Practical information Scotland

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United Kingdom : the key figures

Area : 78772.0 km2

Population : 60776238 inhabitants

Jet Lag : Scotland runs on Greenwich Mean Time and applies daylight savings time, like the rest of the UK.

Scotland : Travel Information before you go!


1 hr 30 mins from London to Aberdeen Airport, which is approximately 398 miles.
1 hr 15 mins from London to Edinburgh Airport, which is approximately 333 miles.
1 hr 20 mins from London to Glasgow Airport, which is approximately 346 miles.
1 hr 30 mins from London to Glasgow Prestwick Airport, which is approximately 376 miles.


Aberdeen Airport is 7 miles north-west of the city centre.
You can take either a First Aberdeen or Stagecoach Bluebird bus into the city centre, which takes roughly half an hour. We advise you check bus timetables before you travel. Alternatively take a short taxi ride to Dyce railway station, where you can get a train into Aberdeen for 2 taking 10 minutes. If you are driving, head onto the A96 Inverness-Aberdeen road, which takes roughly 15 minutes. Taxis run from the airport forecourt and cost about 16 into Aberdeen.

Edinburgh Airport is 8 miles west of the city centre.
To travel into the city by bus, the Airlink 100 express and N22 night bus will get you to Waverley Bridge in 25 minutes. The Lothian Bus 35 takes slightly longer as it calls at smaller stops en route. By car you should take the A8 Glasgow Road, or alternatively taxis run from outside the airport.

Glasgow Airport is 8 miles west of Glasgow city centre.
An easy an cheap option is to take the Arriva 500 Glasgow flyer or AirDirect 757 bus, which both take about 20 minutes. The closest train station is Paisley Gilmour Street, which is 2 miles from the airport and is linked by the 66 and 300 buses. Combined bus and train tickets are available, which make this option more convenient. By car you should take the M8 motorway, or catch a taxi, which will set you out about 20.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport is 32 miles from Glasgow city centre.
To reach Glasgow city centre by car, take the A79 northbound followed by the A78, A77/M77/M8. Glasgow Prestwick is also the only Scottish airport to have its own railway station. Click on this link to get details of trains.


- It can be risky to hike in the Highlands during the hunting season (from 12th August until the 20th October). Find information on the areas to avoid at the Tourist Office and do not go wondering outside the paths.
- Scottish weather is very changeable, above all in the mountainous areas in the north and the west. A sunny morning can easily transform into a stormy afternoon, so we suggest you always equip yourself with warm clothes, sturdy shoes and waterproofs.
- Pay attention when driving in very remote areas, as roads are often narrow, windy and may not have road markings.


The official language in the UK is English.

Required travel documents for

- For European citizens, a valid identity card or passport is enough to enter the UK. If you do not have a UK or EU passport, you will fall into the category of either a visa national or a non-visa national. Check to see if you are a visa national. If you are not a visa national, you will need to apply for a visa in a British Consulate or Embassy in your home country.
- On 1 January 2012, changes were made to the UK pet entry rules. The regulations now vary, depending on which country you are travelling into the UK from. Generally, pets are exempt from quarantine if they have a microchip under their skin, are vaccinated against rabies, have a blood test done 6 months before departure and an anti-parasite treatment 1-5 days before entry into the UK (which has been recorded in the passport or Official Health Certificate).


44% Anglican, 5% Presbyterian and 10% Catholic.


The currency in the UK is the pound Sterling. Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) are largely accepted, and cash machines can be used to withdraw money. Cash and travellers cheques in pounds can easily be exchanged. Bank opening hours: from 9:30am to 4:30pm during the week.
Although English notes are accepted throughout the United Kingdom, it is worth remembering that Scotland, the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland print their own notes, equal in value to the pound Sterling. Whether it is from Scotland, Jersey, Guernsey or Northern Ireland, this currency cannot be exchanged outside the United Kingdom, so check what type of notes you still have before leaving the country.
A realistic budget for travel in the UK excluding transport would be 50 per person per day, or 30 for backpackers staying in hostels and cooking for themselves. Notes, this does fluctuate from city to city, London being considerably dearer than the rest of the United Kingdom. Students, young people under 26 and seniors over 60 can often get discounts on transport and admission to attractions and museums.

Local transportation

-The Eurostar terminal in London is at St Pancras International (north bank). This station is linked to Kings Cross, where British national rail services trains to destinations in Scotland, Wales and the north of England. Trains are a more comfortable and faster means of transport than buses or coaches, but are notably more expensive, than the bus. Kings Cross underground station is also on 6 lines of the London tube, facilitating journeys around London or further afield. A single journey on the underground is about 4, or get a Visitor Card (3 days) or the Oyster Card (7 days) to save some money. A London bus ticket costs 2 per unit.

- EU registered vehicles can be brought into the UK easily by ferry or the channel tunnel, providing you have a registration plate, relevant papers and insurance. Note, Congestion Charges apply if driving in central London (at least 8 GBP per vehicle and per day).

-To rent a car, a national driver's licence is enough. Driving is on the left and speed restrictions are in miles, with a maximum speed of 30 mph (that is 48 km/hour) in towns, 60 mph (that is 97 km/h) on 'A' roads or highways and 70 mph (that is 113 km/h) on motorways.

- There is a huge number of ferry ports in Engand, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, which service UK and other European destinations.

- Bus or coach is your cheapest option to travel within the UK. The main companies that cover inter-city travel are National Express and Megabus, which is owned by stagecoach. The bus or coach fare is, on average, twice as cheap as the train.

- Plane is a quick option either for domestic UK flights or from mainland Europe. Most big UK cities have their own airport, although the main ones are London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham.


- EU nationals should obtain a European Health Insurance Card before going to the UK. Please remember this is not a substitute for health insurance, and you must take out a comprehensive health insurance policy as well. The EHIC warrants you state provided medical treatment on the same terms as British nationals.
- No vaccines are required, but make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date.


Voltage is 240 V. Electrical outlets have three pins. An adaptor is thus required for travellers from outside the UK.

Tourist numbers

In 2010, Great Britain welcomed just under 30 million travellers.

Taxes and tips

A tax of 10% is generally included in the bill. If this is not the case, remember to add it to the bill's total.


To call Scotland from abroad, dial 00 44 + 1224 (Aberdeen), 131 (Edinburgh) or 141 (Glasgow) + correspondent's number.

To call abroad from Scotland: 010 + country code + correspondent's number without the initial 0.

Scotland : Useful addresses in the country

Before leaving

01 44 51 31 00.

01 44 51 31 01.

Tourism Authority of Great Britain
PO Box 154 - 08, 75363 Paris cedex 08. Telephone. : 01 58 36 50 50.
Tourism Authority offices are not open to the public. For further information, write, call or go to the

Tourism Authority in London online (in English)

At the destination

British Tourism Authority (Britain Visitor Centre)
1 Regent Street, London. Telephone. : (207) 808 3800.

(207) 07 31 000.

(131) 225 79 54.

(207) 723 6439.

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