Skip the umbrella and pack a good raincoat
If you are visiting Scotland, you will stand out like a tourist if you are walking around with an umbrella, locals do not use an umbrella they stick with wearing raincoats. Scotland has some very strong winds, so the rain is going in every other direction and the umbrella tends to spend more time inside out than protecting you from the rain. Buy a raincoat that covers you to make exploring in the rain more comfortable. Don’t skip out on the rain gear, you will need it to get a true Scottish experience. Especially if you are going to be visiting Edinburgh there will be rain and there will be wind in Glasgow.
Visiting Scotland? Let your host know when to expect you
When visiting Scotland it is very common to stay at a guest house, very similar to a bed and breakfast. It is a common courtesy to inform the host when to expect you so they can make sure their house is open and lit up. There is not the main lobby that can be open 24/7 this is their home and you can only enter it by being let in or upon arrival you will receive a key. It is a great idea to stay in a guest house, it will give you a real Scottish experience.
Scottish people are extremely nice
You will experience another level of friendliness from Scottish people. They love to help travelers and chat, expect to make some new friends. Not all countries are as welcoming to tourists as the Scots so have fun with it, make friends, and exchange stories!
Many say Haggis is a must-try dish when visiting Scotland. It is from the Scottish Highlands, but you should know what it is before trying it. Haggis is a savory pudding dish of sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs with minced onion, vegetable stock, traditionally cased in a sheep’s stomach, but commonly an artificial casing is used.
Try the whiskey!
Even if you are not a fan of whiskey, if you are visiting Scotland, you need to try Scottish whiskey at least once. If you are enjoy it, try mixing it with coke, but be careful it’s sweet and goes down easily, dangerous for some!
The Scottish accent is very thick
Scotland is an English-speaking country, but the accent is very thin. When visiting Scotland, it may take time to understand exactly what someone is saying, so don’t be afraid to ask someone to repeat themselves.
If you plan to spend time at the pubs while visiting Scotland, which you should, you must, at the very least, get a real Scottish experience, there are a few customary things to know before heading in for a drink. Everything is ordered at the bar, including food, and you pay for the drinks before bringing them back to the table, leaving a tab open isn’t an option.
Do not worry about tipping every time you get around, it is only customary to leave a 10% tip at restaurants, not push when visiting Scotland. If someone offers you a drink don’t turn it down and make sure to buy the next round. When buying the next round make sure it is brought up before the current round is finished.
Exact change is a must in the cities!
When visiting Scotland, you may notice many Scottish cities offer public buses to get you from place to place, but do not forget, you need exact change when riding the bus. Especially, in Edinburgh, the buses do not offer change so make sure you have exact change or you will lose a few pence. Each of the bus stops has a sign with the fair on it so make sure to double-check before hopping on the bus.
If your trips fall during peak season make sure to book your ferry trips ahead of time. The boats fill up fast and you do not want to miss out on the beautiful islands when visiting Scotland. You must go see the Isle of Skye and not being able to get a ticket on the ferry should not be the reason you don’t!
Remember, when visiting Scotland and getting on the roads or sidewalks, you much keep left! Don’t get in a car if you are worried about driving on the left, but I promise it is not as scary as you might think. This also goes for the sidewalks, make sure you are walking on the left and not messing up the groove of foot traffic. Another important universal thing to remember is to move to the side if you would like to admire something or snap a picture, people are trying to walk.