How to Call Scotland from the US
Don’t get loch’d into a plan or calling card you don’t really trust.
There are some great alternatives from Vonage to help you stay sane and financially stable when you’re calling Scotland from the USA. We’ll take a look at that in a moment, but right now you may be more interested in our simple-to-follow “How to Call Scotland” guide below.
To call Scotland from the US, just follow these dialing instructions:
- First dial 011, the US exit code.
- Next dial 44, the Scotland/UK country code.
- Then dial the 2–5 digit area code plus the local number for a total of 10 digits.
And don’t forget that when you call Scotland you should leave off the trunk code, which is only used for calling from inside the country. The trunk code is the zero that will often be listed preceding the main phone number.
EX: 011 + 44 + XX + XXXX + XXXX
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Here is a list of some Scottish area codes and city calling codes:
|SCOTLAND CALLING CODES|
Now that you’ve mastered how to call Scotland, maybe we should talk about the best way to do so.
Don’t “kilt” yourself looking for cheap calls to Scotland anymore!
There’s a way to save money while also enjoying high- call quality and leaving behind the fear of going over your minutes: Vonage World®. It’s unlimited¹ calling to Scotland from the US at its best. You won’t be hassled with frustrating restrictions or overly complicated technology. All you need to do is sign up for the plan and we’ll send you the Vonage Box™², a small VoIP adapter that allows your existing home phone to work over your high-speed Internet connection. Don’t worry though. We know that sometimes when you see a company say the phrase “we’ll send you” your head starts aching. That’s because it’s not unheard of for a large corporation to bury hidden fees in the fine print. Not Vonage. The low monthly rate is all you pay and the Vonage Box will connect you to all landlines in Scotland for nothing extra. For calling mobiles, you’ll have to pay a small per-minute rate, but it’s another low-cost answer to the question of how to call Scotland from the US. Plus there is no upfront or down-the-road fee for getting or using the Vonage Box. It’s free, plain and simple. No delivery cost and no activation cost.
It gets better.
One of the perks of being a Vonage customer is that anyone with a Vonage Box can call anyone else with a Vonage box anywhere in the world for FREE. So, as you can see, we can definitely help you with how to call Scotland from the USA, but we can also help with calls from Scotland to the US! Sign up a loved one for Vonage World, send them their Vonage Box and you can talk to them all you want as long as you want². Since it’s Vonage-to-Vonage, the calls will all be free.
Vonage World lets you make unlimited¹ calls to landlines and low-coast calls to mobiles in Scotland from anywhere you choose with Vonage Extensions®. Extensions offer the flexibility to enjoy the same calling to Scotland you enjoy on your home line from an additional phone, even your US mobile. And, with Vonage World, your first Extension is free of charge.
Are there any international calling apps?
The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Our new calling Scotland from America app is Vonage Mobile®. Use it on an Android™ or an iPhone® for talking AND texting. Click on the link to find out more, then get calling for free!
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²You sign up for an additional account and remain responsible for all charges and activity on each account, as well as shipping for the adapter and for compliance with the laws of the country outside of the U.S. where the Vonage adapter may be used. Vonage customer support is in English and Spanish only. Vonage 911 service does not operate outside the U.S.
How to Relocate to Scotland | ScotClans
Posted on by Amanda Moffet in Scottish Diaspora, Scottish Places & Buildings with
Recently we’ve been getting asked a lot about how to move to Scotland to live so we thought we’d put together a bit of a helpful guide. Maybe the pipes are calling you home?
Scotland compared with other places does not have many people – we only have around 5.5 million people and about 70% of these people live in the central belt and the lowlands. Glasgow has the highest population, followed by Edinburgh.
I have heard Edinburgh described as a ‘truly cosmopolitan town’ – this is a perfect description. It doesn’t feel like a city, and is a wonderful mix of people from different countries.
Unless you are moving from a very expensive city like New York the cost of living here is high. Our houses tend to be a lot smaller and have less space around them.
We are not that religious, and those who are tend to be very quiet about it. 30% of people here are church of scotland, 15% catholic, 5.5% other christian, 1.5% Islam. Around 36% of Scotland say they have no religion.
