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Scotland: History, Scenery, Serenity
Stunning scenery and lavish history are the pillars that make Scotland a tourist’s delight. From sprawling mountain ranges and tranquil lochs to towering castles and cobbled streets, the country is home to some of the most intriguing and tranquil sites in the whole United Kingdom. If you’re planning a trip to Scotland, you’ll need to know what’s worth seeing and where you should stay. Read on then to discover Scotland’s top tourist destinations.
The city of Edinburgh, or Auld Reekie as locals know it, welcomes more visitors than any other location in Scotland. The ancient city is home to the Royal Mile, a destination that any tourist is practically obliged to visit. Stretching from Edinburgh Castle in the west to Holyrood Palace in the east, the historic Royal Mile is picturesque and full of character. Ancient pubs and shops dot the streets, while historic points of interest are aplenty. Hotels and guesthouses can be found in abundance nearby too, making it a great base from which to explore. Elsewhere about the city you’ll find a plethora of attractions and activities to enjoy, schedule-permitting, of course. Take in the grandiose vista from Arthur’s Seat; discover a treasure trove of paintings at the National Gallery of Scotland; relive history at the Royal Museum or the Museum of Scotland; stop to smell a posy at the Royal Botanical Garden; or visit the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo.
The Western Highlands
There are few natural landscapes in Scotland more awe-inspiring than the Scottish Highlands. This sparsely-populated area of the country is home to expansive mountain ranges, heather-covered plateaus and quaint towns. With few hotel options in the region, set up camp in the city of Inverness and plan your days accordingly. Inverness is home to a number of interesting and intriguing sites, including the Titanic Museum and St Andrew’s Cathedral. A real can’t-miss destination can also be found in the region: the world-famous Loch Ness. Explore the village of Drumnadrochit on the loch’s west shore before taking to the waters in search of the famed-but-elusive Loch Ness Monster. Sure, nobody knows if Nessie really exists, but that’s part of the fun of the search. For hardier travellers, Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in the U.K. – is just waiting to be scaled. After you’ve tackled this behemoth, a trip to the town of Fort William is in order. At the very least you’ll be able to get a good meal and a stiff drink here.
A little further off the beaten path than the Western Highlands, the Cairngorms – located in the Eastern Highlands – again offer beautiful natural landscapes punctuated by a tranquil ambiance. Accommodation options can be found in the small town of Aviemore, including hotels and guesthouses, making it a good base of operations. During the summer months, the likes of the Highland Wildlife Park and Cairngorm Mountain Railway prove popular with visitors, while there’s nothing like simply leaving the hotel behind and heading out for a hike. Loch an Eilean and Loch Morlich are both excellent choices for a scenic walk. During the colder autumn and winter months, you’re more likely to need a pair of skis than a pair of walking boots. Those travellers adept at traversing the snow will be treated to some of the finest scenery in Scotland.
Glasgow and Stirling
Separated by less than 30 miles, the cities of Glasgow and Stirling offer a blend of historic and contemporary attractions. Glasgow is an industrious and active city, one that offers the modern amenities you’d expect of a large city, from shopping centres to football stadiums. Popular tourist attractions in the city include Glasgow Science Centre, the Gallery of Modern Art, and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Meanwhile, historic Stirling features a medieval town centre and an impressive castle. It’s here you’ll find the Wallace Monument, a memorial to William Wallace, who fought for the independence of Scotland. And before you ask, no, the statue doesn’t resemble Mel Gibson. With hotels to be found in both, travellers can also use the two cities as a base from which to explore the beautiful natural landscapes found in the region. If you can spare the time to embark on a day trip, both Loch Lomond and Inveraray Castle are worth the journey.
Best of the Rest
When it comes to magnificent scenery and top attractions, the rest of Scotland really holds its own. The Isle of Skye, located amongst the Inner Hebrides, features the picturesque town of Portree, where you’ll find a few hotels. From here you can visit the stunning Loch Corusick and centuries-old Dunvegan Castle. Considered the Home of Golf, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, located in the town of St Andrews, is a must-visit destination for avid golfers. Culzean Castle – situated between Ayr and Stranraer – is a beautiful and opulent mansion set atop a sheer cliff face. The castle grounds make up Scotland’s first public country park. All of this and much more awaits you. From historic castles to modern-day city amenities, from ancient distilleries to world-class golf courses, Scotland has enough on offer to last you not just a vacation but a lifetime.
