From the rugged wilderness of its northern stretches to the bright lights of its busy cities, Scotland holidays are somehow romantic, relaxing and exciting all at once. For lashings of culture and things to do, historic cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness all have plenty of museums and heritage sites. There are hip eateries and bars, romantic winter markets and scenic spots to experience, including world-class botanic gardens and Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile.
Along Scotland’s coasts, pretty fishing villages, ancient kirks, craggy castles and cosy pubs are waiting to be discovered. That’s before you’ve even thought about the wide sandy beaches or glided by boat past the lighthouses of its rocky shores. For an outdoor holiday, you can revel in the spectacular landscapes. There are hills of all sizes to conquer – from Arthur’s Seat overlooking Edinburgh to the mountain of Ben Nevis – and a range of trails to suit all hiking abilities.
To really get away from it all, consider hopping around Scotland’s unique islands. To the west in the Inner Hebrides, you’ll find Islay’s whisky distilleries, while in the Outer Hebrides you’ll discover impressive castles on Skye. Head further north for the Neolithic sites of Orkney, and catch glimpses of the otherworldly Northern Lights and wild ponies of Shetland. Wherever you head on your holidays to Scotland, you’re sure to be utterly wowed.
The Northern Sky
The Fortingall Yew