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Scotland

Why we love Scotland

Scotland’s stunning landscapes, lochs, islands and mountains combine to form a country that’s as unique as it is beautiful. Where else could you explore 709 islands or drink over 130 different types of whisky? Tee off over 550 scenic courses, and see men in kilts play tug o’war, or listen to the sound of the bagpipes alongside tales of a monster in a loch, a real-life Macbeth and a national Braveheart.

Strike your best yoga pose atop an ancient volcano, get lost in cultural towns with thousands of stories to tell, and escape into UNESCO sites. Look up to the skies for cosmic displays of astronomical proportions, or get stuck into comedy and the arts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Where even bashed neeps and mashed tatties make up the national dish, haggis, and the amber nectar of whiskey is poured in abundance all across the nation. 

So head north in search of the purple thistle and a raft of incredible places to visit, things to do and culinary delights to discover. You’ll receive the warmest of welcomes from Aberdeen to Edinburgh and Glasgow, and from the heights of the Highlands to the vast Lowlands.

Capital city

Edinburgh

Currency

GBP

Timezone

GMT (Winter), GMT + 1 (Summer)

Our favourite experiences in Scotland

Welcome to the highest mountain in Scotland. Sheer catnip for hikers, the summit has spectacular views of the Grampian range.

Adventure and sport
Two mountain bikers cycling downhill down a mountain

As well as live concerts and spectacular Baroque architecture, Kelvingrove is home to 8,000 treasured exhibits too.

Arts and culture
Two men looking at installation of suspended head sculptures

Tuck into Scotland’s seafood, where you’ll catch it, cook it and then eat it!

Food and drink
Whisky drams at Ardbeg Distillery on Islay.

This towering bridge will take your breath away – and if you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ll know it’s the route of the Hogwarts Express!

Great Britain on screen
A couple on a train looking out of the window at landscape

This is no ordinary castle: Culzean has its very own beach, country park, Adventure Cove – and much more.

History and heritage
Culzean Castle and Country Park

Eclectic artistic displays and even queer comedy shows – The Fringe brings culture and arts to Scotland’s capital city.

Arts and culture
Street perfomer Peter Anderson, juggles swords in front of a crowd on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, during the Festival Fringe 2022.

With their one-of-a-kind sports, these traditional Scottish tournaments are the ‘Olympics of the Highlands’.

Music and festivals
Woman wearing a kilt learning how to toss the caber with male instructor

Kayak, canoe, cruise or wild swim? With its watersports and boat trips, Loch Lomond is a refreshing place to unwind.

Outdoors and nature
Bluebells in springtime on Inchcailloch - an island on Loch Lomond just a short distance from Balmaha.

This charming garden boasts huge 150-year-old Redwoods, plus blooms and blossoms galore. Look out for wild red squirrels too!

Relaxation and wellbeing
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Welcome to the previous home of Mary, Queen of Scots, offering guided tours, royal exhibitions and opulent afternoon teas.

Royalty
The Palace of Holyroodhouse, a royal residence in Edinburgh, Scotland

Find your wild side with dolphin, seal, otter and whale spotting.

Sustainability
Dolphin watching

Top destinations

The Skye’s the limit

A view of Portree harbour, the capital town on the Isle of Skye.

From puffins to dolphins, malt whiskey tipples and dinosaur prints - the Isle of Skye has got it all and much more. This enchanting Inner Hebrides island is filled with unmissable adventure - embrace your inner explorer on a sea kayak, or tuck into fresh oysters and scallops with out-of-this world views as your backdrop.

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