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Scotland has something special to enchant and entertain everyone – whether you’re looking for adventure in the great outdoors, art, literature, folk festivals, dramatic scenery, a unique cultural experience or pure relaxation and unashamed luxury, Scotland has it all, and more. Revel in the glorious scenery, from magnificent mountains and isolated beaches to remote islands and picturesque fishing villages, and see centuries of history come alive as you explore Scotland’s rich cultural heritage.
Scotland in a Nutshell
Southern Scotland is an area of enchanting natural beauty with a fascinating history. Admire the rolling hills, ruined abbeys and picturesque villages of the Scottish Borders and enjoy a rural retreat in Dumfries and Galloway. On the Clyde coast through Ayshire and Arran there are some of the country’s best golf courses set amongst beautiful coastal scenery, while small but perfectly formed Arran is easily accessed and makes a great self-catering holiday playground.
Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, offers an opportunity to see Scotland’s history come alive – explore the historic Old Town, from the dramatic Edinburgh Castle to the ruins of Holyrood Abbey. If you visit in August, prepare to find the city transformed by the largest arts festival in the world – the Edinburgh Festival. With a self-catering base in the Edinburgh, you can fill every day with a rich and varied program, then retreat easily to your holiday accommodation sanctuary with ease.
Scotland’s largest city lies an hours travel to the west of Edinburgh. Glasgow is one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. Discover its stunning architecture and lively atmosphere, with fantastic shopping, art galleries, museums, restaurants and bars.
Beautiful countryside is never far away, wherever you choose as your holiday base, in Scotland. The glens, hills and lochs of the Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park are within easy reach of the major cities. The mountains and glens of Perthshire and the hills of Angus and Deeside lie further north, showcasing the rich colours of the Scottish countryside tapestry.
Some of Scotland’s most memorable scenery is on the rugged West Coast, which is an area of outstanding beauty, including Argyll, then North, all the way up to Wester Ross. Sporting opportunities, both on the water and on dry land abound, and there is a good chance of spotting large sea creatures including whales, seals and sharks.
On the East coast Scotland enjoys a mix of pretty stone-built fishing villages, farmland and golf courses. The university town of St Andrews, in the Kingdom of Fife, is known as ‘the home of golf’.
The majestic Cairngorm Mountains lie across the lower Highlands and provide a natural playground for outdoor enthusiasts. North of the Cairngorms you will find the Moray coast, with its Malt Whisky Trail, and the castle dotted and farming rich Aberdeenshire. Inverness, in the crook of the North’s jagged ‘L’ shape, is a good base for exploring the world famous Loch Ness, which forms part of the Great Glen, from Inverness down to Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain, at Fort William, the glen’s Southern end.
Scotland’s numerous and spectacular islands are located around the West and North coasts. The Inner Hebrides include Mull, and nearby Iona (the ‘birthplace of Christianity’), as well as, amongst others, Islay and Jura, famous for their wildlife and whisky. Skye, the most visited of the Inner Hebrides, is accessible from several departure points either by road or by ferry. The Outer Hebrides, or Western Isles, include Lewis, Harris and Uist. These wild flower and white sand islands retain their place at the heart of Gaelic language and culture.
Orkney and Shetland lie off the North coast of Scotland, and are rich in Norse heritage and outstanding archaeological sites. These more remote islands contain some of Scotland’s wildest scenery and finest bird-watching opportunities.
Wherever you choose to base yourself in Scotland for your self-catering holiday, you will never be far from outstanding natural beauty and you can be assured of the warmest of Scottish welcomes.