Scotland: Know Before You Go

A land of mystery and breathtaking scenery, Scotland is a travel destination not to be missed. Located in northern Great Britain, this proud nation boasts a captivating culture with Celtic, Germanic and English heritage. Learn how to plan your next trip to Scotland with our expert advice.  

The Best Itinerary for Scotland


Our 8-day tour of Scotland takes you to Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Highlands and the Isle of Skye! 

 Travel Scotland - Day 1 and 2 in Edinburgh 


Start your trip in Scotland's magnificent capital. In south-eastern Scotland, the area known as "Auld Reekie" (literally "old chimney") is brimming with charm, history and fascinating landscapes. For 2 days, take the time to soak up the atmosphere of the city. Explore the cobbled streets, castles and museums, and don't miss: 

The Royal Mile, Edinburgh's most famous street with 1.8 km of stores, restaurants and pubs. 

The Palace of Holyroodhouse, a shining example of classical architecture and the official residence of the King of England in Scotland. 

Edinburgh Castle (Castle Rock), an ancient fortress where you can admire the Crown Jewels of Scotland, St. Margaret's Chapel, the One O'Clock cannon, the old gaols, and many other historical treasures.  
 Travel Scotland - 1 day in Glasgow 


Renowned for its impressive architecture, role in the Industrial Revolution and welcoming residents, Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and a must for travelers! Explore world-renowned art galleries, including the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) and take a stroll along the River Clyde before enjoying the city's legendary music scene at a live concert.  

 Travel Scotland - 3 days in the Highlands 


After exploring Scotland's two largest cities, set off to discover the wild world of the Scottish Highlands, a vast, green wilderness in the north-west of the country. Head to the shores of the famous Loch Ness for a glimpse of the mysterious lake monster Nessie, and continue on through the mountains to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. 

 Travel Scotland - 1 day on the Isle of Skye 


Finish your trip in style in the west of the Highlands, with a visit to the Isle of Skye, famous for its rugged landscapes, dramatic cliffs and enchanting lochs. Don't miss Dunvegan Castle, Scotland's oldest inhabited castle, and discover the fascinating history of Clan MacLeod.  


The Best Time to Visit Scotland



The best time to visit Scotland is from April to September. To avoid peak tourist season and enjoy mild weather, choose the month of May! If you want to attend one of the many summer cultural events, such as the Highland Games, and see the dolphins, you’ll need to go in June, July or August.  


Do I Need a Visa to Travel to Scotland?



Are you a citizen of the European Union or Schengen Area (or Associated States)? You can travel to the United Kingdom with a passport valid for the duration of your stay.  

Are you a citizen of a country outside the EU and Schengen Area? To enter the UK, you will also need a passport (valid for the duration of your stay) and, depending on your country of origin, a tourist visa.  


Whether you require a tourist visa or not, you must meet the eligibility requirements for a "Standard Visitor" to travel to the UK. When your visa application is processed, or when you cross the border into the UK, you will need to prove to the British authorities that: 

- you will leave the UK at the end of your visit,  

- you are able to support yourself and your dependents during your trip (or will receive external funding to support you),  

- you can pay for your ticket out of the country (or receive external financing to do so), 

- you will not live in the UK for long periods with frequent or successive visits, nor make the UK your primary residence. 


How Do I Get a Visa for Scotland?



Do you need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom? You can apply for a Standard Visitor visa (valid for up to 6 months) for your tourist trip to Scotland 3 months before departure. 


To apply: go online to complete a Standard Visitor visa application form and pay the application fee (£115). The next step is to go to a UK-approved visa center in your country of residence to provide your biometric data (photograph, fingerprints).  


Are you travelling with your family? You must apply for a visa (and pay the associated fees) for each family member. They must then each make their own appointment at the nearest visa center.  

 Travel Insurance for Scotland 


Choose peace of mind for your trip to Scotland with Schengen visa travel insurance from Europ Assistance.  


Starting at 3 euros, Europ Assistance's Schengen visa travel insurance covers you for medical expenses of up to €60,000 in the event of illness or accident, as well as additional coverage in all Member States of the Schengen Area and European Union (as well as the United Kingdom). 


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