Scotland—the land of rich culture, castles, rolling green hills and deep blue oceans seems like something out of a Disney fairytale. While there’s really not any bad places here, these are our absolute favorites. Get ready for breathtaking views, yummy fish and a whole lot of history.
YOU'RE ALL SET!
Look out for our newsletters in your inbox soon.
Plockton (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Plockton is undisputably known as one of the most charming towns in the U.K. Located on the southern shores of Loch Carron, in the Highlands, this seaside destination is dotted with cozy cottages, cattle, and the occasional painter capturing the scenery. Fresh caught seafood dishes are in abundance— the haddock and chips at the Harbour Fish Bar are legendary.
Edinburgh (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Touting the title of Scotland’s Capital city, Edinburgh does not disappoint. With a dramatic cityscape of towering historical structures such as castles and churches, the National Museum of Scotland also resides in Edinburgh. Fringe, the largest annual arts festival in the world, takes place August 3-27, 2018.
Anstruther (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Anstruther is a part of Fife Scotland, and is scenically outlined by the Dreel Burn stream. Visitors can take a short boat ride to the Isle of May to see adorable puffins, which are found in various places around the region. Fish and chips is a signature dish, best eaten at he Anstruther Fish Bar. A museum which served as a 1951 nuclear bunker, and the 17th century Dreel Tavern are prominent attractions with loads of intriguing stories from the past.
Glasgow (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture dominate the foundation of Glasgow, however modern city life is heavily present. Urban bars and fantastic restaurants are a welcomed contrast, giving tourists and residents the best of both worlds. But for a peek into the 15th century, visit the stunning Glasgow Cathedral.
The Black Cuillin mountain range sets on this beautiful island, which is the largest of the Inner Hebrides. Mountain climbers and hikers from all over the world come to trek the rugged terrain and cliffs, which are accented by the occasional waterfall or pristine lake. Skye is rich in wildlife, with otters, seals, whales and dolphins swimming around the perimeter. Roads and bridges wind through the land once believed to house giants and fairies—castles that set in the distance makes one think this may be true. Portree is the largest city on the island— colorful buildings line the shore creating the most insta-worthy backdrop.
Shetland Islands (Hotel Prices & Photos)
This group of Scottish northern isles are not only famous for Shetland ponies and sheepdogs, but for the fishing community. Mackerel, haddock and cod heavily influence cuisine along the rugged shores. Music, particularly traditional fiddle tunes, have become a deep part of the culture. Wrecked ships, lighthouses and stunning rolling hills are other attributes that make this place incredibly special.
St. Andrews (Hotel Prices & Photos)
St. Andrews resides on the east coast of Scotland, with premium access to the North Sea. With widespread, rich green courses, golfing has a major presence—St. Andrews is the dream vaycay of any Tiger Woods in the making. But the most eye catching feature will always be the St. Andrews Cathedral, which has been reduced to ruins. Aged stone, and towering remnants are sad and eerie, yet beautifully symbolic reminder of the past.
Falkirk (Hotel Prices & Photos)
A town within historic Stirlingshire, Falkirk has many unusual features, from a boat wheel that lifts vessels between canals, to the 15th century Blackness Castle where Hamlet, starring Mel Gibson, was filmed. Giant, metallic horse head sculptures peer over Falkirk’s community connection park, the Helix. Known as the Kelpies, the statues are a symbolic interpretation of strength, envisioned by Andy Scott.
Fort William (Hotel Prices & Photos)
At the end of the West Highland Highway is Fort William—the old buildings still sit on the banks of the water. The area is popular among outdoor enthusiasts, as it’s home to Ben Nevis, the tallest peak in the U.K. Skiing the slopes is a “can’t miss” activity. Shops and local supermarkets overflow within the community, and it’s a great place to souvenir hunt. Stay at the Inverlochy Castle Hotel for a medieval, luxurious experience.
Perth (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Perth has earned the nickname “Gateway to the Highlands”, because of its location in Central Scotland, along the Tay River. Victorian structures are connected by a beautiful bride extending over the water. Perth is also a fisherman’s paradise, thanks to the abundance of Atlantic Salmon in the river.