A place of wonder and adventure, Scotland has more than enough to fill even the longest of holidays. It’s a place where culture and natural beauty can be enjoyed everywhere, from the rolling hills of the Highlands to cities including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Perth. Street performers stand outside shops in busier cities, greeting the tourists with their bagpipe music and Scottish dances, whilst the spectacular snow-capped Cairngorms feel like an altogether different country with reindeer, sled rides and lovely little log cabins.
Scotland is home to the Galloway Forest Park – a magical outdoor space where you can lie back after the sun’s gone down and watch the Milky Way. It’s a place where you can enjoy a different golf course every day of the week, without straying far from your accommodation, and where there are rugged countryside landscapes and golden beaches that look out over azure and crystal waters. You’ll find that Scotland is a place or romance and wonder, with a rich history and heritage that is almost impossible to escape.
Let the kids brandish their imaginary swords, and re-enact the lives of Scotland’s knights of old in any of the country’s many castles. Let them search for fossils along the cliffs, or try to explain the mysterious illusions at Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura. Take your loved one for a sunset stroll by the beach, a picnic in the countryside or a boat ride on one of the many peaceful lochs. Go as a family to Loch Ness, and search for the elusive Loch Ness Monster, or find a much wider range of creatures at the Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park.
See in the New Year on a Scotland Hogmanay break, where you’re likely to find that the party atmosphere makes it your best New Year ever. Watch a torchlight procession, look into the flames of a bonfire or make your way into a loud and lively local pub for a rendition of Auld Lang Syne as the clock strikes midnight. The people of Scotland really know how to celebrate, and other annual festivals include the Edinburgh Festival, the Wickerman Festival and the Highland Games.
Scottish food specialities include Edinburgh rock, Scottish shortbread and haggis with neeps and tatties. On your visit, don’t forget to try authentic Scottish meals at your hotel restaurant or out and about on your travels.