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1. Posted by nautilus (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone.
This autumn I'd like to get to some north-west european cities. I like Scotland, even though I've never been there. The landscapes and towns are beautiful and they also say there's a nice cultural atmosphere. So I guess Edinburgh can be a good choice to start with. I've never had problems meeting people nor making friends but, since I will go alone and I don't know much about Scottish culture,
What do you think about Scottish people? are they friendly towards foreigners?


[ Edit: Edited on Mar 6, 2007, at 8:43 AM by nautilus ]

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello Nautilus

I have never heard of them being unfriendly, towards foreigners.
But, it is so difficult to understand what they are saying, with the accent.


3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5655 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I know some scottish people here living in Utrecht and they are great people and great drinkers!
I once had a flight from Amsterdam to Beijing and in front of me were two doodlesak (is this the word?) players who were going to perform in china. They actually had that instrument with them in the plane and they asked permission from the stewardesses...they played for about 10 minutes, which was great. I will never forget that scottish people experience!

4. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Most Scots are friendly and usually always have an opinion! Oh and they love a pint or two aswell!

I think if you are are a friendly out going person you will get on fine in Scotland. Edinburgh is a fantastic city l love it - great culture, amazing history and good shopping.

The Scottish countryside is absolutely beautiful too - so if you get a chance get out and see some - you wont regret it!


5. Posted by -----ds (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

They are really really really friendly. I've been three times there and they always were charming. I must have been very lucky beacuse I was invited to have tea at some of their houses, to a local party and they always were very polite and attentive when giving help.

I must say that I am talking about small towns such as Forres, Inverness, Elgin, Ettrick... People in big cities uses to be more unpleasant.

6. Posted by s_hoot (Full Member 497 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The Scots are great people, real friendly, and a load of laughs.

7. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, I have to agree, the Scots are very friendly people, you definitely won't have a problem with them. I had a lovely time in Edinburgh and I'd definitely recommend a trip there - beautiful place.

8. Posted by emma1979 (Full Member 126 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Alejandro,

If you are thinking of coming to Scotland in the autumn you should maybe try coming in August (still summer though) so you can enjoy the Edinburgh Festival. It makes accomodation more expensive and you'd have to book ahead (the population of Edinburgh doubles during this month) but it is definately not something to be missed.

If you can't make it for August there is still loads to and see and you'll meet plenty of other travellers and locals when you're out and about. And yeah, we're all lovely friendly people here in Scotland ;)


9. Posted by meli1984 (Full Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I lived in edinburgh for 4 years and during that time it became one of my favourite places in the world!

The people are very friendly and there are lots of students so if the locals aren't to your taste there are a lot of non-locals to meet too :)

if you need any advice on what to do and where to hang out get in touch!!

10. Posted by PeteW27 (Budding Member 50 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Edinburgh is the best city in the UK, and that comes from an Englishman! The Scots are daft, I mean, they'd have to be living in a country that makes England look like the Sahara, and who think frying mars bars in batter is an excellent idea! There is always a serious amount of taking the mickey between the English and the Scots as well, worth spending some time both sides of the border (eg Newcastle.) It's seldom nasty though. Good luck trying to understand them though, I promise it's a form of English. But if you hear the word "Whiskey" then just say "yes" or nod your head, a double Scots-sized shot will soon be heading your way! For free!

I must also say that Scotland is not Edinburgh. Go to Glasgow, it is surprisingly good if you see it in its own light. If you really want to see something beautiful though, the Scottish Highlands are absolutely amazing. Ok, you won't be able to see the mountains due to the clouds, but still, worth a trip.