Move for the right reasons – Scotland is not Kilted Celtic Pirates
There is a bizarre image that gets portrayed of Scotland. Attending games in the US we see this a lot – the celtic kilted pirate. Seeing the skull and cross bones flag flying next to the saltire is a confusing one, buxom women in basques and gents with kilts and pirate sabres. Bit of a confused mixture of Walt Disney, Willam Wallace – Mel Gibson version and Captain Jack Sparrow.
Scotland is not like this so would be a bit of a shock for someone thinking it was.
So … still want to relocate – here’s some help
We should start by saying – the rules of visas change constantly so please check up. The number one rule with visas is you have to get these before you enter Scotland. Do not come to Scotland and try to apply for the correct visa. You’ll waste a lot of money
Applying for this visa is quite stressful and expensive but once it’s done that feeling must be amazing. It’s going to take at least 5 years of doing various visas and extensions to be able to apply for indefinite residency and become a citizen. Then you can officially get the accent 🙂
Now I will try and talk you through the different visas.
A basic vistors visa allows you to travel around Scotland and the UK for up to 6 months. You are not allowed to work on this visa and have to return home to apply for different visa.
No Visa for Retiring
Retiring to Scotland is understandably appealing. When I think of retiring – it’s on a Scottish island with a peat fire, maybe a bit of knitting. Sadly no actual retirement visas exists – this was stopped in 2008. You could only maybe come over as a dependant of a family member living in Scotland otherwise I don’t know how you can do it for longer than 6 months.
If you are a citizen of a Commonwealth country and have a grandparent who was born in the UK (this includes the Republic of Ireland if born before 1922 as it was then part of the UK), you can apply for a visa to live and work in Scotland and the rest of the UK. This visa lasts five years. For this visa you must have the intention to undertake work, as well as showing that you have enough money to support yourself in Scotland.
You do not need a job offer for an Ancestry Visa, just to prove that you are looking for work. You can come in on this visa if you’re studying full-time as long as you are also working part-time. An Ancestry Visa would allow you to study in the UK but you would have to pay the International fees. Remember you are not a citizen while on an Ancestry Visa – this has to be applied for afterwards.
To apply you need birth certificates for your UK born grandparent (it doesn’t have to be Scotland). Also funds – in your bank account you’ll need £1200 – £1600, 90 days prior to your date of application.
Dependants have to apply to join you from outside the UK.
Length of visa: 5 years
After visa: you can apply to extend or stay permanently. £811 – £1,311 to extend
Get a job offer – so invited to Scotland
These are looked at case by case.
An employer would normally sponsor the works visa. If single the employer needs to show that the job can not be offered to someone within the same country – how this person is uniquely qualified for this job that they have to bring them in from another country. If you have studied within the UK this can be easier. If not this is quite a hard process to go through.
If one person of a married couple from the US gets offered a job in Scotland you have to show that the job is the dominant job in the family (so highest paying). Then the spouse comes as a ‘dependant’. The dependant has to be granted the visa before coming to the UK.
No job offer – but are bringing a business to Scotland
For this you can apply for a Entrepreneur’s Visa. This is for people who want to set up or run a business in the UK. The big hurdle with this one is you need access to at least £50,000 investment funds to apply. It costs around 1.2k and you can only stay for 3 years and 4 months. After this you can apply for a 2 year extension. Like other visas after 5 years you can apply for indefinite settlement and become a citizen
Youth Mobility Scheme
If you come from certain countries, are aged between 18 and 30 and have £1,890 in savings, you may be eligible to apply for a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa. This visa will last for up to two years and will allow you to live and work in the UK during this time.
I want to invest in Scotland
If you are going to make an investment of £2,000,000 or more into Scotland, you can apply for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa.
Marrying a UK citizen
Firstly visas need to be applied for before leaving your country.
Applying for a visa before you are married.
A marriage visa only allows you to marry in Scotland not live there. A separate spouse visa needs to be applied for once married. A marriage visa allows you 6 months to get married. Then when you are married you get an allowance of 30 days to stay in Scotland. After that a spouse visa needs to be applied for – you will most likely have to return to your home country and apply for this there.
