While Scotland usually brings up images of tartan and bagpipes, there’s so much more to this stunning country than meets the eye.
The rolling countryside, icy mountain peaks, postcard-perfect villages and bustling cities combine to create an excellent “staycation” destination, whether you’re after an adventurous walk on the wild side, a relaxing retreat, or cultural break.
Scotland is made up of four main regions: Edinburgh and The Borders, Northern Highlands, Perthshire and Southern Highlands, and the South West. But which part of Scotland is right for your little clan?
If you’re looking for stunning scenery, the vast, striking landscape of the Northern Highlands will not disappoint. Soak up the area’s natural beauty while enjoying the incredible sense of space — just what you need as a break from the norm!
Take a pair of binoculars and keep your eyes peeled for orcas, sea eagles, and red squirrels.
Perthshire and Southern Highland is the true heart of Scotland. Country of Robert the Bruce and WIlliam Wallace, two stalwarts of Scotland’s braveheart past, this region is loaded with historic castles and landmarks, each with their own fascinating tale to tell.
Experience Scotland’s rich culture
Edinburgh is the perfect destination if you want to experience Scotland’s distinctive culture in all its forms. A particular highlight is, of course, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, when thousands of guests flood the city — don’t forget to check out the daily kids’ programme, packed full of family-friendly activities and entertainment. In winter, the party starts up again for Hogmanay which marks the new year. Big kids and little kids will love the incredible fireworks (and a chance to stay up late!).
Enjoy the best beaches and activities in Scotland
Yes, you read that right: beaches… in Scotland.
Head to South West Scotland for 200 miles of stunning coastline and golden, sandy stretches. Watch the kids run free as you kick back and relax with a beer and a BBQ. Blissful, right?
For an action-packed break, The Borders boasts plenty of thrills for those who dare. Think adrenaline-pumping mountain climbing and biking, archery, surfing and treetop adventures.
While we can guarantee adventure, we can’t guarantee sunshine. And in Scotland, it’s not uncommon to experience all four seasons in a day (we’re not kidding!).
If you’re seeking sun, the best time to travel is in the summer months of June, July and August, when lovely, long days mean you can pack a lot into your holiday.
But with so much to see in Edinburgh, the capital also makes for an ideal winter getaway. Teens will love shopping down Princes Street, and younger kids will need dragging away from Edinburgh Castle, even on the coldest of days!
With such unpredictable weather, you’re probably going to need to pack well. That means sun cream, raincoat, wellies, shorts and t-shirts — all for one day! We’d also recommend solid walking shoes, to make the most of Scotland’s incredible landscapes.
There are many ways to travel around Scotland, with a great network of bus routes connecting most of the major cities and towns, as well as local taxi services.
If you’d prefer to be more independent, why not set off in the car and set your own agenda? Take in all the sights, at your own pace.
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