Whether its historic castles, the skirl of the bagpipe or the search for a Haggis in the wild that draws you to Scotland, you will be spoilt for choice.
To the detriment of many travelers, the Scottish Borders whisk past their vehicle windows as they head to their next destination. Stopping in the region will open up stunning castles, stately homes and ruined Abbeys, such as the famous building in Jedburgh. If you are feeling romantic, you could even stop and Gretna Green where you could get married, or renew your vows, at the Blacksmiths Anvil.
Dumfries & Galloway
Described as a huge adventure playground. From the rocky coastline to the acres of woodland there are countless outdoor activities to discover. Many of these are found on the South West Coastal 300 route, which takes in best the area as to offer.
This is the region which gave us poet Robert Burns. You might ask who he might be, but if you have ever sung a rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” to herald the incoming New Year, it’s the words of Burns you are using. His poems resonate around this region and his birthplace, church and many of the topics of his poetry can be visited today.
With its gritty industrial maritime heritage, you might be surprised to discover Glasgow is now one of the style icons of Europe with countless designer and independent fashion houses. The “style mile” is a big draw for fashionistas and shoppers.
A city that simply oozes history. The historic, cobbled Royal Mile, links the historic Edinburgh Castle with the royal residence Holywood House. There are opportunities to see both under the city, at Mary Kings Close, and over the city from the Camera Obscura. Look out for the famous statue of Greyfriars Bobby, the “wee dog with the big heart”
Encompassing coastal walks to mountain hikes, the further north you travel in Scotland, the more rugged it becomes. This area is also renowned for the fishing opportunities on offer
Braemar, often the coldest place in the country, and Ballater are pretty villages which are proud of their royal connections. Nearby Balmoral Castle is a private residence for the Royal Family, whose members enjoy the wildness and freedom the area allows them to experience.
Two of the big draws to this region are the legend of the Loch Ness Monster and Whiskey. Indeed, it has been said that if you have to much of one, you might think you have seen the other! Distilleries are found across the highlands, and many welcome visitors. The scenery is breathtaking with stunning photo opportunities around nearly every corner.