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Scotland at a Glance

Beautiful Scotland has rough and lonely ocean shores coated with dolphins, sea lions and gulls. In the highlands, craggy hills rise and fall abruptly and are home to grazing sheep or rich desolate moors. The cities are filled with rich intellectual and political histories and the evocative buildings and museums that go along with old and interesting cities.

Try haggis for the first time in Scotland. If it isn't your cup of tea, switch to a delicious Scottish steak or delicate rolls of Scottish smoked salmon. For drinkers and connoisseurs, Scottish malt whiskey is second to none. For a lighter drink, try a convivial evening in a pub for beer and local color.

In the cities, explore lovely Georgian era buildings, learn about historic medicine and science or take a stroll in a public garden. Scotland's many distinguished universities have lovely grounds and buildings, so if you need to stretch your legs, take a tour. For bigger trips, head to the countryside where hundreds of miles of hiking trails let you see some of the countries most beautiful vistas and views. Enjoy.


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Popular Places
  • Glasgow Glasgow
  • Edinburgh Edinburgh
  • Inverness Inverness
  • Orkney Islands Orkney Islands
  • Isle of Skye Isle of Skye
  • Loch Ness Loch Ness
  • Loch Lomand Loch Lomand
  • Scottish Highlands Scottish Highlands
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Glasgow Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter the UK if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Scotland's weather varies by elevation and by location. Where ever you are, weather often changes rapidly so bring a raincoat. Winters are chilly with occasional snow and rain and at higher elevation snow falls for the whole winter.

Safety Concerns Scotland is a safe country for travelers. Watch out for your personal belongings to avoid any unfortunate thefts. Consider keeping your passport and other valuables in a hotel safe.

Health Concerns Travelers in spring and summer run into Scotland's midges and clegs. To avoid midges, wear light colored clothing and keep skin covered. Clegs, or horseflies, can bite through clothes so consider buying insect repellent if you are especially sensitive to insect bites.

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