As of 2013, Ireland’s population ranked 119th in the world. However, with almost 5.3 million residents as of 2011, Scotland is another tourist destination that’s ideal for sightseers of all demographics. But before you start researching the best tours of Scotland and get ready to depart for your trip, it’s important to educate and inform yourself about this unique destination. To enjoy your trip to the fullest, you will want to learn how to navigate Scottish culture as efficiently as possible. Without further ado, here’s part one of our traveler’s guide that will explore some of the most practical pieces of advice for visiting Scotland for the first time.
Pick Up Some Vocabulary
Many Americans like to visit England, Ireland, and Scotland because they won’t have to worry about a language barrier during their international adventure. Even so, it’s smart to give yourself a quick lesson on Scottish vocabulary and vernacular before departing for your trip. You can do this by reading some Scottish literature, listening to a bit of Scottish music, or watching a Scottish film or television show. Some basic words to start with include wee, which means little, skint, which means broke, and of course, dram, which means drink. Taking some time to inform yourself of basic terms can make it much easier to do simple things like ask for directions or order something at a restaurant.
Know the Currency
Scotland’s currency is measured in Pound notes, and they come in various designs depending on the bank that printed them. You should also know that while cards are frequently accepted in popular towns and cities, some smaller villages or islands may require cash. But most of the time, you’ll be able to find an ATM, or a community cash machine. These are often located inside shops and post offices and are therefore subject to the same business hours.
Know How to Handle an Emergency
Finally, it’s important to know what to do if you’re in an emergency during your trip. Unlike the U.S., you won’t dial 911; rather, 999 is the number to dial to reach an ambulance, police, the coast guard, or the fire brigade. If you’re in need of non-emergency medical service that’s still considered urgent, dial 111.
Ultimately, knowing these tips can help guide you through your Scottish travels. Keep an eye out for the next post, where we’ll discuss some more expert tips to keep in mind during your trip to Scotland, and for more information about vacation packages that include the best tours of Scotland, contact Hammond Tours.