European power adapters - What plug adapter do I need for Scotland?

Power adapters for Scotland

When packing for a trip it's helpful to know in advance if you can use your electrical devices when you're there. By not knowing which plug socket is being used in Scotland you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore needing to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you need to recharge that could be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Various combinations of standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning on travelling to a different country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Scotland. This page has links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when travelling to Scotland by using their 230 volt 50Hz Type G Scottish power outlet, with the Scottish using a BS 1363 13 amp plug for power outlets. When travelling you'll find power adapters will change regionally therefore please read our WikiConnections travel power adapters list where you'll find a complete list showing charging devices in different destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Scotland?

The best power adapter for Scotland will be a Type G power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Scotland?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a compact and cheap plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly fit into a Scottish power outlet.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [3].

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Scotland?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Scottish power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Scotland along with the correct power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances in Scotland simply by adapting the shape of the plug.

Do I need a power adapter in Scotland?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are using.

Do European plugs work in Scotland?

There is a chance that a power adapter that works in another country in Europe won't fit in a Scottish power outlet because there are eight different types of power outlets in Europe.

Where to buy a power adapter in Scotland

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Scotland

On arrival power adapters could be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

Where to buy a power adapter for Scotland in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Scotland in the UK

Scotland to UK power adapters will most likely be available to buy in the UK from airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Luton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists such as WH Smith, Dixons or Boots but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. UK high street electrical shops, newsagents and chemists such as Currys PC World, WH Smith or Boots normally typically only sell popular types of travel adapters covering a limited number of countries however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online. In January 2019 we checked 2 high street branches of WH Smiths without seeing any power adapters available to purchase and 1 branch of Boots only had a pack of European adapters available.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - wikipedia.org entry about Scotland.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, costing under £10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor