Whether you are planning a visit to Scotland solo or with your family this summer, you are sure to have an experience of a lifetime. However, before you pack your bags and set off to visit this marvel which enthrals all with its beauty and history, you definitely need to know a bit about this northernmost country of UK. Scotland is a land which boasts of its high peak mountains and wilderness. Its serene lakes and valleys are sure to make you dumbstruck. Do not miss to visit Loch Ness. Who knows you may even be lucky to spot the Loch Ness monster. Whatever your reason for visiting, it may be a holiday, might be to find out a little bit more about your Scottish Name, it might be to visit relatives or friends or you might even simply be strolling down "memory lane"
How to reach Scotland
You can reach Scotland by air, rail and road or by sea. You can take a flight to the Prestwick airport near Glasgow. Alternatively you may also take a flight to Heathrow London and then take a connecting domestic flight to either Edinburg or Glasgow.
Regular buses ply from London's Victoria Cross Coach Station to Edinburgh. However the journey takes around 9 hours but it is cheaper than the other modes of transport. You may even opt to drive from London to Scotland. It is a good 9 hours' drive but the scenic beauty around will keep all your tiredness at bay. You can also travel to Scotland by taking the ferry ride from Ireland. In the summers there are ferries from Norway as well.
Know the weather before planning a visit to Scotland. Scotland is at its coldest in the months of January and February. The maximum temperature during the day ranges from 5° to 7 °C. July and August are the summer months and the average temperature is around a pleasant but windy 19 °C. So pack your bag accordingly.
Holidaying in Scotland? Pick your style!
There are a number of ways in which you could holiday in Scotland. You can choose from among adventure, history and family activities. You may even walk around or just laze and appreciate the beauty of this country. But your visit to Scotland is incomplete if you do not plan a trip to the splendid castles here. Also do not miss out on the museums and art galleries when you are here. If you are on a tight budget then opt to take one of the walking tours on your visit to Scotland. Your guide will take you through the historic streets of Scotland and explain the history of this country to you. So whether you are on a backpack trip or a family vacation, Scotland has a lot to offer to everyone.
A visit to Scotland should be completed with a ride on the steam and heritage railways which will take you back in time. You can travel through the most spectacular views of Scotland while you sit in your carriage comfortably.
Shopping in Scotland
Your visit to Scotland should also include some time loosening your purse strings so you can carry few bags full of shopping from this country. Purchase food and drinks directly from the farmers market or go on a shopping spree to the great shopping boutiques in this country. They have something to suit every style and every interest. Carry back mementoes for your family and friends back home from the busy shopping markets in Scotland.
Plan your stay in Scotland
You can choose to stay in a hostel if you are a backpacker or tight on budget. You can also opt to pamper yourself and book one of the luxurious hotels in Scotland. Scotland has a lot of accommodation options. There are BnBs, self-catering accommodations, hotels, caravans and hostels. So pick up the one that suites your budget and style and pack your bag to visit this beautiful country. Make new friends during your stay and take back home memories of a lifetime.
Passport and Visa
Before visiting Scotland, ensure that you have a valid passport and you meet all the requirements of the UK immigration regulations. You will also need a visa to enter Scotland if you are a visitor.
Plan your next trip to this beautiful country in United Kingdom, Scotland!
So come and soak yourself in the beauty of this country while you sit sipping a glass of Scottish whisky.