Apart from being the leading producer of malt whisky, Scotland is also known for its unique scenic variety due to its rugged landscapes, magnificent castles and famous highlands.
The hills and mountains of the Southern Uplands lie adjacent to England and its greatest highlight is the four Border Abbeys, a 55 mile circuit linking the four main abbeys (Kelso, Jedburgh, Melrose, Dryburgh) at the Scottish Borders. The abbeys are of great historical importance as they bore witness to both the architectural creative power, and the overarching destructiveness of the English invasion.
The central Lowlands are the beating heart of the country, where the vibrant cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow are located. Visitors are attracted year round to the metropolises due to their mix of culture, history and festivals.
Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, hosts the world famous Military Tattoo every August with Edinburgh Castle forming a spectacular backdrop. The city is strikingly beautiful with highlights such as the magnificent aforementioned Edinburgh Castle, the majestic Palace of Holyroodhouse, and Arthur’s Seat, which at 251m high, gives unparalleled views of the city. Scotland’s second biggest city Glasgow is a port city located along the River Clyde. The cultural hub is home to the Scottish Opera House, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland.
Further north are the famous Scottish highlands, where the fabulous Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park stretches on for miles. The second largest town in the Highlands is Fort William, which due to its close proximity to Ben Nevis has become the centre for hillwalking and climbing. Just south-west of Inverness - the biggest city in The Scottish Highlands - lie the ruins of Urquhart Castle. From there, visitors can admire the dramatic views of Loch Ness, and may even be able to spot Nessie, the Loch’s infamous resident.
Just off the coast of Scotland are three archipelagos, the Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland islands. These tranquil islands contain prehistoric wonders, gorgeous scenery, interesting wildlife and deliciously fresh seafood.
Of course, no visit to Scotland would be complete without joining a whisky distillery tour to find out about the process behind making the National drink and to take part in a whisky tasting.
Scotland’s major cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen offer a varied choice of hotels, from modern to traditional and from chain to independent hotels. Hotels able to accommodate larger groups in The Highlands and on the Isle of Skye are mostly traditional.
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