Pastoral landscapes and fairytale castles
Year after year, people flock to the land of the Scots for its extraordinary landscapes, age-old castles, and single-malt whiskey, best enjoyed in the warmth of a local pub. After seeing the spectacular peaks of the Scottish Highlands, the idyllic white beaches of Skye, or the striking skyline of the capital Edinburgh, you’ll fall in love with what is one of the most remarkable places in Europe. This magical country combines history, nature, hospitality, and a sense of the supernatural all in one. You’ll be spellbound after your trip to Scotland.
There are many ways to enjoy the land of the Scots. Find inspiration in the enchanting capital, Edinburgh, where gothic spires rise above grand boulevards. Visit the cafe where J.K. Rowling wrote the legendary Harry Potter Series. Further west, Glasgow thrills visitors with its port-city appeal and creative renaissance. Sip whiskey with the chatty locals after touring through some of Europe's finest museums. head north to discover the Scottish Highlands. Snow-capped mountains, stunning islands, ominous lakes, and epic cliffs intersect to create a landscape that it out of this world.
According to local folklore, a legendary creature called the Loch Ness Monster inhabits this dark freshwater lake close to Inverness. Whether “Nessie” is real or not, there is ample reason to visit what is Scotland’s most famous body of water. A boat tour across this intriguing lake is the best way to take in the immense scenery, breathe the fresh Highland air, and to try and spot the monster itself. Be sure to check out the views from the Urquhart Castle, one of Scotland's biggest.
One of Scotland’s natural wonders, this lake is also one of the largest by surface area. Its beauty is both intimate yet vast, a combination of feelings that inspired one of Scotland’s most famous traditional songs, “The Bonnie Banks o’Loch Lomond.” Take a cruise across the shores - we challenge you to resist the enchanting charm of this astonishing body of water.
Head northwest to the mythical Isle of Skye, the largest of the Inner Hebridies. Boasting some of the most picturesque landscapes, towns, and beaches nationwide, Skye encapsulates what is so special about Scotland in one place. Grab your hiking boots and get started on one of the many trails—and keep a lookout for the numerous castles that pepper the surrounding mountains. If you’re visiting in summer, head to Coral Beach to find turquoise waters and pristine white dunes.
Inhabited since the Iron Age, Edinburgh Castle is a symbol of Scottish antiquity, a landmark that today has become one of the country’s most famous. Once the residence of Scottish royalty, the fort today beams with historical landmarks, including the One O’Clock Gun, a WWII-era gun that fires a shot every day at 1 pm. Walk the Royal Mile on a sunny day—and be sure to quench your thirst with a pint at one of the many pubs on Edinburgh’s most famous road.
Scotland is a magnificent place to visit during autumn (September to November) and spring (late March to May). In the springtime, temperatures are warmer, and the country’s green landscapes once again take on their vivid shine. Autumn and spring are also the off-season in Scotland, and offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy Edinburgh and Glasgow when they are less crowded. July and August are the warmest months of the year (mid-60s to the high-70s), and they are a good time to visit if you're looking to hike in the Highlands.
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