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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 a lively LARP community in Edinburgh, and while some of the activities are more high fantasy LARPing, the city parks (Bruntsfield Links, Leith Links and the Meadows) tend to see battles ranging from 1-on-1 sword fights up to small armies. LARPEvents tends to list a lot of these as you get into Summer. While many events will have spare kit, I would ...


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Coaches The Visit Scotland webpage on coaches carries plenty of information on the topic, including: Coach operators Most of the inter-city and longer-distance coach services around Scotland are provided by Scottish Citylink, Stagecoach, Megabus and National Express offering most of the inter-city and longer-distance coach services around Scotland, ...


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"Festival time" in Edinburgh comprises most of the month of August. There are actually festivals in Edinburgh throughout the year, but in August several festivals overlap - the biggest of which is of course the Edinburgh Fringe. You don't buy tickets for the festival itself, as it's really just a collection of events held at different fringe venues around ...


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I rather hope not. Free fighting with real swords is a skill that takes time and training to master. No-one with any sense is going to let a pair of absolute beginners lay into each other after half an hour regardless of what armour they're wearing. A taster lesson at a club is probably the closest you're going to get, but to be honest you could probably ...


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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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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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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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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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One of the options would be joining fencing schools. Some of these schools do not require a tight schedule to be followed - instead they run on a drop-in basis, which means you can just show up. Checking some of the schools' websites showing that some of them offer free initial classes and cheap fees for classes after that. Please note, there might be other ...


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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 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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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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All retailers should be able to use the magnetic stripe instead of chip-and-pin. This is not just because of foreign cards but also because the magstripe is the back-up system if the chip fails.


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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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