Most famous for its breathtaking scenery, Scotland is a treasure trove of vast forests, mystical glens, deep lochs and craggy peaks; perfect for lovers of the outdoors. Visitors will be captivated by the dramatic landscape and unusual wildlife, which includes red deer, Scottish wildcats and spectacular leaping salmon.
Scotland also boasts a rich heritage, with an abundance of historic buildings, monuments and battle sites. Visit the cosmopolitan cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh to enjoy spectacular shopping, fine-dining, cultural events and an eclectic blend of architectural styles.
A visit to Scotland will guarantee a warm and enthusiastic welcome and foster an appreciation of all things Scottish – from the haggis and Highland Games, to the influential historical figures that have made it the noble nation that it is today.
A city of two sides, Edinburgh boasts a charming, medieval Old Town with an imposing castle and cathedral, maze-like streets and quirky shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. Across the river, the expertly planned New Town promises splendid boulevards, elegant gardens and sophisticated shops and galleries. Just outside the city, climb the famous Arthur’s Seat, which gives a stunning, panoramic view of the city.
A regeneration success story, Glasgow is a vibrant city with a strong arts scene, fascinating modern and traditional architecture and serene parks and gardens to enjoy. Visitors will always be occupied by the great shops, buzzing nightlife and internationally renowned museums and galleries.
Scotland is a nation proud of its longstanding traditions, including the sixty Highland Games that are held across the country every year and involve highland dancing and unique events such as the caber toss and haggis-eating competitions. Take a visit to Loch Ness, the largest body of freshwater in Great Britain, in the hope of catching a glimpse of the famous legend – The Loch Ness Monster. Burns Night, St Andrews Day and Hogmanay unite Scots, and indeed people from across the globe, in spectacular celebrations of Scottish culture. Visit when these festivities are taking place and you will be guaranteed a good time.
Visitors to Scotland will be spoilt for choice when it comes to getting active outdoors. Besides the classic pursuits of hiking, mountain-biking and golfing, expect adrenaline-pumping gorge-walking, white-water rafting, and even skiing in the winter season.
Scotland's climate is actually moderate if changeable and only rarely extreme at either end of the temperature scale.
January and February are generally the coldest months in Scotland, with the daytime maximum temperatures that ranges of an average of around 5° to 7°C. July and August are normally the warmest months in Scotland, with temperatures of an average 19°C.
As the old Scottish saying goes, "there's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes!"
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Scotland.
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Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.