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Aberdeen has got the best of both worlds, being a city by the sea, with the Cairngorm Mountains providing a rural twist to this urban paradise. The main thoroughfare of Union Street, also known as ‘Granite’ Mile’ owing to its abundance of grey faced buildings stretching the mile from the Castlegate to Holburn Junction, leads to Union Square shopping and leisure complex, and the Trinity Centre, offering a wide variety of shopping and eating experiences to suit every taste and budget.
Ships dock up right to the city-centre streets and golden sands stretch for miles. Old Aberdeen is home to Aberdeen’s first University dating back to 1495, and the 15th century cathedral, and the fishing quarter of Footdee – known locally as Fittie - with its tiny cottages and brightly painted buildings is a sight to behold.
Arrochar sits between mountains which lead down into the sea of Loch Long and is an excellent base for enjoying the great outdoors. Loch Long was a torpedo testing site, particularly during WWII; a pier on the West shore was used by the Royal Navy between 1912 and 1986, and there are still some naval bases in the area.
The region is very popular with mountain climbers and walkers since it's so close to the Arrochar Alps and the Argyll Forest Park. The delights of Inverary, Oban and even Fort William are easily accessible on a day out, with the bigger cities of Glasgow and Stirling about an hour's drive away.
The village itself boasts a range of local crafts by way of art, pottery and jewellery. There's a grocery store and several pubs and restaurants offering good food and live entertainment.
Escape to the Cairngorms with a stay in the beautiful village of Braemar surrounded by nature in a landscape of hidden glens, snow-capped mountains and ancient pine forests, you can witness the very the best of Aberdeenshire. Discover culture and history at the castles of Braemar and Balmoral and legendary walks such as Larig Ghru - 19 miles through the best known hill pass in Scotland. If that’s not enough, how about world-class fishing on the River Dee, fantastic golf, or skiing at nearby Glenshee or Lecht? Whatever your idea of a great break, you won't be short of things to do in Braemar.
The Scottish town of Dunoon is located in the stunning Cowal Peninsula and is the maritime gateway to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The town is world famous for the Cowal Highland Gathering, the largest and most spectacular highland games in the world. Dunoon is also a fantastic place if you're interested in outdoor pursuits, yet it also has many historical attractions in the surrounding area, which makes the town a charming place to holiday.
If you want to learn more about the town of Dunoon, check out their Castle House museum; a historic house, which is situated on the hill overlooking Dunoon pier. It has exhibits, models and photographs that tell the story of Dunoon's history from Neolithic to the present day.
Scotland's capital city with an impressive hilltop castle looking over the city centre, Edinburgh offers fantastic shopping, museums, bars, galleries and plenty of places to eat. Home to the Art Festival, the Fringe Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, this is the ideal location to marvel at the scenery, history and architecture of a varied and exciting city.
From the independent traders and delicious cuisine of the Grassmarket area (not forgetting the bronze statue of Greyfriars Bobby), to the attractions and speciality shopping at heart of Edinburgh, the Royal Mile, you will be spoilt for choice to discover the culture and heritage blending modern and traditional. Few cities around Europe can boast such a stunning view from the city's main shopping area, Princes Street.
Set in a beautiful location at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain's largest mountain, and overlooking the tranquil Loch Linnhe, the bustling resort of Fort William is the ideal base to visit to enjoy Scotland's stunning scenery. It’s also a great place to enjoy some spectacular walking, whether a novice or more experienced.
Embrace the wonderful fresh air as you discover the region's mountains, coastline, lochs and glens. One of the largest towns south of Inverness, Fort William offers a host of possibilities for the visitor.
Choose to explore the Lochs and Glens or perhaps take a journey on what is commonly known as 'The Greatest Railway Journey in the World', due mainly to the stunning scenery. The 84 mile round trip will take you past Britain’s highest mountain, deepest Loch, shortest river and most westerly station en-route to Mallaig, one of the world's most picturesque fishing villages.
Livingston is ideally located just off the M8 Motorway linking Edinburgh and Glasgow. Renowned for its shopping facilities, the Livingston designer outlet lies at one end of the town centre and Europe's largest shop, the massive Asda Walmart store at the other. The designer outlet mall contains a cinema, a food court including bars, restaurants and cafes, as well as around 100 shops. In addition, the former Almondvale Shopping Centre, now known as The Centre, is one of the largest indoor shopping and leisure complexes in Scotland, housing around 155 shops and restaurants, plus a winter garden and an outdoor eating area. The nearby Falkirk Wheel and 100 feet high Kelpies Horse Sculpture are a must-see!
The largest body of freshwater in mainland Britain, shimmering Loch Lomond has much beauty to discover. Situated amid stunning surroundings, this treasure trove of unspoilt delights makes it a perfect destination.
With glittering waters, majestic peaks, its unique beauty draws visitors year after year, to take in the breathtaking views. Situated in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, it offers something for everyone, from the vast array of water sports available, to the distilleries and woollen mills in and around the many picturesque towns and villages.
Marvel at the beautiful Trossachs, with wooded glens and stunning flora, visit bustling Callander, sitting at the southern end of the Pass of Leny, or simply sit back, relax and take in the stunning sights, sandy coves and delightful bays on board a loch cruise. A favourite destination of Queen Victoria, this captivating region showcases the very best of beautiful Scotland.
