Picture a leisurely, unhurried voyage, as you meander through enchanting landscapes, gliding past majestic castles, picturesque riverside villages, and even crossing the legendary waters of Loch Ness, all from the comfort of an elegant hotel barge.
Alternatively, envision a captivating rail journey aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman, taking you through the heart of the Scottish Highlands. This exceptional adventure unveils stunning vistas of towering mountains cloaked in pine forests, their grandeur mirrored in the tranquil, glass-like lochs that adorn the landscape.
Scotland's mix of history, natural beauty, and cultural richness, making it an enticing destination for travelers. Known for its dramatic landscapes and rich heritage, there are a variety of highlights for travelers.
Edinburgh: Explore the capital city, where you can visit the historic Edinburgh Castle, stroll along the Royal Mile, and enjoy the city's lively festivals and cultural scene.
Glasgow: Enjoy the vibrant city of Glasgow, known for its art, music, and architecture, as well as its numerous museums and galleries.
Loch Ness: Visit the iconic Loch Ness, home to the legendary Loch Ness Monster, and explore the nearby Urquhart Castle.
Scottish Highlands: Discover the rugged beauty of the Highlands, including the famous Glencoe and the remote Isle of Skye, known for its breathtaking landscapes.
Stirling: Visit Stirling and its historic Stirling Castle, where significant events in Scottish history played out.
Whisky Trail: Embark on a whisky-tasting journey along the Whisky Trail in Speyside, experiencing some of Scotland's finest distilleries.
When to go / useful information
When to go
Scotland welcomes visitors year-round, but the best time to visit is during the summer (June to August) when the weather is relatively mild and many festivals and outdoor activities are in full swing.
Currency: Scotland, like the rest of the United Kingdom, uses the British Pound Sterling (GBP) as its official currency.
Language: English is the predominant language in Scotland, while Scots Gaelic (Gàidhlig) is also spoken in some areas, especially in the Highlands and the Western Isles.
What makes it special: Scotland is renowned for its dramatic landscapes, historic castles, and vibrant cultural scene. Explore the Highlands, visit ancient castles like Edinburgh Castle, enjoy traditional Scottish cuisine, and immerse yourself in the sounds of bagpipes.
Weather: Scotland experiences a maritime climate with cool summers (averaging 15-20°C) and cold, wet winters (averaging 2-7°C).
Social customs: Scots are known for their warmth and friendliness. Greetings are often accompanied by a friendly "Hello" or "Hi." Scotland has a rich cultural heritage, with traditions like ceilidh dancing and the sharing of Scottish folklore. Tipping is customary, typically around 10-15%, in restaurants and for other services. It's also customary to address people with their titles, such as "Mr." or "Mrs."