Additional Information About Travel in Scotland
At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your tour guide and driver a gratuity. Your WEST tour coordinator will collect the gratuity at any point during the tour (many travelers like to pay ahead of time to get it out of the way). Although it is not required, your driver and tour guides rely on these tips, and work hard to ensure you an unforgettable experience. We recommend tipping the equivalence of $3 USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6 USD/CAD to $9 USD/CAD per person per day for your tour guide. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2 USD/CAD per local guide, payable following the local tour. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping. For golfing Edventures, if you take a caddie, it is customary to tip $25USD/CAD per round (more if the caddie has done an outstanding job or saved you strokes!).
In order to enter Scotland, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the consulate for your specific entry requirements.
The flights for tours beginning or ending in Scotland will arrive or depart from Glasgow or Edinburgh. On-tour transportation is provided primarily by private motor coach, but may include planes, trains, boats, ferries, or other modes. During free time, you may wish to explore the cities by public transportation, and your tour coordinator and tour guide will have suggestions. All of the cities and towns on this itinerary are accessible on foot, but you may want to break up periods of walking by using public transportation. Passes and packages are available. If you decide to take an excursion outside the cities on your own, make use of ScotRail’s excellent train system. You can pick up trains at Edinburgh’s main station (near the Scott Monument, between Old Town and New Town) and at Glasgow Central and Queen Street Stations.
To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).
Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.
Scotland, as part of Britain, falls on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is eight hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST). When it’s noon in California, it’s 8 pm in Edinburgh.
Scotland operates on 240 volts.
There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Scotland. Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.
You’ll use the British pound on tour. Better rates of exchange are
usually available in Scotland, although it’s worth ordering some
currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise
that you take a combination of bank/debit cards and credit cards to use
at ATMs. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your
travel plans, in case they mistake your international spending as fraudulent purchases, and freeze your account. Travelers checks are no longer readily accepted and should be used as a last resort.
- Pace of play in Scotland - Scots play the game a bit more quickly than most visitors are used to, so be prepared to keep pace with the locals. Match play is the standard in Scotland, so consider playing a hole-by-hole match against your friends rather than counting each shot as in stroke play
- Handicap cards - Your USGA handicap card is your passport to the courses on this tour. If you’re unable to provide your card, please bring a letter from your local pro providing your on-course proficiency.
- Caddies & carts - Motorized golf carts are referred to as “buggies” in Scotland; “carts” refer to pull-carts. Both caddies and pull-carts are available at all courses for an additional fee. Motorized carts are available at some courses for an additional fee and require a note from your healthcare provider. If you need a motorized cart for medical reasons, please call us prior to departure, so we can accommodate your medical needs
- Club transport - The cost of checking your golf bag is additional, and is not included in your final invoice. You should expect to pay an additional fee at the airport. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage and golf bag transport policies. The porterage provided on your tour includes one suitcase and one golf bag per person.
- Dress Code & etiquette - soft spikes (these will be required at all the courses on your itinerary); extra balls (buying these abroad tends to be more expensive); collared golf shirts; tailored pants or Bermuda shorts; sports jacket (jackets are required in most clubhouse rooms and in Turnberry’s restaurant); raincoat (Scotland’s weather is unpredictable and a waterproof jacket, pants and shoes may be necessary); certain courses don’t allow clothing featuring logos (hats can feature golf-related logos, but shouldn’t be worn in Royal Troon’s clubhouse); cargo pants and jeans are not allowed on the courses or in the clubhouses; cellphone use may be prohibited or discouraged at some courses; most dress codes require that ladies wear shirts with modest necklines and collars and/or sleeves