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Scotland: History, Scenery, Serenity


Stunning scenery and lavish history are the pillars that make Scotland a tourist’s delight. From sprawling mountain ranges and tranquil lochs to towering castles and cobbled streets, the country is home to some of the most intriguing and tranquil sites in the whole United Kingdom. If you’re planning a trip to Scotland, you’ll need to know what’s worth seeing and where you should stay. Read on then to discover Scotland’s top tourist destinations.



Edinburgh


The city of Edinburgh, or Auld Reekie as locals know it, welcomes more visitors than any other location in Scotland. The ancient city is home to the Royal Mile, a destination that any tourist is practically obliged to visit. Stretching from Edinburgh Castle in the west to Holyrood Palace in the east, the historic Royal Mile is picturesque and full of character. Ancient pubs and shops dot the streets, while historic points of interest are aplenty. Hotels and guesthouses can be found in abundance nearby too, making it a great base from which to explore. Elsewhere about the city you’ll find a plethora of attractions and activities to enjoy, schedule-permitting, of course. Take in the grandiose vista from Arthur’s Seat; discover a treasure trove of paintings at the National Gallery of Scotland; relive history at the Royal Museum or the Museum of Scotland; stop to smell a posy at the Royal Botanical Garden; or visit the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo.



The Western Highlands


There are few natural landscapes in Scotland more awe-inspiring than the Scottish Highlands. This sparsely-populated area of the country is home to expansive mountain ranges, heather-covered plateaus and quaint towns. With few hotel options in the region, set up camp in the city of Inverness and plan your days accordingly. Inverness is home to a number of interesting and intriguing sites, including the Titanic Museum and St Andrew’s Cathedral. A real can’t-miss destination can also be found in the region: the world-famous Loch Ness. Explore the village of Drumnadrochit on the loch’s west shore before taking to the waters in search of the famed-but-elusive Loch Ness Monster. Sure, nobody knows if Nessie really exists, but that’s part of the fun of the search. For hardier travellers, Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in the U.K. – is just waiting to be scaled. After you’ve tackled this behemoth, a trip to the town of Fort William is in order. At the very least you’ll be able to get a good meal and a stiff drink here.



The Cairngorms


A little further off the beaten path than the Western Highlands, the Cairngorms – located in the Eastern Highlands – again offer beautiful natural landscapes punctuated by a tranquil ambiance. Accommodation options can be found in the small town of Aviemore, including hotels and guesthouses, making it a good base of operations. During the summer months, the likes of the Highland Wildlife Park and Cairngorm Mountain Railway prove popular with visitors, while there’s nothing like simply leaving the hotel behind and heading out for a hike. Loch an Eilean and Loch Morlich are both excellent choices for a scenic walk. During the colder autumn and winter months, you’re more likely to need a pair of skis than a pair of walking boots. Those travellers adept at traversing the snow will be treated to some of the finest scenery in Scotland.



Glasgow and Stirling


Separated by less than 30 miles, the cities of Glasgow and Stirling offer a blend of historic and contemporary attractions. Glasgow is an industrious and active city, one that offers the modern amenities you’d expect of a large city, from shopping centres to football stadiums. Popular tourist attractions in the city include Glasgow Science Centre, the Gallery of Modern Art, and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Meanwhile, historic Stirling features a medieval town centre and an impressive castle. It’s here you’ll find the Wallace Monument, a memorial to William Wallace, who fought for the independence of Scotland. And before you ask, no, the statue doesn’t resemble Mel Gibson. With hotels to be found in both, travellers can also use the two cities as a base from which to explore the beautiful natural landscapes found in the region. If you can spare the time to embark on a day trip, both Loch Lomond and Inveraray Castle are worth the journey.



Best of the Rest


When it comes to magnificent scenery and top attractions, the rest of Scotland really holds its own. The Isle of Skye, located amongst the Inner Hebrides, features the picturesque town of Portree, where you’ll find a few hotels. From here you can visit the stunning Loch Corusick and centuries-old Dunvegan Castle. Considered the Home of Golf, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, located in the town of St Andrews, is a must-visit destination for avid golfers. Culzean Castle – situated between Ayr and Stranraer – is a beautiful and opulent mansion set atop a sheer cliff face. The castle grounds make up Scotland’s first public country park. All of this and much more awaits you. From historic castles to modern-day city amenities, from ancient distilleries to world-class golf courses, Scotland has enough on offer to last you not just a vacation but a lifetime.

