Scotland has long been one of the leading holiday destinations in Great Britain and continues so, due to its vast array of attractions of both the natural world, history and culture. Barely a week goes by without Scotland being praised for its awe inspiring majestic scenery, captivating historic culture or of course the general warmth of its welcome to all visitors. The welcome has of course changed slightly from that of the Border Reivers and you will find that you are very, very welcome. The country is ideal for both short breaks and extended holidays but it is well worth remembering that it is a large country which is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace rather than trying to dash from end to end. More information on the different areas in Scotland and what they have to offer can be found with the following links.
You will be spoilt for choice when trying to pick a location for your holiday in this wonderful area stretching from Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire in the West through the Scottish Borders to the East Coast. History and culture is well represented both Scotland’s itself, with strongholds of Robert the Bruce in and around Dumfries together with Scottish English history of the Border wars and Border Reivers. The countryside throughout the area is highly regarded for its natural beauty with rolling upland hills, extensive woodlands and forests and superb beaches and coastal walks along both the Solway and Clyde Coast. The South West side of the country is of particular note with numerous Botanic Gardens growing exotic species which are only able to survive due to the warming influence of the oceanic gulf stream. The bright lights of Edinburgh and Glasgow are within easy reach allowing you to explore more of all that Scotland has to offer.
The West Highlands give easy access to the Little Isles, Inner Hebrides, and there is a dramatic contrast in landscape to that of Perthshire, Fife and Angus in the East. There is therefore a decision to be made with regard to holiday destination either for the dramatic landscape of the Western Highlands, which includes the Trossachs, Loch Lomond and Kintyre or Cowal Peninsulas, all with fabulous areas for walking and exploring. Alternatively the choice may be for the more gentle landscape of Perthshire and Fife, with superb beaches round St Andrew’s and along the Firth of Forth. Perthshire includes many of the historic palaces and castles and of course Scone Palace should not be missed due to its historic connections. The difficult choice of where to go will be yours but wherever you go you will be sure to have an outstanding and memorable holiday.
Including the great wilderness areas of the North of Scotland from Caithness and Sutherland down through the Cairngorms and Northern Highlands, this is one of the outstanding wilderness areas throughout Great Britain and Europe as well. The Moray Firth and Aberdeenshire Coast have wonderful beaches intermixed with dramatic coastal cliffs whilst there is also much to explore inland with Whisky and Castle Trails. The principal cities of Aberdeen and Inverness are easy to reach as are the other major towns such as Banchory, Grantown on Spey, Fort William and of course the very top of Scotland John O’Groat’s. The scenery is so breathtaking that some visitors end up just staying in their cottage enjoying the views. If you do want to get out and about there are plentiful opportunities for serious hill and mountain walks and climbs, enjoying superb deserted beaches, cycling on quiet tracks and lanes through wonderful scenery, water sports of all sorts including of course dolphin and whale watching on the Moray Firth in the East or off the rugged West Coast and of course golf can be found almost everywhere. The North of Scotland it will give you an unrivaled experience of all that Scotland has to offer.