In line with the government’s current roadmap out of lockdown, travel within mainland Scotland will be allowed from the 26th of April. It’s safe to say that we all feel we could use a holiday right about now, and Scotland is an ideal destination for local travel for those wanting to visit vibrant cities and stunning countryside.
If you’re looking for a memorable trip away full of historical attractions and breath-taking sights, Scotland is the place to be. Here’s a look at some of the top places to visit on your next getaway.
Scotland’s capital is home to the truly spectacular Edinburgh castle that dominates the landscape, and the city is often named among the world’s most beautiful cities. It offers a rich history with its medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town. Surrounded by hills, the city is home to the famous Royal Mile, which runs through the heart of the city and is peppered with some of the best eating and drinking spots.
Edinburgh is a popular cultural destination, welcoming thousands of visitors throughout the year. It is home to one of the largest arts festivals globally, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which launched the careers of dozens of household comedy names. Take a stroll up Calton Hill or Arthur’s Seat for some truly stunning views across the city and out to sea. For lovers of history, Edinburgh is a must-see on any tour of Scotland.
St. Andrews is perhaps best well known as one of the world’s best golf destinations, with the world’s oldest golf course, so you can play where all the golfing greats have played before. There’s also the British Golf Museum, a shrine to the courses at St Andrews that displays the sport’s history over the centuries.
If golf isn’t your thing, there is spectacular scenery on the rugged coastline and plenty of medieval architecture to enjoy in the University grounds. If restrictions permit, there are plenty of art galleries and museums to enjoy, as well as the ruins of the castle and the town’s old cathedral.
Once a city known for shipping and industry, Glasgow has reinvented itself as a cultural powerhouse of music, arts, theatre and design. The largest city in Scotland, there are fantastic venues in Glasgow to enjoy music, or you can visit one of the 22 different galleries.
Glasgow also has you covered for all your shopping needs, with the main shopping streets Buchanan, Sauchiehall and Argyll offering a wide variety of choice. At the weekend, head to Barras to browse the hundreds of local stalls or watch a gig at Barrowlands.
Isle of Skye
Scotland is home to many islands dotted around the mainland, and the Isle of Skye has the advantage that it is connected to the mainland via a road bridge. Just 80 kilometres in length, the Isle of Skye is a paradise for nature lovers and is home to impressive colonies of seabirds, seals and much other native wildlife and stunning hill views.
For hikers and walkers, the Isle of Skye has extensive trail networks from moors and valleys to mountains and hills. The striking landscape features unique rock formations and waterfalls. For whiskey lovers, a tour and tasting at one of their distilleries cannot be missed.
Aberdeen is a beautiful port city to explore on foot, allowing you to appreciate the well-preserved architecture and enjoy the parks and gardens. Explore St. Machar’s Cathedral, one of the finest examples of medieval architecture in Scotland.
With rolling hills and towering mountains, Aberdeen has plenty for nature lovers thanks to the city’s lovely green spaces, such as the David Welch Winter Gardens at Duthie Park, one of the biggest indoor gardens in Europe.
The west coast resort of Form William provides hikers with a great starting point to see the Highlands, including the famous Ben Nevis. It is named for the fortifications built there in the 17th century and offers many points of interest, including the West Highland Museum, noted for its impressive collection of artefacts relating to the West Highland Railway opening in 1894.
One of the more recent notable things about Fort William is the Glenfinnan Viaduct, an impressive structure that can be recognised from its shots as the route the Hogwarts Express takes in the Harry Potter films.
Home to one of Scotland’s most famous legends, Loch Ness is one of Scotland’s most popular tourist destinations, famous for the mythical sea monster that lurks in the waters.
But even if you don’t get a glimpse of Nessie, you can still learn about this mysterious sea creature at the Lock Ness Centre and Exhibition. You can take a hike around the lakeshore, see the ruins of Urquhart Castle and climb Grant Tower.
If you’re looking forward to a well-deserved holiday this year, Scotland is the ideal destination for those looking for a city break or nature lovers wanting beautiful scenery to explore. For those worried about accommodation closing unexpectantly or concerns about close proximity with others, a motorhome is a perfect way to see the country with just you and the family. For motorhome hire in Edinburgh, contact Rennie Motorhomes today.