Here’s my latest Scotland travel blog, guides and tips for any traveler who wants to visit Scotland in 2020 . I also shared some tips on how to save more money for your travel budget and use most of your time traveling the best spots in Scotland. So here’s your Scottish travel blog and vlog. Read, watch and enjoy!
It’s always been my dream to visit Scotland because it’s one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Amazing mountains and sceneries, gothic cathedrals, delicious foods, charming people and famous film spots, Scotland is for sure included in your bucket list.
How to Travel Scotland If You Are a Filipino?
Do you need a visa to go Scotland?
If you are a Filipino traveler like me, you need a visa to visit Scotland. Do not worry, because it’s simple to get one. It was my first time applying for a visa and I got approved easily. Scotland is part of the UK so you need to get a UK Tourist Visa.
Check out my guide “How to Apply for UK Tourist Visa in the Philippines.” If you have a UK visa, you are allowed to visit 4 countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Yay!
Scotland Travel Tips in 2020:
Consider the Weather in Scotland
If you are planning to go to Scotland in the summer, you must visit in the months of June, July and August. Summer means more hours for daylight, thus more activities you can do. It also means more tourists and higher cost of flight and hotel deals. Summer temperature ranges from 15°C (59°F) to 17°C (63 °F).
September to November is autumn. Autumn means amazing colorful trees. Temperature is around 8°C (46°F) to 14°C (57°F). Winter is coming in Scotland in the months of December, January and February with temperature around 5°C (41°F). March, April and May are spring season. Temperatures range from approximately 7°C (45°F) to 13 °C (55°F).
Expect the unexpected
As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.” When I went to Scotland last December, the snow came earlier than expected so it was freezing, temperature went down to -2°C. Luckily, I was bringing my winter coats, gloves and beanies. I also brought my Vitamin C with me. For a girl like me who lives in a tropical country, we should really be prepared for cold European weather.
Book a hotel with free breakfast
As always, book your flights and hotel accommodations as early as 3 months before you travel to save more money. For flights, I always book using airlinepromo.net because I always get the cheapest ticket using that website. I also get nice hotel deals using that site like the one where I stayed in Edinburgh. I got a great deal at Ibis Hotel with free breakfast. Who doesn’t like a Scottish buffet breakfast, right?
Avail Free Tours
What I love most about traveling to Europe is their free tours. Yes, you can join group tour where a tour guide will guide you to the famous spots and attractions while discussing amazing facts and info about each place. You can book your free tour at New Europe Tours. I booked mine when I was in Edinburgh and we toured the Old Town.
Explore other countries in Europe
After you visited Scotland, why not visit England? Or see Wales and Belfast. You can be in London in 1 hour and 30 minutes via plane, 4 hours and 35 minutes via train. Europe is very accessible using their rail transport so get the most of your time by traveling to other countries.
Use that Instagram Hashtag
If you run out of a place to visit in Scotland, try searching a hashtag related to Scotland on Instagram, you’ll surely get some nice answers. You can also find out latest Scotland news using hashtag. Worth to know what’s going on the place you will be traveling to.
Scotland Travel Guide:
What to see in Scotland? You can start your journey at the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh. Explore the Old Town, see the Royal Mile, the Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral, some Harry Potter spots like that one that believed to be where Diagon Alley’s inspiration and the Original Hogwarts were born.
Don’t miss that restaurant where J.K. Rowling has written some parts of Harry Potter and the cemetery where you can find Thomas Riddel’s (Tom Riddle) grave and a few more graves where you can find more Harry Potter characters names.
Spend another day visiting The Highlands. Have a full day of adventure seeing Loch Ness, Glen Coe and Isle of Skye. End your day by having the flavor of Scotland. Have a Scotch Whisky. See my itinerary below, my Scotland travel blog won’t be complete without it.
You can also spend another day visiting the Rosslyn Chapel. Uncover the myths and legends of the Da Vinci Code. When I return to Scotland, I will definitely visit this chapel. I missed going here because I had to go back to London.
Scotland 3-Day Travel Itinerary Sample:
Here’s my Scotland 3-Day sample itinerary you can also use if you’re planning to travel to Scotland. If you have questions, feel free to post them in the comments below this Scotland travel blog or message me on Instagram. Mention that you read my Scotland travel blog or if you watched my video so I would know. See ya!
- Edinburgh Castle
- St Giles’ Cathedral
- Heart of Midlothian
- The real Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
- William Wallace and the Stone of Destiny
- Greyfriars Kirkyard (cemetery) and Greyfriars Bobby
- The Royal Mile
- Edinburgh’s Old Town
- Mercat Cross
- National Museum
- Covenanters’ Prison
- Martyrs’ Memorial
- The Scottish Writers Museum
- The original ‘Hogwarts’
- Scotch Whisky Experience
- Rannoch Moor
- Great Glen
- Fort Augustus
- Loch Ness
- Grampian Mountains
- Highland Perthshire
- The Roman Britain and Scottish Borders
- Steel Rigg
- Hadrian’s Wall