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    toothrotting sweet

    by margaretvn Updated Jun 12, 2015

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    you see Edinburgh rock for sale everywhere - it is so sweet and sugary that you can almost feel it rotting away your teeth.
    I remember getting it from my grandparents each Christmas and loving it then but now it is so sickly sweet.

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    by Robmj Written May 4, 2012

    I guess you should avoid a good old riot at any time, these riots were the G8 protests of 2005 and interfered with our sightseeing and drinking in the city of Edinburgh.

    While bits were good humoured between protesters and police, it did turn a bit ugly later.

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    Motion Sickness - Windy Roads of Scotland

    by scotlandscotour Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Not sure where to post this important tip.
    My wife (Rachel) has some motion sickness so we can tell you:- Driving around Scotland can be a problem. Many roads (even the main "A" class roads) are winding and twisty, up and down, and after a while can provoke serious disorientation which makes the whole experience hell. Going slow can only do so much, as even at a crawl these roads can be upsetting.
    Roads such as the "Tourist Routes" (Brown Signed) encourage you onto more scenic "back roads", often single track, car width roads with "passing places" - and they are beautiful - BUT be Prepared for motion sickness!!!
    We use arm bands with acu-pressure on the wrist - which works (no need to know how, it just does!) - available from shops locally.

    Anyone else with suggestions / concerns on this subject please write to me and/ or post in the Scottish Forum.

    For more pictures of roads in question, see external site

    winding road going on into the distance
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    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Apr 12, 2010

    It may not sound very original, but the weather in the mountain areas can change in a matter of seconds. I realized this when a hike whe started in fine weather under blue skies suddenly lead us into a snowstorm. Also, keep in mind that hiking paths are not signposted every 50 metres as you might be used from home - for the most part is following a rough and often barely recognizable track. It is highly advisable to buy a book with hiking routes and maps beforehand or at the local tourist information. Basic map reading skills and use of a compass is an additional bonus. Finally, the paths can be extremely muddy especially in the wet season, so stout hiking boots are a must - normal walking shoes will not do on many hiking paths. A good source for hiking routes, maps and detailed route descriptions with photo is the website "walkhighlands".

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    Unpredictable Weather

    by uglyscot Updated Oct 6, 2009

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    Scottish weather is justifiably thought of as unpredictable and usually bad. The summer months can be lovely, but spring, autumn and winter are usually cold. I don't think it rains more often than in England, and snow may not be heavier except in mountain areas,but snow can be found even in May, as the photos below show.
    Therefore, it is always advisble to be prepared for anything. In summer a cardigan or light jacket could be useful. The rest of the year the more layers worn, the safer it is. It is easy to remove a layer when necessary.

    Snow in May Snow in May
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  • neds

    by Michael99 Written Jun 26, 2009

    neds is the name given to the local gangs of punks. Unlike gang members in the US, neds are quite capable of attacking complete strangers with little provocation.

    Locals have learned to avoid this by moving to side of the sidewalk, being cowed, avoiding eye contact and generally acting subservient to them.

    If you have a bit of pride, Scotland is not the place for you.

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    Scottish banknotes

    by uglyscot Written Jun 12, 2009

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    Each bank in Scotland produces its own notes. These are legal tender, but in England some shops are reluctant to accept them as before decimalisation, the Scottish pound was a fraction less than the pound sterling. Scottish notes are not accepted abroad either. So that you do not get into an embarrassing situation, it is best to try to get rid of any Scottish notes before leaving the country.

    a ��5 note ��5 and ��10  notes

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    Haven holiday parks, Craig Tara

    by Humeren Written Apr 13, 2009

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness offers a wonderful family package deal on there website however don,t always beleave what you see! We just returned from one of these so called great deals and its the most horrable holiday experience we have encountered. Even more dreadful than Butlins in the 70,s.

    Even with free passes to there fun activities we learned that all fair ground rides were not included in this deal. Our accomodation was freezing because there were cracks on the outside door. Craig tells us that we can hire a heater at our own expense and what do you know, On there own site there is a private shop that just happens to have many heaters for rent with a £20 deposit! Our outside door would not lock and our windows had grafetti. The toilet was not cleaned either. We complained for three days before the door was repaired!

    So trust me when I tell you to be carefull. Never trust a book or site by its cover.

    Another tip: If you get angry while on your stay. Never take a photo of the staff for future referance. Its ilegal in Scotland and could land you in trouble.

    Other rip offs: Craig tara like many of Haven resorts offer great evening shows for all the family. There is no doubt that these can be great fun, But in Craig Tara you must go through the gambeling amuzment arcades to get there. So your kids are screaming at you for money. Teenagers walk round selling things that Kids want. Not what you want! There are other fun activities in the park, But they are not free! The shows and the childrens play area are free. The swimming pool is free but all the other fun jet propellers in there are not free.

    On a final note: If you love bingo and all forms of flushing your money down the drain then Craig Tara is the place for you. Just book with Haven holidays and I guarentee you will be pennyless before you get hal way through your stay! They have money machines that fall down the sides instead of paying you out. Some have metal plates under the coins to fool you into thinking the money will fall.

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    by DAO Updated Aug 11, 2008

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    Speed Cameras are evil. There is no reasoning with them and they do work, all too effectively. There are about 6,000 speed cameras on UK roads – and the numbers are growing. They are both fixed and mobile. At the very least you usually do get a waning sign. If you do see a camera sign, SLOW DOWN!

    Below are the different types of mechanical beasts that they use to drive up your motoring and insurance costs:

    Sited at the road side, Gatso speed cameras use radar technology to measure speed and a photo of the back of the vehicle is taken. There are markings on the road to do this. Can only see from behind, so you could say someone else was driving.

