I am thinking about pet sitting for a week outside Kinross. Does anyone have any knowledge about this area? I would have a car and could explore during the day. Any thoughts about weather & clothing?
First of all, others on these forums will probably advise that even if you are volunteer pet sitting, if you're a US citizen without a work visa you'd be doing something that could get you denied UK entry. I am not an expert on these legalities, but just raising a cautionary flag.
What time of year would this be? Even in full summer the weather is likely to be cool and there's always a chance of rain. You will want sturdy shoes or boots that can handle mud. Apply waterproofing spray liberally before you leave home. A raincoat or parka, layers of sweaters and undershirts (silk camisoles are a lifesaver), a rain hat and perhaps a pair of fingerless gloves will all be useful. An umbrella or a poncho won't help in sideways ("lashing") rain, so don't bother with those.
Any thoughts about weather & clothing?
Do you have the proper work permit?
I am volunteering through Trusted Housesitters. They place pet and house sitters all over the world. There is no question it is legal. They have been operating for a long time. I’m not worried. Thanks for the information and concern.
could well be legal but only if you met the immigration requirements of the country you are doing the sitting in, and from what I can see you don't, but good luck with it
I suggest you wait a day or two and repost avoiding any discussion about pet sitting. Despite being an adult and able to make your own decisions, it seems weather and clothing discussion will be sidetracked.
When you next post, tell the time frame.
Otherwise, I use wunderground website for historical weather. I like this one as it also states precipitation - important in Scotland.
If you like hiking or trekking, then gortex lined footwear and full waterproof pants and jacket may be handy. Also check the midge season for how much bug spray required.
Thanks for the helpful responses. Some things to think about. Still in the works - cheers!
No matter what Trusted Housesitters tell you, you need a work permit, even if you aren’t being paid.
Weather and clothing? Anything between lots of snow, lots of rain and warm, dry days depending on when you are visiting. Clothing - layers and something waterproof.
What do you want to know about the area?
A cursory glance at the UK immigration service website suggests this would be covered by normal tourism but best ask the consular services.
Kinross is south of Perth on the M90, in the council area called 'Perth and Kinross'. Itself it is a historic town, with just outside Loch Leven castle where Queen Mary was briefly held prisoner (HS) and is within easy reach of Perth, Dunfermline, Dundee and St Andrews.
Here's a bit more info.
It's still not crystal clear, but it appears if you are not being paid, you would be OK.
We just did a weekend pet sit for a woman in Breckenridge, Colorado and it went well. No concerns about Americans caring for another American’s older dog in the USA on any level, but we learned something interesting. It turns out that Trusted Housesitters was started by a British couple who frequented Breckenridge and cared for their friends’ pets there, and found that there were a lot of people concerned about the welfare of their animals enough that there was a demand to find trustworthy people to stay at their place and care for them.
See the U.K. government website https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y/usa/work/six_months_or_less. It’s illegal to enter the U.K. for unpaid work without a visa.
You never answered the question of 'when', so getting replies about weather and clothing and to degree of where to go and what to do is a challenge for responders.
If you are here for tourism and staying in self accomodation you do not, to my reading of the link need a visa if from a country that is not requiring of a visa to enter the UK for tourism.
If you are house sitting it is for tourism and you are taking the chattels and possessions of that property in care during your stay. You are responsible for them but not doing technical work.
The best course is of course your local UK Consulate, but if you are on holiday, in a house swap, you take on the house and all that pertains to it during the stay.
You cannot work in the UK without proper qualifications, but if staying in accomodation that entails certain domestic activities that come with the property this is not to my reading of the UK Gov website work, you are here for tourism.
Thanks again for the helpful responses. Still considering options.
FWIW we belong to TrustedHouseSitters and have had many wonderful people come to take care of pets and home over the years. Have a great time, Cyn!
As to your original question, you still haven’t answered WHEN, so we can’t help. Scotland often gets four seasons in one day, so pack for rain (almost a certainty), sun (a possibility) or snow (probably not June to August).
Few are going to have stayed in Kinross, as it’s not on the usual tourist trail. It’s a small local town that’s within easy reach of Edinburgh.
A couple of years ago, someone on this forum replied that they had been denied entry to the UK when they said they were intending to enter for unpaid pet sitting.
Ok, Kinross itself.
Kinross is between Loch Leven and the M90 motorway. Roughly half way between Perth and the capital, it is a historic market town. In Loch Leven is Loch Leven Castle, which sits on an island and only available by booking the ferry via Historic Scotland.
Kinross-shire was one of the smallest counties in Scotland and has by and large been placed with the Fair City for local government. Kinross is part of the the Fife, Perth Stirling part of the lowlands.
If staying in Kinross, you are in an hour from most of Fife, Tayside, Stirling and down to Edinburgh.
I've had that feeling that one's pets really don't seem to enjoy international travel. I wouldn't either, if I had to spend long hours in a pet carrier or under the front seat in a plane, not to mention the other stresses on your pet during international travel. I did notice that SFO and some other US airports have created "animal relief areas", which looked cleaner than some men's rooms I've seen.
I have been considering joining Trusted Housesitters! I have pets and would enjoy taking care of pets while staying in someone’s home abroad. I would love to communicate with either of you who have been with Trusted Housesitters.com. I would really like to know if it has worked well for you... the good and the bad!