Overview of Scotland

 

Scotland offers plenty of wild and untamed countryside, optimally balanced with a choice of distinctly modern cultural experiences across the nation’s great cities.

The country stretches from the rolling, rural farmlands of its south and east to the awe-inspiring drama provided by the western highlands, and on into the remote islands that beckon enticingly across the sea.

Scotland’s west coast is characterised by its craggy coastline, and visitors who take the time to pick their way through its cliffs and coves will be delighted to discover beautiful beaches secreted like hidden treasure.

This ancient land has a fascinating history and is studded with ancient castles and strongholds that attest to its contested territory. Scotland’s heroic history and battles have been played out against a backdrop of rugged, impassive mountains, shimmering lochs and fast-flowing salmon rivers.

Although part of the United Kingdom, the Scots are a fiercely independent and proud nation. They have their own legal system and parliament – helped by the fact that Scotland has asserted itself as an economic force in its own right. Our Travel Managers for Scotland can help to arrange your itinerary and travel details whether you are visiting Aberdeen as the hub of the North Sea oil industry or Edinburgh, home to Europe's largest bank.

It’s far from all work, work, work in Scotland, though. Amongst the drama of the Scottish countryside there are splendid walks to be enjoyed, fish to be plucked from the water, and many of Europe’s best courses in the home of golf. There is fine whisky to be sampled and a wide cultural heritage to enjoy, whether it takes the brawny form of highland games or Robert Burns’ witty poetry. Scotland's rich cultural traditions come dazzlingly to the fore over the summer months at the cutting-edge Edinburgh festival. 

Climate

Scottish weather is, on average, somewhat cooler than that of neighbouring England, and its northern latitude means short winter days and very long summer evenings.

Its summer months peak at an average high of 19 degrees Celsius (66 degrees Fahrenheit) during July and August. January and February are the coldest months in Scotland, when you can expect average temperatures of 41 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit).

The coldest areas are, undoubtedly, the highlands. The east coast experiences more sunshine, but also has colder winters than those in the west.

Scotland may be known for its cool, damp and cloudy weather, but actually its daily weather is unpredictable and extremely changeable.

Language

English is the official language, though it is spoken with strong regional accents.

Passport Visa

Scotland is part of the United Kingdom, which is in the process of leaving the EU. You need a valid passport to enter the United Kingdom, though EU nationals may – for the time being, at least – gain entry holding only a valid national ID card. You may need a visa to stay in the country for more than six months. You are advised to hold return tickets in order to avoid delays. Please check rules around visa requirements before you travel, as they may change regularly.

Safety

In the Scottish countryside, off the beaten track, there are few safety issues other than those related to sudden changes of weather. The usual precautions against crime should be taken in the cities.

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For all your high-end, bespoke leisure and corporate travel needs to Scotland, please contact our Travel Managers on 0203 535 9290 or info@simplexitytravel.com today. 

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