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    Hotel Travelodge Edinburgh Central Queen Street Edinburgh
    The Travelodge Edinburgh Central Queens Street offers flexible check-in and check-out and access to nearby paid parking. Princes Street and the National Gallery of Scotland are within a short stroll of the hotel. The en-suite bedrooms offer amenities such as king-size Dreamer beds, flat-panel TVs with digital channels and tea and coffee making facilities. Guests at the Travelodge Edinburgh Central Queens Street can take advantage of 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi each day. A surcharge is applied to additional access. The hotel provides a breakfast-in-a-box option. Nearby eateries include Urban Angel, La Lanterna and the New York Steam Packet. Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral and the Scott Monument are within one mile of the hotel. Also nearby are the Edinburgh Botanic Garden and Edinburgh Zoo. This accommodation is also known as Tl Edinburgh Central Queen St, Tl Queen St, Tl Queen St Hotel, and Tl Queen St Hotel Edinburgh Central.
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    Hotel Premier Inn Edinburgh City Centre (Princes Street) Edinburgh
    The Premier Inn Edinburgh Princes Street is a three star hotel situated on the main shopping street in the centre of the city. The hotel has views towards Edinburgh castle and is centrally located for attractions in the city such as The Royal Mile, Edinburgh Zoo and Scottish National Gallery. Transport links close to the hotel include Waverley Train Station and bus connections to the international airport. The hotel has a mix of room types including singles, doubles, twins and family rooms. There are also accessible rooms available for disabled guests. Standard in room amenities of the hotel include en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, flat screen televisions, tea and coffee making facilities, work desks and wireless internet access. The onsite Kitchen restaurant and bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as serving up a range of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Other facilities and services offered at the Premier Inn Edinburgh Princess Street hotel include meeting rooms, a 24 hour front desk and a luggage storage facility.
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    Hotel The West End Edinburgh
    A converted Victorian townhouse, The West End offers hostel-style lodgings close to Edinburgh’s Haymarket neighbourhood. The hostel features a communal kitchen and laundry facilities. Each of the hostel’s modern dormitories includes triple-decker bunk beds. Six and ten-bed dorms include the use of an en-suite bathroom, while the 18 and 24-bed dorms are serviced by shared toilet and shower facilities. Standard features include charging lockers and reading lights. Moreover, female-only dorms are also available. The hostel offers a communal TV lounge and a shared computer with access to the Internet and printing. Towels are available for a fee, while luggage storage is provided. Located on site, Time Bar and Bistro serves homemade burgers and pub classics. Along with its wide selection of cocktails and refreshments, guests can also watch live music during the weekends. A continental breakfast is available for a small fee. The West End is a ten-minute tram ride from Murrayfield stadium and around three kilometres from Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile.
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    Hotel Dalhousie Castle & Aqueous Spa Edinburgh
    Dalhousie Castle is a 4 star hotel situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh, just half an hour from the city centre and the many attractions the capital has to offer. There are 29 guest rooms and 2 suites within the castle itself and a further 5 rooms and 2 suites housed in the 100 year old lodge which adds more seclusion. All rooms and suites are decorated to a high standard using Scottish fabrics and period furniture. All rooms are en-suite and come with TV, iron and ironing board, internet access (charge) hairdryer and a welcoming hospitality tray as standard. There are several choices of dining at Dalhousie Castle that include the Dungeon restaurant with a unique atmosphere serving traditional Scottish cuisine, the Orangery offering more casual dining with a varied menu. There is the Ramsey Room which can accommodate 100 guests and the Sir Alexander Room which can hold 40 people for private dining. The Spa offers a variety of treatments including Turkish steam bath, tropical rain & cold fog shower and Rasul for the application of mud. Also a hydro pool and massage jet pool. All 5 conference rooms at the Castle come fully equipped and have natural daylight.
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    Hotel Brooks Hotel Edinburgh
    Brooks Hotel is an eco-friendly, boutique hotel situated in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh. Individually decorated guestrooms feature flatscreen TVs, iPod docks, DVD players and complimentary Wi-Fi. Also included are tea and coffee-making facilities and pillowtop beds. Bathrooms include hairdryers and power showers. The hotel has its own courtyard garden in which guests can relax. Other available amenities are a 24-hour front desk, a meeting room and dry cleaning services. Wi-Fi is free in public areas. Made from free-range produce, a full Scottish breakfast – including haggis – is served every morning. There is also a bar/lounge with a variety of alcoholic beverages. Located a five-minute walk from Haymarket Rail Station, Brooks Hotel is under a mile from the iconic Edinburgh Castle. Greyfriars Kirk, King's Theatre, the Royal Lyceum Theatre and St. Giles' Cathedral are a similar distance away. Other local attractions include Murrayfield Stadium and Edinburgh Zoo.
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    Hotel Canon Court Apartments Edinburgh
    Canon Court Apartments is an aparthotel in Edinburgh’s Canonmills area. Edinburgh Airport is only eight miles from this location. Each one and two-bedroom apartment is equipped with a living area, private bathroom, full kitchen with microwave, free Wi-Fi, and flatscreen television. DVDs are available upon request. Additional amenities include playing cards and free use of the hotel’s poker tables. Private parking is on-site, but requires an additional fee. There is no on-site restaurant, but there is a nearby grocery store that provides supplies for the fully-equipped kitchens in each room. A number of restaurants are also available on nearby Princes Street. Canon Court Apartments is only feet from Royal Botanic Gardens, as well as a grocery store. Princes Street is under a mile away. Also, Waverley Train Station is a five minute ride, while Edinburgh Airport is eight miles away.
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