Flanked by a beautiful coastline and full of history, Scotland is a destination with something for everyone. The culture and demeanor of the Scottish can be defined by their quick, dry wit and warm hospitality. You will never feel like a stranger in your travels. From the quiet remote islands of the northwest to the bustling cities to the south, the small island of Scotland offers many different environments to explore by car, train, bus, or foot. The entire country can be driven across in a day, allowing for leisurely itineraries to make the most of your time in Scotland.
When selecting your mode of transportation, don’t let having to drive on the opposite side of the road deter you. The road system and markings in Scotland are very intuitive and the reward of being able to explore at your own pace will be worth the time spent learning the road system. Be sure to check your reservation carefully, as many rentals will be equipped with a manual gearbox. Vehicles in Scotland are also a lot smaller than in the US, so be sure to check the available luggage space when selecting the right rental car for your family.
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Located on the west side of Scotland on the River Clyde, Largs is a sleepy summer beach town located an hour from the hustle and bustle of Glasgow. Take in scenic hikes amongst the rolling hills or along the Clyde. There is no shortage of views or wildlife. Departing from Largs, you may choose to take the pedestrian and auto ferry to the Isle of Cumbrae, where many travel to the seaside town of Millport. Established as a beach getaway for the wealthy in Glasgow, the town of Millport is home to many outdoor activities. For those who are up for the challenge, rent a bike and circumnavigate the island!
Our must-sees: While in Largs, be sure to walk to the marina, bike around Millport, and have a drink at Shilling.
Located in the highlands in the north of Scotland, Inverness is located between the River Ness and the Moray Firth. A great location for those seeking out the Loch Ness Monster, Inverness is an old town with Victorian influences and stunning architecture. The highlands of Scotland are known for their beauty, which was highlighted in the fictional show Outlander on Netflix. Inverness is also home to some of the most cherished fly fishing streams in the world.
Our Must-sees: Urquahart Castle, Fall of Foyers, Plodda Falls and Cawdor Castle are all must-sees while in Inverness, Scotland.
One of the most striking medieval towns in Scotland is Edinburgh. Nestled amongst the hilly surroundings, Scotland’s Capital is a destination worthy of a few days to explore. Edinburgh Castle sits high on the hill, strategically located for defense, looming over the city, which is home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers.
We highly recommend making a reservation for dinner at the Witchery, a boutique restaurant at the base of the castle. It truly is an unforgettable experience. Follow up dinner with a City of the Dead tour, a haunted walk through the catacombs that sprawl out beneath the city. The southbridge vaults are darker thank you may think! Finish your Edinburgh experience with a walk down the royal mile, ending at Balmoral Castle, a summer residence of the British Royal Family since 1852.
Our Must-sees: Also, be sure to check out Holyrood Palace, take a hike to Arthur’s Seat, and have tea at Palm Court. in Balmoral while in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Wrap up your trip with a few days in the city of Glasgow, Scotland. Beaming with culture and history, Glasgow has everything from museums to botanical gardens, opera, and the Scottish Ballet. Glasgow is a port city of the River Clyde in Scotland’s western lowlands, with a rich history in shipbuilding and scotch whiskey. Glasgow is a great hub for travel, with the country’s biggest airport and train station. Visit the Hunterian Museum to find examples of history from the Romans, who built their outpost to protect Roman Britannia from the Brittonic-speaking Caledonians.
Our Must-sees: Check out the Scottish department store, Marks and Spencer, while in Glasgow.
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A trip to Scotland is guaranteed to provide beautiful scenery, entertaining people, and a cultural and history-rich experience. While in Scotland, be sure to try fish and chips, meat pies, and English breakfast, too. Enjoy your travels!
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