If you are planning a staycation (the hot new term coined for those who are holidaying in their own country) this year, then you need to visit Scotland. With a wealth of museums, places of historical interest and gorgeous picturesque scenery, it is easy to see why so many tourists are flocking to Scotland for their annual holidays. Scotland is the place that has it all; urban cities, quaint towns and picture perfect scenery. If you only go to one place this year, make sure it is Scotland.
No trip to Scotland is complete without a visit to the capital. Edinburgh is the epitome of urban city chic and is packed with a vast array of things to do, attractions and places of cultural and historical interest. Edinburgh, like many capital cities, is home to a wealth of outdoor pursuits that are suitable for all. Take a peek at the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo, indulge your inner geek at Edinburgh Castle or roam around Arthurs Seat taking in the gorgeous scenery. For the whisky aficionado, take a trip to the Scotch Whisky Heritage Museum located near to Edinburgh Castle. Who doesn’t want to indulge in a cheeky whisky after a day of fine, cultural activities? Other attractions in Edinburgh include; National Museum of Scotland, Outlook Tower and Our Dynamic Earth. If you are captivated by wonderful Edinburgh, check here for hotels.
The Scottish Highlands:
The gorgeous historic Scottish Highlands are simply perfect for those that wish to take in the natural, unspoilt beauty of Scotland. If the hustle and bustle of city life doesn’t seem appealing, then the Highlands are the perfect alternative. You will be amazed by the scenery that is simply breathtaking. Take it all in and make some memories that you will never forget. The Scottish Highlands are simply inspirational. The ancient landscapes, coupled with a fascinating history make for an interesting break that is relaxing and interesting. There truly is something for everyone in the highlands; for the budding anthropologist there is stunning wildlife, good food made from local produce to tantalise your taste buds as well as old battlefields steeped in history. There is truly something for everyone in the highlands, whether you want to walk along the coast, or take in the scenery. Should you want somewhere a little more lively, then take a tour of Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. Of course, no trip to anywhere in Scotland would be complete with a drop of the hard stuff and the Highlands are no different; the Malt Whiskey Trail is a great way to end your jaunt in the Highlands, just be careful not to lose a couple of days in the process!
Ayrshire and Arran:
If heritage and history are your passion, then a trip to Ayrshire is an absolute must. With castles and regional parks galore, history buffs will love this part of Scotland. Arran is simply stunning, with picturesque coastlines and delicious local food this part of Scotland is a hit with all. The rolling hills, coupled with postcard perfect scenery is a must for those wishing to escape the madness of everyday life. A trip to Ayrshire and Arran is perfect for those wishing to unwind and relax in peace and tranquillity. If arts and culture is more suited to your tastes, Ayrshire and Arran are awash with festivals, music events, theatre days and much more. There is also a Craft Town, a whole town that is dedicated to arts and crafts. Even if you are creatively challenged, you can still enjoy the quirky nature of the town itself.
If the rolling hills and picture perfect scenery all becomes a little too sedate, then head back into another glorious Scottish city: Aberdeen. Aberdeen is the third largest city in Scotland and is a hive of attractions. Popular attractions include Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Duthie Park, Condonas Amusement Park, St Michaels Cathedral and Balmoral Castle. With so much to see and do in Aberdeen, you may need to stay for a long weekend. Should you want to loiter around Balmoral Castle, you may be greeted with the presence of royalty as this is one of the Queen’s permanent homes.
A spectacular city, with a wealth of things to do. Scotland really is home to some of the world’s best cities. Popular attractions in Dundee include HMS Unicorn, Mills Observatory,
Caird Hall and Camperdown Country Park. With such a vast array of choice, you will not know what to do first. Should all the sightseeing get a little tiring, then relax and soak up Dundee’s fabulous nightlife, with theatres and restaurants littered all over the city there will surely be something to suit all tastes of your holiday party. Considering that whiskey is a big part of Scottish culture, why not treat yourself to a nightcap to really get the party started.
If you are choosing to visit Scotland for a day trip, then there are some great local sites that you can visit for the day.
Loch Ness is the ultimate in Scottish mystery. The great Loch Ness monster may even show her face. The gorgeous scenery and rolling hills around the loch make it a perfect day out, even if you do not get to see a glimpse of the elusive Nessie.
Similarly, Ben Nevis is perfect for those who like to get involved in the great outdoors. The unspoilt, clean scenery is the perfect way to fill your lungs with the fresh Scottish air as well being amazed by the sheer height of the mountain (the tallest in the UK, fact fans).
The Royal Yacht Britannia is, in short, simply stunning. If you are looking for a luxurious way to spend your day, then visit the restored yacht in Edinburgh. With a unique history, you will be fascinated and enthralled by the Queen’s former floating residence.
Scotland is truly unique and is the perfect holiday destination for those that wish to have it all. Cities, scenery, food and drink, what more do you need?