Travelling somewhere different can be a little daunting and quite often, the smallest things may not be so obvious. Also, the dialect could be different than you are used to and simple phrases may lead to misunderstanding!
Here, we have tried to give you a little “local” insight to help make your trip more enjoyable. It may be practical advice or even local oddities. If there is anything you think we should add, please do drop us a line.
- Public toilets often close between October and April.
- Petrol stations can be few and far between in rural areas, so make sure you keep the tank topped up.
- Always keep your mobile battery charged and check before travelling how good the signal is. Many areas either offer a limited signal strength, or none at all.
- Always take clothes and coats for every season – you really can get them all in a day.
- Holiday houses and hotels don’t appreciate you misusing their towels – bring beach and dog towels with you.
- If you are travelling with a dog, always make sure he/she has plenty of toilet stops, fresh water and never leave a dog unattended in hot weather, even with the windows down.
- We drive on the left in Scotland and single track roads are common. Pull over and let cars behind you past and always acknowledge those who stop for you, with a wee wave.
- Very importantly – if you want Fish and Chips – you ask for a “fish supper”!
- “Where do you stay?” is a local’s way of asking where you live, not where you are on holiday!
- Always book ferries in advance if possible as popular island crossing get booked up in peak season.
- Please don’t stop on the road to take a photo – find a safe parking area and walk back.
- Due to the clean, clear air, you can burn very easily in the sunshine. Be sure to bring your sun cream, as odd as that may seem!
- Much of the Outer Hebrides respect the Sabbath in that all shops, restaurants etc tend to be closed. Therefore, if travelling on a Sunday, please ensure you have supplies for 24 hours.
- Whilst public transport is good, some more rural areas may not have a regular bus. If travelling in this way, please plan ahead.
- Fishing is very popular in the Highlands. There are fishing seasons to be adhered to and some rivers require booking at least a year in advance if not more! Shooting and hunting has strict rules and regulations and of course seasons.
- The Forestry Commission is responsible for maintaining Scotland’s forests and has developed a diverse number of way marked paths all over the country. Full details of forests and walks here.
- The Scottish Mountaineering Club is one of Scotland’s oldest and provides a good introduction to the clothes and equipment necessary for big days out in the hills.
If you have any helpful hints we should include, please let us know!