(last updated: 6 October 2021)

Travelling in Scotland during the Coronavirus pandemic

Since I am a travel blogger and not a public health expert, it is not my place to collect any kind of medical resources or advice – I’ll leave that to the experts.

But since many of you use Watch Me See as your go-to resource to plan a trip to Scotland, I wanted to create a space to collect useful information with regards to travelling in Scotland during the Coronavirus pandemic.

If you are planning a trip to Scotland during these times, start by reading these two blog post:

The latest update from 25 September 2021 confirms that fully vaccinated travellers from the US and EU do no longer have to take a PCR test before arriving in Scotland. Check the “Scotland is re-opening for tourism” post for details.

Some pandemic travel tips:

  • When planning to travel around Scotland, always check local travel guidelines and restrictions, especially when it comes to visiting Scottish isles and other remote areas. It’s important to respect local rules and consider the impact your trip might have on local (vulnerable) populations.
  • Book refundable options for flights, accommodation and other transport.
  • Look for the “Good to go” symbol to ensure that your accommodation or activity provider is following official public health guidelines. You can find out more about the symbol in this post.
  • Book and make reservations in advance. Many accommodations, restaurants, pubs etc. are operating on limited capacity (if they are open at all). Thus, places can be fully booked much quicker, even on week-days.
  • Don’t expect it to be empty and quiet. Since many locals and Brits have had to cancel or postpone their trips abroad, more and more people are vacationing closer to home in Scotland. Places that were popular and busy before, are still going to be popular and busy; quiet places might be a lot busier than normally.

Planning a “Staycation” in Scotland 

Whether you consider a trip to Scotland a staycation or just a regular vacation, it might not be what you were dreaming of when you started saving for your holiday fund. I get it – but a trip to Scotland can be just as exciting and unique as a trip abroad!

Here are some resources for you to plan an amazing staycation: 

Enjoy your trip to Scotland – despite the circumstances!


PS: This website reflects the personal opinions of the author, Kathi Kamleitner, and is not an official source for legal guidelines or safety advice.