Money & duty free for Scotland

Exchange rates:

Pound Sterling
C$1 = £0.6
€1 = £0.84
US$1 = £0.81

Currency & Money

Currency information

Pound (GBP; symbol £) = 100 pence. Notes are in denominations of £50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. Coins are in denominations of £2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pence. Scotland has its own bank notes (produced by three different banks – The Royal Bank of Scotland, the Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale Bank), but English notes have exactly the same value and are accepted as well. You’ll receive Scottish notes from ATMs and usually as change too. Coins are identical.

Credit cards

American Express, MasterCard and Visa are all widely accepted. Cash can be obtained from a multitude of ATMs available across the country.


You can withdraw cash from a multitude of ATMs available across the country. Stock up on cash if you’re visiting any rural areas however, as remote villages won’t necessarily have an ATM. If you’re travelling from overseas, it’s worth letting your bank know that you’re planning on using your debit card abroad so the bank doesn’t think the card is being used fraudulently.

Travellers cheques

Widely accepted in banks and bureaux de change. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Pounds Sterling. Many travellers now find it easier to purchase a prepaid currency card which can then be used in the same way as a debit card, either to withdraw money or to pay for goods.

Banking hours

Mon-Fri 0900-1700 (there may be some variations in closing times). Some banks are open Saturday morning; some all day Saturday.

Currency restriction

There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency. However, amounts exceeding €10,000 or equivalent must be declared if travelling from or to a country outside the European Union.

Currency exchange

You can exchange foreign currency in banks, bureaux de change, post offices and some hotels.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.