Tipping – There are no steadfast rules, however, tipping is not generally expected in Scotland except in fine dining restaurants. In higher-end restaurants it is common to leave a 10 – 15% tip if a gratuity is not already included in your bill. Check with your local guide if you are unsure what is appropriate. Power Plugs – The standard voltage in Scotland is 230V, which is the same as Australia and New Zealand. The sockets themselves are designed for three rectangular prongs in a different configuration to Australian and New Zealand appliances, therefore an adapter is required. Currency – In Scotland the Pound Sterling is the local currency. Check with your bank what options are available (and fees involved) for using your funds overseas. Advise your bank if you intend to use your debit/credit card while abroad to avoid having your transactions flagged or blocked.
What should I bring?
Weatherproof jacket – When planning for your holiday to Scotland, make sure you heed all the warnings about the Scottish weather. Be prepared with a weatherproof outer to protect you from any wind or rain you may encounter on tour. Comfortable walking shoes – Comfortable shoes are particularly important for Scotland where the hiking trails are breathtaking and the terrain sometimes challenging. Depending on your tour, you may want to bring along proper hiking shoes and make sure you waterproof your footwear before leaving home. Layers, layers, layers – Scottish weather can be unpredictable, so layers are the way to go! Even in the middle of winter heating will make it warm indoors, and in summer you can expect one or two (or more!) winter-like days.
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Haggis – While some may shy away from trying this traditional Scottish food, it is not one to miss! Made from offal mixed with oatmeal, its description is the worst thing about it. It is a flavourful accompaniment to your Scottish breakfast, pie filling, or various other menu items it sneaks into! Scotch Eggs – Traditionally a Scotch Egg is hard boiled, wrapped in sausage meat (although there are variations on the filling), coated in bread crumbs and baked or deep fried. A classic snack to devour while checking out the local markets, or to chow down before your next stop. Neeps and Tatties – Often served with haggis, tatties are an affectionate term for potatoes and neeps are a swede which are boiled and mashed separately and served as an accompaniment or even a main meal. Perfect for those rainy days to combat the cold! Scottish Breakfast – While there are numerous variations, a Scottish Breakfast is generally comprised of tomato, bacon, potato, sausage, mushrooms, baked beans, and black pudding (a Scottish delicacy in its own right). A traditional way to start the day and keep you going through until your next Scottish treat! Scotch Whisky – Some argue that all the jackets in the world cannot rival the capabilities of Scotch Whisky for keeping you warm. What better way to fight the cold than to line your stomach with a notoriously heavier drop from the Highlands, or a lighter style single malt from Edinburgh.