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Tipping in Scotland. Do we need to do it, and what should we know?

Feb 22, 2023Scotland, England, Food & Drink, Golf, Whisky

One question that often arises for travellers to Scotland is whether tipping is expected or necessary. The simple answer is YES – if you feel you have received excellent customer service.

Although certain establishments will add a gratuity to the bill, this is discretionary, and you are free to increase or reduce the amount as you see fit.

Restaurants and Bars

When dining out in Scotland, tipping is generally expected in restaurants and bars. The standard practice is to leave a gratuity of around 10-15% of the total bill.


In hotels, it is customary to leave a small gratuity for staff that you feel have provided outstanding service.

Taxis and Transportation

When taking a taxi or other form of transportation in Scotland, it’s common to round up the fare to the nearest pound. If you’re using a ride-sharing service like Uber, you can add a tip through the app after your journey is complete.

Tour Guides

If you’re taking a guided tour in Scotland, it’s customary to leave a gratuity for the guide. The amount of the tip can vary depending on the length and quality of the tour, but a good rule of thumb is to leave around 10% of the total cost of the tour.

Hairdressers and Beauty Salons

Tipping in hairdressers and beauty salons is a common practice in Scotland. It’s customary to leave a gratuity of around 10-15% of the total cost of the service.

Other Services

For other services, such as dry cleaning or valet parking, tipping is appreciated. A small gratuity of a few pounds is a reasonable amount to leave.

What about contactless payments while travelling in Scotland?

Contactless payments are commonplace in Scotland, especially since the pandemic.

While it’s worth checking with your bank or card provider before your travels – you should be able to make contactless payments up to a value of £100.

Providing a tip when you have received good service will always be appreciated.

A hand holds a scottish five pound note to highlight the idea of tipping in scotland for tourists.

Scottish and English Bank Notes

While Scottish notes are legal tender throughout the UK, some businesses in England may be reluctant to accept them.

Online reviews

In a digital age, online reviews are also appreciated by service providers – especially when you have received excellent service.

Leaving a great review doesn’t just help the service provider – it also helps other travellers to see where the best experiences are to be had!

Looking to plan your trip to Scotland, England, Ireland or France? Turas specialises in crafting unique travel itineraries to help you make the most of your vacation. Send us a message and we would be delighted to tailor a proposal for you.

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