Our Guide to the UK and Ireland

Highlands & Islands of Scotland

Scotland’s Highlands and Islands are Britain at its most wildly spectacular, and unbeatable if you love adventure. The mainland’s heather-clad peaks, glistening lochs and moody glens are a visual feast, often set off by a remote castle keeping vigil over the landscape, while Scotland’s magical islands from the Hebrides to Orkney offer prehistoric monuments, seabird cliffs and coral beaches galore.

The Highlands of Scotland are one of Europe’s last wilderness regions, and no trip to Britain is complete without taking in its epic vistas and experiencing for yourself the play of light upon its mountains, glens and lochs. From the Cairngorms to the towering crags of Wester Ross, the Highlands are an outdoor adventure playground, with endless opportunities to walk its ridges, fish its rivers or view its magnificent wildlife.

Scotland’s West Coast is particularly special, and its sharply indented coastline warmed by the Gulf Stream hides more than a few surprises from palm trees to orcas, and there’s no shortage of mind-blowing places to stay and historic castles to visit. Travel up the Great Glen past Ben Nevis and Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for monsters as you go, and you’ll reach Inverness, springboard for adventures into the Cairngorms and the fisheries and whisky distilleries of the Spey Valley.

Those with a yearning for wild remote places and authentic traditional communities should make a beeline for Scotland’s islands. Here you can really get away from it all and discover staggering mountain grandeur, dazzling white beaches, vast whirlpools and intact 5,000-year-old prehistoric villages in Skye, Harris and the Orkney Isles. To reach Britain’s Ultima Thule of St. Kilda, join one of our luxury expedition cruises and be lost for words as you contemplate dizzying sea stacks and thousand upon thousand of gannets dive-bombing the ocean around you.

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Classic Scotland

Edinburgh, Braemar, Loch Torridon

From days out exploring glens, castles and lake monsters to evenings cosying up with a malt whisky by the fire, Scotland offers so much to enjoy. Staying at some of Scotland’s finest hotels, from a luxury castle in the Highlands to a central hotel in the midst of lively Edinburgh, you’ll discover just what a special part of Britain Scotland is....

Best for: Couples, Culture, History, Adventure

Scotland for Families

Gleneagles, Isle of Eriska & Edinburgh

Delve into Scotland’s wild and stunning interior on a luxury adventure packed with experiences for all the family. Travel to the rolling glens of Perthshire, through Loch Lomond and onto the rugged west coast of Scotland before culminating in Edinburgh. Scotland's natural beauty is set to amaze you and this rolling landscape offers the perfect...

Best for: Adventure, Family, Couples

Off the beaten track in the Scottish Highlands

Edinburgh, Cairngorms, Alladale Wilderness Reserve

Venture into the Highlands of Scotland with this wilderness adventure which is fun for all the family. Get a culture fix in historic Edinburgh before heading north for outdoor activities and wildlife spotting at two of Scotland's most luxurious lodges.

Best for: Adventure, Culture, Off the beaten track, Wildlife

Scotland in Ultimate Luxury

Edinburgh, Belmond Royal Scotsman, Gleneagles

This memorable once-in-a-lifetime adventure is the ultimate was to explore the Scottish Highlands in luxury style. The Belmond Royal Scotsman offers simply outstanding personal service, fine dining, sumptuous comfort and the companionable atmosphere of a country house hotel as you glide past glens, castles and heather-clad mountains in the...

Best for: Couples, Food & wine, Rail, Ultimate luxury

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