Travel Budget for Scotland

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How much does it cost to travel to Scotland?

How much money will you need in Scotland? £112 ($142) is the average daily price for traveling in Scotland. The average price of meals in Scotland for one day is £28 ($36). The average price of a hotel in Scotland for a couple is £108 ($136). Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
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  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
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  • One Month For a couple
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How expensive is Scotland?

How much does a trip to Scotland cost? Is Scotland expensive? The average Scotland trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Scotland prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Jul 13, 2019
Flights to Scotland

How much does it cost to go to Scotland? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend SkyScanner because they can find the best deals across all of the airlines.

Typical tour prices for Scotland

How much do tours to Scotland cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    10 days
    $ 1370
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    9 days
    $ 1500
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    6 days
    $ 950
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Scotland On a Budget
Scotland Scottish Highlands
The enchanting country of Scotland is made of rolling hills, lush scenery, charming villages and pubs filled with think accents and strong pints.

This country is a part of Great Britain - also known as the United Kingdom - which includes England, Wales and Northern Ireland. So be careful not to refer to the Scottish as "British," and especially avoid referring to them as "English." Just being aware of the difference will make your trip much smoother.

This lively and friendly country has gained a reputation for being dreary and damp. Well, the latter might true, it doesn't stop the Scots from having a grand time. Still, prepare to experience plenty of rain on your trip.

With over 700 islands and 5 million people, you'll have no problem finding stunning scenery and delightful conversation.
Scotland's a place full of storybook scenes and dramatic castles at every turn. There is always something to see, but the main highlights should include:

The region known as the Great Glen is known for its historical, strategic importance – which is obvious in all of the castles and homes found there. It is a place of nostalgia, intrigue and mystery as this is also home to Loch Ness and its notorious monster.

There's no way to visit the city of Edinburgh without seeing the Edinburgh castle. This popular tourist attraction has dominated city's skyline for 800 years. Over the centuries, it has stood as a royal palace to a prison and today it stands as a national icon and the home to the Scottish Crown Jewels.

For a truly humbling moment with nature, travel to the Isle of Skye. With towering, jagged mountains, wild coastline, farms, waterfalls and a castle, you'll feel like the only thing missing from this fairy tale sight are the fairies.

And if getting in a bit of culture is on your list, make a visit to the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh. This is truly one of the finest galleries in the world housing works from Raphael, Rembrandt, Monet and ore.
The country of Scotland is officially divided into 32 different counties. However, for the purposes of your visit, you'll really only need to know the different regions. The Borders region is sits on the border of England and is known for its rolling hills and former battlefields. The South West region is home to the Isle of Arran, while the Central Belt includes the largest portion of the population with Glasgow and Edinburgh. The Highlands are a popular area to visit for its stunning mountain ranges in the northwest. The North East Scotland region is full of scenic farmland, fishing ports, dramatic castles and the cities of Aberdeen and Dundee. The islands in the north west of the country are split into the three regions of Hebrides, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands.

As Scotland is a popular destination for most travelers, there is no shortage of activities available around the country. However, there are some uniquely Scottish things to do while visiting.

If you're even a little bit interested in golf, you'll want to try to get a tee time at St. Andrews. People have been putting on these greens since the 15th century. Be sure to book in advance – months in advance - or risk leaving your chances up to the very popular lottery.

Scotland is the home to hundreds of brands of whiskey. Every village makes its own particular taste of whiskey, and with at least 50 distilleries open to visitors you'll have no problem making an afternoon of sampling the local flavors.

Any active traveler will want to take full advantage of all the hills to climb in this part of the world. Take a trip to the popular Westland Highland Way for a stroll, or pick up a copy of the National Tourist Board's free Scotland Walks guide showcasing all the walks available in the country.
Food and Dining
The Scots aren't exactly known for their cuisine, but there are many new restaurants bringing global influences to the country. Some Scottish dishes, however, are worth a try. Scotch beef, for example is some of the best in the world. A Scotch egg is a hard boiled egg surrounded by breaded sausage. Of course, you can't forget the traditional haggis made of the heart, liver and lungs of a sheep cooked in the stomach. End any Scottish meal with the joke-turned-tradition of a deep friend Mars bar.

The best prices for buses and trains in United Kingdom can be found on Omio (formerly GoEuro). They let you search across all train, bus, and plane routes throughout Europe.

If you're looking to travel between major cities in Scotland, the simplest solution is by bus or rail. These systems are completely modern and very comfortable for travelers.

While a car will grant you greater access to small towns, the highlands or the mountains, beware that rural roads are very beaten up. If you plan on renting a car, keep a keen eye on the road, and remember they drive on the left in Scotland.
Scotland is a large country with plenty of beautiful landscapes and wilderness to see. If you want to see everything, read this 7-day itinerary for Scotland

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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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