A marriage visa costs around £85
The spouse visa will allow you 2 1/2yrs residency in Scotland, you are applying “To join family living permanently in the UK” as a SPOUSE. You have to apply for this visa outside the UK. Then after the 2 1/2yrs you have to apply again (so 5 years in total) then you can apply for citizenship. Before this 5 year point it’s like a probationary period where you are not a citizen so have to cover health care and prove you can support yourself. It’s a 70 page form you need to fill in.
If you marry a UK citizen outside the UK and plan to live in the UK then the marriage has to be recognised within the UK.
You can not just marry in the UK without a visa.
You have to wait 5 years to get a Full UK Residency.
You have to answer various things – like how much your spouse earns and show bank accounts also have to do a 15 minute English test to show you know the language.
So there you have it – like most countries applying for residency is difficult but not impossible. With our impending exit from the EU there will be inevitable changes, the small matter of Scottish Independence is still a consideration, given that the Scottish government is more open to immigration than the UK as a whole (as a country we desperately need to build our young workforce to keep tax revenues flowing). It’s entirely possible that if Scotland became independent or if immigration became a devolved issue we could see a considerable change in these regulations. lets just see…
Scotland is an open, diverse, multicultural, and welcoming country. (in our opinion and experience) We welcome those who share these values…. just leave the cutlass and eyepatch at home 🙂
When To Call Scotland Removals Companies
If you live in Scotland and are considering moving soon, it is time to call Scotland removals companies so that they can help you. Removals Scotland can do everything that you need in order to get your property to where it has to be. There is no need to become stressed out over moving when you can have professional removals do the job for you. Even if you just have to get rid of some items in your home or place of business you can rely on Scotland removals for the job.
When you are choosing a removal company, you want to use one that has a track record of being reliable as well as honest. You also want to be sure that removals Scotland give you the best price that you can get for your money. You can get a good quote on what it will cost you to move when you are in Scotland if you take a look online and do a bit of looking around. You can get various services for removals depending upon how much you are moving as well as how much work you are willing to put into the move.
Generally speaking, the more you do when it comes to moving the less you end up paying when it comes to Scotland removals. If you are willing to do all of the packing and getting everything ready for your move, then you will find that you have less to pay when you are looking for quotes from removals, Scotland. In addition, you also have to consider where you are moving. If you are moving locally, it may pay to do more of the work and moving some of the items yourself, leaving it up to the Scotland removals to do the heavy lifting of the items that you cannot carry.
However, if you are planning a big move and moving a distance in Scotland or elsewhere in the United Kingdom, you may need more help as well as larger transport. You can choose removals Scotland companies that can give you full service and get everything moved in one van. They can even package things for you so that they do not get broken. Some people prefer this full service when they are hiring Scotland removals so that they can put their time and energy into other aspects of the move. After all, moving is one of the most stressful things that you can undergo. It makes more sense in many cases to pay someone else to do the work for you instead of undertaking it yourself and piling on more stress. You can relax and let the removals Scotland company take charge of the move.
There are many services that you can get when you choose a Scotland removals company. When you have an idea that you are going to move and where you are going to be moving, you should start to get estimates right away so that you can choose a reliable company that will help you out with this aspect of your life.
Did You Know? — How to Telephone To and From Scotland
Did You Know? — How to Telephone To and From Scotland
Did You Know?
— How to Telephone To and From Scotland
Here’s how to telephone to or from Scotland and find UK telephone numbers.
- To call a telephone number in Scotland from abroad, use your International dialing code plus the country code for UK (44).
- All Scottish/UK telephone numbers begin with a «0» but for international calls, drop this leading zero. For example 0141 123 4567 becomes 011 44 141 123 4567.
- If you don’t know the telephone number, the British Telecom UK telephone directory is on-line at British Telecom Directory Enquiries>
- To call abroad from Scotland, dial «001» followed by your country code (all printed telephone directories list these or go to the online resource at BT) and the full telephone number.
- Within the UK, there is no need to use the four digit Subscriber Trunk Dialling or «STD» code if it is a local call. For example, 0141 123 4567 within the Glasgow area becomes 123 4567.
- Public phone boxes in Scotland can accept coin (minimum 10p or 20p). If you are making a long-distance call, use credit cards or phonecards (available from £2.00 to £20.00 from Post Offices and shops displaying the green Phonecard sign).
- Hotels usually charge a premium for calls from your room, so it is best to use public call boxes for international calls.
