(last updated: 14 January 2022)

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 26 November 2021 requires fully vaccinated travellers arriving in the UK/Scotland to take a Covid test within 2 days of arriving AND self-isolating until they have a negative test result. Check the “Scotland is re-opening for tourism” post for details.

Tips for travelling to Scotland during the pandemic:

  • 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.
  • Buy travel insurance and set aside an emergency budget – just in case you test positive for Covid-19 while you are at your destination and you have to self-isolate before you can return back home. You will have to pay for those extra days you spend abroad.
  • Make flexible bookings. Flights, accommodation, tours – make sure you check cancellation or rescheduling policies and if possible, book options that allow you to change dates or make cancellations without fees if necessary. If possible, book refundable options.
  • Don’t worry about entry requirements until about one month before your trip – there’s no point diving into information in advance that will be outdated long before your trip. The only exception is of course vaccination requirements as these are unlikely to change / can’t be fixed on short notice.
  • Relax your itinerary so you don’t move on every single night. That will make rescheduling a lot easier and give you “buffer nights” to play with if you have to make changes. My ready-made itineraries can help you with this!
  • 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.