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Sending a parcel or package in Scotland is quick, easy and great value for money with Parcel Delivery. It couldn’t be simpler to send a package from Scotland to any national or international address. Just make sure you have all the details to hand and your parcel will be delivered in next to no time.
Before you start looking at cheap courier services to Scotland, you’ll need to know a few things about the parcel you are sending and where you need it to go. Firstly, you need to measure your item to get its exact dimensions, in order to benefit from cheap courier services to Scotland. The size of the package can affect the speed and the cost of your cheap shipping to Scotland so you need to make sure that you know exactly how big it is before you start looking at quotes. Secondly, you need to weigh your parcel or package. Find out the exact weight in kilograms of each package before looking for cheap parcel delivery to Scotland.
Once you know how big and how heavy your parcel is, you need to know where it is going. Whether it be Nairn, Loanhead or Kinghorn, you can find out the postcode of both the sending address and the receiving address so that you can find accurate quotes for cost and speed of delivery.
Next, you need to think about when you need your parcel to arrive and any special delivery services you might require for it. Does it need to be there the next day or is it less urgent? Will somebody need to sign for it at the other end? Do you need to be given access to tracking information so that you can see where the parcel is at all times? The answers to these questions will affect your decision when it comes to choosing a company to handle your parcel delivery in Scotland. It may be that a cheap courier to Scotland does not include the services you require, so make sure you have a good idea of what you need before you start comparing quotes.
Knowing all of this information in advance will make the process of finding quotes for cheap parcel delivery to Scotland much faster and smoother.
As Scotland is part of the United Kingdom, prices to send a parcel are usually just as cheap as sending a parcel from anywhere else in the country. Prices to send a parcel to Scotland start at just a few pounds for small, lightweight packages. For most addresses in Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom, it is possible to get a package to arrive the next day, and in some cases even the same day. However, as some parts of Scotland are very remote and difficult to get to, some companies can charge a premium for delivery to and from these addresses. The Islands and Highlands, as they are often referred to, are much more remote than other destinations within the United Kingdom, and sending parcels to or from these locations can make a difference to both the cost and the speed and efficiency of the Scotland parcel delivery service on offer.
Some postcodes are extremely remote and difficult to get to as they require putting parcels on ferries or driving well out of the way of other delivery routes. The following postcodes are some of the most remote and are the most likely to affect the speed and cost of cheap shipping to Scotland:
IV3 to IV40, IV52 to IV54, IV63, KW1 to KW14, PA20 to PA40, PH19 to PH40, PH50
Scottish Islands (Skye, Arran, Millport, Orkney, Gigha, Islay, Jura, Colonsay, Mull, Tiree, Coll, Muck, Eigg, Rum, Canna and the Shetlands)
HS, IV41 to IV51, IV55, IV56, KA27, KA28, KW15 to KW17, PA41, PA42 to PA49, PA60, PA61, PA62 to PA76, PA77, PA78, PH41, PH42, PH43, PH44, ZE
Sending parcels to these locations can be expensive compared to the rest of Scotland, but it is often not as expensive as sending parcels to Northern Island, the Isle of Man and the Isles of Scilly. When comparing quotes to have your parcel delivered, look out for companies who do not charge a premium for these addresses. For example, the Royal Mail charges the same price to send a parcel to Scotland no matter where, as it includes the Highlands and Islands at the same rates as the rest of the United Kingdom. Many couriers will offer exactly the same speedy, cheap and efficient service to Islands and Highlands addresses, so look out for one of these when you are comparing quotes in order to benefit from a cheap courier to Scotland.
Is there anything I can’t send in a package?
There are a few restrictions on what you can and can’t send in a parcel in Scotland, and in other cases, although you may be allowed to send certain items, there might be conditions attached e.g. you can’t send aerosols to Business Response or Freepost addresses. If your package contains any of the following: aerosols, alcoholic beverages, nail varnish, perfume, aftershave or lithium batteries, it is a good idea to check with the sender that these are permitted in the type of delivery you have selected before you pay for postage. All of the above are classed as dangerous goods and therefore require special care and handling when inside packages. Not checking that your goods are permitted could cause serious delays for your Scotland parcel delivery and could even end up causing harm.
Can I send items to international addresses?
There are stricter guidelines about sending dangerous goods abroad, but if your package does not contain any restricted items then it is easy to arrange cheap delivery to Scotland. Make sure that you have an accurate address for the end destination of your parcel before you check for quotes so that you get an accurate price to deliver your parcel. You can still ask for tracked and recorded delivery for international parcels, and some addresses abroad are even eligible for next day delivery.
What colour are the post boxes in Scotland?
Post boxes in Scotland are bright red, just like the rest of the post boxes across the United Kingdom. Most post boxes only have a slot wide enough to take letters and very small parcels. For larger packages, you will need to arrange cheap delivery to Scotland either online or by visiting a courier office or a post office. For any special services, such as tracked, recorded or next day delivery, you can check for quotes online for cheap parcel delivery Scotland.
Post Office opening hours
If a package is small enough to fit in a post box, and you happen to know how much delivery via the Royal Mail will cost, you can simply affix the correct number of stamps to the front of the parcel and place it in the post box at any time. The post box will state the time of the next collection on the front of it. Post offices are generally open from 9am until 5pm, Monday to Saturday (on Saturdays, post offices are generally open until 12pm or 1pm). All post offices are closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Other Scotland parcel delivery services, of course, are open much later, and if you use an online service you’ll be able to arrange your parcel delivery at a time which suits you.