- Calls made after 6pm and before 8am (local time) are charged at a lower rate.
- You can identify which town a telephone number relates to from this STD code — see the list at the Subscriber Trunk Dialing Codes> page.
- Emergency services (fire, ambulance, police) throughout the UK are contacted via «999».
- For international directory enquiries in the UK dial «153».
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Scotland Debt Solutions — Free Advice
Scotland Debt Solutions is dedicated towards helping Scots in financial trouble. If you’re struggling under the weight of debt and live in Scotland, we can help you.
Whether your debts have been accumulated through no fault of your own or your money problems are self-inflicted, it makes no difference to us. At Scotland Debt Solutions, we do not judge. We treat everybody the same and apply the same objective; to get you out of debt and back on the road to financial freedom. We have achieved this feat with thousands of Scots since 1989 and our vast experience and expertise helps people just when they think they have nowhere to turn.
So regardless of whether you’re struggling with credit card debts, sheriff officers, council tax, payday loans, mortgage arrears, employment issues, store cards or any kind of finance or lending, you can talk to one of our dedicated advisers and get 100% FREE debt advice. We will even come to see you at your home or other preferred location to discuss your current circumstances in a confidential manner and establish how to get you out of debt.
There are a number of debt management solutions that could help you. These solutions typically involve repaying a small amount over a number of months. Our advisory service is honest, straight-talking and backed by the UK’s leading insolvency specialists.
We can talk you through solutions such as Trust Deeds, Debt Arrangement Schemes and Sequestration (bankruptcy) and dispel some of the myths and stigmas surrounding these common debt management plans. We can work out which solution best suits your needs and answer any questions you may have, such as queries about whether your home is secure or how your credit rating will be affected.
For immediate and effective assistance with debt and how to put plans into place for a debt-free future, contact Scotland Debt Solutions today. From our offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen, we provide coverage across Scotland from Gretna to the Highlands.
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Advice For Planning Your Trip
Here is some Scotland travel information with helpful advice for passports and visas, travelling to Scotland, flights and airports, and all you need to help plan your trip.
It doesn’t matter where you’re going, knowing what to expect can be the difference between having a good time and having a GREAT time, so let me help you prepare. If you’ve got this far then you’re probably thinking about paying us a visit, and that’s great, so maybe now is the time for those important last minute checks.
Scotland Travel Information…
Here we’ll look at some of the practical information you may need, to ensure your trip is as pleasant and stress free as possible. I believe the information here will be helpful and hopefully answer any questions or concerns you may have, and I’ve no doubt you’ll love your visit to Scotland. Just make sure you plan out your trip properly, then you can relax, unwind, and just concentrate on having a fabulous time.
PASSPORTS & VISAS: If you’re travelling from outwith the UK this is the first thing you need to know about. All overseas visitors will need a passport. Europeans can stay for up to three months without the need for a visa, but for EU citizens there is no limit on the length of time you stay here. If you’re from the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, you can stay for up to six months. From anywhere else you will require a visa. Look at UK Tourist Office for more information. Travel within the UK (i.e. England to Scotland) check with your airline. Most just need photo ID, but check anyway.
TRAVELLING TO SCOTLAND: So, how exactly do you get here? Well, depending on where it is you’re coming from, you may have more than one option available to you as to your method of transport. You should have a look at the Travelling To Scotland page for more detailed information on different ways to get here.
FLIGHTS & AIRPORTS: If you’re flying and have not yet arranged your flight then it should be worth taking a look at the Search Flights page. This fantastic search facility sources hundreds of price comparisons from major airline companies to offer you the lowest possible air fares. NOTE: On your arrival at the airport you will be required to go through passport control. The Official BAA Glasgow Airport website will give you all the Scotland travel information you need for customs and baggage etc.
TRAVEL EXTRAS: To save some time on your arrival, you may want to arrange Airport Taxi Transfers or Car Hire in advance. Not necessary of course, but very convenient.
ACCOMMODATION: Scotland has accommodation choices to satisfy all tastes and budgets. You can choose from two, three, four and five star hotels, holiday rentals, holiday cottages, Scottish castles, hostels, bed & breakfasts or guesthouses. You’ll find all of these options on the Scotland Accommodation page.
