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Scottish Holiday, Accommodation, Cities, Places of Intrest

A Scottish holiday means experiencing two thousand years of history,romantic castles, majestic mountains and dramatic coastlines. Islands with museums and historic sites to explore lie off the coast. From the Firth of Clyde to the Scottish Highlands there are charming cities and eccentric villages filled with friendly locals with mythical tales and historic stories.

Accommodations in Scotland are as varied as the landscape. Stay in a romantic castle hotel on the Ayrshire Coast or a quaint bed & Breakfast in Perth. Reasonably priced hotels, chalets and self-catering lodgings are scattered throughout the cities in Scotland. Hostels, camping and caravan travel are nice options in Scotland. Choosing just a place or two for a Scottish holiday is hard to do. You will want to return again and again for the Scottish experience. Here are some of the best cities, villages, places of interest and accommodations in Scotland.

Glasgow
With over 70 parks and gardens, Glasgow lives up to its name which is Celtic for "dear green place." It is also the country's largest city. Visiting Glasgow means experiencing its splendid culture. The city is brimming with exhibitions, theaters and historic architecture. The entertainment in Glasgow is peppered with concerts, ballets, operas, street shows and lively nightlife.

Learn the industrial heritage of the city with a visit to the Summerlee Heritage Trust in Coatbridge. Ride on the country's only working electric tramway. See the story behind the famous Paisley shawl at the Paisley Museum and Art Gallery. Other museums and galleries of great interest are the Gallery of Modern Art, the  Art Gallery and Museum in Kelvingrove Park and the St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art next to the Glasgow Cathedral.

For first class self-catering accommodation or Glasgow guesthouses ideally located in the midst of the fashionable West End and is less than one mile from the City Centre

Edinburgh
Edinburgh is another large city with an amazing array of sights and experiences from modern architecture to medieval castles. Experience the medieval sites in the Old Town district, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the Scottish Parliament, St. Giles Cathedral and the Royal Museum of Scotland. Rest up from your site-seeing adventures with a restful stop at the Meadows, a wonderful park full of shade and scenery.

Hotes in Edinburgh offer excellent choice for accommodations. hotels located on Princes Street, you will have a view of the Edinburg Castle and Princes Gardens. Have a warm welcome at Edinburgh Guest House, most are family-run bed & breakfast inns. close to Princes Street, it is on an excellent bus route.

Perthshire

Perthshire, along the River Tay is a must-see city on a Scottish holiday. Lots of designated cycle routes around Perthshire make mountain biking a top activity. There are more than 30 golf courses and superb lochs and rivers for fishing surrounded by spectacular scenery and wide-open spaces.

Experience the local history of this area by visiting its castles and stately homes such as Pictish stones in Meigle Museum, 16th century Burleigh Castle, Ardoch Roman camp near, Blair Castle, the 14th Century Cathedral of Dunkeld, Drummond Castle and Loch Leven Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1567.

Stay in an award-winning cottage like Keltney Burn Cottage on the banks of the Keltney Burn. This cozy three-bedroom cottage is part of a 200-year-old mill that has been renovated. The Dunalastair Hotel is a splendid Highland hotel in Rannoch, one of the country's finest unspoilt areas.

Ayrshire

If you are fascinated by old castles, Ayrshire is the place to be. This town is home to many castles. Some of them date all the way back to the 12th century. Large country homes, ancient churches and abbeys are abundant in the area.

September is a good time to visit Ayrshire. The Viking Festival takes place then to celebrate the area's multi-cultural past which includes the Viking's influence. Even more history can be explored in Aryshire's heritage centres and museums.

The Stair Inn is a charming country inn about seven miles from beaches, golf courses and horse races. There are six in-room suites and an on-site restaurant at the inn. The Blackwaterfoot Lodge Hotel is a mere 50 yards from the Blackwaterfoot Harbour. A family-run hotel, home cooked meals and local ales are served in a bistro-style restaurant.

Loch Ness
Loch Ness is a household word around the world thanks to Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Don't go home without visiting this beautiful Loch that has recorded sightings of Nessie dating all the way back to 585. Loch Ness is in the village of Lochend where you can visit Aldourie Castle and the Abriachan Nurseries. At the nurseries you can stroll through a beautiful garden with a cemetery with gravestones from the 14th century.

The Inch Hotel Lock Ness is an award-winning hotel right on the banks of the Loch Ness with an impressive view of Glen Affric and the Caledonian Canal. It is a great venue for weddings, retreats and holidays.

The Bank House Bed & Breakfast has lovely en-suite rooms in the heart of Fort Augustus. It is within walking distance of the town centre. Rooms with a view of Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal are available.

Western Isles

A chance to visit Scotland's islands will compliment your Scottish holiday. The Western Isles are a 130-mile-long chain of islands with spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife. Hear the lilt of the Gaelic language spoken along with English.

Pristine beaches, lochs, sea lochs and unspoilt flora and fauna grace the islands. Four areas are designated Natural Nature Reserves. You will be able to detect the Norse influence in the Western Isles. They were inhabited by the Vikings in the 9th century.

The Broad Bay House is a luxury guest house with an outstanding coastal location. This four-bedroom guest house overlooks a fantastic beach. Tranquil Sands Holiday Home in North Uist is a self-catering accommodation that will afford you an idyllic holiday getaway.

 

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