Close your eyes. When the word Scotland is mentioned, what is it to you? Mist, lochs, castles, the sound of a bagpipe, the taste of a whisky, men in kilt, an accent to be cut with a knife... Your tour guide highlights Scotland, a land of clichés, as a mysterious, proud, rebellious, clan country. It is lived and discovered from the inside, and above all it is really worth a visit, especially since there is something for almost every taste. From the Borders to the Orkney and Shetland Islands, there are countless castles, palaces, noble residences, abbeys, dungeons, raised stones and prehistoric sites. These sites are part of magnificent landscapes, sometimes untouched by any human trace. The Highlands, the Hebrides, Cairngorms National Park, the Lochaber region or the Dumfries and Galloway region are all places where our planet shows its most beautiful face. And if you are looking for cities: visit Glasgow or Edinburgh, dynamic cities with exceptional architectural heritage. You can then take the time to taste a single malt, or to read again the books of Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson..

The must-see places in Scotland

When to go to Scotland?

In Scotland, the tourist season runs from May to September and advance reservations will be required, especially in July and August when there is the highest attendance. If you can, come in May or June instead: probably the best time to go to Scotland. There will be fewer tourists, a drier climate, already long days and, above all, midges (Highland mosquitoes) will not yet have arrived! Visiting Scotland in winter is also a must. The climate will certainly be harsher and the sun will set early (around 3:30 pm), but the light and snow will make the landscapes absolutely wonderful. You will have the country to yourself and the prices will be discounted in the accommodation, as well as on the ferries and for some visits. Be careful, however, many establishments and museums close their doors in low season, especially on the islands

How to go to Scotland? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Tour operators offer many trips, stays and tours to visit Scotland. Some organize trips of a dozen days to discover the highlights of the country: Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Highlands.... Other stays will focus on a specific theme: the Scottish islands, manors and castles, woodcock hunting...

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How easy it is to go to Scotland alone! There are many means of transport to connect Scotland (plane, train, ferry...). On site, it is easy to get around and stay (it is better to book in advance according to the seasons). In addition, Scotland, as a good western country, is very safe. Just be careful about behaviour related to heavy beer or whiskey consumption. While it is often prized for its festive evenings, Scotland is also a great place to visit as a family.

On the spot, all means of transport exist: the plane or boat to reach the various archipelagos; the bus and train whose networks are very dense (ask about the good transport plans); and the car (don't forget that the Scots drive on the left and drive on the right!). Hitchhiking is also a regular practice outside major cities. In Glasgow and Edinburgh, taxis and public transport are easily accessible.

Prepare for your trip Scotland

Transportation
  • Book a train
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Airbnb rental
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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Practical information
When to travel?

In Scotland, the tourist season runs from May to September and advance reservations will be required, especially in J...
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Weather forecast

In Scotland, weather is not a guarantee of safety. While Scotland is generally subject to an oceanic climate, up to f...
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Budget

The British pound and the Scottish pound have the same value and both circulate in Scotland. It is easy to withdraw m...
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Formalities

To travel to Scotland, you will need a valid passport or identity card. The rules have not yet changed despite the Br...
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Health

The risks are not particularly high in Scotland. However, check that your D.T. vaccines Polio are up to date. In the...
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How to travel by yourself?

How easy it is to go to Scotland alone! There are many means of transport to connect Scotland (plane, train, ferry......
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How to get organized?

Tour operators offer many trips, stays and tours to visit Scotland. Some organize trips of a dozen days to discover t...
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Getting around

On the spot, all means of transport exist: the plane or boat to reach the various archipelagos; the bus and train who...
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