From Edinburgh's dramatic hilltop castle to the remote West Highland steam train, a Scotland holiday is a trip through an untamed landscape and noble history. Picturesque fishing ports with pastel-hued houses and the Shetland Islands heather-coated hills bring peace and tranquillity. Glasgow’s Georgian and Art Nouveau architecture keeps urbanites happy.
Hire a car from Edinburgh and explore Dumfries and Galloway’s sandy coves, or take the Fife Coastal Route, which runs 85 miles (136 km) through picturesque villages of East Neuk, with their distinctive red pantiled roofs, right up to the historic town of St Andrews - the Home of Golf and the seat of Scotland's oldest university. From Glasgow take a leisurely drive around Loch Lomond and discover the beautiful rural countryside. Or from Aberdeen follow the 118 mile (189 km) Highland Tourist Route to Inverness.
Take your loved one's hand to climb Edinburgh’s extinct volcano Arthur’s Seat for sunset city views. It’s easy to find romantic solitude in the remote Orkney Islands, where you can explore the lonely Neolithic landmarks. In noble, granite-clad Aberdeen, take a romantic stroll alongside the beach Esplanade, then dine on haute cuisine along the Castle Trail.
Kids will love the hands-on exhibits at Glasgow Science Centre, its titanium curves gleaming on the banks of the Clyde. Edinburgh’s summer festivals are packed with family entertainment, from street theatre on the medieval cobbles, to the pipers and drummers at the Military Tattoo. Try and spot the chirruping dolphins and basking seals off Aberdeen’s coast.