Information & Facts
Generally, Scotland is cool, damp and cloudy, but daily weather
is unpredictable and extremely changeable. January and February are
the coldest months, averaging 41°F (5°C), and summer has average
temperatures of 66°F (19°C) during its warmest months of July and
August. Scottish weather is on average cooler than that of England.
The coldest areas are the highlands and the northern latitude means
short winter days and very long summer evenings. The east coast
experiences more sunshine, but colder winters, compared to the
English is the official language, though visitors will be
astonished by the variety of regional accents.
The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100
pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and
American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards
should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign
currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels,
however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks.
Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by
tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid
Local time in Scotland is GMT (GMT +1 between last Sunday in
March and last Sunday in October).