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Hotel Portsburgh Court Edinburgh
Doubling up as student accommodation during term and a hotel in the summer, Portsburgh Court offers budget 2.5 star accommodation. Rooms are apartment style lodgings and are equipped with desks and kitchenettes complete with microwaves. Portsburgh Court contains a common room complete with a TV and pool table, and guests have access to laundry facilities and bike storage. There is a vending machine and free Wi-Fi is provided throughout. There is no shortage of dining options in Edinburgh, with Lovecrumbs and The Coffee Mill Café loacted just around the corner. Colonnades is a short walk away, as is Castle Terrace Restaurant. Portsburgh Court is just a short walk from the centre of Edinburgh and is just down the road from Edinburgh Castle. The National Museum of Scotland can be reached on foot, and Arthur’s Seat is a two mile walk. more
Hotel Palmerston Place Edinburgh
The Palmerston Place Apartment is in Edinburgh’s West End district and a few minutes’ walk from Princes Street and city centre attractions. The spacious property has two bathrooms, two large bedrooms and a lounge with additional sofa bed. Free Wi-Fi and colour television with DVD and CD player are also included. The overall sleeping capacity at Palmerston Place is seven. There is also a fully equipped dining kitchen with refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, microwave, oven and washing machine. The many restaurants in the area include Chinatown and Gali and for the self caterer, there are a number of accessible convenience stores, including Best One Express. The property, which consists of two similarly proportioned, apartments, is three star rated. It is next to St. Mary’s Cathedral, five minutes’ walk from Haymarket railway station and less than one and a half miles from Edinburgh Castle. more
Hotel Safestay Edinburgh Edinburgh
Redefining the hostel experience, Safestay Edinburgh features a fully stocked bar, as well as 24-hour reception, and no curfew (unlike most other hostels in the area). Dorm options are diverse; guests maintain their choice of four, six, eight, and ten person rooms. Towels, bed linens, and en-suite bathing facilities are included. Private dorms are also available. In addition to free Wi-Fi, Safestay Edinburgh generously provides visitors with self-catering kitchens. The bar--housing a vast assortment of wines and ales--is perfect for a midday or evening meal. Secure storage lockers are also provided in abundance. This five-star hostel serves light-dishes from the mornings well into the evenings. Diversity in cuisine options is not lacking, as the encompassing area abounds with various restaurants and cafes. Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Dungeons are just a few miles from the property. more
Hotel easyHotel Edinburgh Edinburgh
easyHotel Edinburgh offers budget-friendly accommodation on the city’s bustling Princes Street. The hotel offers 24-hour front desk services and paid Wi-Fi. Attractions such as Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish National Gallery are within walking distance. Accommodating up to two adults, non-smoking rooms feature a double bed, heating, air-conditioning and a private shower room. Underbed luggage storage, clothes hanging space, individual reading lights and towels/linens are also provided. Flat-screen TVs can be hired. Not all rooms have a window. A housekeeping service, including linen and towel change and a full room clean, is available for a fee. Dining spots such as Pret A Manger, Contini George Street and Cafe Andaluz are within a short walk of the hotel. Guests at the easyHotel Edinburgh can visit the Scott Monument, The Real Mary King’s Close and the Edinburgh Dungeon, which are all within a 15-minute walk. Further afield, attractions include Holyrood Park and the Royal Yacht Britannia. more
Hotel Travelodge Edinburgh Central Queen Street Edinburgh
The Travelodge Edinburgh Central Queens Street offers flexible check-in and check-out and access to nearby paid parking. Princes Street and the National Gallery of Scotland are within a short stroll of the hotel. The en-suite bedrooms offer amenities such as king-size Dreamer beds, flat-panel TVs with digital channels and tea and coffee making facilities. Guests at the Travelodge Edinburgh Central Queens Street can take advantage of 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi each day. A surcharge is applied to additional access. The hotel provides a breakfast-in-a-box option. Nearby eateries include Urban Angel, La Lanterna and the New York Steam Packet. Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral and the Scott Monument are within one mile of the hotel. Also nearby are the Edinburgh Botanic Garden and Edinburgh Zoo. This accommodation is also known as Tl Edinburgh Central Queen St, Tl Queen St, Tl Queen St Hotel, and Tl Queen St Hotel Edinburgh Central. more
Hotel Lady Nicolson Court Edinburgh
Lady Nicolson Court offers travellers University of Edinburgh student accommodation outside of the school semesters, and is found the old town, minutes from the Festival Theatre and the National Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street, The Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse can all be reached within a 15-minute walk. Each of these modern studios comes with its own en-suite bathroom, open-plan bedroom with desk and chair, storage space and free Wi-Fi. Bike storage, fully-accessible facilities and 24/7 security are found on site, and washing/drying facilities are available. The studios include fridges, freezers, and an oven/microwave in their small kitchens, while popular restaurants can be found in neighbouring blocks. Lady Nicolson Court is 0.7 miles from Edinburgh Waverley Station and 7.7 miles from Edinburgh Airport, or about 45 minutes by public transit. more
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