    Sited at the road side, forward facing Truvelo speed cameras use loops in the road to trigger when a speed limit is exceeded. Takes a frontal picture. They can see the drivers face. You are so caught!

    Sited on yellow overhead gantries, it measures your average speed between 2 points. Warning signs say AVERAGE SPEED CHECK. If you go past one or 2 cameras, pull over on the hard shoulder and say you had warning lights coming on.

    On the road side, Peek speed cameras use loops in the road to trigger when the speed limit is exceeded. They are rear facing and a bit rare outside of London and the south. You can say someone else was driving.

    On the road side, Speedcurb speed cameras use loops in the road to trigger when a speed limit is exceeded.

    On the road side, Watchman speed cameras use radar technology to measure speed, a photo of the rear of the vehicle is taken. You can claim someone else was driving. These are often paired with a speed display board you can see and covers a long distance. Slow down!

    Traffic Light
    On the road side, Traffic Light cameras are mainly used to enforce red lights. Go over the white line and you will get zapped. These systems can also be used in the same way as a Gatso and the government is looking to make many of these detect speed during green lights. Rear facing, you can lie

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    The dreaded Midgie

    by kat-m Written Jun 4, 2008

    I always tell people who complain about Midgies, that it really is to do with where you are in scotland and the current weather conditions. If it is warm do not stay at a lochside unless there is a breeze. Same goes for seasides, but you are most likely to get a breeze at the sea. Try to incorperate garlic in your diet,(also works with mosquitos abroad). And if you can light a fire then they do not like smoke, greenery on the fire also helps. I hope this helps anyone who reads it , but at the end of the day they like some and not others. There is also a famous name body lotion that is supposed to work well.

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    by Sairaanhoitaja Written Apr 1, 2008

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    We all have 'em, those slimey characters everywhere would be better off without.

    Well here is Scotland's, the common ned.

    The ned is usually noticiable due to their short hair with a "sticky-up" fringe, shell suit and fake Burberry. Also by the bucky (Buckfast) they carry in one hand, a fag in the other, and the profanities coming from their mouth.

    If you see a ned, avoid conversation, and most of all, eye contact, as this may result in abuse being targeted at you.

    They usually move in swarms, causing chaos and abuse wherever they go.

    If you are a visiter to Glasgow, avoid Red Road flats and Royston road at all costs.
    Just a bit of trivia for you; when the Red Roat flats were built, they were the tallest flats in Britian.

    For more information and pictures on a ned, visit:

    A Ned Red Road Flats Royston Road
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    by littlescottish_lass Written Jan 18, 2008

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    I am actually from Scotland, in the highlands and im forever seeing (not meaning to be nasty but) Americans mostly coming across to Inverness to see the loch monster and not wearing the right clothing.
    I mean, come on, GET REAL!! i saw an article in the newspaper saying the americans were warning tourists about how scotland is so violent and we all beg for money and that haggis is made from sheeps stomach.
    ACTUALLY we dont have as much violence as the US or England, you always get beggars no matter which country youre in and if they had done their research, haggis is usually made from oats these days because of stupid health and safety laws!!! duh! Amercans also always complain about the weather here, but like last month for example it was december (average temperature is below freezing) and i saw a tourist in hospital being treated for frost bite because she went hill climbing in a fairly short skirt and little flat shoes - shes asking for trouble, people like that bug me because they are wasting Scotlands money by getting into trouble and having the coast guards send up helicopters to rescue their sorry asses!!!! So please if you do come to Scotland wear appropriate clothing, and a map usually helps too.

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  • No warnings -

    by pgeoghegan Written Jan 18, 2008

    No Danger or Warning to Tip.

    Scotland is a fantastic place to visit, people are very friendly and welcoming. Food is great - by all means, everything can be deep friend - but what's better that eating fish and chips wrapped in a paper bag with salt and vinegar. Yummy. Scotland is a beautiful country. Midges can be a problem - just as mosquitos, crime can be a problem, just as it is in any other Country. Stop thinking about the bad stuff, there is a lot to see and do - yes the roads have twists and turns but remember a lot of Scotland is countryside, there are not many major cities.

    I love Scotland - don't look at all the negatives that people are commenting - they are trivial - p.s. Haggis is an acquired taste - It is a sheeps stomach filled with offel, spices, varying parts of the sheep but it is good. Remember Scots are proud of their Haggis = it is celebrated every January at Rabbie Burns dinners.

    Go to Scotland - you will not be disappointed.

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  • Don't listen to the sasanachs!

    by blint Written Dec 20, 2007

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    Those disgruntled Englishmen may try and deny it and say it's all a myth, but don't listen to them... Haggis is an animal and lives in the highlands of Scotland, ask any Scot!

    They are shy animals and hard to see, but if you do fancy going on a traditional haggis hunt please remember they become very angry if you stumble across their dens, especially if there is haggis young there! So my advice is stay well away from a haggis if you think you see one, they have a nasty bite! Better to go to your local restaurant and sample one with a knife and fork!

    Also, despite what the sasanach's may tell you, they are very very tasty!

    I had a photo of a haggis I took when I was young, but unfortunately I haven't got that photo any more as it got lost in my many moves.


    Haggis, as the national dish of Scotland, is made of Haggis meat, offel, oatmeal and spices.

    an artisits impression of a haggis
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    How to remember driving at the left side in UK!!

    by dutchboycalledjan Written Oct 10, 2007

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    There is one drawback to these lonely roads: you tend to forget they drive on the wrong side of the road (right is called right for some reason, right). We saw a sign in Glencoe in five or six languages to remind us.

    Our tip: talk out loud at every, every (!) corner: 'left turn is small turn' or 'right turn is big turn'.

    The border
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