Scotland In January: Weather, Things to See and Travel Tips

It seems daunting to visit Scotland in January when the big festivities are over and it’s the middle of winter. Will there be snow all over? Will Hotels be closed? Is there anything to see?

The good news is that snow during winter is most common in the northern parts especially the Highlands, hotels have great deals on offer and there’s definitely a lot of things to do in Scotland in January.

There are a few things to consider to make the most of your trip but overall, Scotland is a magical place to be during winter.

What is the weather like in Scotland in January

Temperature in Scotland in January

There’s an average temperature between 0°C to +6 °C in January in Scotland.

Rain in  Scotland in January

An average of 57 millimeters over 5 days.

Wind in Scotland in January

Between 15 to 20 kph.

Sun in Scotland in January

There’s an average of 6 to 7 hours of daylight and around 3.5 hours of sunshine in Scotland in January.

Things to do in Scotland in January

1. Winter Walk Along Loch Morlich, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands

Cairngorms National Park
Days may be shorter in Scotland during winter but there’s definitely no shortage of beautiful sights to visit. With its abundance of natural attractions that remain accessible during the colder season and are mostly even more beautiful, making the most of the short daylight is easy.

Put on your sturdy, waterproof shoes and head onto the Highlands, one of the most stunning places to visit in Scotland. The Cairngorms National Park boasts of trails that are surrounded by unparalleled winter beauty, with the loop around Loch Marlich among the most popular.

The easy walk that starts from the car park lasts for around 1.5 to 2 hours, spans 6 kilometers and takes you through paths with amazing views of the northern Cairngorm mountains, that look magical as they’re dusted with snow. The trails also take you through the scenic Glenmore Forest, where a winter walk is said to be like walking straight into the pages of a storybook.

2. Go Skiing

Cairngorms National Park Mountains

If you’ve never tried skiing and you’re in Scottish soil (or snow) in January, then that should be in your list of things to do in Scotland. Home to six outdoor ski resorts located in the mountainous areas, you get to enjoy this winter activity while admiring the spectacular scenery.

Take a pick from the three resorts within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands, or the one in the picturesque Glencoe valley. These ski resorts may not have slopes as high as the Swiss Alps or the Colorado Rockies but these Scottish areas are the only ski slopes in the whole of UK with real snow.

3. Hike Up Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Hike Up Calton Hill
Scotland’s cities are a sight to behold during wintertime. In the capital city of Edinburgh where most major holiday festivals are held, it is a must to take in the old city’s majestic sights in all its winter glory.

One of the best activities to do in Scotland is to walk up the CaltonHill in Edinburgh in winter, as it rewards you with stunning views over the capital.A leisurely hike that’s only 1.75 kilometers that take around an hour and a half, it wouldn’t take so much of the daylight hours and you’d still have plenty of time left to explore the city.

Start at the Waverley Train Station, then to Princes Street towards the east to Calton Hill. There are a number of historic and iconic structures to admire along the way and on top such as the Dugald Stewart Monument, built-in 1831 Dugald and designed by William Henry Playfair.

4. Visit Cardrona Forest, Tweed Valley Forest Park, Scottish Borders

Tweed Valley Forest Park
Another winter walk that takes you through Scotland’s majestic landscapes is at the Cardrona Forest in Tweed Valley Forest Park. Situated by the Scottish borders, this is one unforgettable winter adventure and you get to pick which equally scenic trail to tackle, or you can try them all.

There’s the easy access Burn Trail along the Kirk Burn; the scenic Kirkburn Trail with sweeping views of the Tweed Valley, and there’s the Wallace&s Trail, a path where you get to see the remains of the15th century Cardrona Tower on the way. An added attraction: sure to spot red squirrels on while you explore the area.

5. Go on a Whiskey Tasting Tour

Whiskey Tasting Tour
It’s cold and there’s absolutely no excuse against not wanting to warm yourself up, with layers of clothes or a blanket and of course, a glass (or three) of whiskey. It’s among the best things to do in Scotland during winter and to make drinking more interesting, how about a whiskey tour? Visit a distillery, which is practically a staple in any Scotland city or town.

Learn its history, how the whiskey was made, the entire process and what makes Scottish whiskey so special, the different flavors and of course— a sampling to ens the tour.

If you’re in a city like Edinburgh and, you can visit the Scotch Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile, which takes you through all of Scotland’s whiskey distilling areas, the whiskey-making process, or see the largest Scotch whiskey collection in the world. A whiskey sampling is included, of course. Another option is to join any of Edinburgh’s whiskey walking tours.

6. Hike Up Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

Loch Lomond in scotland
Who says you cannot enjoy a more adventurous winter walk in January, in Scotland? Starting at Rowardennan car park, with 12 kilometers of trails that can be navigated within 4.5 to 5.5 hours, you get to experience one of the most popular mountains in Scotland.

Put on your hiking shoes and head up Ben Lomond. This is bound to be a unique adventure that’ll take you to one of the best attractions in Scotland. On your way and at the top, you’ll have sprawling views over the stunning loch Lomond and the scenic Trossachs National Park.

While you’re on your way in this famous Munro, be sure to watch out for the elusive yet beautiful ptarmigan with their snow-white feathers.

7. Hunt the Northern Lights

Northern Lights in scotland
Not everyone knows that it is possible to see the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights in Scotland, but does happen and even as far south as Edinburgh. The chances of it occurring in most cities are rare though, because of light pollution but-the early winter pitch-black nights are a great opportunity to try and chase these amazing dancing lights.

The northern coast, the Highlands and even the Isle of Skye are great places to hunt for this elusive phenomenon, as there’s less to zero light pollution in those areas. This is definitely among the best things to do in Scotland in January, but if you don’t catch the Aurora, the skies are pretty clear. You can always enjoy some stargazing instead.

Practical Tips for Scotland in January

1. January is mid-winter in Scotland and days are shorter. From December to January, Scotland only gets about seven to eight hours of daylight between sunrise and sunset. This is important to take note of so you can manage the number of activities or destinations for one day. Maybe devote an entire day to a road trip, or visit a city or town in one day and see around two to three attractions.

2. If you’re planning to rent a car and drive around Scotland in January which is mid-winter, be sure to drive only on major roads that have been treated for snow and ice. This is especially noteworthy when driving in the northern parts of Scotland and the Highlands. Be sure to not drive at night because aside from the snow, deer and other animals are common on the roads after dark.

3. Winter weather in Scotland isn’t just snow, and snow is more common in the northern area anyway. Cold rain is more likely to occur so when going out, be sure to bring a waterproof jacket and a sturdy umbrella.

4. It is advisable to always bring waterproof, slip-proof and sturdy yet comfortable shoes if you plan to do a lot of walking or hiking. This ensures that your footwear can withstand the unpredictable winter in Scotland.

5. If you’re from outside of the UK and planning to visit Scotland, a travel adapter is a must for your gadgets. If you have multilingual gadgets, it’s best to also bring a power strip so you can simultaneously recharge your gadgets and save time.

Scotland In February: Weather, Things to See and Travel Tips

The last winter month is said to be among those months in Scotland that experience a range of weather conditions. Days are still relatively shorter and nights are pitch black, but it is Scotland.

Under the low sun with its golden cast over lochs and Munros or the city lights of old historic buildings, this country is still a great place to be in February. There’s plenty to see and do, and stunning places to discover.

Weather may be fickle but nothing that you couldn’t prepare for. Here’s a quick guide on what to expect when in Scotland in February.

What is the weather like in Scotland in February

Temperature in Scotland in February

Minimum of  0°C to Max +7 °C

Rain in  Scotland in February

40 millimeters of rain over 3 days

Wind in Scotland in February

between 15 to 22 kph

Sun in Scotland in February

7 to 8 hours of daylight with 4 hours of sunshine

Things to do in Scotland in February

1. Wintry Road Trip

Wintry Road Trip

Winter in Scotland shouldn’t keep you indoors or in those ‘safe’ locations only. How about a road trip? You can rent a car or join a tour, spend your short days on the road discovering more of the country’s diverse landscapes, staying the night in a quaint B&B then setting out early to explore more the next day.

