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Top 10 Scotland by Alastair Scott

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Shopping Tips

1. VAT Refunds

Value Added Tax (VAT) at 20 per cent is applied to goods and services. Non-EU visitors can reclaim VAT on goods only by using the Foreign Exchange Tax-Free Shopping form at participating stores; you’ll need to show your passport. This form is presented at Customs on leaving the UK.

2. Prices and Bargains

Britain is not particularly cheap for shopping, but prices can vary considerably, so it pays to shop around. End-of-season sales offer the best bargains, as can outdoor markets, but beware of inferior products.

3. Scottish Made

In a global economy where shops can be swamped with imported “Scottish” souvenirs, it’s refreshing to find some outlets that specialize in quality home-produced arts and crafts. One such shop ...

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