For your 2017 holiday, instead of hopping on a flight to a faraway land, have you considered staying on home soil and heading up north to Scotland? The magical Celtic country has plenty to offer for your 2017 staycation getaway. From truly stunning, hard-to-beat scenery with its deep lochs and mountains to lively cities filled with culture and delicious delicacies, such as haggis and deep fried mars bars!
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So what are you waiting for? There’s plenty to discover in Scotland but here’s our pick of the best to help you find your dream Scottish staycation…
Edinburgh has everything you need for the perfect weekend away. Scotland’s capital boasts stunning architecture, a vibrant nightlife, interesting museums and, of course, it’s very own castle. For comedy fans, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is not to be missed in August.
There are plenty of options for a place to stay in the city. Book a stylish city centre apartment or indulge in a luxury hotel.
The Outer Hebrides
A beach holiday in Scotland? Yep! The Outer Hebrides in Scotland, made up of 15 inhabited islands, boasts some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches. Believe it or not, many stretches of the golden sands could be mistaken for the Caribbean!
For blissful solitude, escape to Berneray whilst keen surfers will love the Atlantic swells in Scarista and Hosta Beach on North Uist. For unbeatable sunsets, powder white sand and deep blue seas, head to Tangasdale Beach on Barra.
Fort William and Glencoe
If you’re looking for a little more action on your Scottish break, head to Fort William, a very popular location for climbers and hikers as it’s close to Ben Nevis and other surrounding mountains.
Glencoe is also close by, a haunting mountainous area steeped in a history of clan warfare. Take a spectacular drive through the broad highland meadow in the heart of Glen Coe, which was the scene of the infamous massacre of MacDonalds by Campbell soldiers in 1692.
Don’t miss out on the spectacular Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William and Mallaig, which includes a crossing of the Glenfinnan viaduct, made famous in the Harry Potter films. The kids will love it!
The largest island in the Inner Hebrides is especially beautiful in May and early June when Spring has sprung and you will avoid the worst of Skye’s weather! The picturesque landscape is at its most prettiest, with lambs perched on snow-capped peaks, spring flowers across the beautiful landscapes and puffins nesting along the coast.
Top places to visit on Skye are Elgol, a stunning beach with views across to the Black Cuillin mountain range, and go for a wild swim in the transparent waters of Glen Brittle’s Fairy Pools.