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1. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Went to beautiful Scotland last week. Scotland has its own money which looks very nice. Prob is, I've arrived back and none of the shops on my high street will take it. Grrr.

Travel tip, therefore - if you have Scottish notes and are going to England, spend 'em before you leave.

2. Posted by lagered (Budding Member 230 posts) 9y

well if its not scottish... its Crap!

Saturday Night Live reference for any of you who caught it.

Cheers!

3. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Quoting magykal1

Went to beautiful Scotland last week. Scotland has its own money which looks very nice. Prob is, I've arrived back and none of the shops on my high street will take it. Grrr.

Travel tip, therefore - if you have Scottish notes and are going to England, spend 'em before you leave.

Its the same in Northern Ireland - our 4 main banks (Ulster, Northern. AIB & Bank of Ireland) all print their own money - although if lm in the UK mainland l do insist the shops take it - never been refused yet! BUT worst case - take it into a high street bank and they will simply exchange it for a Bank of England note or go mad and spend it all when in Scotland/Northern Ireland!

4. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

I've never had any problem using Scottish money in England but the shops are within their rights to refuse it as it isn't legal tender. In fact, Scottish money isn't even legal tender in Scotland - a little known fact.

Northern Irish money is generally accepted in Scotland in shops but people are quite funny about getting it in their change; again, it's not legal tender.

5. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 9y

I came back from scotland with quite a bit of scottish money a few weeks ago. In England its easy to spend if you go to one of the bigger supermarkets or chain stores, but small independent shops/restaurants/pubs etc don't like you using it.

The main reason is, that they are not very familiar with it, so don't know how to tell if its forged. I went to a little greengrocer and scottish tenners were all I had, and he said when they take it to the post office they don't like it.

So yes, either spend it all, or hang on till you get to somewhere like Tesco.

6. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Neither Sainsbury nor Budgens on my high street would take it.

7. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Quoting magykal1

Neither Sainsbury nor Budgens on my high street would take it.

Just take it into a High Street bank and they will exchange it directly for Bank of England notes.

8. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 9y

I didn't notice this problem when I went to the UK - I wasn't even aware Scottish notes are frowned upon in England. But I did use a £50 in a chocolate shop in Cambridge and I didn't like that the staff immediately took it to mean I was offering them counterfeit money. I just didn't have any small change on me, but it was horrid how they assumed things.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 23, 2007, at 3:13 AM by summer910 ]

9. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Yeah, £50 notes can be a bit of a problem. I once had an employer who insisted on paying me in £50 notes (yeah, I know ), you can't really spend them in small shops.

10. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 9y

Quoting magykal1

Yeah, £50 notes can be a bit of a problem. I once had an employer who insisted on paying me in £50 notes (yeah, I know ), you can't really spend them in small shops.

Funny thing was, I went into another shop and used a £50 note and I had absolutely no problem. The staff didn't even bat an eyelid (and this was a small shop like the chocolate one) and gave me my change as per normal. So I really couldn't excuse the sort of behaviour I encountered in that chocolate shop.