The rolling countryside, bustling cities, and charming villages in Scotland all combine to provide an excellent vacation destination. Whether you're looking for an action-packed break, a cultural adventure, or a relaxing retreat, Scotland has it all. Here are a few more reasons to put this beautiful country on your bucket list.
Dramatic landscapes Scotland is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the United Kingdom. Ever-changing, from rolling hills and jagged mountains to white sandy beaches, it really has a sprinkling of everything. And with some of the best scenic drives you’ll find anywhere, Scotland would make an excellent road trip!
Wildlife Many travelers don't realize that Scotland is home to many different animals. Deer, highland cows, otters, puffins, red squirrels, seals, whales and dolphins are all some of the native wildlife that is possible to see. And if you’re lucky enough during your vacation in Scotland, you might catch a glimpse of the Scottish wildcat which can be difficult to spot!
Scotland has a great mix of architecture. In the cities, you’ll find modern developments and striking gothic buildings. If you venture out of the cities, you'll find many lighthouses, ancient abbeys, beautiful churches and cathedrals, historical monuments, old ruins, castles and impressive bridges.
Magnificent castles Scotland has a huge variety of different castles coming in all shapes, sizes, styles, and ages, with some dating back to the early 1300s. Edinburgh Castle, Inverness Castle, Dunrobin Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, and Craigievar Castle are just a few of the most famous ones. For a regal experience, you can also rent a castle for your stay in Scotland.
Whiskey and Breweries Scotland has over 100 distilleries in five different whisky regions and each has their own distinct flavors. A visit to one of the distilleries is perfect for warming up on a grey afternoon. Many people are surprised to find out that Scotland also has a world reputation for its gin, and is responsible for over half the gin production in the United Kingdom. Finally, Scotland is now home to over 100 craft breweries, and is home to the Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival.
The Highlands The Scottish Highlands is possibly the one place you can’t miss. Stretching for hundreds of miles, it’s one of the most beautiful areas to visit in Scotland. Make sure you visit Cairngorms National Park to see some of the gorgeous little villages and explore the beauty of all the lochs. One of the things you’ll love most about the Highlands is how dramatic the scenery is. It’s breathtaking!
Scotland produces some of the best natural produce in the world. Other things to try are the Aberdeen Angus steaks, and the world-renowned seafood, such as wild trout, salmon, and oysters. Scots are even known for their outstanding cheese making. Scotland’s national dish is haggis, a savoury meat pudding, and it’s traditionally accompanied by mashed potatoes, turnips, and a whisky sauce. Other traditional things to eat include desserts, such as the sweet shortbreads, and Scotch broth and black pudding. Various regional cakes and snacks can be found across the country, including Aberdeenshire butteries, a type of bread roll, Dundee Cake, and Cullen Skink – a creamy seafood soup.
Scotland is an easy and safe country to visit, and one of the best ways to see Scotland is by car or motorcoach. Taking a tour is great and stress-free, but Scotland self drive tours can be economical and a lot of fun. The country is easy to navigate, and it just takes a little planning and effort. The best time to visit Scotland is during late March to May and September to November. Temperatures are warmer by spring, with averages of 43°F to 59°F, although there will still be snow in the mountains of the Highlands and the Cairngorms. Give us a call and we can help you plan the perfect Scottish vacation!