Scotland, full of craggy romanticism from its furthest flung islands to its castled cities is waiting to welcome you with warmth and whisky! From lochs to mountain tops, literary culture to engineers, delicious home-grown produce and a history that encompasses Braveheart, Mary Queen of Scots and Rob Roy, there’s so much to see and do in Scotland.
PLACES TO VISIT
Glasgow’s Victorian architecture merges with the numerous modern structures that line the Clyde River. Museums are home to fabulous collections of natural history, art and the weird and wonderful from Scotland and the world.
The cathedral is a great example of Gothic architecture with most of the building dating from the 15th century. The lower church is a forest of pillars and creates an ethereal atmosphere around the tomb of St Mungo.
The nightlife in Glasgow mixes the traditional pub scene with nightclubs and trendy bars, cafes and restaurants. Of course, football and music play a big part in the city’s culture.
For a great night out and fascinating days, Glasgow is definitely worth a visit.
Edinburgh ranks as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, draped over the natural landscape its buildings and monuments are intimately linked with the cliffs and crags. The castle reaches into the skies from its elevated position on Castle Rock, the haphazard medieval tenements of the Old Town are a wonderful juxtaposition to the order of the New Town with its neo-classical, Georgian planning and architecture.
Whatever your taste in art, Edinburgh will deliver it on a platter. The National Galleries of Scotland (National, Portrait and Modern Art) cover flavours from Rembrandt to the Surrealists, Jacobite to Figurative Scottish art.
For a taster menu of Scotland’s history and the working class of Edinburgh, head to the National Museum of Scotland and The People’s Story Museum.
Edinburgh is known for its festivals, including the Military Tattoo and Fringe (see Things to Do).
Stirling’s Old Town, with cobbled streets climbing the sides of a wooded crag to the castle, is a highlight of the city.
Join a guided tour around the Old Town Jail and hear tales of gruesome punishments and executions alongside facts of Stirling’s history.
Visible from the Old Town is the National Wallace Monument atop the Ochil Hills. The Gothic style tower is built on the spot where William Wallace (Braveheart himself), was said to have watched Edward I’s army gathering. Amongst the artefacts inside the tower is a sword claimed to be Wallace’s very own 64-inch broadsword.
A town of firsts… first Scottish university, first place golf was played but firstly a place of pilgrimage and religious centre.
Golf may be the primary reason to visit St. Andrews nowadays, but if the game is not ‘your thing’ the medieval ruins of the cathedral and castle, plus the white sands of the bay as it curves away from the town are just some of the reasons to visit.
If you do want to find out more about the history of golf then the British Golf Museum is the place to go, homing the most comprehensive golf collection in Britain.
THINGS TO DO
Scotland is made for outdoor activities. Whether you want to go hiking, canyoning, skiing, cycling, golf or go on a Highland Safari, the great Scottish countryside is waiting for you.
Visit Scotland has 7 Wonders of Scotland’s Walking World, from city walking to the whole of the West Highland Highway. So, whether you’re scaling mountains, following a coastal path or scrambling up the seven hills of Edinburgh, you can be assured of a good ‘walk-out’.
Activate adrenaline and take your pick from a raft of heart-racing sports and activities with some of the world’s most dramatic scenery as your backdrop. From scuba diving and white-water rafting to canyoning, you’re sure to make memorable moments. Check out Scotland’s top adrenalin sports here.
Pull on that bobble hat and your slinky salopettes, then head for the Highlands’ slopes for some serious white stuff action when the snow falls. Sign up for a snow alert to ensure you head to the best powder.
CLC Duchally Country Estate is within walking distance of the world-renowned Gleneagles golf course and perfectly situated for accessing some of Scotland’s 500+ golf courses. Guests at Duchally can also benefit from discounts at local clubs.
Dance over swords, pull on a meaty rope with team mates and toss cabers like they’re matchsticks – well, you would if you were a competitor at the Highland Games. Held from May to September each year, the games are in over 80 locations from islands to towns and villages across the country. You’ll be party to sporting prowess, dancing, pipes and drums and clan celebrations.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Edinburgh’s walkways become an open-air theatre as performers literally take to the streets 8and theatres) every August for one of the world’s greatest fringe events. There are big names in entertainment as well as unknown artists looking to burst onto the scene. You’ll be spoiled for choice at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The Fringe is just one of many festivals held in Edinburgh every year.
The great Scottish poet who wrote a poem praising the haggis has his own special night. 25th January celebrates the birth of Robert Burns and is a potent combination of haggis, whisky and poetry! Whether you go self-catering and hold your own Burns’ Night celebration or attend a more formal affair, you too can enjoy some great Scottish tradition.
FOOD AND DRINK
There’s worldwide appreciation for Scotland’s gastronomy as the use of fine, local produce spreads across the country and beyond its borders.
As well as the traditional haggis, enjoy fresh fish from lochs and sea, venison and beef from the luscious countryside and fruits cooked with skill and love, straight from Scotland’s bountiful nature.
Here’s a selection of some of the country’s favourite eateries:
Monteaths Restaurant, Perthshire
Monteaths Restaurant & Whisky Bar at Duchally Country Estate is recognised by Scotland’s ‘Taste Our Best’ award for its commitment to sourcing and promoting Scottish produce. Dishes such as Venison Haggis Bon Bons, Game Terrine and Beer Battered Coley Fillet “Supper”, demonstrate the versatility of both ingredients and chef.
Book a table here.
Makars Gourmet Mash Bar, Edinburgh
A popular casual dining restaurant in Edinburgh, Makars Gourmet Mash Bar serves up an array of traditional Scottish dishes and plates with fantastic local Scottish ingredients. Its friendly atmosphere and great grub make it a popular place to have fun with family and friends whether you’re a local or visitor.
Fig and Thistle Bistro, Inverness
A small intimate restaurant with only a handful of tables, the bistro has proved popular for its great range of local dishes and friendly staff. With vegan and vegetarian options, the food will suit all palates.
Bilson Eleven, Glasgow
For fine dining in a relaxed setting, Bilson Eleven just outside Glasgow is the place to go. Housed in an iconic, beautifully restored, tenement building, the restaurant recommends a minimum of three hours to enjoy their tasting menu comfortably. No vegetarian options available.
From making the most of your holiday photos to distances from CLC Duchally Country Estate, below are links to useful information for holidaying in Scotland.