The incredible texture and beauty of the famed "tartan plaid" typify the uniqueness of the landscapes of Scotland. Scotland of today is diverse and dynamic. While you can envision the bold, emblazoned past of their ancestry, you are also uniquely aware of their contemporary status in the world community. From the Scottish borders area to the southwest, you will encounter pristine countryside to breathtaking highlands and mountain scenes. One can experience castles that replicate the splendor of era's gone by and also the pursuit of unique activities and adventures all in one visit. Scotland includes some of the most beautiful and well-preserved castles and country manors in the world. The architecture and landscape rival some of the most beautiful pageantries in all the British Isles.
Scotland is also home to numerous art and history museums. There are also spectacular theatre and dance experiences that you can enjoy. For the sports and outdoor enthusiast, Scotland is diverse in its activities that may include more rigorous opportunities such as rock climbing, hiking and more. Although Scotland is also a great destination for activities such as fly fishing, golfing, walking, and biking. Many of the activities can be arranged right at the place in which you are staying, making your trip one of ease and relaxation, even in the planning.
In Scotland, you will experience culinary delights like no other in some of the most impressive restaurants in the country. The cuisine will in many cases exceed quality in the care taken to produce the food as well as your expectation of diversity and presentation.
Above all, Scotland is home to incredible glimpses of natural beauty and people that will welcome you to their towns, villages, and cities. It is a vacation that delights the senses, wraps you in all the creature comforts of the 21st century while ruminating in the dramatics eras of by-gone days.
A Visit to Scotland May Include Some of The Following Options:
The Scottish borders area hosts many beautiful photo opportunities from its scenic lowlands, tranquil small towns, with its shimmering rivers and Lochs. Cringletie House Hotel is a lovely Victorian style manor that offers an idyllic romantic setting in the rural countryside. The grounds contain a 17th century walled garden with a 400-year-old Yew hedge, plus activities such as croquet, putting and a games area. Guests can use bicycles to trek through the nearby small town of Peebles, enjoy fly fishing on the Tweed River for Salmon and Brown Trout and tour famed castles and distilleries.
Torridon is both an area and a village which contains some of the most magnificent mountain settings. Loch Torridon Country House, nestled among the mountains, has one of the most impressive coastal views in the Scottish Highlands and offers the traveler the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure with the comfort of its library, drawing room and uniquely appointed bedrooms. Right outside your doorstep lies an opportunity for kayaking, hiking, clay pigeon shooting and falconry.
The Isle of Eriska is situated on the beautiful west coast of Scotland. To get to this lovely and secluded island, you must go over a causeway, and then you will be touched by the serenity and natural community that envelopes you. The Isle of Eriska Hotel, which is the only accommodation on the island, offers opportunities for fitness with its spa, indoor pool, gym and plenty of walking paths with which to enjoy nature.
The vast array of diversity in Scotland offers the new as well as the seasoned explorer with the chance to feel enlightened, rejuvenated and awakened to the pleasures of travel. A trip of a lifetime or an opportunity of a lifetime to experience a unique and authentic look into a culture and landscape that shaped a nation and its people is truly a pleasurable travel experience. Our staff can custom design your Scotland vacation to fit all of your specific needs.
Photos Courtesy of: Andrew Loyd, Belmond, Kinloch, Torridon and ICMI Hotels