Harbouring the most remote wildernesses in the United Kingdom, Scotland embodies the very best of the great outdoors. From snow covered ski slopes, to heather-clad hiking trails, this small, yet mighty country is an adventure playground, no matter what the season. The Scottish Highlands are characterized by expansive glens, ancient castles and mysterious lochs whilst the urban hubs of Edinburgh and Glasgow ooze culture and cosmopolitanism. Walk in the footsteps of a laird, marvel at breaching minke whales and sample a dram of world famous whisky on the ultimate Scottish escape.
Whilst neeps, tatties and deep fried chocolate bars continue to be firm favorites amongst visitors and locals alike, in Glasgow and Edinburgh, gastro haunts are abundant and local fare sits top of the menu. Both are abuzz with cultural initiatives, Edinburgh is home to the world’s largest arts festival, the Fringe whilst Glasgow hosts the renowned Gallery of Modern Art. In Scotland’s historic capital, the Royal Mile connects Edinburgh Castle with the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Arthur’s Seat affords exceptional city views whilst the salty sea air of Portobello beach is only a stone’s throw away. Glasgow’s boutique shopping, iconic architecture and vibrant nightlife have put it firmly on the map as a cultural center in the heart of Scotland.
The Scottish Highlands are celebrated as a land steeped in history and legend. Known for its glistening lochs, lush green valleys and craggy peaks the region is unashamedly dramatic. Enjoy total relaxation or an activity based itinerary, revelling in the best of the country’s spa and golf retreats or hiking trails and fishing spots. Snuggle up in a remote cottage or stay in a castle whilst relishing the haunting tales of lords and ladies who have graced the hallways. Witness dolphins off the Moray Firth or climb Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, before whiling away an afternoon listening to the skirl of bagpipes.
The west coast of Scotland is dotted with a chain of fascinating islands, some of which are totally uninhabited. Discovering the secret isles of Atlantic Ocean on an island hopping itinerary of the Inner Hebrides is bound to enthral: Ancient whisky distilleries await on Islay, Mull offers rainbow colored waterfront towns and Michelin starred cuisine is served on Skye. To really get away from it all, visit the Outer Hebrides for uninterrupted stretches of white sand, proudly preserved Gaelic culture and the ruins of 18th century castles. Uncover the tales of medieval fortresses or ogle at the locked antlers of rutting deer before sitting down with a giant hunk of shortbread on an untouched beach to really experience the wild and brooding west coast.