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Scotland Holidays

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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

The Scottish climate can widely vary and it is often possible to experience all four seasons in one day. With a temperate oceanic climate, the weather is usually moderate all year round with a short range of temperature and a fair amount of rain. Although the spring months can be cool, with an average temperature of 8°C, it is a beautiful time to visit. Summer sees increased warmth with less rain and due to Scotland’s high latitude, visitors can enjoy lovely long days. Autumn is one of the best times to visit Scotland. Temperatures are mild and the autumnal foliage wonderful. The winter months see average temperatures fall to 4°C with frequent snow falls with the mountains of the Highlands experiencing around 100 days of snow.

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Essential Information

flag of Scotland Capital: Edinburgh

Main Language: English

Time Zone: GMT

Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)

Scotland Holiday Review

We really enjoyed our trip to Orkney and were pretty lucky with the weather. We really enjoyed the history and the scenery and wildlife. Our guide was excellent and we really enjoyed his company. The programme was well thought through and all very well organised.

HW & JW - Scotland - October 2021

Accommodation in Scotland

Scotland is blessed with a wealth of unique and charming accommodation and, as a result, the options on where to stay are almost endless. From small independent hotels, family-run homestays and rural retreats to ancient castles and grand aristocratic homes, there is accommodation in Scotland to suit both budget and style. Many of Scotland’s bigger cities and larger centres of habitation offer a range of different hotels – many of which are similar to those found throughout the rest of the UK. However, Scotland, and in particular the Highlands and Islands, are best known for their authenticity, scenery and outdoor lifestyle. Here many properties can be found that have a focus on making the most of the great outdoors and, despite their remote locations, are renowned for their comfort and world-renowned Scottish hospitality.

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