Scotland has everything you could possibly want from a holiday or short break destination, whether you choose a hotel in the stunning surroundings of the Scottish Highlands or book accommodation by the Scottish Borders within easy reach of Edinburgh. Whatever kind of getaway you’re looking for – whether it’s a rural escape, a city break or a fun family holiday – you’ll find that Scotland has it
Scotland’s two largest cities are Glasgow and Edinburgh. Both are exciting destinations with plenty of things to do, but both have very individual atmospheres and personalities. Glasgow is a modern destination with famous sporting venues and contemporary attractions, whilst Edinburgh is the tourist-friendly city sprawled below its iconic castle, home to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. If you like tartan, bagpipes and all things stereotypical them you’ll love the city of Edinburgh. By far one of the biggest events in Scotland is the famous Edinburgh Festival, whilst a visit to either Edinburgh or Glasgow makes for the perfect way to celebrate Hogmanay and the New Year. It’s also worth noting that if you’re planning a Hogmanay/New Year break then there’s no need to look only to Scotland’s major cities – there are towns and villages all over the country that host memorable celebrations of their own.
Escaping from the cities and delving into the Scottish countryside provides an unparalleled opportunity to experience the real magic of the country. Few places in the UK can offer such scenic views including dramatic coastlines, serene islands, towering mountains and wide open spaces in Scotland’s National Parks. Highlights include Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the UK with stunning views from the peak across towns and hills, and of course the famed lochs. Parts of Scotland, including the Galloway Forest Park, are also so free from light pollution that you’ll be able to see the Milky Way. Loch Ness is a major attraction for people hoping to see the legendary monster, but beyond that the lochs offer incredible views, excellent walking and the chance to try out a number of water sport activities.
Scotland is seen by many as the home of golf. You can find some of the world’s best courses around the country including Royal Troon, Royal Dornoch and St Andrews, one of the oldest clubs in the world and host of some of the most famous tournaments in the history of the sport. For some of the most popular courses you’ll need to book tee times months in advance, but Scotland has a wealth of hidden gem courses should you want to enjoy more freedom with your plans.
Alongside golf, Scotland is also famous as the home of the whisky industry. There are distilleries all over the country, linked by multiple trails. If you want to find out more about the industry and the process of crafting different malts, and of course if you’d like the chance to sample some of the many whiskies on offer, you’ll be able to enjoy guided tours and visitor centres which are both informative and enjoyable.
When choosing your Scotland hotel, select from the finest country manors and spa hotels all over the country. Wherever you sleep, you’ll be struck at the beauty of the whole nation and by just how much there is to do within a short distance. It is impossible to be bored amongst the many great attractions in Scotland.