A guide to Scotland for overseas visitors

A guide to Scotland for overseas visitors

A guide to Scotland for overseas visitors

Scotland isn’t just popular with UK tourists; it appears to be a ‘must-visit’ destination for overseas visitors too. Overseas tourism to Scotland increased by 10% in 2012.

Part of this has been linked to the partnership between VisitScotland and the popular Disney movie ‘Brave’. It’s not surprising given its stunning scenery, welcoming atmosphere and abundance of activities and attractions on offer.

If you’re coming to this unique part of the world, there are a few things you might want to look into before you do.

Understanding Scottish culture

Perhaps one of the hardest things to get to grips with is the culture. However, don’t panic as there are a few simple tips to follow on your visit.

Scotland has a very vibrant culture, known for its bagpipes, kilts and haggis. It’s a very lively country and fun is what you can expect to find in abundance on your trip.

If you want to witness Scotland’s culture in its entirety, get tickets to experience the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August. There you’ll find hundreds of pipers showing off their skills.

It could be worth checking out the most common Scottish slang terms too. That will definitely help you understand the locals while you’re here!

Top Scottish Cities

When you’re visiting from a different country, you’ll likely have no idea about the different cities in Scotland. Some of the best that are well worth a visit include:

● Edinburgh

● Aberdeen

● Glasgow

● Stirling

● Inverness

Edinburgh and Glasgow are the most famous cities in the country. If you’re visiting in the summer, Edinburgh is a great city to head to. There’s plenty to do including excellent festivals and attractions. Glasgow is the biggest city in the country and it’s well known for its great shopping opportunities.

Aberdeen is known as ‘Europe’s Oil Capital’ but it offers so much more to visitors. It’s packed full of parks, green spaces and stunning beaches – great for a relaxing getaway!

Stirling is a fairly new city, but it does have a long and interesting history. The cobbled old town is quaint and welcoming and it’s significantly quieter than similar city ‘Edinburgh’.

Inverness on the other hand is famous for its ‘Loch Ness Monster’ myth. This is one of the best tourist destinations as it features a stunning cathedral and a lot of souvenir shops.

There are also great islands you might want to check out including Isle of Mull, Orkney and Lewis and Harris.

The western isles are fairly easy to explore, while offering spectacular scenery. Simply drive up to Oban and buy a Island Rover or Island Hopping ticket on CalMac Ferries. You’ll be able to visit Inner Hebrides, Southern Hebrides and the small isles.

Accommodation options

There is a wide range of accommodation available in Scotland from luxury hotels to budget friendly campsites. If you’re looking to save the most money on your trip, why not hire a campervan? This can be a great way to see all that Scotland has to offer.

Drive through the Cornish country side stopping into some of the many quaint sea side towns for a pastie along the way. Driving through Cornwall will show you first hand what it is about this beautful place that has inspired generations of writers from DH Lawrence and Charles Causley to Sir John Betjeman and Daphne du Maurier.