The following basic information is intended to help visitors to Scotland acquaint themselves with some of the most frequently asked questions concerning visiting our beautiful country.
Electrical Voltage: 240V 50Hz AC. Adapters for most appliances (hairdryers, shavers etc) can be purchased in any reputable electrical shop and at several airport stores.
Currency: Sterling (1 pound sterling = 100 pence). In addition to English currency, Scottish banks are also entitled to print their own Bank Notes. The most common denominations for bank notes are £50, £20, £10, £5 (sometimes also £1 notes) and for coins £2, £1, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p & 1p.
Credit Cards: All major credit cards are accepted throughout Scotland. The most popular ones being VISA, Access and American Express. Look for the signs displayed at the entrance to the store or near the pay point.
Traveller's Cheques: Should be exchanged for cash (Sterling) at any Bureau de Change or Bank.
Banks: Opening hours are generally 9:30a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Medical: We pride ourselves on the high standard of medical care found throughout the country. If you require the assistance of a Doctor contact your Hotel Reception. In the event of a Genuine Emergency telephone 999 (a free call facility) from any payphone and ask for the Ambulance Service giving details of the location of the casualty.
Shopping: In general shops are open from 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Late night opening in Glasgow City centre is Thursday evening when many shops remain open until at least 7:00 p.m. On Sunday, City Centre opening hours are generally 12 noon until 5:00 p.m.
VAT: United Kingdom Value Added Tax (VAT - currently 17.5%) is payable on most goods and services. Visitors from abroad spending more than 50 pounds Sterling in one shop at the one time may request a VAT form to reclaim some of this purchase tax.
Tipping: Is customary when paying for drinks and meals. 10% is regarded as acceptable.
Phoning Home: Cheaper after 8:00 p.m. and before 8:00 a.m. Telephone payment cards are useful for some public payphones - others accept cash. Credit cards calls can also be made from some public telephones. Surcharges are often added to calls made from hotel room telephones.
Public Holidays: New Year - 1st & 2nd January; May Day - 1st Monday in May; Queen's Birthday - Last Monday in May, Glasgow Fair - Monday of second weekend after first Monday in July; September Weekend - last Monday in Sept; Christmas - 25th & 26th December.
Religious Services: Reformed Faith Churches; Roman Catholic Churches; Scottish Episcopal Churches; Jewish Synagogues; Moslem Mosques & Hindu Temples are all to be found within the city. (Hope I haven't missed anyone!!)
Airport Information: Glasgow - Enquiry telephone number  (0141) 887 1111. 8 miles west of Glasgow, just off junction 28 of the M8 motorway. Short stay and secure long stay car parking available.
Prestwick - Enquiry telephone number  (01292) 479 822. On-airport car parking is available. Regular train service to Glasgow Central Station (journey time approx. 45 minutes). Express bus and coach service to Glasgow Buchanan Street Station also available
Public Transport: Glasgow is well served by a network of bus companies, light railways and underground railway.
Taxis: As well as Glasgow City Council's licensed taxi owners association cabs (Distinctive Black Cabs displaying TOA pennants) which can be hailed from the city's streets, several private car hire companies operate throughout the city (but these must be hired in advance by telephone).
Note: All information is for guidance only. The Glasgow Web Site cannot be held responsible for any omission or error. Suggestions for further useful information will be gratefully received
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