A winter road trip is one of the best things to do in Scotland on weekends, and under the season’s golden light, it’s even more magical. You can go castle hopping in Aberdeenshire, or explore one loch after the other, visit the isles or the highlands.

For more exciting and unique sceneries, go on road trips that take you to the Cairngorms, Isle of Skye, the North Coast 500 and the North East 250.

2. Lochan An Ais, Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve, Highlands

The Highlands is always among the best places to visit in Scotland during winter, as everything in it looks especially majestic. If you’re u for a short hike to take in the stunning scenery, head on to the Lochan An Ais at the Knockan Crag Nature Reserve. The walk is only 2 kilometers and will take about an hour.

Start at the Knockan Crag visitor center, then to the trails that lead you to some of the most unforgettable sights you’ll ever see. Marvel at the remnants of continents that collided, or volcanoes that erupted that has withstood the conditions of thousands of years to create the stunning scenery.

This is the iconic rugged slopes that reflect its image upon the crystalline lake. In wintertime, the mountain is capped with snow creating a sight that’s definitely worth the hike.

3. Winter Photography

Winter Photography

You can be anywhere in Scotland — in cities like Edinburgh or Glasgow, in scenic towns like Stirling, in an isle like Skye or the Highlands, and you’d still be gifted with the spectacular winter light that you simply must capture.

Be sure to fully charge your phone or camera as you set out and admire Scotland’s winter glory. Days may be shorter but the sun stays low in the sky, creating a golden cast over historic buildings, majestic Munro, and scenic lochs.

A relaxing stroll with your camera and the magical winter lights is among the best ways to document your trip, as you take in and capture some of the best Scotland attractions. Some of the best places for winter photography in Scotland are in Glencoe, the Isle of Skye and the North Coast 500.

4. Clatteringshaws Loch, Galloway Forest Park, Dumfries & Galloway

Galloway Forest Park
This enchanting route that takes you through a scenic winter forest is something you shouldn’t miss. You’re right in the heart of a UNESCO Biosphere, which begins in the picturesque Clatteringshaws Loch.

On your way, you get to visit Bruce’s stone, which is dedicated to one of Scotland’s heroes Robert the Bruce, who won the Battle of Trool in 1307. The trail then leads to the visitor center, which takes you on a Loch View hike.

The trail goes through winter woodlands straight out of a storybook, then up top a scenic vantage point with sweeping views over the loch. Easily among the best places to see in Scotland, the hike spans 5.5 kilometers and takes under two hours.

5. The Scottish Deer Centre, Fife

Scottish Deer
It’s never too late to experience a bit of the holiday in Scotland as you get to walk with a reindeer (or three) in the Scottish Deer Center. Located in Fife, the sanctuary occupies 55 acres of land where you can stretch your legs, enjoy fresh air, and interact with the park’s beautiful, graceful residents.

You can walk among them, feed them with treats, take photos and have a bit of that magical holiday feel. This is one of those unique activities to fo in Scotland that should be on your list.

6. Stac Pollaidh circuit, North Highlands

Stac Pollaidh circuit
This is among the best things to do in Scotland if you’ve had sizable hiking and climbing experience under extreme weather conditions and u for an adventure in the North Highlands.

The hike around the towering Stac Pollaidh spans 4.5 kilometers, lasts for around 2 to 4 hours and usually starts at the car park. At the top, you’re rewarded with spectacular views over the fairytale-like winter scenery of Assynt.

If you still have more time, you may add a short but steep climb that offers stunning views of Suilven and the Summer Isles.

Practical Tips for Scotland in February

1. During winter, those who plan to travel to Scotland should expect a variety of weather conditions. It could be sunny yet cold and windy, there’s always a chance of rain and there’s snow in certain areas. Knowing this, one should bring lightweight clothing that’s easy to layer to prepare for any type of weather, clothes that you can put on and take off as the weather changes.

2. Since it’s winter, at least one warm coat is a must when in Scotland. Be sure it’s both windproof and waterproof to protect you from the elements. Along with a warm coat, and especially if you’re going to the northern parts of the Highlands, be sure to wear a hat, scarf, gloves and hiking pants.

3. If you’re planning to drive around Scotland, be sure to always check weather conditions with Transport Scotland. There may be a good road network in Scotland that’s well maintained to suit every weather but it’s best to know in advance what to expect during a certain day so you can adjust your driving style to suit the current toad conditions.

4. If you’re commuting around Scotland during your trip either by bus, ferry, plane or train, be sure to always check your journey schedule as well as weather reports. Winter season is more like fickle weather season in Scotland and especially in February as winter ends, so it’s best to know in advance whether you should move certain activities or cancel them altogether and come up with an alternative plan.

Scotland In April: Weather, Things to See and Travel Tips

Most would say, and even quote a poem that ‘April is the cruelest month’ when talking about Scotland’s weather as it’s quite fickle. There’s more rain despite the longer daylight, and there’s even a chance that it will snow.

This doesn’t mean though that it’s best to postpone your Scotland trip because there’s definitely a lot of things you can enjoy here despite the weather. From Castle-hoping to a scenic rail tour to a walk among the world’s most stunning art pieces, here’s your guide to Scotland in April and some handy tips.

What is the weather like in Scotland in April

Temperature in Scotland in April

The average temperature is between 7°C to 13 °C

Rain in  Scotland in April

There’s an average of 90 millimeters of rain over 14 days.

Wind in Scotland in April

Between 14-16 kph

Sun in Scotland in April

13 hours of daylight with 4 to 5 hours of sunshine

Things to do in Scotland in April

1. Scotland&s Castle Trail

Dunnottar Castle Scotland

Scotland is known for its many castles — thousand of them in fact, that a castle tour should definitely be on your list of things to do in Scotland. A lot of these castles are found in Aberdeenshire, known for having the most number of castles per acre than anywhere in the whole of the UK.

There’s a lot of those structures here that Aberdeenshire has been called Scotlands Castle Country. You would probably spend days visiting these castles, as there’s over 300 in Aberdeenshire.

From fortresses to stately mansions to stunning ruins, toucan explores not just the structure nit also their fascinating history. Some of the must-visit castles in the castle county are Balmoral Castle, Crathes Castle, Drum Castle, Fyvie Castle, and the dramatic Dunnottar Castle.

2. Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre

If you’re going to spend April in Scotland in mostly indoor attractions, be sure to make it the Glasgow Science Center. Definitely, among the most popular attractions in Scotland, this is where you let out your inner Science nerd and explore the interactive exhibits and displays.

A day might not be enough to explore the entire center, as it has a planetarium, a theatre that features science shows, and largest IMAX cinema screen in Scotland.

Be sure to check out the interactive features at the center’s Science Mall such as the BodyWorks where you can lay in the huge hamster wheel, party at the DNA Disco and even do a virtual autopsy. The Glasgow Science Center also has a tower that lets you enjoy sprawling views over the city.

3. Scottish National Gallery

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Escape Scotland’s fickle weather by spending hours walking among the extensive art collections in The Scottish National Gallery. Absolutely one of the best museums in Edinburgh and one of the best places to visit in Scotland, this place is free to visit.

Home to the most excellent art collections in the world, The Scottish National Gallery features local masterpieces as well as works of international art luminaries. These works include pieces from the Renaissance era up to the 20th century.

Some of the pieces you must seek out at this vast gallery includes Haystacks by Claude Monet, Old Woman Frying Eggs by Diego Velazquez and Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child by Sandro Botticelli.

4. Great Scenic Rail Journey

Glenfinnan viaduct scotland

Scotrail’s Great Scenic Rail Journey takes visitors on a variety of stunning sights and sceneries, all within the comfort of a train. It’s bound to be an unforgettable experience and among the best things to do in Scotland.

There are several different routes but all of them take visitors not just on a scenic ride but also through Scottish history, culture, and nearly unmatched beauty.

5. Princes Street Gardens

Princes Street Gardens

When in Scotland, you’d most likely go to the capital city of Edinburgh which looks extraordinary during springtime. Spend hours relaxing or people-watching in a garden that’s located right in the heart of Edinburgh.

Walk among the gardens and see everything return to life and color, and explore as there’s a lot to see here. The park hosts a variety of events throughout the year such as concerts, fireworks displays, and the annual Hogmanay Festival.

Around the park, you’ll see monuments and statues such as the ones of the poet Allan Ramsay and explorer David Livingstone. It is one of the best

6. Whiskey Tours

Whiskey Tours in scotland

May is whiskey month in Scotland but who says you cannot have them in April? One of the best activities to do in Scotland is a tour of a distillery of the best local drinks, and to get up close and personal with the country’s top export.

Considered as one of the best ways to truly experience Scotland, a whiskey tour will take you through its history, the process involved in making this potent drink and always, a free tasting at the end.

7. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

The massive Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is just the perfect place to see and explore the best of Scotland’s natural scenery all in one place.

Here, you can hike up hills mountains, and stroll along lochs. There are even quaint villages inside the park such as Aberfoyle, Carrick Castle, and Croftamie, that you can walk around in.

Most would recommend either visit during sunrise or sunset but since it’s spring, the park is an especially glorious sight under the daylight. If you’re up for a more active adventure, the park has a total of 21 Munros with well-kept trails for hiking.

Practical Tips for Scotland in April

1. Be sure to check in advance and take note of the weather forecast for at least the next ten days. This is to endure that you can pack whatever would be necessary in case the weather gets bad.

2. Pack clothing items that you can easily wear in layers. Scotland weather is quite fickle and it’s best to always dress in layers while you’re there.

3. When buying food, drinks, shopping or paying entrance fees in certain attractions, always use local currency. This is advisable especially if you’re using a credit card. Scotland’s currency is pounded so when asked by the salesclerk whether your paying in your local currency or pound, always say pound when in Scotland. This is also applicable in other countries you might visit. Always pay in the currency of the country that you’re in.

4. Certain countries like Scotland have an unspoken taxi etiquette so don’t just jump in the back seat or sit in front beside the driver. Ask or check first if the driver’s belongings are in the front passenger seat before opening the door. Otherwise, you’ll have to sit in the back. This is especially observed when riding minicabs.

5. In most parts of Scotland, it is considered rude if you walk past someone and not acknowledge their presence. Scots may be generally reserved but a simple ‘how are you’ or ‘hello’ will do.

6. When in Scotland, you don’t just eat fish and chips. The Atlantic supplies a great amount of seafood to the country so while you’re there, it’s best to enjoy fresh oysters, langoustine, scallops, smoked salmon, and trout.

7. There are words in Scotland that you must learn beforehand such as ben, glen, and loch. They are not names but terms pertaining to the country’s mountain, valley, and lake respectively.

 

 

 

 

Glasgow Airport To City Centre Transfer Options

The largest city in Scotland, Glasgow is home to some superb galleries, fascinating National Trust properties that are mostly of historical significance, plenty of lush green spaces and a number of live music venues. Stroll the streets and you’ll encounter some incredible art. It may not be as popular as Edinburgh but the absence of heavy crowds makes it more authentic, your pacing, as you explore, is less rushed.

The friendly and warm locals are an added bonus, as well as hidden gems of interesting sights or great food that you’ll discover as you get to know this city more. Going to Glasgow soon? One of the first, and among the most important detail that you must know is how you’d go about exploring this city, and it starts with you getting from the Glasgow airport to the city center.

There’s a variety of choices to suit any budget or preference, and additional info to make the trip as easy and convenient as possible. Read on to know more about getting from Glasgow airport to the city center. Located just 8 miles from Glasgow Airport is the lively city center.

With this city’s direct motor access complemented by the great transport links, getting to and from the heart of Glasgow is quite easy. Here are the options, as well as necessary details for each.

Glasgow Airport To City Centre Transfer Options

Glasgow Airport To City Centre By Train

Glasgow Airport To City Centre By Train

If you’re heading towards the city center from the airport and prefer riding the train, you must know that there are no train stations located in the airport.

The closest station is located in the Paisley Gilmour Street To get there, you may need to take the McGill&s 757 bus, or you can get a taxi instead.

With this option where you’ll take either the bus or taxi from the airport to the train station, where you’ll board a train to the City Centre — the whole trip will take 45 minutes.

There is also the First 500 Glasgow Shuttle bus, which can drop passengers off at Glasgow Central Train Station if you’re going to other cities in Scotland such as Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Inverness, or English cities like London and Manchester.

Routes / Stops

Paisley Gilmour Street to Glasgow Central

Schedule

The first train leaves at 5:59 am, while the last train leaves at 22:42.

Fare / Tickets

Airport Express shuttle bus costs £8 while Train fares start at £3.50.

Where To Buy

Online or at the train station

Glasgow Airport To City Centre By Bus

Glasgow Airport Express Bus

Another option that will take you from Glasgow Airport to the city center is via Glasgow Airport Express service 500. It is the official bus service of Glasgow airport and guarantees a quicker travel time to get to the city center at around fifteen minutes.

The Glasgow Airport Express service 500 also has features that guarantee safe and convenient travel from the airport to the city center.

Each bud has free 4G WiFi onboard, USB charging points at every seat or wireless charging cradles on seatbacks, a specially-designed luggage rack, and upper-deck storage, and double-padded luxury seats for comfortable seating.

Routes / Stops

Glasgow Airport to Buchanan Bus Station (City Centre)
Bothwell Street
Bothwell Street at Hope Street (near to Central Station)
George Square at Queen Street Station
North Hanover Street
Buchanan Bus Station

Schedule

Departs from Glasgow Airport Stance 1 every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Fare / Tickets

A single adult fare is £7.50, and a child single is £4.00.

Where To Buy

You can buy tickets on the bus, online, or via the FirstBus app which is available for Apple and for Android.

Glasgow Airport To City Centre By Car

Glasgow Airport To City Centre By Car

Another option when going from Glasgow Airport to the city center is to rent a car or use car hire (car and chauffeur) service. There is a variety of vehicles to choose from, and many car rental companies and car hire agencies are in the Glasgow airport or could arrange for the care or service to be at the airport as soon as you arrive.

Car hire and rentals can be booked through apps or websites, or you can also book when you arrive. Glasgow airport has easy access to main motorway networks because of the runs directly along with the airport and guarantees a 20-minute travel time to the city center.

If renting a car, be sure to read up on Glasgow laws and regulations regarding driving before you arrive to ensure your safety and convenience during your trip.

Routes / Stops

Glasgow Airport to City Centre or any in Glasgow / Scotland

Schedule

can be arranged upon booking

Fare / Cost

Car hire in Glasgow costs around £33 per day while rental costs around £13 per day.

Where to book

online or at the airport

Glasgow Airport To City Centre By Taxi

Glasgow Airport To City Centre By Taxi

Another easy and convenient way to get from Glasgow Airport to the city center is by taxi. Taxis are accessible and ready at the airport 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

So all you have to do is wait by the terminal door if you’re hiring a Glasgow Official Airport Taxi or go to Car Park 2 (opposite the terminal) for any other taxi firms. This car park or taxi rank is at the front of the terminal building, just a short walk from the UK arrivals.

Meanwhile, the Glasgow Official Airport Tax offers a variety of car make or brands depending on your preference or the number of people in your group. This ranges from a saloon type car to a coaster. Average time to reach the city center from the airport is 20 minutes.

Routes / Stops

Glasgow Airport to City Centre

Schedule

Taxis are on hand at the airport 24 hours a da

Fare / Cost

A taxi from the airport to the center of Glasgow costs around £16.50.

13 Drinks In Scotland That You Must Try

Scotland’s fascinating and rich culture doesn’t end in its hearty and delicious food from soups to desserts. The drinks they have here are also quite intriguing, and just as quirky as some of the food.

You’d expect there would be Scotch whiskey, which they also put on their desserts, as well as a Scotland version of certain cocktails. There are lager and craft beers that are served straight out of the barrel taps, and the orange soda that’s said to be this country’s other national drink.

Try one or three, or simply try them all while in Scotland. Here are some of the drinks in Scotland that you simply must not pass up while in the Scottish isles.

13 Drinks In Scotland That You Must Try

1. Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine

Popular in Scotland especially during winter, this drink is basically red wine mixed with citrus fruits and mulling spices, sometimes topped with raisins. That sounds like a refreshing dessert or a harmless punch but don’t be fooled, this drink can be potent depending on your tolerance but still, definitely worth a try.

2. Gin

Hendrick's gin

Gin is fast becoming a worthy rival for Scotch as the country’s top drink of choice. More manufacturers are coming u with a variety of gin such as those infused with rose or cucumber.

Often best served as it is, most gin drinkers prefer it as a tonic or on the rocks. Some of the best gin comes from the likes of The Botanist in Isle of Islay, Edinburgh Gin, and Hendricks.

3.Drambuie

Drambuie

A cocktail that’s essentially made up of heavily mixed-aged Scotch, honey, and warming spices, this is the other famous liqueur from Scotland. Smooth with a steady kick, this drink is quite potent so go easy on the consumption. It’s another of those drinks that are popular during winter in Scotland.

4. Cask Ale

Belhaven

Cask ale is an unfiltered and unpasteurized beer that’s served in a cask, and unlike the usual beer, it doesn’t have any sort of carbonation. When poured on a glass, it doesn’t have a lot of bubbles or foam.

The taste is a mix of sweet and malty, with a smoky hint. It is best served at room temperature or just a wee bit lower than room temperature, but most who have tried it prefer cask ale to be a little warning. Warm cask ale is more flavorful, making it another favorite winter drink in Scotland.

5. Seaweed Ale

kelpie seaweed ale

Beer is made from barley, and until the mid-1800s, they were grown in seaweed fertilized lands. This gives the beer a distinct oceanic flavor. Agricultural practices have changed since then but the

Williams Bros. Brewing Co. decided to resurrect this seemingly seaweed flavored drink through their Kelpie ale. They make it by infusing freshly harvested bladder kelp to their cask.

Kelpie is a dark brown ale that tastes like coffee, chocolate, and toasted malt,  plus a distinct smell reminiscent of a sea breeze. It is light but rich, with only 4.4 percent alcohol that’s good for day drinking. Easy on the consumption though, it’s tasty but too much Kelpie might turn your sea breeze into a tsunami.

6. Buckfast

Described as a sickeningly sweet wine, Buckfast or Buckie is available in most liquor stores around Scotland. It’s worth trying if you’re curious, but you may get strange looks from people who’d see you.

Apparently, this is the drink of choice among hooligans. Statistics from the Scotland Prison service shows that a huge percentage of their inmates gad some Buckie before their last offense.

The surprising thing about it is that this drink, originally intended to be an energy drink and tonic when it first came out in the 1930s, was that it’s made by monks.

This drink that’s a cross between red wine and caffeine and coca-cola is made by Benedictine monks from Buckfast Abbey in Devon. Go try it if you’re curious, just don’t do anything that could land you in jail after.

7. Camp Coffee

Scotland’s Camp Coffee is basically instant coffee in a bottle. This syrupy concoction is made from coffee, chicory, sugar, and water, and usually mixed with cold or warm milk.

It tastes like sweet coffee when drank without milk, and ironically is only acceptable to non-coffee connoisseurs/ purists. Try it if you’re not really a coffee drinker and want a quick pick-me-up. It comes in a bottle and sold in groceries and supermarkets.

8. Scottish Tea

Scottish Tea

Tea was introduced to Scotland in the 1600s and has been a staple since. Thomas Lipton, of the popular Lipton tea brand, is Scottish. The best are the breakfast teas, but you may also try a variety of infused blends on different teahouses all over the country.

You may find a variety of tea flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut and even those infused with flowers. ‬

9. Whiskey Old Fashioned

Whiskey Old Fashioned

An ‘old fashioned’ is a classic cocktail made of bourbon, sugar, and bitters but In Scotland, it is of course made with whiskey.

Order it during your pub crawl or from the bat at your hotel. Most say it is sweeter than the original bourbon mix but not sickening. It’s also smooth and goes down easy, perfect for a nightcap. It is also one of the best drinks in Scotland that you will have.

10. Scotch Whisky

Scotch Whisky

Scotch whiskey or simply Scotch, to comply with the Scotch Whisky Regulations,  have at least 40 percent alcohol by volume. It is essentially poison for non-drinkers so it is advised to just sample if you really must.

A true Scotch is aged for at least three years in an oak barrel, with a dark, smoky and woodsy aroma. Some of the best Scotch brands are Annandale, Bladnoch and Glenkinchie.

‪‪11. Dark Matter Spiced Rum‬‬

A curious concoction made by Dark Matter distillery in ‬Aberdeenshire is ‬a molasses-based rum that is heavily spiced with pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and allspice. Nonlocals who have tried Dark Matter only have good words to say about the drink, which can also be mixed with ginger ale or cola. Most say though, that it is best taken warmly to fully appreciate the flavors. ‬‬

12. Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy is another popular winter drink, bit still good at any time of the year. It is a mix of whiskey (one can also use brandy or rum), honey and water. The recipes actually vary, some add spices or herbs, while there are those who put sugar instead of honey. It is best taken warm, and as always, in moderation.

13. Irn Bru

Irn Bru

Scotland’s national drink is said to be its whiskey, but for those who prefer their drink sans alcohol, there’s Irn Bru.

Pronounced as ‘iron brew’, this orange soda is more popular than cola and is loved by locals and tourists alike. It’s fizzy,  sweet and not at all citrusy despite its color. The taste is closer to that of vanilla and said to be a good hangover cure.

Irn Bru is also said to be a good mixer for vodka or whiskey, but better on its own. Just go easy on the consumption as it has a lot of sugar.

 

25 Cool Scotland Facts That You Need To Know

Most people who haven’t been to Scotland would probably come up with completely different answers when asked what they know about the country. Kilts, bagpipes, Sir Robert Burns, castles, the Highlands, haggis and either a lake monster or a unicorn. But there are more interesting Scotland facts that you need to know.

Kilts and Pipes in scotland

There’s more about Scotland though than those quirky but wonderful things that are often associated with the country. There’s a rich history, a fascinating culture,  and delightful contributions to the modern world. This country’s landscapes, the abundance of castles, certain urban legends and even their national animal does give the impression of it being mysterious or downright odd.

However, Scotland’s got a number of surprises, you’re about to find out more in this list of some cool facts about Scotland.

25 Cool Scotland Facts That You Need To Know

1. Golf started in Scotland and has been played here since the 15th century. St. Andrew’s in Scotland is even called the ‘home of golf’.

golf course in scotland

2. The Kingdom of Scotland maintained its independence for centuries until the signing of the Acts of Union on May 1, 1707. The Acts of Union joined Scotland with England, forming the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

3. Scotland didn’t have its own parliament since it became part of the United Kingdom in 1707. It was only on July 1, 1999, that the country finally had its own legislative body.

scottish parliament

4. After England, Scotland is the second biggest country in the United Kingdom with an area of 78,772 square kilometers (30,414 square miles).

5. Among all the other countries in the world, Scotland’s land area is about the same size as that of the Czech Republic, the Japanese island of Hokkaido, Panama, the United Arab Emirates and the state of Maine in the United States.

6. Scotland is composed of about 790 islands, but only 130 of these islands are inhabited.

7. Lakes in Scotland are called lochs, and more than 600 square miles of these lochs are spread all over the country. Among these lochs is the infamous Loch Ness.

Lyle Hill

8. However, despite the legends surrounding Loch Ness, it is not the deepest loch in Scotland. The loch that owns that distinction is Loch Morar which is 1,077 feet (328 meters ) deep, making it the seventeenth deepest lake in the world.

9. Scotland is famous for its fairytale-like and mystical castles, that even ruins look magnificent. There are around 3,000 of these castles scattered all over the country. The country is home to some of the oldest castles in the world, and the oldest, well-preserved castle dates back to the 11th and 13th century. Among the reasons why there are so many castles in Scotland is because each clan built at least one castle within their territory.

Glengorm Castle

10. You will find the world’s tallest hedge in Scotland, specifically located close to Meikleour on the A93 Perth-Blairgowrie road. This hedge stands at 100 feet and is about 1,700 feet in length.

11. There are three languages in Scotland that are officially recognized namely, English, Scots, and Scottish Gaelic. English is the most widely used of the three while only one percent of the population speaks Scottish Gaelic.

12. Nope, it is not Ireland, but Scotland that has the highest number of redheads in the world. There are about 13% of the 5.2 million population that has red hair,  which means that there are more than half a million redheads in the Scottish isles.

red head

13. Scotland holds the distinction of hosting the very first international association football. Held at the West of Scotland Cricket ground in Partick in 1872, the match was between Scotland and England.

14. There was a time that football was banned in Scotland, courtesy of King James 1. The Football Act of 1424 states that ‘ Na man play at the fut ball’. It was obviously wasn’t heeded by the Scots as the country eventually became home to one of the most heated rivalries in the world of football. This was between the Celtics and Rangers at the Old Film Derby.

15. The Battle of Bannockburn against the English was won by the Scots in 1314. That victory headed by Robert the Bruce was how Scotland gained independence, therefore building a kingdom that lasted for centuries.

16. The film ‘Braveheart’ was taken from true events. The film’s main characters William Wallace and Robert the Bruce were real people and popular historical figures as much of the film were based on true historical events. William Wallace, in particular, played a significant role in the history of Scotland and is a National hero. Robert the Bruce meanwhile was responsible for the independence of Scotland in the early 1300s.

braveheart william wallace scotland facts

17. The Scots have a special way of celebrating their New Year. This event is called the Hogmanay, which is Scottish for ‘last day of the year’. It wasn’t known how it actually started but believed to be somewhat of Gaelic or Norse origins. Hogmanay is celebrated all over Scotland but the grandest is held in Edinburgh that people from all over the world go here to take part in it. Among the most popular feature of the event is the Torchlight procession, which is how they officially open Hogmanay.

18. A Glasgow born chemist named Charles Macintosh invented the raincoat in 1824. Up to this day, the garment is still called ‘Mac’ in Great Britain.

raincoat

19. Scotland pretty much invented the modern world as more Scots contributed to communications and technology as well as medicine. The telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876,  the television was a brainchild of John Logie Baird in 1925 while Alexander Fleming came up with the penicillin in 1928.

20. Meanwhile, many of the things often associated with Scotland such as kilts, tartans, and bagpipes were not originally from this country. Kilts were from Ireland, tartans were in Central Europe as early as the Bronze Age, while bagpipes were believed to have originated from Central Asia.

21. Haggis is the most infamous Scottish dish. They are made with the sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, spiced and rolled to resemble short fat sausages. The origin of the haggis was not known but history says a dish much like it was mentioned in Greek history 2,500 years ago. Haggis is considered Scotland’s national dish. Clearly not for vegans as it is made with sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, the haggis is often served with neeps and tatties as well as a Dram (glass of Scotch whiskey).

Haggis, neeps and tatties
Haggis, neeps and tatties

22. We’ve heard about the Loch Ness monster, and despite claimed sightings, none of it was quite accepted yet. There was an account of a sighting from the 6th century in the Life of St Columba, as well as photos that are often controversial. Nicknamed Nessie by the locals, the Loch Ness monster is said to look like the prehistoric Elasmosaur, a marine reptile with a long neck.

23. Aside from Nessie, another creature is said to lurk in the depths of Scotland’s lochs. This is said to be in Loch Morar, which is much deeper than Loch Ness at 1,000 feet in places. The ‘monster’ is called Morag, said to be 30 feet long, with rough brown skin and snakelike head. This creature is also said to be female and has allegedly attacked two fishermen in August 1969.

24. Apart from lake monsters, Scotland also seems to attract UFOs. Bonnybridge, a small Scottish town was recently called the world’s UFO capital as it has been known to have 300 sightings of an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) every year.

Bonnybridge

25. Or, maybe those sightings are said to be of unidentified flying objects because they are too bright and not easily distinguished. They could be something else, perhaps Scotland’s national animal — the unicorn. Yes, it’s true and quite odd but fascinating. Mythical creatures can be a country’s national animal, too, you know.

 

11 Best Things to Do in Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Isle of Skye is the second-largest among the islands of Scotland and is said to be the most beautiful. Easily accessible by a car that passes through a bridge or by a short ferry ride, the Isle of Skye is best known for its stunning natural scenery. Only 2.5 hours from Inverness, it can be a good side trip if you are in the area.

The Isle of Skye means ‘cloud island’ in Old Norse, which could also refer to its otherworldly beauty. With its dramatic cliffs, rugged mountains, mysterious moors, deep lochs, and diverse wildlife, one could spend hours and days just wandering around Skye as they discover more.

If you’re planning to go to this Scottish isle, here are some of the best things to do in Isle of Skye to make the most of your trip.

11 Things to Do in Isle of Skye

1. Visit Eilean Donan Castle

Donan castle in scotland

There are two ways to reach Isle of Skye — by a car that passes through the Skye bridge or a short ferry ride from the highlands. Most tours would go for the ferry bit
id you want to see something beautiful and iconic, take the car.

This way, you wouldn’t miss the chance to see the stunning Eilean Donan Castle up close. Regarded as one of the most beautiful castles in Scotland, this is one of the best places to see in the equally gorgeous Isle of Skye.

It is surrounded by water and looks even more magnificent in the early morning so if you’re on your way to or from the Isle of Skye, this is a great place to stop by for a while to enjoy the scenery and take photos.

Opening Hours

(Every day 1st Feb – 23rd March ) 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

(24th March – 26th Oct) 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

27th Oct – 30th Dec (Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day) 10:00 AM –to 4:00 PM

Admission Fee

Adults – £10.00

Concessions (Seniors Aged 60+) – £9.00

Family (2 Adults + 3 Children Age 5-15) – £29.00

Children over 5 – £6.00

Under 5s – FREE

Group Rate (min 12 persons) £7.00 / £9.00

Contact Information

Phone: +44 (0)1599 555202

Email: eileandonan@btconnect.com

Address: Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX Scotland

2. Visit the Neist Point Lighthouse

Neist Point Lighthouse

This picture-perfect lighthouse is one of the most breathtaking spots in the Isle of Skye. Situated in the westernmost part, this is an ideal place to watch the sunset.

The path to the lighthouse is a bit steep and the hike can be challenging, but once your there, you’ll know it’s worth it as soon as the scenery is glorious. It is, undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Isle of Skye especially in the summer, where you’ll even spot passing whales and basking sharks.

Opening Hours

open 24 hours

Contact Information

Address:  Isle of Skye IV55 8WU, United Kingdom

3. Hike the Quiraing

Quiraing in scotland

Known for its rugged natural beauty, there’s so much to see in Isle of Skye that a short trip might not suffice. However, there are just some places that are a must for every visitor, abd one of them is the Quiraing. This amazingly landscaped area is a haven for photography and outdoor lovers, and one of the best places to visit in the Isle of Skye.

A hike through the moss and grass-covered plateau take about two hours, a =definite must because it’s a great way to take in the stunning Isle of Skye scenery. The best times to go here are in the morning or late afternoon.

4. Visit Dunvegan Castle

Dunvegan Castle in scotland`

No Isle of Skye visit is complete without seeing a castle, and this one here holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously inhabited castle in all of Scotland. Dunvegan Castle is owned by the MacLeod clan and they’ve been here for more than 800 years.

It is one of the top attractions in Skye, a definite must-see for anyone who wants to get to know more about the isle’s turbulent history. The gardens surrounding the castle is another must-see, as well as the grey seal colony nearby.

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday – 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Admission Fee

CASTLE & GARDENS

Adult £14.00
Child (5-15yrs) £9.00
Students/seniors – £11.00
Groups (min 10) £11.00
Family ticket (2 adults, 4 children) £34.00
Cruise ships using pontoon facilities –  £16.00

Contact Information

Phone: +44 (0) 1470521206

Email: info@dunvegancastle.com

Address: Dunvegan Castle & Gardens Dunvegan Isle of Skye IV55 8WF United Kingdom

5. Climb to the Old Man of Storr

Old man of storr in scotland

When you see the Old Man of Starr for the first time, you’d think it’s a tall castle ruin. Far from it, though, as it’s alone rock needle that stands 40 meters high, below a massive mountain plateau.

Climbing up this iconic Isle of Sky attraction is a must, and even on rainy weather, it is still an easy hike up. There’s a well-maintained trail that leads to the rock needle, and the walk u lasts for an hour and a half.

6. Be amazed by Kilt Rock and the Mealt Falls

Kilt Rock and the Mealt Falls scotland

Another natural wonder that’s worth seeing in the Isle of Skye is the Kilt Rock. It’s. A fascinating sight, as there are dinosaur footprints at its bottom, and a from the rock itself is the Mealt waterfall that crashes right into the ocean.

It is best seen from a viewing platform, just a few minutes’ walks from the parking lot. From there, you’ll see the whole bay, the cliffs, the Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls.

7. Go on a wildlife boat trip on the Isle of Skye

wildlife boat trip isle of skye

Apart from its glorious rugged landscape, Isle of Skye also biases of a rich wildlife. Here you’ll find deer, dolphins, white-tailed sea eagles, otters, grey seals, puffins,
porpoises, whales and more, that the best way to see most if not all of these is by boat.

Most wildlife boat tours cruise around the Isle of Skye than in surrounding areas to see more of its diverse wildlife. This is one of the best things to do in the Isle of Skye on weekends, and an amazing opportunity to see more of Skye that you won’t usually see when exploring it on land.

8. Sample whiskey at Talisker distillery

Talisker distillery scotland

You can’t be in any part of Scotland without sampling the local whiskey. The Isle of Skye is no Exception as it has Talisker Distillery. Their whiskey is actually quite
famous, known for its smoky aroma and made using local clear mountain water.

The tour around the distillery is rather short, but you’ll see the massive copper kettles which are used to distill the dark gold fluid. Like most distillery tours, there’s sampling towards the end. It’s still whiskey, with a distinct flavor and a visit to Talisker is definitely one of the best things to do in the Isle of Sky.

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday – 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Sunday – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Admission Fee

Adults – £10

Child (8 – 17)- £5

Contact Information

Phone: 01478 614308

Email: talisker@diageo.com

Address: Carbost, Isle of Skye IV47 8SR

9. Visit the Fairy Pools and the Cuillin Mountain range

Fairy Pools scotland

Usually snow-covered until the end of May, Cuillin Mountain Range is another of the best attractions in the Isle of Skye, that you simply must see and experience. This is one of the highest in the country, and quite a challenging hike if you’re not a professional.

There’s another way to enjoy it, though, and it’s at the very base of the mountain. There, you will find the Fairy Pools, which runs from the steep mountain and a favorite swimming area among locals during summer.

There are cascades of waterfalls and pools that stretch to a kilometer, and these are among the best things you’ll ever see in Skye.

10. Have a picnic at Coral Beach

skye coral beach

The Isle of Sky isn’t just rugged mountains, strange rock formations and dramatic cliffs. If you’re not in the mood for another hike and just want to relax, there’s a Coral beach for you to enjoy a picnic and just relax in the sand.

It is located near Dunvegan, and it’s pristine beauty somehow looks out of place compared to the other things you’ll see in Skye. It’s here though and it’s one of the best places to visit in the Isle of Skye if you’re for a relaxing time, with the sea breeze and glittering sand to keep your company.

11. Pass by the Glenfinnan viaduct

Glenfinnan viaduct scotland

Aside from the Eilean Donan castle, a good reason to take the car instead of ride the ferry to the Isle of Skye is the chance to pads by the Glenfinnan viaduct. If this engineering marvel looks familiar, then you’ve probably seen Harry Potter particularly that scene where he’s riding the train to Hogwarts.

To further enjoy this Isle of Skye attraction, check the train schedule so that you can see the Jacobite steam train passing over the viaduct. The sight is pure magic.

Opening Hours

2 Jan 2019–29 Feb 2020, daily, 09.00–10.00, 11.30–12.30, 14.00–15.00 (closed 24–26 Dec and 31 Dec–1 Jan 2020)

Admission Fee

Adult- £4.00

Family – £10.00

One adult family- £7.00

Concession – £3.00

Contact Information

Phone:  01397 722 295

Email: enquiry@glenfinnanstationmuseum.co.uk

Address: A830 Rd, Glenfinnan PH37 4LT, UK


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Edinburgh Airport To City Centre Transfer Options

Edinburgh Airport may only be eight miles (12km) from the city center, but if it’s your first time to visit this beautiful city, even getting out of the terminal can be quite daunting. There are various options to get you from Edinburgh airport to the city center, where you have most likely booked your accommodations.

Depending on your preference or budget, you can rent a car with a chauffeur or take the bus and get you started right away on ‘feeling’ the city. Here’s a quick guide to transport from Edinburgh airport to the city center. 

Edinburgh Airport To City Centre Transfer Options

Bus from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh City Centre

Bus from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh City Centre

Airlink 100

Lothian is the main bus company in Edinburgh, which provides reliable public transportation to and from the airport with its Airlink 100 express bus service. 

These buses are conveniently located outside the main airport entrance, making it easily accessible even for those arriving and visiting Edinburgh for the first time.

Airlink 100 buses offer frequent departures, comfortable seats, and free Wi-Fi. Depending on the traffic, the average travel time from the airport to the city center is around 25 minutes. 

Route / Stops:

Edinburgh Airport to Waverley Bridge (this is close to Princes Street as well as the main rail and bus stations). Stops include Edinburgh Zoo, Haymarket Station and Princes Street (shopping street in the city center).

Schedule:

This express bus service operates 24/7 and departs every 10 minutes from Edinburgh airport. 

Tickets:

£4.50 for a single journey £7.00 for return. 

Reductions for Children apply.

Where to buy tickets:

Tickets can be bought at the bus stop, or from the driver. You can also pre-book an Airlink bus ticket through this site

Skylink 200

You can also choose Skylink 200 if you’re going from Edinburgh airport to the North of the city center. These buses are found at Stop B on the terminal forecourt, outside the main entrance.

Route / Stops:

This service runs from the Edinburgh airport to Ocean Terminal in Leith.

Stops at Clermiston, Blackhall, Drylaw, Muirhouse, and Newhaven. 

Schedule:

From 04:55 and 00:00, seven days a week.

Departs from Edinburgh Airport every 30 minutes.

Tickets:

Single £4.50, return £7.50 (reductions for children).

Where to buy tickets:

On the bus

Skylink 300

Another option if you’re going to the Southern part of the city center, via West Edinburgh. These buses are found at Stop F on the terminal forecourt, outside the main entrance.

Route / Stops:

This bus runs from Edinburgh airport to Ocean Terminal in Leith 

Passes through  West Edinburgh with stops at Slateford, Fountainbridge, Surgeons’ Hall and Newington to Cameron Toll.

