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
Not to be confused with the city in Australia (which is in fact named after this place), Perth lies in the Scottish midlands and is popularly known as the ‘fair city’. Its history stretches back some 800 years, and is an interesting as you expect! If you arrive at the right time you can check out the extensive Perth Farmer’s Market, or the Game Conservancy Scottish Fair on the grounds of Scone Palace (also worth a visit any time of year).
Stay at Parklands Hotel or Similar:
Often perceived as remote and isolated from the rest of Scotland (and the world), Aberdeen is in fact a thriving cosmopolitan city and well worth a visit. Situated on the North West coast, it has an intriguing maritime history and its Maritime museum is a must see. Other attractions include the stately granite architecture of Union Street, the quaint and charming atmosphere of the old town, and if the weather is agreeable, there’s always Aberdeen beach too.
Stay at Mercure Hotel Aberdeen 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:
Sandwiched between the stunning Loch Linnhe and the foothills of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, Fort William is simply unforgettable. The town makes an excellent base for hiking either Ben Nevis or the surrounding Munroes, or for the less outdoorsy types, a cruise along Loch Linnhe is a great way to relax and spot some local wildlife (don’t worry, there’s no monster in this one). The Jacobite steam train to Mallaig is also a throwback to days gone by.
Stay at Alexander 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:
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: