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holidaying in scotland ~ an ideas guide to scotland

No visitor to Scotland ever arrives without a serious set of expectations. Fixed in the popular imaginations as a land of lochs and lairds, tripe and tartan, neeps and nessie, bagpipes and the Bruce, whisky and Wallace, haggis and hogmanay, Scotland embraces the expectations of its holidaymakers with the same energy and big heartedness that Scotland’s lush glens embrace a rainshower. Whether you come with just as big or an open heart or whether you come with a backpack, a map and a stout pair of walking boats, a holiday in Scotland offers a breathtaking landscape peppered with grand, baronial castles, a tome of myth and folklore and some of the wildest open plains in the whole of Great Britain. And of course there are the peaks. Scotland has several stunning mountain ranges: the Cairngorms in the Central Highlands, the Grampians in the North East, the Torridon Hills of Wester Ross and the Cuillin, on the Isle of Skye to name just a few. Ben Nevis – with its mighty and unforgiving North Face – stands a magnificent 4,500 feet above sea level whilst Cairn Gorm at a respectable 4,000 – provides the mighty heart at the Highlands centre. This spectacular National Park also plays host to a range of rare and endangered wildlife including the Golden Eagle and Osprey. It is a hugely romantic landscape and sure to inspire even the hardest of hearts with its sweeping, glacial valleys, its lilting musical language, its enormous hospitality and its outstanding range of outdoor pursuits: golf, dolphin spotting, climbing, hiking, salmon fishing, mountain-biking, bird watching, skiing, snowboarding, gorge walking, bouldering, sea kayaking, loch kayaking – you name it. And then there are cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh, two of the most exciting and progressive cities in the whole of Europe. Over a million people make the journey to Edinburgh Castle every year, a testament to the world-class visitor experience that Scotland has to offer.

Dumfries & Galloway

Standing on the cliffs at Scotland's most southerly point, in the fresh ocean air, with views to Ireland, England and the Isle of Man. Scotland's National Bard, Robert Burns spent much of his adult life in Dumfries. be inspired by the land he loved and the women he wooed

Ayrshire & Arran

Situated in south-west Scotland on the beautiful shores of the Firth of Clyde, Ayrshire has in the last seven years, played host the British Open Golf Championship twice, and eight times in total and boasts a number of attractive towns that include Ayr and Kilmarnock

Scottish Borders

Covering about eighteen hundred square miles, ‘The Borders’ as it affectionately known lies at the far south of the Scottish region with the banks of the River Tweed flowing west to east. A gentler but no less gripping wilderness

Glasgow & the Clyde Valley

One of Europe’s most exciting and beautiful destinations, combining the diversity and sophistication of a major international city with some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. Victorian red & honey sandstone, Italianate steeples and medieval spires

Glasgow Boutique

Glasgow's affluent Park District lends itself rather naturally to luxury accommodation, defined as it is by tall Victorian townhouses, and charming tree-lined terraces ~ Boutique Hotels in Glasgow

Glasgow West End

Glasgow's western district is defined by a dazzling array of boutique shops, art galleries, tea-rooms and bars for which it has quietly earned its place as the cultural heart of the city ~ Hotels in the West End of Glasgow

Edinburgh & Lothians

Stunning. Arguably one of the most beautiful and most sophisticated cities in Great Britain. Famous for its castle, its festival, its university, its shopping and its restaurants, Edinburgh is situated in the central lowlands on the south shore of the Firth of Forth.

Edinburgh Boutique

Sometimes you want to feel that little bit extra special, so Room4u has reviewed 20 of the best Boutique hotels for your approval. Choose from selection of 4 and 5 star properties.

Edinburgh West End

The Old Town and the New Town might attract the lion's share of tourism but it's Bruntsfield and West Coates that provide the best kept secrets. The Rutland Hotel and Elmview Bed & Breakfast are just two of our top ten hotels in the West End .

Loch Lomond & the Trossachs

The land of the free. Loch Lomond, Stirling and the Trossachs offer a spectacular range of landscapes, histories and traditions. Stirling, with it’s old town and historic castle overlooking the site of Bravehearts most famous victory

Fife

Fife - the spiritual home of golf - covering St Andrews, Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy - is the perfect setting for a short break or a longer stay on Scotland's sunnier east coast. Originally one of the Pictish kingdoms, known as Fib, and Fife is more commonly known as the Kingdom of Fife.

Perthshire

Also known as the ‘big country’ and generally agreed to be the Adventure Capital of Scotland. There’s also an abundance of wildlife: Ospreys, red deer and red squirrel, capercaillie, and many fascinating trees and flowers

Angus

Glorious Glamis! Two thousand years of magic, mystery, and romance have gone into its making. Romantic castles, glistening beaches and stunning formal gardens; plus a rich blend of shopping, art, theatre and culture

Moray Firth & Eastern Lowlands

Sample the ‘water of life’ and visit the eight distilleries and cooperage on the world’s only Malt Whisky Trail. The Castle Trail takes in a over a dozen of the finest examples that Scotland has to offer

Glenshee & the Lecht

You can’t come to Scotland in winter and fail to be tempted by one of its three main ski-resorts. Situated on the northern side of the Cairnwell Pass between Blairgowrie and Braemar, Glenshee is the largest and oldest commercial ski resort in the Highlands

Glencoe & Loch Leven

Two thousand years of magic, mystery, and romance have gone into its making. Romantic castles, glistening beaches and stunning formal gardens; experience top-quality visitor attractions that inform, inspire and entertain

Inverness & the Black Isle

The self-proclaimed ‘capital of the highlands’ Inverness is supported by an excellent range of shops, restaurants and historical sites. Castles like Brodie and Cawdor near the lovely little beaches and fishing vessels at Nairn offer a tantalising glimpse of the area’s proud, baronial past

Aviemore & Cairngorms

The Cairngorms and Cairngorms National Park, the magical mountainous region in the Eastern Scottish Highlands, make up the United Kingdom’s largest national park, a large elevated plateau festooned with low, rounded glacial mountains

Western Highlands

17 Munros and 30 Corbetts makes the mountains of the Western Highlands makes it exactly the formidable and breathtaking region so loved by walkers and climbers alike. Secluded, quiet and teeming with life and matter to bring the freshness back to your senses

Northern Highlands

Very scarcely populated and significant for its creeping glacial valleys and rock-hewn landscapes, the region has an atmosphere that wrenches you squarely out of time and plants you at the very birth of creation

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