We’re not being biased, but when it comes to places to visit in Scotland, you’re spoiled for choice. Whether you want a to enjoy short city break, explore Castles, hop aboard the Jacobite Steam train (also known as the Hogwarts express) bag a Munro (there are 282 to choose from)or escape to an island. We have it all covered!
A year-round travel destination and Scotland’s largest city. Glasgow is a lure for creatives and culture seekers. Described perfectly by Lonely Planet “Disarmingly blending sophistication and earthiness”. Known for its pub culture, live music, friendly faces and Charles Rennie Macintosh architecture.
Recommendations: Enjoy a ‘cuppa’ (cup of tea) in the Willow Tea Rooms: The tea room is inspired by the works of Charles Rennie Macintosh, although a popular afternoon-tea spot it’s an attraction on its own. Feast your eyes on its walnut paneling, magnificent ceilings and grant sweeping staircase, reserve a window-seat and watch the world go by while enjoying a tasty scone.
Spend an overnight in Glasgow before the West Highland Way:The perfect base to relax, and soak up the city-life before you begin one of Scotland's finest long-distance treks. There are so many good quality accommodation options to choose from. It takes just 25 minutes (by train) to reach the start point of the West Highland Way.
Edinburgh is a cultural playground with limitless possibilities. It’s a city of literature, festivals, art, history – and the list goes on. There is so much to explore from the history-soaked medieval Old Town to the Georgian elegance of the New Town, it lives up to its reputation of being of the worlds most beautiful cities.
Recommendations: Foodies will love our Gourmet Highlands trip, which begins in Edinburgh. It’s no secret that Edinburgh has some of the best food in the world a ranging from traditional Scottish dishes to contemporary Scottish cuisine. This trip combines walking with fine dining, staying at luxurious boutique hotels.
Plan your trip around the Fringe Festival, everyone should experience this at least once in their life. Throughout the duration of August, myriad actors, performers, musicians, artists and creatives of all skill sets take the city by storm. Come rain or shine, the city is buzzing!
The Isle of Skye
Home to some of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes. It’s perfect for adventure-seekers with its mountain ranges, dramatic coastlines,and enchanting history. If you decide to explore by car you can still see many of Skye's most majestic geological features, such as the Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing and the Cuillin.
Recommendations: Make the most of your time in Skye, with The Highlands & Isle of Skye Rail and Hike. On this trip you’ll experience the Scottish Highlands by train and on foot, taking in some of the best scenic rail journeys in the world. Starting from Edinburgh, travel deep into the Highlands and across to the Isle of Skye, before returning to vibrant Glasgow.
The Outer Hebrides
Scotland has never been the most obvious choice for a beach holiday, however, the 15 inhabited islands that make up the Outer Hebrides have some of Europe's most stunning stretches of sand – often photographed and mistaken for somewhere in the Caribbean. Arriving on this incredible island you will feel like you have escaped it all.
Recommendations: For the adventurous, we recommend our Outer Hebrides Island Hopscotch adventure. Explore the stunning and remote 130-mile chain of Island that stretch along the North Western Coast of Scotland on a drive and hike adventure. Follow the route by car and ferry with daily walks through a mosaic of differing landscapes.
Isle of Arran
The Isle of Arran is known as “Scotland” in miniature. It’s a place when you can find a little bit of everything you’d ever want from a Scottish island. Easily accessed from the buzzing city of Glasgow, however, you will feel a million miles away as your surrounded by dramatic mountain peaks, an ever-changing coastline, sheltered beaches and great cultural festivals.
Recommendations: Explore Arran on foot with our Arran Coastal Way trip, which is a wonderfully varied walk where you can relax on beautiful beaches, explore the Kings cave, and climb Goat Fell for incredible views to the mainland.