Scotland will surprise you with the sheer size and the majesty of its scenery – it’s not known as the ‘Big Country’ for nothing! From the Lowlands through the Highlands, and on to the Islands you will experience magnificent scenery at every turn.
The vibrant cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow are steeped in heritage and culture and offer a wealth of sights and places of historical interest. Visit the home of Scotland’s kings and queens in Stirling or marvel at the magnificent scenery as you visit the highland capital of Inverness.
There is so much to see and do on your Caledonian adventure. Traveling through serene glens and past mighty mountain ranges, history is everywhere. Discover the stories of the clans and the Jacobite’s struggles against the English conquerors as you visit castles, battlegrounds and clan settlements.
A visit to the west coast is a must. Leaving Glasgow, you pass the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and head north over the awe-inspiring Rannoch Moor. Passing the spectacular Glen Coe and sea loch of Loch Linnhe you arrive at the bustling coastal town of Fort William. Fort William sits under the shadow of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the United Kingdom and is the southern entrance to the spectacular Great Glen.
The Great Glen is a geological fault bisecting the Grampian mountains to the southeast and the northwest Highlands. It runs over 60 miles northeast to the highland capital of Inverness. The mighty waters of Loch Ness and Loch Lochy cover the Great Glens valley floors and it’s here that you can experience some of the most amazing scenery in Scotland. (whilst keeping an eye out for the elusive Nessie!)
Scotland is not all about awe-inspiring scenery and rich natural history and culture though. To spice up your tour you could take a wee dram at one of the 125 whiskey distilleries in Scotland! Or how about a round of golf or an afternoon fly fishing on a quiet Scottish backwater – Scotland is rightly famous for the quality of its golf courses and its fishing. There is also a plethora of film and tv locations to visit. From Bond to Braveheart and Outlander to Harry Potter there is plenty to keep film and TV buffs occupied.
The incredible mountains and lochs also make Scotland a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts with some of the best hiking, mountaineering and water sports locations in the UK being north of the Scottish border. Did you know there are actually 5 commercial ski areas in the Highlands! A Scottish friend once told me – we love the winters here in the Highlands. When it rains, it falls as snow so we ski on it – then it melts and flows into the rivers so we kayak and raft on it – then it flows through the glens and down to the sea so make whisky from it!