No visit to the UK is complete without a stay in Scotland. A country with an enormous amount of tradition and an epic history, Scotland has plenty to offer visitors who are looking for a big group holiday.
The Scottish Borders are spectacular and serene – presenting a peaceful landscape that contradicts its brutal and bloody past. There are plenty of things to do in the region with its wealth of ancient ruins and historic grand houses to visit. It’s also the ideal location for those wanting to engage in fast-paced outdoor pursuits. In the west of this area is verdant countryside punctuated by majestic lochs, while the central part of the borders boasts a more bucolic landscape. Looking out over the North Sea, the part to the east encompasses some beautiful coastal villages including St Abbs, a wonderful base for seaside walks. Towns of interest in the borders are Galashiels, Melrose and Selkirk, all of which are brimming with character and history.
Travel a little further north to visit either (or both) of Scotland’s fine cities. Edinburgh possesses some of the finest architecture in the world – the tantalising mix of Georgian properties, art galleries and restaurants in New Town sit alongside the Medieval old town – yearly host of the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Glasgow has an altogether different feel, a buzzing city packed full of culture, fantastic shops and nightlife, where you’ll never be far from a delicious meal, vibrant bar or live event.
Crowning Scotland are the Highlands where the scenery is as incredible as you’d imagine. A majestic land of mountains, wild coast and awe-inspiring views. The ways to explore this romantic wilderness are abundant, from climbing to kayaking and white-water rafting; outdoor adventurers are in for a treat. Famous Loch Ness is found here, home to the elusive and legendary Loch Ness Monster.
The islands too, offer yet another opportunity for adventure. The brooding and romantic Isle of Skye, the pristine beaches and coves of the Outer Hebrides, the crystal-clear waters of Shetland, the dolphins, whales and sea life off Orkney (not to mention the Northern Lights), the smoky whiskies of the Isle of Islay and the nature reserves of Argyll and The Isles ensure there’s something for every visitor to the Scottish Islands.
So, whether you’re after a big house in the Highlands or a loch-side holiday home for a weekend break, Scotland has a wonderful array of choice.