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General Travel Tips:

Try not to go out alone.

Dress conservatively and comfortably. Leave expensive jewelry at home. Do not wear logo apparel.

If you must carry a wallet, wrap it with a rubber band to make it hard to pull from your pocket.

Have hotel management call for a taxi rather than trying to get one yourself.

Do not photograph police stations, military installations, government buildings, airports or train stations without first determining whether photography is allowed.

Travel in Scotland:

The currency in Scotland is the pound.

Scotland can be damp and foggy. Expect in the months of January and February when the daytime temperatures are around 41 degrees F. The average summer temperature is 66 degrees F.

Top five cities in Scotland: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness.

National Express is the largest bus company in Scotland. Megabus is the cheapest way to travel between major cities.

If you are going to travel through Southern Scotland use the local buses because the train is not an option. The buses run every ten minutes in most cities.

Eating on the street is appropriate.

If there is an emergency, call 999 or 112.

If you go to The Barrows (flea market) in Glasgow, watch your wallet.

By law you are not allowed to enter certain clubs after 1:00 a.m. so be sure to check the current regulations in each city.2

Communicating Effectively:

While in public, loud conversations should be avoided.

Do not stare at people in public. Privacy is valued in Scotland and staring is considered intrusive.

“Butting” in line inappropriate.3

Also refer to the Nonverbal Communication page
for tips on communicating in Scotland!


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