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
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
The largest of the Hebrides, the Isle of Skye is awe-inspiring and enchanting. Spend lazy afternoons wandering through quaint seaside villages like Broadford, Kyleakin, or the island’s capital Portree. Get in touch with nature on some exhilarating hill walks – look out for the Old Man of Storr and the Quirang, rock formations straight from the pages of a fantasy novel. Neist Point lighthouse, the Fairy Glen, and MacLeod’s Maidens (the highest cliffs in the UK), are also well worth checking out.
Stay at Skeaboast Hotel or Similar:
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:
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: