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 tranquility. Glasgows Georgian and Art Nouveau architecture keeps urbanites happy.
Take your loved ones hand to climb Edinburghs extinct volcano Arthurs Seat for sunset city views. Its 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. Edinburghs 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 Aberdeens coast.
Sample the local malt whiskies on the lush hills of Isle of Arran in a cosy bar, where youll probably get to hear a live-music session. In dynamic Glasgow, night-owls head to live music bars in the West Ends cobbled mews. Edinburgh enjoys year-round festivals so theres usually an evening performance, from baroque ensembles in churches to opera at the Festival Theatre.
Wake up to a hearty Scottish breakfast of bacon and eggs with black pudding, and potato scones, drenched in butter. Carnivores will love a succulent Aberdeen Angus beef, and fish fans can dine on succulent smoked salmon from Dumfries and Galloways sandy coves. Feast on local venison in Glasgows upmarket restaurants.