Schedule:

This service leaves every 20 minutes from Monday to Friday on daytime and every 30 minutes on evenings, Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets:

Single £4.50, return £7.50 (reductions for children).

Where to buy tickets:

On the bus

N22 Night Bus

You can also travel via the N22 from Edinburgh Airport. This bus is found at Stop D on the terminal forecourt, outside the main entrance.

Route / Stops:

This bus runs from the Edinburgh airport via South Gyle to the city centre to Ocean Terminal in Leith.

Schedule:

Operates between 00:45 and 04:15, seven nights a week.

Leaves Edinburgh airport every 30 minutes.

Tickets:

 £3 flat fare (unlimited travel for one night).

Where to buy tickets:

On the bus

Tram from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh City Centre

Tram from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh City Centre

Another option when going from the airport to the city center is via Edinburgh’s reliable train system. 

You can find the tram stop at the east side of the terminal building, within a  short walking distance from the departures and arrivals areas.

Travel time is consistently at 35 minutes from the airport to the Edinburgh city center.

Route / Stops:

Edinburgh Airport to Princes Street Tram Stop or St Andrew Square Tram Stop

Schedule:

Trams run from 06.18 to 22.48 

Departs every 8 to 10 minutes. 

Tickets:

5.50 for a single journey and £8.50 for return, 

Reductions for Children apply. 

Where to buy tickets:

You can buy tram tickets from ticket vending machines at the airport tram station, ticket machines at every tram stop or you can purchase a ticket online before you travel.

Taxi from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh City Centre

Taxi from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh City Centre

If you want relatively more private transport from Edinburgh airport to the city center, you may avail of taxi service. You may choose between an airport taxi or one of those city ‘black cabs’. They have separate ranks located outside the east end of the terminal building.

You can opt to pre-book Edinburgh Airport’s official taxi service by calling 0844 448 8576. You can find this taxi rank on the ground floor of the multi-story car park. You can also just pick up a black cab at the rank on the ground floor of the multi-story car park. 

Travel time depends on the traffic, but the average is 25 minutes from the airport to the city center. 

Fare:

Taxis at Edinburgh airport do not charge a flat rate fee but they instead use a taximeter to figure out the price depending on the distance traveled. The usual fare may vary slightly but will be about 22.83€ (£20).

Car Hire from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh City Centre

Car Hire from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh City Centre

If getting on a can isn’t your thing and wanted a more relaxing, fuss-free transfer from the airport to Edinburgh’s city center, car hire is the best option. Almost all of the top international car hire companies, as well as the local Scottish operators, are at the Edinburgh airport.

You may book right after you have landed, but it’s recommended to book in advance online via rentalcars.com where you can easily compare car companies and choose the best deal. Rates per day depending on the season (peak / off-peak tourist season) or month of the year.

By car, travel time from the airport (via the A8 Glasgow Road) to the city centre (St. Andrew Square) in Edinburgh takes at least 20 minutes. 

 

15 Must-Try Traditional Scottish Food

As rich and delightful as its history and geography, traditional Scottish food is something that you must experience more of when in this amazing country. Maybe how some looked or what they’re made of will make you question the life choices of the people of Scotland — but they’re all worth a try.

From strange puddings to buttered bacon to a heavenly ‘tablet’, here are some Scottish treats that you definitely must try.

15 Must-Try Traditional Scottish Food

1. Haggis

Haggis, neeps and tatties
Haggis, neeps and tatties

Love it or hate it, the legendary haggis is among the most highly regarded food in Scotland. It even has an ode written by their national poet Robert Burns. This flavorful dish is made of minced sheep’s pluck (heart, liver, and lungs) mixed with oatmeal, onions and spices then stuffed either into the lining of a sheep’s stomach or intestines. It is then baked or boiled, then served with bread or another Scottish local fare such as neeps and tatties (more on that later).

2. Neeps and tatties

This is usually served with haggis but can be enjoyed on its own. ‘Neeps’ are actually turnips while ‘ tatties’ are potatoes, with butter and chives. This is tasty, filling meal that’s best eaten for breakfast or as a snack, if not a side dish to meals.

3. Cullen skink

Cullen Skink traditional scottish food
Cullen Skink

This is a traditional Scottish soup that’s made with smoked haddock, potatoes, and leek. It is hearty and delicious and considered as comfort food that’s also served in pubs.

4. Bacon butty

Anything with bacon is good. Bacon just makes things extra special but in Scotland, it is stuffed in a white toll along with lots of butter. Then ketchup or brown sauce. Sounds weird, again? It is actually a popular snack fare, and a must-try so don’t judge yet.

5. Black pudding

black pudding

Another weird but wonderful Scottish fare that you must try. It’s like a distant brother of haggis, only instead of the sheep’s pluck, it is made up of sausage, meat, oatmeal and pig’s blood which is responsible for its dark color. It’s also served in cafes and pubs so you won’t have a difficult time looking for it if you want to try, and you must.

6. Shortbread

Shortbread has been one of Scotland’s favorite dessert for centuries. It’s been around since 1736 and known for its creamy, buttery goodness. This treat comes in all shapes and sizes and best served with tea. It is also given as a gift during holidays, and there’s no doubt anyone would ever refuse it.

7. A full Scottish

full Scottish breakfast

When it Scotland, you must try starting one of your days with a full Scottish. A full breakfast in Scotland is just like a full English breakfast — only it comes with black pudding, Lorne sausage, and tattie scones.

Black pudding is sometimes replaced with haggis or white pudding (black pudding without the blood, but fat). Tattie scones may be bland for those trying it for the first time so make sure to put a lot of butter in it.

A full Scottish breakfast is also served any time of the day in most cafes, restaurants, and pubs, making it a hearty treat you can enjoy whenever you want.

8. Bangers and mash

bangers and mash

A classic diner fare in Scotland, bangers, and mash is something that anyone can enjoy. It’s basically sausages and mashed potatoes made with lots of butter and milk to make it fluffier. Bangers or Scottish sausages are made with locally raised meat of the highest quality so anyone trying it for the first time is assured of a hearty and flavorful treat.

9. Terry’s Chocolate Orange

A unique Scottish treat that you can also bring back home is Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Yes, it’s round and yes, it’s got orange in it. It’s really a ball of milk chocolate with a bit of orange extract. It’s divided into slices so you can eat it like you’d eat an orange and really savor it.

10. Leek and tattie soup

leek and tattie

Another traditional soup dish that’s also considered as comfort food, leek, and tattie (potato) soup is a must-try. It’s the perfect thing to have when you’re in Scotland and experiencing its unpredictable weather, or if you simply want something light yet delicious to enjoy.

11. Sticky toffee pudding

Scotland’s sticky toffee pudding sounds too good to be true considering what’s in it, but it’s real and a definite must-try.  This treat is made with a moist sponge cake complete with dates, toffee sauce, and vanilla custard or ice cream. This is probably the best Scottish pudding ever so make sure you head to the nearest pub or cafe to enjoy some or a lot.

12. Scotch pie

Scotch pie

The Scotch pie may be small in size, but it’s quite a big deal in the Scottish culinary scene. It has a double crust for that extra crunch and filled with minced mutton or other meat. It can be served hot or cold, and a delightful treat any time of the day.

Each year, butchers and bakers from all over compete to win the World Scotch Pie Champion, which is kind of a big deal in Scotland.

13. Sunday Roast

Scotland’s Sunday Roast is basically like American Thanksgiving every week. This is usually served for lunch or dinner and is made up of any type of roasted meat and a variety of side dishes.

Typically there’s Yorkshire pudding — a type of roll that’s cooked in lots of oil. Gravy and mashed potatoes can also be added, or neeps and tatties, sausages and stuffing. This hearty, full meal is another must experience when you’re in Scotland.

14. Scottish tablet

Butter tablet scottish food

To describe a Scottish tablet is to just tell anyone what it is and how it is made. Butter, condensed milk and sugar until it crystallizes and hardens a bit. The result is something you’d want to take back to your home country because it’s that good.

