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Scotland: tourism in the land of legends, lochs and castles

From the Highlands to the Lowlands, Scotland has a staggering variety of landscapes spread over a relatively small space. Certainly the glens, purple heather and craggy castles are plentiful, but tourism here is also about thriving art and museum scenes and delicious cuisine.

Scotland Destinations

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Scotland Your Way

Couples
 
Take a romantic cruise around the Firth of Clyde, Loch Fyne and the Isle of Arran on the Hebridean Princess. Get “bagpiped aboard” in Glasgow, enjoy candlelit dinners surrounded by snow-capped mountains, and sip champagne on a private balcony. Enjoy a glass of sherry as you watch the sun set over Loch Ewe at Pool House, where the five-star cuisine and world-class whisky collection only hint at the luxury and pampering this charming B&B in the northwest Highlands has to offer.
Family playgrounds
 
Kids can climb on a huge plastic model of the monster and hear about the history of Nessie sightings from St. Columba in the 6th century to the present at Nessieland. Who knows? Walk around Loch Ness and you might catch a glimpse yourselves. The “noisiest museum in the world,” Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life lets kids try experiments using levers and pulleys, have a go at the virtual blast furnace making iron 19th century-style, and take a trip down a coal mine.
Travelling with friends
 
See mountains, beaches and the famous 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct featured in the Harry Potter movies on a 135-km round trip on the Jacobite Steam Train. A lunch stop featuring fresh seafood in Mallaig is bound to please even the most discerning of your gourmet friends. The Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh is one of the world’s finest smaller galleries. Featuring artists like Raphael, Rembrandt and Monet, it satisfies the art lovers in your group while remaining manageable for those who aren’t into museums. 
 

Scotland Guided Tours

Unforgettable Scotland
  • Guided tour map Unforgettable Scotland

    Unforgettable Scotland

    The Highlands, the Loch Ness… those names and places are filled with a powerful aura of beauty and mystery. This tour is a chance to see some of the greatest Scottish landmarks and cities like Edinburgh, a Gothic yet romantic capital with a medieval past. Visit the effervescent Glasgow and witness some of Scotland’s oldest traditions. Explore modern-day Scotland and its historical past in one trip!

    12 days 10 nights 13 meals English      More details >

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  • A Magical Train Ride from Glasgow to Mallaig in Scotland

    By DIAN EMERY / 26 August 2016
    For the most magnificent day trip from Glasgow, hop on a West Highland Line train and go north to Mallaig, Scotland. Recognized as one of the world’s best train journeys, the train ride from Glasgow to Mallaig is a trip of a lifetime and a great way to see Scotland’s extreme wild side.

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  • Day Trips from Glasgow for the Active Traveller

    By DIAN EMERY / 05 August 2016
    With its revitalized neighbourhoods sporting tons of pedestrian shopping districts and free admission to most of its world-class museums; Glasgow is hot, hip and exciting! Sometimes though, the city may get a bit too hot, and the crowds maddening.  Fortunately for both citizens and visitors, there are lots of mini-escapes close by where you can take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here are our recommendations for day trips from Glasgow to get away from it all and experience many of the top natural attractions Scotland has to offer.

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  • Follow the Whisky Trail with a Scottish Whisky Tour

    By PARM PARMAR / 24 June 2016
    Whether you’re a Scotch whisky aficionado or not, you’re bound to enjoy the beauty and diversity of the various whisky regions in Scotland. Actually no visit to this picturesque country would be complete without a Scottish whisky tour to at least one or two whisky distilleries – and to sample something that is as integral to the Scots as Guinness beer is to the Irish. All of Scotland’s distilleries take great pride in their heritage and the raw ingredients used to produce the unique character of their individual whiskies.

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  • Scottish Architecture Shines in Glasgow

    By DREW GOUGH / 11 September 2015
    The Lighthouse, and Mackintosh’s work, are logical starting points for a Scottish architecture tour in Glasgow. Unlike Edinburgh, a real-life 3D puzzle of a city, Glasgow’s architecture has a working-class feel, born out of the city’s industrial past. Many of the city’s landmark buildings were built during the late-Victorian, heavy-industrial era of shipbuilding that brought relative wealth to Glasgow.

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  • Things to Do in Edinburgh: Enjoy a Beer at One of Scotland’s Independent Breweries

    By DREW GOUGH / 17 March 2015
    Even for a country of narrow roads, the roads here are too narrow. There’s no paved shoulder, no shoulder to speak of at all—only an ancient moss-covered wall to one side and a loch to the other. And this, the A82 highway running north from Glasgow through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, is considered a main road here. It makes for nervous driving, but it’s well worth the jumps and starts: Scotland’s stark, stunning mountains, and its abandoned castles and dense forests, are all just a little ways outside of its cities. If you survive the drive and are looking for things to do in Edinburgh, you deserve a good, stiff drink.

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