Frequently Asked Questions - Scotland
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Send your questions to a librarian at Ask Scotland and they will use their library collections to research your query and send back a personal response. Ask Scotland is coordinated by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC), the advisory body to the Scottish Government on libraries, and is staffed by librarians and library assistants in Scotland's libraries. It is a non-profit service, jointly funded by the Scottish Government through the Public Library Quality Improvement Matrix and the participating libraries.
List of Frequently Asked Questions about Scotland:
Need info for a school project? Check out these fact sheets about Scotland
What clan do I belong to?
Where can I see Highland Games?
There are some Games in Scotland in May and September, but most take place June - August:
see the Games list by date or place name
A ban on smoking in enclosed public places in Scotland began on 26 March 2006. If you have questions about the No Smoking rules, please read the official FAQs.
UK accommodation terminology:
Double room = 1 large bed for 2 people
Twin room = 2 separate single beds
Triple room = beds for 3 people (1 double + 1 single, or 3 singles)
Family room = bedroom for a family (usually at least 1 double bed and at least 1 single bed)
The term "ensuite bedroom" or "ensuite facilities" means that your bathroom (shower and/or bath, plus WC) can be accessed without leaving your bedroom
The term "private bathroom" or "private facilities" means that you will need to leave your bedroom and go into the corridor to access your bathroom (shower and/or bath, plus WC) and this bathroom is for your use only (not any other guests).
Where can I stay in a Scottish castle?
Click here for a useful list of castle accommodation (hotels, B&B, self catering and/or exclusive hire)
Where can I stay in a lighthouse?
Rua Reidh Lighthouse in the Scottish Highlands offers B&B and self catering accommodation.
Buchan Ness Lighthouse Holidays offer a self catering cottage in Aberdeenshire.
The National Trust of Scotland also has some Scottish lighthouses available for self catering holidays.
Where can I go on a spiritual retreat?
- Anam Cara (Inverness)
- Findhorn Foundation (between Inverness & Aberdeen)
- Kagyu Samye Ling Buddhist Monastery and Tibetan Centre (near Eskdalemuir in Dumfriesshire)
- Holy Isle (off the coast of the Isle Arran)
- Haughland House (Orkney)
Where can I go on an old steam train?
- Caledonian Railway (Brechin, Aberdeenshire)
- Strathspey Railway (near Aviemore, Cairngorms)
- Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway (West Lothian) - operated by the The Scottish Railway Preservation Society
- Jacobite Steam Train - summer service between Mallaig and Fort William
Where can I learn English in Scotland?
Click here for English language schools
What about Gaelic?
Gaelic can still be heard in some parts of Scotland, particularly in the Outer Hebrides (Western Isles) and Isle of Skye. It can also be seen on road signs in many parts of the Highlands and Islands.
- mygaelic.com - official web site by B˛rd na GÓidhlig
- Sabhal Mor Ostaig - the Gaelic college on Skye
- B˛rd na GÓidhlig - established as a public body by the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005
- Comunn na GÓidhlig official site.
- Hiking / Walking / Climbing
- Cycling / Mountain Biking
- Off Roading / Karting / Quad Bikes
- Multi Activities
- Watersports / Sailing / Boat Trips
- Deer Stalking / Hunting / Shooting / Falconry
- Horse Riding
Where can I find webcams?
Visit Undiscovered Scotland's links list of webcams in Scotland
What's the weather like in Scotland?
In a word - unpredictable! Click here
Aurora Borealis / Northern Lights
They peak with the 11-year sunspot cycle so 2013 was a good time to see them. For more info, see these links:
- Internet access and wi-fi hotspots
- Phone Numbers & Address Postcodes
- Money / Currency
- Disabled access / Mobility assistance
- Online Maps
- Useful info addresses
- Car rental
- Cycle hire
- How to travel between Scotland & Ireland
- Guided coach tours
- Tours and excursions