, and still one of the royal family’s favorite retreats. For a particularly evocative trip back in time, few sights can beat the stunningly romantic 13th century castle of Eilean Donan, which crowns a small island at the meeting-point of three lochs in the western Highlands.
  • Cruise the inky black waters of legendary Loch Ness, the largest loch by volume in the country and the mythical home of ‘Nessie’ – the world’s most famous sea-monster. Even those skeptics among you are sure to enjoy Loch Ness’s incomparable natural beauty, and you’ll certainly want to explore the ruins of nearby Urquhart Castle, once one of Scotland’s largest castles, which commands magnificent views over the loch and the surrounding hills of the Great Glen.

Due to its proximity to the warmer airflows generated by the Gulf Stream, Scotland tends to have milder winters than most areas in similar latitudes. That said, it is worth remembering that the heart of Scotland lies just as far north as Stockholm, Moscow and the Labrador Peninsula. The lowlands tend to be warmer throughout the year than the Highlands, and the west of the Scotland is generally warmer and sunnier than the east. But even at its warmest, the country is characterized by low temperatures; high 70s constitute record highs on the coast, while Edinburgh and Glasgow are usually mid-60s in the ‘dog days’ of June and July.

Early spring and summer are filled with Scots reveling in the sunshine and crisp breezes that run across the country, celebrating their unique country and culture in a variety of unforgettable ways. In August, Edinburgh hosts two of the country’s most prominent events: the three-week Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which combines a wide array of writing workshops, traditional music and dancing, a film festival, and numerous activities for children; and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a parade unlike any you’ve ever seen before, which winds through the ancient city until it passes through the gates of Edinburgh Castle.

The summer months are also the best time to try to catch the remarkable festivities that attend local Highland Games, the marvelous annual celebrations of Celtic traditions. The two best-known Games are the Braemar Gathering, which takes place just to the west of Aberdeen on the first Saturday of September, and the Cowal Gathering, which is held over three days in late August in the town of Dunoon, on the Firth of Clyde. The winter months are perfect for outdoor activities like skiing, and the Christmas scene in Edinburgh and Glasgow is quaint, charming and undeniably inspiring.

There are so many incredible places to stay in Scotland that, wherever you go, you can be sure to find accommodation that is as remarkable as the country itself. Five-star hotels fill the poshest areas of Glasgow and Edinburgh, darling bed and breakfasts dot the Highlands, and there are even castles-cum-hotels that offer truly noble quarters for a distinctly regal experience. Major hotel chains have a presence in most major cities, and these rooms are often larger than their Scottish counterparts. A useful tip to remember when searching for hotel rooms: a three- or four-star room in Scotland is going to be of a similar size and have similar amenities to a two- or three-star room in the States, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Visa and Passport Requirements

As part of the United Kingdom, Scotland is part of the European Union, so you don’t need any special visa or entrance requirements unless you’re planning to stay more than 90 days in the UK or you want to work there. You can apply for a visa at the nearest consulate, but most people who are considering an extended stay simply visit the nearby Republic of Ireland, which resets the 90-day grace period. Should you still wish to visit the consulate, however, be sure to call ahead to know what documents you’ll need to bring with you, as the visa application process can be convoluted.

Traveling in Scotland is little different from traveling in the United States: all of the water is fine to drink, hospitals are excellent (and free even for tourists!), foods are fresh and hygienically prepared, and there is little risk of communicable diseases. Some people might be put off British beef by recent scares about ‘mad cow disease’, but the British government has done an excellent job of identifying and quarantining potential problem farms, and the risk of eating beef in Scotland is no greater than that of eating beef in the US.

Crime in Scotland is also quite low, particularly in the well-traveled tourist areas of the major cities. Violent crime is almost unheard of, and most negative interactions tourists might have are of the petty theft variety; on the whole, Scottish cities are as safe or safer than most of their American counterparts. Of course, caution and discretion are advised whenever you’re a visitor to a foreign country, and a few simple precautions will leave you essentially invulnerable to any negative experiences: travel in groups, keep to well-lit areas and major streets, don’t flash large amounts of cash or expensive jewelry, keep your passport and credit cards in a safe place (preferably separate from any bills you may be carrying), and don’t appear obviously lost or disoriented. Should you need help, Scots are very friendly, helpful people and, particularly in large cities, help desks and kiosks are relatively easy to find.

Scotland uses the British pound, and though their bank notes look different than they do in England (or, for that matter, Northern Ireland), the value is the same. You can exchange money at currency exchange kiosks at transportation hubs like airports or train stations, but you generally get the best exchange rate if you withdraw money directly from an ATM. Many American banks have ‘sister branches’ in Scotland, and these will allow you to withdraw money without incurring a fee. Like most of Europe, restaurants include gratuities in the bill, so tipping is not necessary or particularly common – when tipping seems appropriate (that is, if the service was exceptional or your circumstances were challenging for the staff), 15% of the bill’s total is more than acceptable.

Many people report that speaking with Scots can be difficult: their accents are often thick and unfamiliar, and it takes some getting used to before you completely understand everything that’s said. For the most part, people in the service sector will recognize that you’re not a native, and refrain from some of the more colorful (and confusing) Scottish slang. But having a good working knowledge of some of the more oft-used expressions will go a long way in helping you understand general conversation – and usage of their more popular slang terms will almost certainly endear you with the locals. Thus, a “bairn” is a child; “wee” means small or little; “brilliant” is a general interjection that is similar to the American “cool” or “awesome”; “haver” is silly nonsense, and is often employed as a verb (“Stop yer haverin’!”); and “bonnie” means pretty or beautiful.

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