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hey all, question again.

looking on xe.com at currency exchange rates. they list the GBP, but they also list a scottish pound as SCP. i'm guessing it's the same thing just printed at the royal bank of scotland rather than in england yes?

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In Scotland there are three banks that print their own banknotes. The Royal bank of Scotland, The Bank of Scotland and the Clydesdale Bank, all three along with Bank of England notes will be acceptable anywhere in Scotland.

Technically and legally only Bank of England notes are "legal tender" anywhere in the UK so you will probably find English people reluctant to take notes from Scotland.

Its just a lack of education.

/Scottish paranoia

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Allow me to clarify this with the attached from the HBOS website

"Scottish Banknotes are legal currency – i.e. they are approved by the UK Parliament. However, Scottish banknotes are not legal tender, not even in Scotland. Interestingly, no notes from any bank - including the Bank of England – are legal tender in Scotland. Only the £1 and £2 coins are legal tender there. HM Treasury determine which notes are legal tender."

Personally I travel all over the UK on business and pleasure - only time I've had a Scottish note questioned was in a candy shop in Cornwall were an recently arrived EEC worker had not seen one before. The manageress very quickly assured her of the validity of the note and business was done.

Basically you'll have no problems with any notes - anywhere!!!

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Once you leave the UK it can be difficult if not impossible to exchange Scottish banknotes and even if you can you may get a lower rate than for Bank of England notes.

So it's a good idea to get rid of all Scottish banknotes before you leave the UK.

One way of doing it is to use one of the few ATMs that dispense Bank of England notes & use tat as spending money for the last couple of days in Scotland.

I know of 3 where I've been able to get Bank of England notes on a regular basis

National Westminster at the St Andrews Square end of George Street, Barclays on George Street where it crosses Frederick Street and HSBC on the corner of Princes Street & Frederick Street.

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4. Re: money

One of my friends got a lower rate for her Scottish pounds than my other friend who had English notes on a recent trip to Amsterdam.

I no longer argue and just make sure I have English notes - saves any hassle!

In Scotland we are used to having many different varieties of bank notes so it is second nature just to identify notes by colour.

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5. Re: money

if you are a golfing fan look out for the Jack Nicklaas £5 note.still a few about.


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