Where to go in Scotland: Explore Edinburgh, Fort William, and the Isle of Skye
Scotland lends itself to everyone – fans of history, adventurers, film enthusiasts, and admirers of art. Rich art collections and historic places await in the large cities, and striking landscapes surround you. See why some of the most popular films ever made were shot here.
- Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland This city, featuring Gothic architecture, is one of the world's top festival destinations. Walk along the Royal Mile, the main street, to Edinburgh Castle, perched atop a high hill and offering views of the city and nearby bay. Nearby attractions include the Museum of Edinburgh, displaying exhibits on archaeology, decorative arts, and war, and Camera Obscura, a viewpoint and house of illusions.
- Glasgow, the cultural hub of Scotland The country’s largest city boasts Art Nouveau and Victorian architecture. Admission-free Riverside Museum exhibits old locomotives, carriages, and other means of transport, while Kelvingrove Art Gallery displays everything from Bronze Age tools to a 20th-century fighting aeroplane.
- Ben Nevis To conquer Great Britain's highest mountain, consider booking a holiday cottage in Fort William, a town in the Scottish Highlands some 160km north of Glasgow. Go mountain biking and take a nostalgic train ride over the Glenfinnan Viaduct. While travelling over the 21-arch bridge featured in Harry Potter films, admire the groves and hilly landscape.
- Glen Nevis This neighbour of Ben Nevis is the site of Steall Falls, another Harry Potter filming location. The high waterfall, plummeting from a snow-capped mountain, is where Harry confronted a Hungarian Horntail dragon. Go to The Elephant House Café in Edinburgh, near the Royal Mile, to see where JK Rowling penned some of Harry Potter's adventures.
- Isle of Skye (Cloud Island) Here, you'll believe you've wandered into some legendary land. Discover colourful cliffs, rugged mountains, and misty waterfalls while admiring the Scottish Highlands from numerous viewpoints, and marvel at the pastel sky overhead emitting light from everywhere and nowhere.
Romantic breaks in Scotland: Soak in hot tubs at cosy holiday cottages or luxury apartments
You'll find a great selection of holiday lettings in Scotland, from quaint and cosy stone houses and castles in the countryside to luxurious apartments in cities.
Unique and historic castles are available to rent throughout the country, but mostly around Edinburgh and Glasgow. They may occupy hills with panoramic views or secluded areas surrounded by groves. Many offer Internet access so that you can keep in touch with loved ones, and a fireplace to warm up by.
Cosy holiday cottages are also available countrywide. Typically made of stone or wood, these dwellings often have parking and fireplaces. In some of them, you can reinvigorate in hot tubs, relax in pools, and connect to wireless Internet. Hidden from the neighbours by manicured gardens or surrounding woods, these holiday homes are ideal for romantic breaks.
Holiday apartments in the major cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow range from compact studios to larger, more luxurious spaces. If you're travelling to Scotland for a romantic vacation, there are many holiday lettings suitable for couples.
Holidays with pets in Scotland
Dogs (or 'dugs' here) and other pets are welcome to accompany you to holiday lettings in Scotland. They're also often permitted to join you at restaurants and several attractions, and they'll love frolicking in the countryside.
- Dining at restaurants Your four-legged family member can keep you company at many restaurants and pubs all over Scotland. Linen 1906 and Saint Luke's are some eateries you can visit with your dog in Glasgow, while Brewhemia and Cowan & Sons are good options in Edinburgh.
- Visiting attractions Numerous points of interest throughout Scotland are open for you and your dog. Some places you can visit together are Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders, Scone Palace near Perth, and Fort George, a short drive from Inverness.
- Walks in nature Lakes, beaches and designated walking areas are out there for you to explore with your dog if you adhere to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Take your pet to the hills of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, or the flower-filled gardens of Aberdeen.