Travel guide to Scotland with Orkney & Shetland Islands


Local name
5.1 million Scots

Travel preparation


Best time to visit

Scotland's weather can change quickly throughout the year. One minute it can be sunny and bright and the next cloudy with rain. May and June are the best months to go because it tends to be drier, but it is always a good idea to bring an umbrella. The East coast is usually cool and dry and the West coast is mild and wet. Weather in mountainous areas varies dramatically, so ensure that you have adequate clothing and equipment. Temperature Average Jan 3° to 5° C (37° - 41° F) July 13° to 15° C (55° - 59° F)


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Local conditions


Accommodation / Hotel

There is a wide range of accommodation available throughout Scotland such as, bed and breakfast, guesthouses, hostels, hotels, self-catering apartments, lodges, inns and university halls of residence. A great number of B & B's and guesthouses welcome hikers/walkers and even provide necessary requirements and information to meet their needs. The Scottish Tourist Board now use stars instead of crowns to rate their accommodation. They are as follows: ***** Top class, exceptional **** Excellent *** Very good ** Good * Fair Book your hotel in Scotland with Orkney & Shetland Islands here

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Special conditions

Drug related crime is well documented in Scotland as in most large cities. Always keep your valuables with you and never leave them lying around. Beggars are in most major towns and may approach you for money. Give them money if you want to, but never feel pressured to do so. Midges are rife during the summer months especially in the Highlands. From May to August use an effective insect repellent and keep yourself covered, particularly in the evening and wear light coloured clothing.
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