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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 Premier Inn Edinburgh Central (Lauriston Place) hotel Edinburgh
Premier Inn Lauriston Place is a 3 star hotel in Edinburgh, located in the city centre and just 10 minutes walk from Princess Street and Edinburgh Castle. Many other attractions are within walking distance, include Princess Street Gardens, the Grassmarket, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Waverley Train Station. There are 112 guest rooms with en-suite bathroom, hair dryer, free toiletries, television with satellite TV channels and work desk. Wireless internet access is available throughout the hotel and charges will apply. There is an all you can eat breakfast with a choice of cooked items and a continental selection. The restaurant is open for dining in the evening and the hotel does have a bar. Discounted car parking is available nearby at the Riego Street public car park. All public and private spaces in the hotel are non-smoking. Rooms and facilities are suitable for disabled guests. The front desk is available 24 hours more
Hotel The Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel Edinburgh
The Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor offers a choice of stylish guest rooms, suites or deluxe rooms; all provide comfortable hospitality for guests. Rooms have high speed internet access and LCD TV with on-demand movies. Suites provide separate seating and working areas, and luxurious toiletries in the bathroom. With its elegant interior in two listed nineteenth century buildings the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor affords twenty-first Century comfort in a setting exuding history. The business guest can host a special event for up to 500 delegates, choosing between conference and function suites and five meeting rooms. The spacious Town House Restaurant, open from early morning to 11 pm, offers superb eating, and Bar 521 provides drinks and snacks from 7 am to 11 pm. The use of fresh ingredients ensures that meals are tasty and nutritious. Located half a mile from Princes Street and a mile from Edinburgh Castle it is the ideal base for visitors to enjoy Edinburgh's attractions. more
Hotel Casa Hamilton Edinburgh
Located 1.5 miles from Edinburgh city centre, Casa Hamilton is a family-run bed and breakfast housed in a restored Victorian home. All three rooms are en suite. They feature period furniture and decorations. Heating is provided. Bathrooms come with complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. Casa Hamilton is a non-smoking property. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the bed and breakfast. Luggage storage is available. This hotel is kid-friendly. Guests are provided a complimentary, daily breakfast. There is also a restaurant onsite where guests can enjoy dinner by making arrangements prior to dining. Several restaurants are located nearby, including Indaba, La Petite Mort, and Nutan's. Many top attractions are located less than one mile away, including Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, Prince Street Gardens, and the University of Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Zoo is 2.5 miles away, while Edinburgh Airport is 6.1 miles from this hotel. Dalhousie Castle is 7.4 miles away. more
Hotel The West End Edinburgh
A converted Victorian townhouse, The West End offers hostel-style lodgings close to Edinburgh’s Haymarket neighbourhood. The hostel features a communal kitchen and laundry facilities. Each of the hostel’s modern dormitories includes triple-decker bunk beds. Six and ten-bed dorms include the use of an en-suite bathroom, while the 18 and 24-bed dorms are serviced by shared toilet and shower facilities. Standard features include charging lockers and reading lights. Moreover, female-only dorms are also available. The hostel offers a communal TV lounge and a shared computer with access to the Internet and printing. Towels are available for a fee, while luggage storage is provided. Located on site, Time Bar and Bistro serves homemade burgers and pub classics. Along with its wide selection of cocktails and refreshments, guests can also watch live music during the weekends. A continental breakfast is available for a small fee. The West End is a ten-minute tram ride from Murrayfield stadium and around three kilometres from Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. more
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 Staycity Aparthotels West End Edinburgh
Staycity Serviced Apartments West End are ideally located in Edinburgh city centre. The apartments are fully equipped and only a five-minute walk from Edinburgh Haymarket Train Station. Each apartment has a kitchen with an oven, fridge and various utensils. The living area features comfortable sofas, an LCD TV and a DVD player. Apartments that can sleep up to six people are available for larger groups. There is free Wi-Fi in each of the apartments and guests can also avail of the secure car park for an additional daily fee. There is no restaurant at Staycity Serviced Apartments West End, but Princes Street is located one mile from the apartment complex. This street is famous for its restaurants, shops and bustling nightlife. Princes Street Gardens are close by and Edinburgh’s most notable tourist attraction Edinburgh Castle is a twelve-minute walk away. more
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