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Scotland

Scotland is one of the most wildly romantic countries in the world, and it also happens to be the country I call home.

Best time to visit

My favourite months to travel Scotland are April and May. It’s not as busy, the days are longer, accommodation is cheaper, and the spring weather is just lovely!

Scotland Travel Tip

Slow down! Scotland is best enjoyed at a slower pace as there is so much to see and do. I suggest spending at least 3 nights in each area you visit, and including 2-3 things max to see and do each day.

Currency

Pound Stirling [GBP]. Scotland accepts debit and Visa/Mastercard at most places and contactless payments are available. I recommend carrying £100-£200 (a mixture of notes and coins).

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Scotland

Scotland is one of the most wildly romantic countries in the world, and it also happens to be the country I call home. There’s lots to love here: bagpipes, highland dancing, tartan, the Scottish Highlands, haggis, Irn Bru, the accent, and of course, kilts! This Scotland travel guide is filled with all the basic information you need to know about Scotland before planning your trip. You’ll also find links to some of my most comprehensive guides, so make sure you read all of these too and you’ll be a planning pro in no time.

Accommodation in Scotland

I’ve stayed in some unique accommodations all around Scotland. There is a large variety of accommodation available- from bothies to castles, glamping to camping- there really is something to suit all tastes and budgets. 

When looking for accommodation in Scotland I use Booking.com. Once I find a place I’m happy with, I’ll also compare prices by booking directly to see which has the most flexible cancellation policy and the best price.

For camping/glamping and quirky accommodation, I use Canopy & Stars. For castles, cottages, and traditional Scottish accommodation, I also search Cottages and Castles. I also use Airbnb to search for quirky accommodations, self-catering accommodations, or accommodations for large groups.

For a list of my recommended accommodations for each region, click here.

Getting around

There are four main ways to travel throughout Scotland: by car, bus, train, and by ferry.

For car hire in Scotland, I recommend Celtic Legend. You can save 10% on your car rental with them when you quote WAYFARINGKIWI at the time of asking for a quote. Please note the discount cannot be applied to existing bookings.

Travelling by train is my second favourite way to get around Scotland.

Top 10 Things To Do

Here are the top 10 things I recommend you should do when you visit Scotland for the first time. Also, make sure you check out my Scotland Travel Deals page for discounts on tours, experiences and accommodation.


1.  Edinburgh Castle

2. Visit Glencoe

3. Underground Vaults in Edinburgh 

4. Visit a whisky distillery 

5. Visit the Scottish Highlands 

6. Stirling Castle 

7. Visit an island

8. Drive the North Coast 500 

9. Go hiking 

10. Go to a traditional Scottish pub