The biggest city in Scotland and the third biggest in the UK, Glasgow really is a vibrant metropolis (despite what their biggest rivals – Edinburgh residents – may say). Once the centre of the UK’s industrial revolution, Glasgow is now brimming with world class museums, art galleries, and architecture both old and new. It’s also got a booming music scene, and you shouldn’t leave without checking out at least one live venue.
Stay at The Grand Central Hotel or Similar:
Known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’, Oban is a seaside town on Scotland’s western coast. Regarded as the seafood capital of the country, it’s a true foodie heaven (and not bad for whisky fans either). Use the town as a base to explore the isles by boat, or check out some of the local attractions; McCaig’s Tower offers stunning views, and there are a handful of other historical castles and museums in the area too.
Stay at Oban Bay Hotel or Similar:
Marketed as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’, Inverness is a picturesque town on the banks of the river Ness. There are many walks to take along the leafy river bank, leading up to the magnificent Inverness castle and beyond to the Ness islands or the Calendonian Canal towpath. Golfing, cycling, and watersports are popular activities, and this town is also home to the biggest myth of all; the Loch Ness Monster. Go searching if you dare!
Stay at Culloden House or Similar:
Not only is St. Andrews home to the oldest and most prestigious university in Scotland, it’s also the home of golf with the oldest and most famous golf courses in the world. There is enough to see and do here even if you have no interest in the sport however, including exploring the exquisite university grounds, botanic gardens, St. Andrew’s Castle and Cathedral, the picture perfect pier and harbour, and three different beaches to choose from.
Stay at Old Manor Hotel or Smiliar:
One of Scotland’s most historic cities, Stirling was at one time the only link to the Highlands and was the battleground for many wars over independence. Its looming castle is one of the premier royal residences from centuries past and once of the best preserved in the country. The Old Bridge and Bannockburn are other highly significant battle sites, while the Old Town Jail and Wallace Monument are also worth checking out.
Stay at Stirling Highland Hotel or Similar:
This stunning medieval city is the jewel in Scotland’s crown, and ever popular with visitors. Edinburgh Castle sits right in the centre on top of a craggy hill overlooking everything below, with Greyfriars Kirkyard and Mary King’s Close providing plenty more insights into this city’s spooky, creepy history. The Edinburgh arts festival in August is one of the best in the world and not to be missed.
Stay at Haymarket Hotel or Similar