HEALTH & DISABILITY: No vaccinations are required for visiting Scotland or any other part of the UK. We have a ‘no smoking’ policy for indoor public places including restaurants and pubs. Hotels and guest houses can allocate dedicated rooms for smoking if they wish, although few do. We welcome visitors with disabilities, and many establishments offer good provisions. Visitors with a disability can find most helpful Scotland travel information on the Capability Scotland website. Another site you may find helpful is Update, which is Scotland’s National Disability Information Service.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: I believe proper insurance cover is imperative for travelling anywhere, and this has been endorsed by some of the horror stories I have read about people who have had an unfortunate accident or taken ill while abroad, and were not insured. Even basic hospital treatment can amount to thousands of pounds, so remember to read the small print on your policy. See the Travel Insurance page.
TRAVEL GUIDES & MAPS: If you are planning a self guided tour of the country, then a good travel map is essential. In some of the more remote parts of the country, like the Highlands for example, you could find yourself waiting a while to see someone to ask for directions. It’s worth investing in a good Road Map and travel guide.
CURRENCY: Our monetary unit is the Great Britain Pound. At the time of writing, one pound is equal to approximately 1.3 US dollars. To give you an idea of how much you will need, have a look at the Currency Converter to see how far your money goes.
You can stretch your money a little further by taking advantage of the Money Savers and discount passes that are on offer for many attractions, rail, bus and ferry travel.
GETTING AROUND SCOTLAND: All the Scotland travel information you need for getting around the country, with links to rail, bus and ferry travel, and everything you need to know about driving here. See the Travelling In Scotland page for more info.
SCOTTISH WEATHER: Your Scotland travel information would not be complete without a mention of the Weather. The good news is that we are not known for hurricanes, earthquakes or monsoons, so the Scottish weather is not too extreme.
On the downside, it can be changeable, with dry spells and rainfall, and you could even experience four seasons in one day. Sunglasses, T-shirt, an umbrella, and a large bag containing a hat, scarf, gloves, 3 fur coats, a snorkel and flippers should do the trick.
(Just kidding, it’s not THAT bad). Have a look at the Four Day Weather Forecast, to check conditions for your destination and arrival date, so you know what to expect.
THE SCOTTISH MIDGE: A good follow-on from the weather this one. Midges are tiny flying insects, more often called “the Highland Midge”, persistent little creatures, (like mosquitos, but not as bad) found in swarms mostly in the north and west of Scotland. They love damp conditions and you’ll most likely get them at dusk and at dawn.
Now don’t think I’m a chauvinist, but the ones who bite are the females, because they can only lay eggs after they’ve had a meal consisting of blood. THAT’S YOU!
The good news is that you can buy a repellent from the pharmacist. But don’t be alarmed, the midges are not at all harmful, they’re just really annoying.
OUR WATER: The water in Scotland is of a fairly good quality and is safe to drink, although the taste can vary throughout the regions. The quality of the water is measured by the Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland, but most people now drink bottled water, which is reasonably cheap from the supermarket.
MAKING PHONE CALLS FROM SCOTLAND: To call home from the UK you have to use the international telephone code ’00’ followed by your country code and area code. If you’re not sure what your code is, check it with Country Calling Codes before you leave home. When you are in the UK, if you need to find a number abroad, dial 152.
To use your mobile phone (cell phone) you should call your service provider BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME, to make sure your phone is set up for roaming. They’ll give you all the information you need on how to make calls, and call charges abroad.
EMERGENCY SERVICES: Hopefully you won’t need them, but you should at least know how to contact them. A free 999 call will connect you to an operator who can alert the Police, Fire and Ambulance Services. Other services like the Coastguard, Lifeboats and Mountain Rescue can also be alerted. The most important thing is to stay calm, and don’t panic. If you need to contact the Police for a non-emergency, dial 101.
MISCELLANEOUS: Our time zone is GMT. Our electrical plugs are 3 pin 240V 50Hz. Our population is around 5 million. Our weights and measures are metric.
Well, that’s it, I do hope you found at least some of this helpful for planning your trip, and I wish you a safe journey. See Best Time to Visit Scotland to see when’s best for you, and get to know more about the country by reading the Scottish Culture page.
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