5 Things You Have to Know About Scotland Before Traveling It
I recently traveled Scotland with a friend of mine and it was a great trip. We had a great time and I would do it again any time soon.
The thing is though that there are some things you need to know about Scotland. It will help you make your trip much more fun.
Pubs and Restaurants
If you go to a pub or a restaurant you might think it’s strange because waiters won’t come up to you and ask you what you want to order. Usually in Scotland you have to go up to the bar to order things.
I have heard about a lot of people who thought this was strange but that’s the way it is in Scotland. It’s just a cultural thing like in any other country. They are not being rude.
Haggis – National Dish
Once you travel around Scotland you will see that most pubs and restaurants offer Haggis as a dish. Haggis is very popular in Scotland and contains lots of intestines from the sheep. It’s a very salty meal that usually comes with neeps (yellow turnip) and tatties (mashed potatoes).
If you want to rent cars in Scotland then you have to make sure that you are old enough. Usually car rental places will only rent cars to people who are over 20 (i.e. you can rent a car with 21). If you rent a car when you are 21 you will have to pay a lot of money on top of the actual rental price. That’s because younger drives have to pay higher insurance rates.
Also note that the cheapest price you can possibly get for renting a car is when you book it right with your plane ticket.
The weather in Scotland is strange. It will rain continuously for several days without ever stopping. This can be quite frustrating especially if you don’t have the right cloths with you. So before you go to Scotland make sure that you take at least waterproof cloths with you. Some travel boots are also good.
When we traveling through Scotland we mostly stayed at youth hostels. The youth hostels in Scotland are great and clean. So we can recommend staying in hostels.
One thing to keep in mind is that you can get youth hostels (not all of them) a lot cheaper once you become a member of SYHA. It’s the Scottish Youth Hostel Association and becoming a member is free. So check it out.