As you listen to the bagpipes shrill through the highlands, cliffside castles come alive with the ghosts of medieval kings, and Scotland’s national treasures transport you to another world.

Scotland is green, studded with looking-glass lochs and replete with seemingly endless wonders. There’s the island of Staffa, with its colossal basalt pillars and labyrinthine Fingal’s Cave.  There’s one of the most spectacular rails in all of Europe, the Jacobite Steam Train which passes through the countryside from Fort William to Mallaig. And of course, there’s the emblematic Urquhart Castle, crumbling over the banks of Loch Ness. 

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Scotland travel FAQs

Citizens of EU countries, Australia, Canada and the United States have visa-free access to Scotland.

Tipping is customary in some situations in Scotland. Restaurant bills usually include an option to add a gratuity. If this option isn’t present, it’s still common to tip about 10% of the bill. Tipping about 10% is also standard in taxis. 

You’ll have good internet access while in Scotland’s major cities and towns. 

You’ll  have mobile coverage across most of Scotland, except for some rural and remote areas. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling. 

Scotland has Western-style toilets. 

  • Pint of beer = £3
  • Simple cafe lunch = £10 
  • Nice meal in a restaurant = £30

Drinking tap water is safe in Scotland unless otherwise marked. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a refillable bottle or canteen with you. 

You’ll be able to use your credit card at the usual places in Scotland. 

ATMs are aplenty and are usually internationally connected. 

Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

For a current list of public holidays go to: www.worldtravelguide.net/united-kingdom/public-holidays