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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.

Edinburgh

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.

The Cairngorms

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 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

    Hotel Leonardo Royal Edinburgh Haymarket Edinburgh

    The Premier Travel Inn Edinburgh City Centre - Haymarket is situated next to the International Conference Centre. It is designated 3 star. Its location means it is ideally suited for both for visitors and business people. The hotel is part of a chain offering standardised accommodation. All rooms are standard double with en-suite facilities, extra beds and cots can be provided on request. Two children under 16 sharing their parents’ room stay free and have a free breakfast. Room amenities include hair dryer, satellite TV, wifi (a charge is made), desk, and tea and coffee making facilities. Some rooms are adapted for guests with disabilities. Room rates increase when special events are running. The hotel has a restaurant and a bar and reception is open 24 hours. Limited car parking is available and a charge is made. The Touchbase business centre is available for business meetings and provides air-conditioned meeting rooms, a lounge and hotdesks. Waverley Station and Edinburgh attractions are within walking distance. more

    Hotel Travelodge Edinburgh Central Queen Street Edinburgh

    The Travelodge Edinburgh Central Queens Street offers flexible check-in and check-out and access to nearby paid parking. Princes Street and the National Gallery of Scotland are within a short stroll of the hotel. The en-suite bedrooms offer amenities such as king-size Dreamer beds, flat-panel TVs with digital channels and tea and coffee making facilities. Guests at the Travelodge Edinburgh Central Queens Street can take advantage of 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi each day. A surcharge is applied to additional access. The hotel provides a breakfast-in-a-box option. Nearby eateries include Urban Angel, La Lanterna and the New York Steam Packet. Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral and the Scott Monument are within one mile of the hotel. Also nearby are the Edinburgh Botanic Garden and Edinburgh Zoo. This accommodation is also known as Tl Edinburgh Central Queen St, Tl Queen St, Tl Queen St Hotel, and Tl Queen St Hotel Edinburgh Central. more

    Hotel Novotel Edinburgh Park Edinburgh

    Novotel Edinburgh Park is a modern hotel and one of two Novotels in Edinburgh, with a dual focus on the business traveller and family stay at a competitive rate. Contemporary in design, there are three options to suit the guests’ needs, the Superior Room, Executive Room and the Suite. Ask about the Family & Novotel deal. The Novotel Edinburgh Park has an indoor heated pool, well-equiped gym and steam room to distress after a day’s work, or tire out the kids. The banquets team have can cater your in-house meeting or help your wedding. There’s free Wi-Fi through the hotel and free onsite parking. Elements Restaurant serves modern international cuisine with each dish available in either entrée or main size. Elements Bar, serves lighter meals and beverages, open from 11am-11pm. A two minute walk to Edinburgh Park train station, the newly opened tramline makes the Edinburgh Airport just ten minutes away and the city 30 minutes every 15 minutes. more