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Scotland

Stories of the Loch Ness Monster are legendary. I am sure your children have heard them all. Why not give them the opportunity to scout every inch of water they come across in Scotland. If that doesn’t excite them, the possibility of spotting whales, eagles and otters during boat trips to the Hebrides is bound to win them over.

Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. It shares a border with England to the south, allowing easier travel to visit other parts of Great Britain.

Fun for all the family

Edinburgh is the home to an extinct volcano on a castle, It does not get any more amazing then that. A visit to Edinburgh castle is a must for any visitor, to hear the 1 o clock gun salute and a visit to the dungeon to see the exhibition of the prisoner’s war.

Glasgow may not have any significant monuments like Edinburgh, but what they do have is a buzzing city. A city full of Art galleries and museums. Children under 5 have their own mini-museum and slightly older children have a choice of three discovery centres.

Time Zone: GMT+1

Capital of Scotland:  Edinburgh

Languages: English

The Currency:  Pound Sterling

Climate: Temperate and Oceanic

Visas: If you are an EU citizen you do not need a visa. You can stay in Scotland for any length of time. If you are from outside the EU: You might need a visa. It depends on how long you are planning to stay and why you are visiting.

Vaccinations:  You do not need any special vaccinations as a precaution to protect your health during your UK visit, however, to secure a Visa, you will need to be able to prove that all your basic vaccinations are present and up-to-date, including polio and MMR.

Health and Safety: Health and safety tips that all visitors to the UK should keep in mind. Unless your travel is in summer, plan for low temperatures. If traveling in the summer, it might not be warm and sunny. You should count on having rain and damp weather. It is always advisable to check the weather before travel.

 

 Emergency Numbers

  • Emergency services: Call 999
  • Police Non- Emergency Number: Call 101

Festival Days and Events

  • St Andrews Day: St Andrew is Scotland’s patron saint. On November 30th they celebrate St Andrews day with the rest of the world.
  • Hogmanay: Hogmanay is one of Scotland's most well-know and best loved traditions, there really is no experience like it. Whether it's fantastic fireworks, live music, street parties, cosy pubs, or parades of dancing fire, we have it all.
  • Burns Night: On 25 January every year, Scots and Scots-at-heart come together to celebrate the life and works of national poet, Robert Burns.
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival: France may have the glamour of Cannes and America the independent edginess of Sundance but it's Edinburgh that boasts the longest continuously running film festival in the world, which celebrated its 71st edition in 2017.
  • Highland Games: Highland Games are a unique mix of sports, culture and community. Highland Games events and traditions take place in Scotland and around the world.