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  • Scottish bank notes
    Scottish bank notes

Scotland’s currency is the Great British Pound (sterling), which is used throughout Britain.

It’s easy to obtain Great British pounds while in Scotland. You can change money in most Post Office branches. Often in Post Offices, you’ll get good exchange rates for foreign currency and currently there are no rates of commission.

You can also find bureau de change services located in some banks, airports, larger railway stations, travel agents and occasionally at hotels. Bureaux de change often charges a handling fee and commission.

In towns and cities, ATMS, or cashpoints, can usually be found in main shopping streets, close to train or bus stations and outside large supermarkets. Most banks will usually have an ATM machine outside of their branches.

The majority of cash points are free to use but some, often machines found in pubs or newsagents, may charge a small fee for withdrawals. If your debit or credit card provider operates out with the UK, there may also be charges for using cash machines to withdraw money.

The main Scottish banks include the Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale Bank, with many other UK and international banks also based here.

All Scottish bank notes, though different from English notes, are normally accepted in the rest of Britain. Northern Irish bank notes are also accepted in Scotland.

Most large shops, stores, hotels and restaurants will accept the majority of credit and debit cards including MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners. However, you must remember your PIN number when using your credit card in Scotland and throughout the UK.

It is also advisable to carry some cash in case of difficulty as many smaller accommodation, pubs, tearooms and small shops may not accept any form of credit or debit card.