Britain is a brilliant place to go on holiday ̶ few nations on the world have so much fascinating and diverse history and culture jammed into a relatively small package (compared to destinations in North America, for instance) and for understandable reasons, the bright lights, royal residences and iconic landmarks of London are the main attractions for many.
However, for many Brits and visitors alike, nothing beats the sublime natural scenery, terrific towns and cities, rich culture and world-class hospitality of Scotland, which is exactly why we’ve gathered together these five tips for a superb Scottish holiday.
1 Bonnie Dundee
In recent years Dundee has transformed itself from a proud city suffering urban decline to a global cultural colossus, thanks in no small part to a wonderful waterfront regeneration project with the V&A Design Museum at its heart. As well as arty attractions there are superb international restaurants like Rama Thai and Dil ‘Se and if you stay at the Dundee Holiday Inn Express, you’re right in the heart of the action.
2 Elegant Edinburgh
Scotland’s capital really is a unique city. The seat of the devolved Scottish Parliament (at Holyrood in the shadow of the dramatic Salisbury Crags), Edinburgh must be the only city in the world with a main thoroughfare (Princes Street) complemented by shops on one side and sunken gardens topped by a volcanic castle rock on the other. From the clean lines of the neoclassical New Town to the winding nooks and crannies of the Old Town, this city inspires and delights at every turn.
3 North Coast 500
Want to see the best of Scotland? UK car hire from Enjoy lets you click and collect a reliable car on arrival and hit the road for legendary routes like the North Coast 500. This 830km route around Scotland’s north coast starts and ends in Inverness Castle via jaw-droppingly beautiful spots like Lochcarron, Applecross, Gairloch, Lochinvar, Thurso, Wick, and John O’Groats.
4 Gorgeous Glasgow
Scotland’s biggest city, and arguably its most friendly, Glasgow is a delightful diamond in the rough that you’ll want to revisit time and time again. Sport fans are fascinated by the fierce rivalry between Rangers and Celtic football teams, there’s culture aplenty at venues like the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, the shopping is Scotland’s best and famous venues like the Barrowlands Ballroom and Nice n Sleazy mean the night life is renowned.
5 Fabulous Fife
A large county to the north of Edinburgh, Fife is a hidden gem that’s off the typical tourist track but well worth a visit. From North Queensferry you can see the engineering wonders of the Forth Bridge, Forth Road Bridge and Queensferry Crossing up close and personal and a few miles inward lies Dunfermline, where several kings and queens of Scotland are buried in the Abbey, most notably King Robert the Bruce. Continue northwards and you can visit the home of golf St Andrews, which has a lovely beach as well as a host of world-famous hotels and golf courses.
That’s our list! Let us know if we’ve missed your favourite Scottish spot.