Melrose is a historic town situated at the foot of the Eildon Hills in the valley of the Tweed, resulting in a picturesque setting that is perfect for relaxing short breaks and holidays. With settlements dating back to the time of the Romans Melrose has a rich past to draw on, and in modern times it has become the perfect base for a holiday spent exploring the Scottish Borders and surrounding regions.
Melrose Abbey is one of the major landmarks of the town - an impressive monastery that has partially ruined but still maintains many of the most decorative elements, including carved dragons and saints. While the beauty of the abbey would be enough for many, what makes it even more interesting as an attraction is that it is believed to be the site where Robert the Bruce’s heart was buried. A memorial plinth stands where the container is now buried in the grounds.
Monkton is a lovely little village in the Parish of Monkton and Prestwick in South Ayrshire, surrounded by breath-taking views and scenery. Possibly one of the best things about staying in Monkton is that you can escape all the hustle and bustle of Ayr but still be close enough to enjoy what it has to offer.
Ayr is a very popular and pretty seaside resort, complete with its own charming seafront and leafy suburbs. Ayr's seafront is home to miles and miles of beautiful golden sandy beaches which make it the perfect place for picnics and building sandcastles! The views from Ayr Beach can be outstanding, why not admire the beautiful views of Ailsa Craig, the Isle of Arran and on a clear day, even Pladda.
Oban is famous for seafood and as the gateway to the Western Isles. Here you will find lots of opportunities for walking, sightseeing, touring and relaxing. From summer strolls along the beach to the harbour, to year-round visits to attractions that include museums, lochs, castles, distilleries, and lovely local shops - there is always something to see and do.
Although the town's population is only around 8,500 (one of the Highlands' largest), tourism welcomes up to 20,000 visitors during the peak season. This provides a stark contrast to the nearby Breadalbane and Argyll, offering a quieter option to Oban's busy streets.
Peterhead lies in the north-east of Scotland, about 30 miles north of Aberdeen and narrowly beats neighbouring Boddam to being the most easterly point of Scotland. One of Europe's busiest fishing ports, Peterhead features in the science-fiction novel 'A Journey to the Centre of the Earth' by Jules Verne, in which he describes the Valkyrie sailing "not too far off the coast of Scotland, somewhere near what Danish sailors call Peterhead..." Another literary claim to fame is Slain's Castle, just South of Peterhead, where Bram Stoker found inspiration for his evil vampire Dracula.
Loch of Strathbeg, the RSPB Reserve is to the north, provides a winter home for swans and wild geese in their thousands. There have also been sightings of killer whales off the shores of Peterhead, even though it was thought that the orca's community was exclusive to the west coast of Scotland.
Pitlochry is the perfect base from which to explore the magnificent Perthshire Highlands. This serene town is set in ruggedly beautiful countryside with the Ben Vrackie Mountain towering majestically almost 3000 feet above. The main Glasgow and Edinburgh to Inverness railway passing through the town, which has helped establish the town as a tourist destination over the last 150 years. Arguably one of the best areas for walking in Scotland, catering for all abilities, the highland scenery offers castles, gardens and distilleries, among an abundance of golf courses.
Portpatrick is a village on the south west coast of Scotland in an area best known for excellent walking and great gardens. At the nearby Glen Trool Forest Park, you'll get a clear view of the sky unspoiled by artificial light. Other local attractions include Burns Cottage, Culzean Castle, Logan Botanic Gardens and the Mull of Galloway with its views to the Isle of Man. You can see Ireland on a clear day and it is an easy crossing over to Belfast or Larne from nearby Stranraer - a great option if you want to sample something a bit different during your stay. If you are attracted to the area by the many excellent golf courses, you will find Dunskey golf course very close by.
Built around a central castle, Rothesay is an Isle of Bute town that has been popular with tourists since the Victorian era. Reach your hotel by ferry from either Wemyss Bay or Colintraive, then settle down to enjoy the beautiful beaches and colourful gardens along the island’s coast. As well as touring Rothesay Castle you’re free to spend your time swimming in the sea or to enjoy shows at Rothesay’s theatre, or to enjoy the fascinating educational attractions including the museum and Discovery Centre.
Rothesay Castle is one of the most prominent attractions in the town, particularly due to its unusual design in a circular shape. Much of the castle still stands, including the Great Hall which is now home to a number of exhibits about the history of the owners. Unlike many British castles, Rothesay features a moat that is still in place and filled, adding to the character of the castle.
Go back in time to the Victorian spa town Strathpeffer in Scotland! The village is surrounded by woody hills and picturesque landscape - the perfect place for outdoors enthusiasts.
There are some fantastic walks and sights to see in the Strathpeffer area, such as the local landmark Strathpeffer Touchstone Maze, made from 81 stones from across the Highlands arranged in five concentric circles, which are based on prehistoric labyrinths that can still be found in England and Scandinavia. Another setting that is perfect for peace and tranquillity is Loch Kinellan. Be sure to bring your camera, as Loch Kinellan offers stunning scenery with a mountain backdrop and an opportunity to spot the local wildlife.
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