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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘hello ’
English
‘ciamar a tha thu ’
( kimmer a ha oo )
Gaelic
Plug type g
Electricity
230V/50hz
May-Sep
Best time to go
Summer

Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
£40
  • Dorm bed: £13–25
  • Wild camping: free
  • Takeaway fish and chips: £4–7
Midrange
£40–130
  • Double room at mid­range B&B: £60–100
  • Bar lunch: £12
  • Dinner at midrange restaurant: £30
  • Car hire per day: £36
  • Petrol costs per mile: around 15p
Top end (more than)
£130
  • Double room at high-end hotel: £130–250
  • Dinner at high-end restaurant: £40–60
  • One-way flight to islands: £65–130

Visas

Generally not needed for stays of up to six months. The UK is not a member of the Schengen Area.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
GB-ZET
Shetland
SCT
Glasgow
Go May–Sep
Mar – May
1245439
Jun – Aug
19106551
Sep – Nov
1365543
Dec – Feb
714434
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Edinburgh
Go May–Sep
Mar – May
1245339
Jun – Aug
18106450
Sep – Nov
1365543
Dec – Feb
714433
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Aberdeen
Go Jun–Sep
Mar – May
1035038
0.17
0.01
Jun – Aug
16106149
0.27
0.01
Sep – Nov
1265443
0.17
0.01
Dec – Feb
614333
0.27
0.01
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Scotland

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Scotland

The best price found from United States to Scotland is on March 11th, 2019, travelling with WOW air. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

BWI
Baltimore Washington International
from $171.00
EDI
Edinburgh

Getting around Scotland

Transport in Scotland can be expensive compared to the rest of Europe; bus and rail services are sparse in the more remote parts of the country. For up-to-date timetables, visit Traveline Scotland (www.travelinescotland.com).

Car Useful for travelling at your own pace, or for visiting regions with minimal public transport. Cars can be hired in cities and major towns. Drive on the left.

Train Relatively expensive, with extensive coverage and frequent departures in central Scotland, but only a few lines in the northern Highlands and southern Scotland.

Bus Cheaper and slower than trains, but useful for more remote regions that aren’t serviced by rail.

Boat A network of car ferries links the mainland to the islands of western and northern Scotland.

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