Scotland is one of the most northern parts of the United Kingdom, featuring a unique history and breathtaking scenery. But it’s the friendly and welcoming locals that make Scotland such a wonderful place to visit. One of the great things that makes Scotland a fun area to explore is the array of destinations to suit each type of traveller. 

Scotland can be divided into three areas – the Highlands, the Midland Valley and the Southern Uplands. This means that no matter if you’re a history buff looking to wander through archaic castles or you’re a keen adventurer seeking the thrill of the Highlands, there’s truly something for everyone.

Touring Scotland by Coach

Travelling through Scotland via coach is a great way to immerse yourself in the majestic scenery that this humble country has to offer while getting to key locations for your tour. For instance, you can watch as you travel from the charming city and straight into Scotland’s natural beauty.

When you travel with Albatross Tours, we’ll give you plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the magical atmosphere of Scotland’s picturesque scenery. We also make sure that we travel in small groups to allow travellers – novice and veteran alike – to fully embrace Scotland’s wonder and beauty.

The best part is that our well-seasoned Tour Managers will take you to the best places Scotland has to offer, such as Edinburgh Castle and various whisky distilleries that this great country is known for.

And by travelling with Albatross Tours, you can meet new people and forge life-long friendships through a love of travel! No matter if you’re flying solo or travelling with a friend, you’ll meet like-minded travellers looking to broaden their horizons through an adventure of a lifetime.

When to Visit Scotland

Though Scotland often has drizzly weather and a dreary atmosphere, when the sun does come out to play the sights are truly remarkable. Picture enchanting sunrises coming up over the hills or a magical sunset behind the charming towns.

For your best chance at slightly warmer weather, book your trip for April to August, as the spring-summer seasons tend to average tops of 17ºC–28ºC. The best part is that April is one of the driest months of the year for Scotland, meaning that you won’t feel bogged down by the drizzle. Though the summer months tend to be the peak travel season, if you want a quieter time in this verdant country then you should plan your travel for spring or autumn.

Scottish Culture

Things to Know Before You Go

Here are some important details that you should know before you go:

  • Language – English is the most prominent language spoken in Scotland, as it has been for several centuries. However, the languages of the Gaelic and the Scots can still be heard across these rugged lands, and tourists will need to listen closely to understand accents at times. As you decipher stronger northern accents, be polite about it and calmly ask the speaker to repeat themselves if necessary. Likewise, Australian and New Zealand accents may be difficult to understand for local Scottish folk, so speak slowly and clearly.
  • Money – Scotland’s currency is the Pound Sterling (£GBP). Though Scotland’s banknotes look different to those of the United Kingdom (UK), you can use both types of banknotes throughout Scotland. You can also use your credit card throughout Scotland both for cash withdrawals and transactions.
  • Time zone and daylight – Scotland uses Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), but switches to British Summer Time (BST) when daylight savings comes around. This means Edinburgh is five hours ahead of New York and 10 hours behind Melbourne. In terms of daylight, June will see up to 17 hours of sunlight while the depths of winter can see about seven hours of sunlight.
  • Electricity – Scotland uses a 230V supply voltage with a frequency of 50Hz. When travelling from Australia, you don’t usually need a converter for your electronics.