Traveling through Scotland is the experience of a lifetime. You will learn a lot and make memories that you will be telling others about for the rest of your life. Of course, if you want to make the most of your trip to Scotland, there are many things you should keep in mind. Here are some tips:
Do your research regarding the many Scottish cliches.
The bagpipes, kilts, the Scottish whiskey, and the haggis are all great. However, to get the most out of your trip, you need to dig deeper to get the REAL backstory. As a tourist, you would get a lot out of your trip if you took the time to visit a kiltmaker in Edinburgh, for instance. Moreover, you might be surprised at some of the skill it takes for playing bagpipes. All you have to do is try one of these famous Scottish instruments, and you will get a lot of appreciation for the endeavor.
If you decide to go hiking, make sure you are fully prepared for the trip.
There is no question that some of the scenery in Scotland is truly breathtaking. They feature lush landscapes such as the bright green turf that Scotland has become famous for. Of course, you need to realize that this turf can quickly become brownish water before you know it. Make sure you have thick clothing and waterproof boots at the very least. Of course, it’s not just for hiking, but you should pack for the European weather in all circumstances as well. Europeans have a well-known saying, “In Europe, there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.”
Pay a visit to the Riverside Museum.
The Riverside Museum in Glasgow is home to such remarkable sights as displays from when Scotland was known as a maritime world power to different showcases of public transportation. If you are interested in studying the history of travel, this is something you need to see. It even won an award in 2013 for the European Museum of the Year.
Go to the Highland Games.
If you are going to be visiting Scotland in the summer, you need to take a gander at the Highland Games Festival. This is a traditional celebration of Scottish culture, and it features everything from the bagpipe players to the footraces and unique dances. This is also a fascinating time to try some unique fast food options (Seriously, you just haven’t lived until you’ve tried a deep-fried Mars Bar).
Make sure that your passport is up-to-date.
Unfortunately, there have been several horror stories regarding people who have been denied entry into various countries based on the status of their passport. The good news is that Scotland tends to be a bit on the lenient side when it comes to this. However, it’s better safe than sorry. Thus, you should be sure that your passport has an expiration that is at least six months after your arrival in Scotland. The last thing you want to do is raise some red flags with the Scottish or U.K. authorities at London’s Heathrow Airport.
Keep all of these tips in mind and you are sure to have the time of your life when you visit this unique part of the United Kingdom!