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Tipping in Scotland is quite a concern for many visitors, especially those from across the Atlantic. The first point to bear in mind is that, overall, there is less of a tipping culture in Scotland than in, say, the USA.  After conversations with our clients anxious to get it right,  here are some observations and advice - on our website.
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  • ananyahananyah Member ✭✭
    In restaurants, I normally leave 10-15% tip, sometimes more if the food/service has been superb. 

    For taxi drivers, I normally round it up by £1 or so. 

    In bars, I don't normally leave a tip.
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  • VisitScotlandEstherVisitScotlandEsther Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    edited May 2016
    It's more unusual to tip in a bar in Scotland than in the USA, particularly in a busy pub or club. I leave a tip from time to time, usually in quieter places and if the service has been excellent, but you shouldn't feel compelled to do so.

    I worked in a hotel bar in L.A. for a while, and was amazed - most people would leave something in the tip jar each time they ordered a drink. By contrast, working in a club in Edinburgh, you might receive a tip four or five times in a whole evening.

    Another difference is the prevalence of table service in the USA. In Scotland, in most bars and pubs, customers go up to the bar to place an order, rather than waiting for service to come to them.

    When it comes to food, in Scotland I always leave around 10 per cent, unless something went very wrong!

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