Electrical appliances in Scotland

By 2020 we’re aiming to produce 100% of our electricity from renewable sources like wind, wave and hydro power. Impressive! But you’ll still blow a fuse if you don’t use the right voltage for Scotland – so check before plugging in.


In Scotland, Europe and most other countries we use 220 and 240 volts, which is twice the rate of our friends in Japan and most of the Americas at 100 and 127 volts. So if you’re bringing any electrical appliances such as laptops, hair styling tools and kitchen appliances, you should also bring both adapters and transformers to be safe.

If you’re coming from Europe, your electrical appliances should work in Scotland. However, three pin plugs are standard here so you’ll need adapters for anything with two pin plugs.

Stay safe

Never plug a non-UK appliance directly in a power socket in Scotland because you could get an electrical shock or start a fire. Always use the required adapter or transformer.

The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) website provides information about adapting your appliances for safe use in the UK and electrical safety in the home and workplace. The Health and Safety Executive provides information about health and safety in the workplace in Scotland.