BANKING, MONEY & MAIL
Money & banks in Scotland
The currency in Scotland is Pound Sterling. Don´t be surprised if you get different notes. In England and in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands own banknotes are getting printed. With all banknotes you can pay in whole Scotland and of course also with English notes.
ATM´s are available in every bigger town and with Maestro Card (debit card) you can withdraw money in Scotland anywhere. Major credit cards are accepted in cities, in hotels and hostels, supermarkets and restaurants. Just smaller B&B´s on the outskirts prefer cash.
The exchange rate of Euro ahainst the Pound Sterling is subject to the usual variations. You can change money in any post or echange offices. In hotels money gets just rarely exchanged. Most banks do not have a counter anymore so there money can be only rarely exchanged. Often you get get a better rate in Scotland than in your home country. Depending on the amount of fees charged by their bank, the best and most straight forward is to get money from a ATM on site.
Post office in Scotland
A post office is available in almost every small village, often at the local grocer. The opening times vary in Scotland. Larger post offices are usually open all day from 9.00am to 5.30pm, on Saturdays until noon. The sign of the post office in Scotland is red, so are the post boxes.
Within Scotland there are letters 1st and 2nd class. The first class guarantees faster service, but it is also more expensive. For mail overseas, it is only one class. In general, the post goes by airmail at no extra cost to the european mainland.
The duration of delivery varies in Scotland from 2-3 days to 2-3 weeks. The departure times and tickets of postal busses are available at any post office or www.royalmail.co.uk