At the North West tip of Europe lies Scotland – one of the four countries that make up the UK. Scotland is roughly 300 miles from North to South and around 200 miles from East to West. Scotland is a beautiful country in which to take a holiday and, once you have done so, you will probably return time and time again. Scotland offers everything to the tourist – coastline, mountains, tranquillity, culture, tartans, good food and, most of all, a warm welcome.
There are airports at Glasgow Prestwick, Glasgow International, Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. The train journey from London to Edinburgh is around 5 hours so Scotland is very accessible.
Scotland’s capital city is Edinburgh which sits in perfect contrast to the tranquillity of the surrounding Lothians region. Edinburgh certainly has one of the loveliest cityscapes in the world making it the perfect city break destination. With Edinburgh Castle dominating the skyline, there is plenty to see and do here. Edinburgh seems to have the perfect balance between things traditional and contemporary. You can visit world class museums and galleries, or perhaps take a tour on an open top bus. If you don’t fancy the bus, why not get your bike out and see the City at your leisure? The city hosts world famous festivals and has top class restaurants and bars as well as fabulous shopping.
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland, situated about an hour’s drive West of Edinburgh and the city is famous for its architecture, museums, football and its friendly people. Elsewhere in Central Scotland you will never be far from a historical monument, castle or place to visit.
Scottish Highlands and Lowlands
Southern Scotland has rolling hills, forests and lovely old market towns in the Borders and Dumfries & Galloway which are steeped in history and tradition. Southern Scotland is a wonderful, peaceful place to take a holiday.
Northern Scotland takes in the wilderness of the North West Highlands South to Argyll and to Perthshire, the high Grampians and the lowlands of Aberdeenshire. This is a vast area which is dominated by mountains, wilder in the West and more rolling if you head further East. Exploring Northern Scotland could take some time so make sure you don’t rush.
The Islands comprise the Inner Hebrides with Skye and Mull to the West of the country and the Outer Hebrides including Lewis, Harris and North and South Uist. Off the North coast of the Scottish mainland is Orkney and to the North of Orkney lies Shetland – which are a group of islands on the same latitude as Norway and Sweden.
No holiday in Scotland is complete without a visit to Loch Ness. Loch Ness in the Highlands is one of the most famous holiday destinations in the UK. Wild and beautiful, the surrounding countryside is teeming with wildlife and yet not far from here are a host of visitor attractions as well as Scotland’s fastest growing city – Inverness. This area can be the perfect base for exploring the highlands and at the loch itself there is always a chance you will see ‘Nessie’, the world famous Loch Ness Monster.
Cycling, Walking, Hiking, Golfing, Fishing and Skiing
A holiday in Scotland is not always ideal for sunbathing on the beach but that is about the only restriction. Walking holidays in Scotland’s hundreds of hills and mountains, with adventure sports such as climbing or watersports are abundant. If you enjoy golf, Scotland is the home of golf with St Andrews, Gleneagles, Troon and a variety of other towns offering golf courses.
Weather permitting, skiing holidays in Scotland make a wonderful break. There are 5 downhill ski centres and ski mountaineering opportunities so a holiday such as this can be an ideal alternative to flying to Switzerland or France.
Fishermen are assured of a warm welcome in the many beautiful fishing areas around Scotland – whether it be for fly fishing, bait fishing or for sea fishing. Salmon rivers like the Tweed, the Spey and the Tay flow between literally hundreds of trout rivers and lochs.
So, as you can see, whilst a cycling holiday in Scotland would make a great break, there is so much more to do.
Whisky is one of Scotland’s finest exports. This is mainly due to the excellent quality of the Scottish water. Most distilleries open their doors to the public, offering a tour and a tasting. Holiday companies will transport you around the distilleries so you can have a wee dram at every stop. The tour companies cater for everyone’s needs, stopping at appropriate times whether it be for photographs or for a comfort stop. Also of course with their huge buying power, these companies can often secure far better accommodation rates than an individual can.
People of all ages are now enjoying this type of holiday. It can be safely said that a holiday in Scotland will be unforgettable!