Scotland Travel Guide
Scotland conjures up images of mountain peaks reflecting in glistening lochs, along with a rich history hidden deeply in old castles and quaint stone villages nestled in lush green countryside.
Discover Scotland’s outstanding beauty by driving through stunning glens and lochs on remote roads. Explore the unspoilt wilderness in the Highlands or indulge in the culture and vibrant life of the cities, such as Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow.
The historic city of Edinburgh and its majestic 12th-Century castle offer a strong reminder of the city’s fascinating heritage, easily reachable from the MacDonald’s Forest Hills resort. Glasgow welcomes visitors to admire its beautiful Victorian architecture and enjoy their talented performing arts at the Scottish Opera and Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland. Discover the cosmopolitan port city of Aberdeen on the northeast of Scotland featuring unique glittering grey granite buildings and home to Balmoral Castle. Just a short walk from Aberdeen city centre visitors can explore a sandy beach and rugged coastline.
Food & Drink
Savour rich traditional Scottish cuisine, including the famous Haggis, a national dish made with minced meats, onion, spices and salt. Scotland’s fertile land produces world-class whiskies, whilst flavoursome pink salmon are caught in the freshwater rivers.
Start your day with a healthy bowl of porridge, for many centuries porridge has warmed the Scots on cold wintery days. Visit a local bakery to try the mouth-watering homemade shortbread or the soft sweet Scottish fudge.
Scotland boasts a great variety of entertainment and things to do to satisfy all tastes. Follow in the footsteps of past Kings and Queens with a visit to the enchanting castles of Scotland, the most popular being Edinburgh and Stirling but Braemar Castle nestled within the Cairngorms National Park is awe-inspiring too. The serenity of the picture-postcard Eilean Donan Castle perched on an island at the entrance of Loch Duich, is not to be missed either.
For those who love great outdoor activities, Scotland offers visitors only the best, from hiking through the Trossachs National Park to climbing Ben Lomond. Admire breathtaking views of Loch Lomond from your lodge-style retreat at Cameron House. Go in search of the Loch Ness monster, also known as Nessie. Hiking, cycling or even driving around the 20-mile loch offers some spectacular views, even if you are not so lucky to spot Nessie herself!
Take the family to Loch Lomond for a fun “Murder Mystery” trail, follow the tracks around the loch to seek out the signs left on buildings, trees or wherever you may find them to discover the suspect or criminal.
Every August the Edinburgh Fringe Festival presents the world’s largest arts festival with thousands of artists performing talented shows, catch one of these shows with a stay at the nearby Kilconquhar Estate and Country Club. The city comes alive with a wonderful choice of shows from comedy, dancing and circus acts to shows for children, musicals and opera. The dynamic and energetic atmosphere of the Fringe Festival is an experience not to be missed.
Enjoy fun and adventure at the many leisure theme parks situated throughout Scotland. “Go Ape” at Crathes Castle, near Banchory and Glentress Forest, welcomes all the family to swing from treetops and climb high rope crossings as well as zoom through the forest on a zip line ride.
History & Culture
The Scottish people are passionately proud of their rich history and culture and have passed on the traditions to the next generations for nearly a thousand years. Since the 16th-Century, Highlander men have worn the famous highland dress, the kilt, as a symbol of being a true Scotsman. Today the kilt is a popular item of clothing and often worn on ceremonial occasions.
The famous Harris Tweed is considered as one of the world’s finest cloth and is only handwoven in the beautiful Outer Hebrides, using a centuries-old method. The quality of the cloth must be checked before receiving the official seal of approval onto the garment.
The only way to experience the real Scotland is to visit the charming villages, stop in a local pub and chat with the friendly people, wander the castles, and explore the country’s outstanding natural beauty.