This is what Scots can expect when they go on holiday to Spain

Scottish tourists can now travel to Spain without having to spend two weeks in quarantine - but the Foreign Office is still urging Brits to avoid all non-essential travel.

A new video shot by an Edinburgh expat shows what Scots can expect if they go on holiday to the Spanish island of Mallorca this summer.

Ruairidh Mason, a travel Youtuber, moved to the island five years ago with his Spanish partner whom he met in the Capital - and they have been hooked on the food and culture ever since.

The 40-year-old has shot a three-minute video which gives you an idea of what it will be like when you get there.

People socially distancing on Palma's City Beach. Pictures/ video: Ruairidh Mason

The video shows the usually bustling streets of Magaluf empty, something he describes as "completely unrecognisable" and “like you have stepped into an episode of Scooby Doo and the mystery of the abandoned, manufactured holiday town."

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But Ruairidh says businesses in resorts like Magaluf and areas like the more family friendly Alcudia have been making preparations for the arrival of tourists.

What can you expect?

A lone couple in Magaluf. Pictures/video: Ruairidh Mason

Ruairidh says that it's mainly resort areas which are slowly emerging from their "Covid hibernation" and that many cities and towns across Spain are "busy and bustling" with life as normal.

When you arrive off the plane you will need to give your contact details and undergo a quick health check including having your temperature taken.

Face masks are mandatory in all spaces where a social distance of 1.5 metres can not be maintained, such as on a bus or taxi or indoor spaces like shops and supermarkets.

He says less people than usual will likely be staying at your hotel and that it should be well cleaned - and there will be no buffet option. Securing poolside sunbeds will also require setting an early alarm.

Ruairidh says restaurants and bars in Mallorca are currently operating at 75 per cent capacity but places with terraces will accommodate you and up to 24 more friends in one group.

Nightlife is one of the areas most affected, with some clubs open but dancing not allowed.

Social distancing applies on the beach and the protocol is that each individual or group will be allocated four square metres of sand, which for the bigger resort beaches should not be a problem.

He added: "In short, Mallorca and Spain welcomes you with open arms and is looking forward to you coming to stay.

"Just do yourselves a favour and bring a few disposable face masks and some hand sanitiser too."