While Edinburgh and Glasgow draw historians, art aficionados and culture vultures, the best of Scotland is found further afield in its wild and rugged countryside. Read more...
You’ll never forget your first experience of Edinburgh. Arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it is dominated by the imposing castle that sits atop a rugged hill overlooking the New Town. Walk through Holyrood Park to Arthur’s Seat where you’ll have panoramic views of the city, wander through the cobbled streets of the old town or time your visit to coincide with the magnificent Military Tattoo, which takes place at Edinburgh Castle in August.
Central Scotland is home to another impressive city: Glasgow. Famous for the architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it also has such attractions as the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Cathedral, beautiful parks and a happening restaurant and bar scene.
Outside the cities, the countryside is wild and breathtaking. Head to Loch Ness and keep your eyes peeled for the famous monster. Board the Jacobite steam train that travels through the West Highlands from Fort William, in the shadow of Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis, across the Glenfinnian viaduct with its 21 arches to the magical fishing port of Mallaig.
Perhaps surprisingly Scotland also lays claim to beautiful islands along its coastline. Portree is the picturesque capital of the Isle of Skye, while off the northern tip of the country lie the Orkney Islands. Neolithic stone circles and prehistoric villages here date back 10,000 years, while the coastal cliffs are home to sea birds including puffins and the sea harbours seals and dolphins.