These cities were also at the forefront of scientific discovery and exploration, culture and learning, and remain some of the most popular holiday destinations. Its natural wonders, too, attract visitors from around the globe. Just their names - Glen Coe, Ben Nevis, The Old Man of Storr, the Cairngorms National Park, the Mull of Kintyre, Loch Ness - call up visions of unspoilt scenery, timeless beauty and unresolved mystery.
Be it escorted tours, cruises, or family cabin holidays, Scotland has plenty to offer. Explore the Scottish Highlands, enjoy a scenic train journey or head to the Trossachs, an outstandingly beautiful area of mountains, lochs, rivers, castles and woodlands. Scotland's natural and historic treasures aren't confined to the mainland, though. Around 800 islands lie scattered off its coast, islands like Skye, Mull, Arran, or beyond them the Outer Hebridean isles offer their own beguiling mix of magnificent scenery, myths and legends. Whether you're planning a romantic break or setting off on a solo trip, discover historic tales of valour, romance and rebellion on our Scotland tours.
Things to see and places to visit on your holiday to Scotland.
Ah, the magic of the Scottish Highlands! Fringed highland cattle with their sweeping fringes, whisky distilleries tucked into small villages, and mountainous terrain as far as the eye can see.
This remarkably isolated chain of Scottish islands boasts rugged moors, freshwater and saltwater lochs, and rich sense Gaelic culture and history.
Vibrant culture, quirky shops and world-class dining nestled against an enchanting backdrop of winding cobbled streets and historic architecture; it's no wonder that Edinburgh remains a firm tourist favourite.
While Loch Ness is best known for its folklore, visitors to this stretch of the Scottish Highlands will find plenty to do both on and off the water.
Nestled on the boundary between the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands, Loch Lomond is right in the heart of the Scottish mainland.
Connected to the mainland by the Skye Bridge and a ferry, Isle of Skye holidays are about getting away from it all.
From plush dining rooms to cosy country lodges, in Scotland you can enjoy an array of dining experiences.
Among the local dishes to look out for are Cock-a-Leekie, a soup with chicken and leeks, and Rumbledethumps, the Scottish equivalent of Bubble and Squeak.
Satisfying sweet cravings is easy in Scotland. Be sure to taste cranachan, a cream cheese dessert finished with oats and raspberries, and Scottish tablet, a crumbly sweet snack that is similar to fudge.
Enjoy (responsibly) Scotland’s national drink – as you discover your whisky palate. With more than 100 active distilleries across Scotland, there are plenty of flavours to discover the right pour for your taste.
Warm and inviting, Scottish cuisine ensures the taster that, no matter the weather, there will always be something to lift your spirits.
Here are some questions you might have about Scotland.
Scotland is known for its rolling highlands, whisky, ancient castles, and arts scene involving bagpipes, rock music and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
As most of you know, the currency of Scotland is the GBP, so you won’t need to change your money. It always helps to get cash out in advance, as small Scottish towns may have limited cash machine facilities.
August is a very popular month for tourists to visit Scotland, due to the calendar of events including the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. However, Scotland is beautiful year-round, particularly in the spring when the colourful natural sights burst to life. The weather is similar to other areas in the UK, however, Scotland tends to be a bit colder and wetter.
Due to the country’s abundance of rural land, it produces incredible fresh produce. Some highlights include Aberdeen Angus steaks, wild trout, and salmon. Scotland's national dish is haggis, a meat pudding typically served with mashed potato and turnips.
With a rich history in distilling, Scotland is also famous for its whisky.
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