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Scotland Holidays

A land of calm lochs and lonely glens, remote islands and spectacular mountain scenery, fine walking, abundant marine life and some of the best birdwatching in Europe, there are few better places to experience the great outdoors than Scotland. A welcoming country, Scotland is also known for its age-old cultural traditions, proud history, fine food and drink, isolated clan castles and grand country houses so whatever the weather, there is always something to do. Explore the heather clad hills, ancient forests and rugged coastlines of the Highlands, walking in Glencoe or photographing the picturesque Cairngorms, experience the pristine white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the inner and outer Hebridean islands or spend time in magical Skye. For the more adventurous, travel overland to discover Scotland’s wild and remote northern coastline, cross the sea to the enchanting Orkney Islands or visit the Shetland Islands, which has the finest birdwatching in the UK.

Places to visit in Scotland

Scotland is a land shrouded in myth and legend with many secrets waiting to be discovered. Misty lochs, snow-capped peaks, a rugged windswept coastline and isolated island archipelagos – this beautiful land has much to see and plenty to discover. The mainland tends to be the first port of call, the cosmopolitan cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow a natural starting point for exploration of the interior. Explore the Highlands, hike the Cairngorms, discover another side to Glencoe and birdwatch in the great Caledonian Forest. Travel lonely roads on the famed North Coast 500 to Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of the British Isles, or head to the islands which offer dramatic scenery, fabulous walking and wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities. The remote Inner Hebridean islands of Mull, Staffa and Iona are home to puffins, whales, dolphins and seals, the Outer Hebrides white sand beaches, unspoilt villages and beautiful scenic walks, Orkney Island ancient standing stones and prehistoric remains and, furthest north, Shetland which combines a Scandinavian heritage with outstanding birdwatching.

When to Visit scotland

Despite being a small country, the Scottish climate can widely vary from one region to another and you can often experience all four seasons in one day. With a temperate oceanic climate, Scotland’s weather is usually moderate all year round with a short range of temperature, usually mild, and a fair amount of rain. Although the spring months are quite cool, with an average temperate of 8°C, it is a beautiful time to visit where bluebells, daffodils and blossom burst into bloom and the countryside comes to life. Summer sees increased temperatures and less rain and because of Scotland’s high latitude, visitors can enjoy lovely long days. Summer months, however, can be very busy with high numbers of visitors. The crowds start to disperse in the autumn, which is often said to be one of the best times to visit Scotland. Temperatures are mild and the vibrant colours of autumnal foliage are wonderful to see and photograph. The winter months see the average temperature fall to about 4°C and frequent snow falls. The mountains of the Highlands experience around 100 days of falling snow, and whilst this sometimes makes travel more difficult, the wintery landscape and log fires certainly make it a special time to visit.

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This is a general overview suggesting when to travel in the country. Please note that this may not directly apply to any specific itinerary or region.

Essential Information

Capital: Edinburgh

Main Language: English

Time Zone: GMT

Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)

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