These treats are also made with nuts, dried fruit bits, and even whiskey. This delicious thing is made all over Scotland so you’ll have no trouble getting some for yourself.

15. Battered Mars bar

Deep fried mars bar with ice cream

Another strange bit delightful must try in Scotland is the battered Mars bar. Yes, that’s the candy bar battered then deep-fried. The result is some sort of a Mars pie with a rich chocolate filling that oozes out after that first bite. Eating it is quite an experience.

Just head on to a pub, order a battered Mars bar and they’ll make it for you without judgment. If you don’t like Mars bars, it can also be sweet of your choice and they’ll batter and fry them for you.

 

 

10 Best Pubs in Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow, Scotland is home to some of the best traditional and liveliest pubs and restaurants. Spending time in these pubs will reward you one of the best Scottish experiences. It is also one of the best ways to meet locals while trying their offerings of the best whiskeys, ales, and beers.

Some of the pubs also offer live performances and music sessions which are a good way to relax after a long day of sightseeing in Glasgow. So if you don’t know where to go yet, here’s our list of best pubs in Glasgow, Scotland.

10 Best Pubs in Glasgow, Scotland

1. The Bon Accord, Glasgow

The Bon Accord

This traditional pub is home to one of the world-famous ales and malt whiskeys in all Scotland. Owned and managed by the McDonaghs for 17 years, the bar specializes in creating top-quality ales and malt whiskeys.

Aside from local drinks, they also offer good food and local delicacies which includes vegetarian options. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Sunday – 12:30 PM  to 12:00 AM

Contact Information

Address: The Bon Accord, 153 North Street, Glasgow G3 7DA.

Phone: 0141 248 4427

Email:  mail@bonaccordpub.com

2. The Ben Nevis

 

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Named after the highest mountain in the British Isles, this small, traditional bar has a huge collection of whiskeys and crafted beers. Famous for their awesome trad musicians who play live musical performances, this pub in Glasgow has one of the most fun night scene in the city. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday – 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Sunday – 12:30 PM to 12:00 AM

Contact Information

Address: Argyle Street 1147, Glasgow

Phone: +441415765204

Email: facebook.com/TheBenNevisBar

3. The Pot Still

 

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Home to hundreds of collections of whiskeys, single and blended grains, liqueurs, and beers  – 700 to be exact – the Pot Still bar offers the widest selections of local drinks in Glasgow. 

Whether you are a fan of whiskey or craft beers, there’s something for everyone in Pot Still Bar. And if you don’t know where to start, you can always ask their bartenders who can offer you assistance in choosing the best drink for you and your friends.

Aside from drinks, the pub also offers good light snacks and hors d’oeuvres.

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday – 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Contact Information

Address: 154 Hope St, Glasgow, G2 2TH

Phone: 0141 333 0980

4. Molly Malone’s

Molly Malone’s

Affordable drinks, lively folks, and good entertainment by nighttime await you on Molly Malone’s. The pub offers a full-menu by day; from crunchy sandwiches, baked potatoes, fish and chips, Irish croc pots, lasagna, roasted chicken and steak classics, tasty sides, prime-cut burgers, to delectable desserts are also available.

It is perfect for any family celebration or any weekend activity. The most sought-after Guinness from Ireland is also available in Molly Malone’s. They also have large TV screens for those sports fans who need to be updated for the latest sports news. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday – 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Contact Information

Address: 224 Hope Street, City Centre, Glasgow G2 2UG

Phone: 0141 3322752

5. The Laurieston

 

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The Lauriston is a combination of chic and modern interior and lighting, with traditional fixtures and dark wood furniture. Popular for its great ales, crafted beers and whiskeys, this bar is one of the popular pubs in Glasgow.  

You can also try a pint of Hurricane Jack by Argyll’s Fine Ales and their delectable pies which make this place one of the best pubs in Glasgow. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday – 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Sunday – 12:30 AM – 11:00 PM

Contact Information

Address: 224 Hope StreetGlasgow G2 2UG, Scotland

Phone: 0141 332 2757

6. Shilling Brewing Company, Glasgow

 

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If you are looking for a quality bar, brewery, and pizzeria rolled into one, then the Shilling Brewing Company is the best choice. It is the first brewpub in Glasgow, where the art and science of making the best ales and whiskey can be found.

Try some of their best ales: The Unicorn IPA, with its balance floral and citrus notes, the Glasgow Red Ale, and the Black Star Teleporter—made with classic cascade and Columbus hops, with a touch of coconut sweetness for an after-taste.

Their unique pizzas are also as delectable as their ales. With a touch of beer, their pizza-wizards are able to craft delicious pizzas that you can only find in Glasgow, Scotland.

Opening Hours

Monday – 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Tuesday to Thursday – 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Friday t0 Saturday – 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Sunday- 12:30 PM to 11:00 PM

Contact Information

Address: 92 West George Street, Glasgow, South Lanarkshire, G2 1PJ

Phone: (0141) 353 1654

7. Oran Mor

Oran Mor

A popular classy venue in Glasgow, Oran Mor is one of the top places for entertainment in the city. The name of the pub-restaurant is Gaelic in origin, which means the ‘great melody of life’ or ‘big song.’

Daily live music sessions, comedy, and theatre all-year-round can be enjoyed in this place by everyone. Its two main bars, the Whiskey Bar, and the Brasserie Late Night Bar offer champagnes, cocktails, whiskeys, and other popular Scottish drinks. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Wednesday – 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM

Thursday to Saturday- 9:00 AM to 3:00 AM

Sunday- 10:00 AM to 3:00 AM

Contact Information

Address: Top of Byres RoadG12 8QXGlasgow

Phone: 441413576200

8. Lismore Pub, Glasgow

Lismore

With its artistic and bohemian atmosphere, the small pub is home to a range of choice spirits and whiskeys. The bar features regular trad music sessions every Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings—with an open-mic show every Thursday.

Dark woods and old Irish-themed fixtures, and the homely lighting will transport you to the era of trad music. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday – 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Contact Information

Address: 206 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow West End G11 6UN

Phone: 0141) 576 0102

Email: facebook.com/lismorebar

9. The Citizen: Bar and Dining Rooms

The Citizen: Bar and Dining Rooms

Famous for its beautiful interior full of white spherical globes of light bulbs, the Citizen Pub is surely a sight to behold inside. It elevates good conversations with their top-rank champagnes, crafted beers, ales, wines, and whiskeys.

Private and special events are also available for booking. And with their menu being ‘unashamedly Scottish’, and with some international delicacies, your choice of food and drinks will be diverse and limitlessly fun.

You can enjoy their Citizen Meat and Seafood Boards, awesome Scottish starters, crisp burgers and sandwiches, delectable pies and pastries, their filling main courses, their choice-cuts sirloin steaks, fresh seafood and salads, and most all—their topnotch drinks. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday – 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Friday to Saturday- 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Sunday- 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Contact Information

Address: The Citizen Building 24 St. Vincent PlaceGlasgow G1 2DH, Scotland

Phone:  +44 141 222 2909

10. Waxy O’Connors, Glasgow

Waxy O’Connors, Glasgow

The imposing three-story Gothic space is home to six bars, church-inspired décor, and furniture, gnarled tree-branches enough to scare or fascinate anyone who sees them—and of course, great-tasting ales and whiskeys.

The jaw-dropping carpentry and interior design will make any art-enthusiast marvel on how all these interiors were made. Aside from its detailed and beautifully-crafted interiors, your favorite Irish and Scottish drinks and meals—haggis, Guinness pies, Irish stew, and steaks can be found here.

If you and your friends wish to enjoy a beautiful evening in an Irish-inspired pub in Glasgow, then this is the pub for you. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday – 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Friday- 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Saturday-  10:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Sunday- 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Contact Information

Address: 44 West George Street | Waxy O’ConnorsGlasgow G2 1DH, Scotland


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