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Destination Scotland

Celts, bagpipes, and evergreen Highlands

Islandhopping
Scotland

A country of mesmerizing greens and blues and dramatic skies where you will experience four seasons in one day, beautiful castles, fiery whiskey and melancholy music. Travel through Scotland’s endless green expanse and rich history by bike and sailing ship. The Highlands and the archipelago of the Inner Hebrides are just waiting to be discovered by you.

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Our Bike Tours in Scotland:

Four Seasons in One Day

 

Cyclist on the Inner Hebrides in Scotland

The Scottish Highlands & the Inner Hebrides: The cradle of the celts

Traveling through Scotland by sailboat and bike means experiencing four seasons in one day. In addition, you will witness incredible natural light shows. One hundred different shades of green, endless castles and unique light characterize both the Scottish Highlands and the Inner Hebrides. Just a handful of reasons that help guests continually fall in love with this destination.

The name Scotland comes from Scoti, the Latin name for the Gaels. The Latin Scotia (Land of the Gaels), a name originally given to Ireland, came to be used in the 11th century by the Gaelic speaking community, north of the River Forth.

 

Whisky barrels in Scotland

The Cradle of the Celts impresses with its originality, pristine nature and colorful villages. During your visit to Scotland, you must be sure to spend a few evenings in a cozy pub with live music and a glass of whisky. Our Scottish tour “Sail & Bike Scotland” begins and ends in Oban. Scotland’s most beautiful places include the Isle of Mull & Calgary Beach, whose white sand and turquoise-blue waters resemble a South Sea beach. Another highlight on our tour is the excavation site of Kilmartin, where the stone circles are reminiscent of Stonehenge. Last, but certainly not least, is the island of Jura. It was here that George Orwell spent the last three years of his life, describing the area as the most inaccessible place on earth. One thing is guaranteed: the diverse Scottish landscape will take your breath away!

 

Facts about Scotland

 

Best Time to Visit Scotland

There is a saying in Scotland which goes: "If you don't like the weather, just wait 10 minutes". You can experience pouring rain in one moment and then spectacular sunshine the next.

 

The weather in Scotland is temperate but tends vary greatly. The Gulf Stream warms the Atlantic regions resulting in the west of Scotland being warmer than the east. With Scotland being the northern most country in Great Britain, temperatures there are lower than on the rest of the island. In January 1982, the coldest temperature ever to be documented in Great Britain was recorded in the Scottish Highlands. Here, in Braemar in the Gampian Mountains, the temperature dropped to -27.1 °C. Summer temperatures tend to be around 18 °C. However, the highest temperature ever recorded was 32.9 °C on August 9th, 2003 in Greycrook in the Scottish Borders region. The Western Highlands have the heaviest rainfall with an annual precipitation of about 3000mm. In winter, snow can only be expected with any regularity at higher altitudes.

 

The best time in Scotland for a sailboat and cycling cruise is between July and September when pleasant temperatures between 18 and 23 °C make even the most demanding cycling tours enjoyable. The summer months of July and August are best suited for a beach side holiday. However, you should be prepared for fresh water temperatures averaging at around 16 °C.

 

Entry requirements for European and Swiss citizens

Entry to Scotland for all EU citizens and Swiss citizens is only possible with a valid passport. An identity card is no longer sufficient. Children must travel on their own passport and entry documents must be valid for the entire duration of stay.

 

Plenty of information is provided by both the British government and the European Commission on FAQs which we suggest you refer to should you have any questions.

 

Duty to cooperate: Please inform yourself independently before the start of your trip about any potential changes.

Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH does not assume any liability for the correctness of the information given here.

Entry requirements for other internationals

Valid identification documents/passports are essential for entry into Scotland, therefore, please make sure that you have the required documents when entering the country.

 

We advise you to contact the responsible authority in your home country to inquire about current entry regulations (and possible visa requirements) as we cannot take responsibility for any incorrect information.

 

Please note that provisional passports and replacement documents are generally not recognized. Children (regardless of the age) must either present a child identification card or passport.

 

When already taxed goods (excise goods) are purchased in an EU member state, they can easily be transported by individuals to Scotland, if it is exclusively for the individuals own use i.e. not acquired for industrial / commercial purposes.

 

For the following goods we have included a guideline amount for personal use (if you arrive from an EU country):

  • TABACCO: 800 cigarettes, 400 cigarillos (cigars with a maximum weight of 3 g each), 200 cigars, 1,000 g pipe tobacco
  • ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: 10 liters of spirits, 20 liters of so-called intermediate products (e. g. Camapri, Port, Madeira, Sherry), 90 litres of wine (of that, a maximum of 60 liters of sparkling wine), 110 liters of beer.

 

When entering Scotland from other countries, the following limits apply:

 

  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos (cigars with a maximum weight of 3 g each) or 50 cigars or 250 g pipe tobacco
  • 16 liters of beer
  • 4 liters of wine (not including sparkling wine)
  • 1 liter spirits or ethyl alcohol, or 2 liters of spirits, aperitifs with wine or alcohol, tafia, sake or similar beverages with an alcohol content of max. 22 percent or sparkling wines or liqueur wines

An appropriate amount of medicinal products for personal need.

 

Please see www.gov.uk/duty-free-goods for further information.

Currency

The currency in Scotland is the British Pound.

 

The pound is generally a stable currency. Following the recent referendum vote to leave the European Union, the UK continues to use the pound, and you can exchange currency as usual.

 

On the day of your embarkation, you will usually have enough time to go to an ATM or an exchange office to get the local currency. Your tour guide will be able to inform you on the best place to withdraw or exchange money. If you can avoid it, do not exchange money at the airport as the exchange rates here are usually bad. Should you receive different bank notes of the same value, do not be surprised as Scotland has, like the Bank of England, the right to reissue their own bank notes. Both bank notes are valid throughout the UK but in practice it is quite common that the Scottish pound notes are not accepted in England.

 

Good to know: In March 2018 “old” paper £10 notes will cease to be legal tender and will no longer be accepted by shops.

Boaticon on wavy line