On Sundays many services in Harris
and Lewis in the Western Isles
close down due to religious beliefs.
Remember when making an overseas
call from the UK dial 00 before
the area prefix and telephone number.
It is normal to leave a 10% tip
of the total bill in restaurants
if service charge is not included.
Tipping in hotels is not compulsory
and it is not normal to tip bar
Taxi drivers are often tipped,
particular on longer journeys,
with 50p-£1.00 normally being sufficient.
If in London, remember to visit
the Scottish Tourist Board at 19
Cockspur Street, just off Trafalgar
Square. Opening times are between
09:30-5:30 Monday to Friday and
until 6:30 on Thursdays.
There are over 150 Tourist Information
Centres in Scotland, some of which
are open all year.
Scottish Tourist Board operates
a Grading and Classification scheme
which covers all types of accommodation,
and is your guide to quality. For
your free listing of quality assured
establishments contact your local
British Tourist Authority office
or get in touch with the Scottish
Tourist Board in Edinburgh.
Scotland enjoys mild and varied
weather all year round. Generally
speaking the east coast tends to
be cool and dry and the west coast
is warmer and wetter. More importantly,
if it rains, with Scotland's ever-changing
weather patterns, it will probably
not last for long. With very long
summer daylight hours, you have
plenty of time to fit in your excursions.
is a good deal of argument among
the experts as to when the kilt
reached Scotland, but there is
not much doubt as to how is came.
There were kilts of a sort on the
Celtic tribes who fought Caesar,
and when the Celts moved north
up through Cornwall and Wales,
and Ireland and eventually to Scotland,
they brought the kilt with them.
A thousand years ago there was
nothing especially Scottish about
it. Now its use has been discontinued
elsewhere and it has become the
national dress of the Highlands.
is a useful garment and the modern
version is built on lavish line;
there are anything up to eight
yards of material in it, thickly
pleated at the back and sides,
but with the pleats stitched together
only at the waistband. Below this
they swing free. It is probably
the best walking dress yet invented
by man, for it is both warm and
airy, leaves the legs free, stands
rain for hours before it soaks,
hangs well above the mud and grass
which wets other garments and wards
off (thanks to the many thicknesses
where the pleats are stitched at
the small of the back) the chills
which a halt after exercise can
bring. It is warm enough for a
cold day, and cool enough for a
warm one. And it is a fine dress
to look at. Its Gaelic name is
feile beag, the little kilt.
was not always used in its present
form. In the days of the clans
it was the breacan-feile, the belted
plaid, a sort of tartan blanket
about two yards wide by five or
six long. One end of it was wrapped
round the body like a modern kilt,
and the rest thrown over the shoulder
and pinned there. It was a good
campaigning dress: you fought in
it by day and at night you simply
undid the pin and there you were
with a blanket.
the clans were broken in 1745,
the wearing of the kilt has gradually
declined. Today it is not a common
article of dress in Scotland, but
it is still worn by the Highland
Regiments. In the cities you will
usually see it amongst the white
ties and tails at a dance and of
course it is much in evidence at
the Highland Games and Gatherings.
detail on Scotlands rich History-
your visit to Scotland!