Can you imagine a place where the whiskey is so abundant it could come from the tap, the natural landscape is so magnificent it’s almost extraterrestrial, and the locals are so welcoming and exciting that you couldn’t possibly want to leave? Ever? Welcome to Scotland, my friends.
My first trip to Scotland was back in the summer of 2018, but I am always looking for a return flight after hiking the mighty Old Man of Storr, getting lost in ‘closes’ on the cobblestone streets of Edinburgh (lest we forget about the coffee scene in Edinburgh *drools*), and visiting a castle that was built by my ancestors! From the sheer charm and fairytale nature of the cities to the silence of the highlands, it’s no question that there is a place in Scotland for every type of traveler.
I still have tons on my bucket list that includes exploring the Outer Isles, North Coast 500, and the Nothern Highlands, but for now, I have great tips for traveling Scotland on a budget, an epic packing list for the summertime, and a list of the latest and greatest day trips from Edinburgh, on top of so many other great blog posts that you can browse from below! If you ever have any questions about traveling to Scotland, feel free to leave a comment on any of these blogs on Scotland or shoot me an email from my contact form!
WHEN TO VISIT
The best time to visit Scotland is ENTIRELY up to what weather and ~vibe~ that you’re looking for. While January boasts the Hogmanay Festival for the New Year, the weather is a bit too chilly and icy to go on a glorious hike so you may want to soak up the spring showers and witness the first green of Scotland in April. If you’re no meteorologist and aren’t familiar with Scotland’s weather, fear not, I have a whole post that breaks down Scotland’s weather month-by-month!
I visited Scotland in late July and while the weather was practically perfect, the crowds were not. I recommend visiting either in September or May/Early June to beat the crowds and still experience good weather for hiking and all the outdoor activities you can experience in Scotland.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Currency | Scotland uses British Pound, but they have their own designs for their bills!
Language | English is widely spoken, however, you will encounter traditional Gaelic on many road signs and locals in more remote areas.
Transportation | If you’re traveling in the city, the best way to get around is through local transport, however, once you leave you’ll definitely want to rent your own car or campervan. An open road and open schedule are some of the best ways to see the country.
Safety | Scotland is known for being one of the most welcoming and friendly countries in the world. With its melting pot of culture, the locals greet travelers with drinks and a good party, so no matter where you come from, the locals are going to show you a good time. Seriously, the Scottish are some of the coolest people you’ll ever meet. 100% guaranteed.
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