Glasgow is one of Scotland’s milder areas with temperatures usually higher than most places of equal latitude away from the UK, due to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream. Summer is warm and has the added benefit of 16 hours of daylight. Autumn can feel pleasant with mild temperatures and sunny days.
Currency and Exchange
Great British Pound - GBP £, Sterling.
Foreign currency and travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks, post offices, travel agents, bureau de change kiosks and some hotels throughout the city.
Credit cards are widely accepted in Glasgow and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) or cash machines can be found throughout the city.
Electricity & conversions
The standard voltage in Scotland is 240V AC, 50Hz. North American appliances need a transformer and an adapter; Australasian appliances need only an adapter. Plugs have 3 square pins and adapters are widely available.
In case of an emergency police, ambulance and fire brigade can be contacted by telephoning 999.
Smoking is banned in all public places including all enclosed or partly-enclosed public areas.
There are no hard and fast rules for tipping in Scotland. If you are happy with the service, a 10-15% tip is customary, particularly in a restaurant or café with table service. Tipping in bars is not expected. For taxi fares, tipping is at your discretion.
All purchases in Britain, with the exception of food and books, are subject to VAT, which increases the cost of an item by 20%. This is already included in the price shown in shops.
No vaccinations are required prior to visiting Scotland.