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When paying for a purchase, be sure to make the cashier aware that you are using a U.S. style credit card which requires them to swipe the card and for you to sign for the purchase. Although U.S. style credit cards are no longer issued in the United Kingdom and Ireland, most cash registers are still equipped to process transactions this way. You may, ...


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There is virtually no difference where you fly, either Edinburgh or Glasgow are the same. There are bus links from Glasgow city centre to Edinburgh Airport. Also, Glasgow has a second Airport called Glasgow Prestwick, which is used mainly by low cost airlines. There is a train link from Glasgow city centre to that airport. Also, Glasgow and Edinburgh ...


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If you want to visit both cities it really doesn't matter where you fly to. You might even consider flying into Manchester, since Glasgow is only 4 hours away by train. You wouldn't be the first who fly into Manchester while destined for Scotland to safe a buck or two. (I was told the secret here is buying train tickets ahead of time). To stay on topic, I ...


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No policeman is going to arrest you for riding in a park. I'd be surprised if you can't ride in all the parks in Glasgow (or almost any other city in the UK) for that matter. Give pedestrians the right of way and be considerate and you'll be fine.


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For most retailers you can still pay with a card that only has a magnetic strip. However, there are a couple of caveats to that. As previously mentioned, some automated systems, such as at petrol stations or transit ticket machines, may reject these cards, which will mean you might have to use manned sale points. Technically, if they accept Visa or ...


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I second @Lucas with There is virtually no difference where you fly, either Edinburgh or Glasgow are the same. provided the Glasgow version is International (GLA, was Abbotsinch) which is about 10 miles from the city centre as opposed to 33 or so for Prestwick (PIK). EDI (was Turnhouse) is about 6 miles from the city centre. Fog has been slightly worse at ...


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If you know something about the history of Glencoe a "dreich" day may be the most suitable for a visit there. Note that the topography makes the climate relatively changeable (specially on the East coast, where four seasons in one day is not unusual). It snowed in Aberdeen quite heavily in July (mid summer!) yet within 48 hours Aberdeen was showing as the ...


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In Scotland in the winter, you can get all sorts of weather. It might be mild and damp, or freezing cold, or blizzards, or some mixture of these. But if the weather is nice, the highlands can be beautiful, with snow on the hills and ice on the lochs. So it can be very nice for walking, or other outdoor activities. There are plenty of scenic easy walks ...


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Over that side I'd be far more tempted to go sea kayaking - check out http://www.seakayakoban.com/ , or my favourite, http://www.rockhopperscotland.co.uk/ for some amazing routes - but if you want to kayak on lochs in the west of Scotland, the following should be useful: Loch Lomond has quite a few water sports centres that will hire kayaks or canoes. Can ...


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I live in Edinburgh and in August I'm sweating if I go out wearing jeans in the daytime, especially if it's sunny but often even if not. I'd advise wearing thin/loose trousers and a T-shirt, then take several layers (thin jumper and maybe a waterproof of some kind) so you can layer up if the wind picks up or it begins to rain. A light waterproof jacket is ...


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Yes, riding a bicycle in the parks of Glasgow is allowed. Now even more so that there are new bicycle rental schemes in place, right at the entrance of parks.


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I was in Scotland this summer, and my American cards worked in every ATM (with PIN) and every establishment (with signature) where I tried them. Sometimes I had to remind the clerk to use the swipe on the side of the terminal instead of inserting the card. My only failures, not on this trip, were in France, at an automated parking garage exit and in the ...


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Abelour - Craigellachie is kind of the heart of the matter as you'll likely want to go to the "major" items like Macallan. For another view, don't forget Scotland is both bonnie and pretty compact ... you could very much just stay in Aberdeen. It's only an hour or two drive. (Stunningly beautiful, of course.) It's perfectly commonplace to go to Speyside ...



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