The vast majority of tourists who visit the UK tend to stay in London, and while this is completely understandable it seems a shame that so many of them miss out on the many charms of Scotland. For those who do venture north of the border, a world of iconic cities, quaint villages and spectacular countryside awaits them. Here are five reasons why you should be planning a trip to see life from a Scottish perspective.
The city known to the locals as Auld Reekie has become increasingly popular in recent years, and these days it attracts visitors from all over the world. The combination of excellent shopping facilities, historic buildings, fascinating museums and iconic landmarks is enough to captivate travellers of all ages, and many people who visit Edinburgh for a short city break find they don’t have enough time to experience everything.
Most people associate the city of St Andrews with the sport of golf, and it has to be said that it is home to the most famous course on the planet as well as several others. There’s more to see here, however, including the remains of a stunning castle and a fine sandy beach. The surrounding area is also home to a number of picturesque fishing villages which have managed to retain the same look for many decades.
Although you are unlikely to get a sighting of the legendary Loch Ness Monster, you should still include this beautiful body of water on your itinerary. Loch Lomond is larger by surface area, but it’s the depth of Loch Ness that most impresses. It contains more water than all of the Welsh and English lakes put together, and the giant Gateway Arch in St Louis would fit inside it.
There are a great many areas of natural beauty in the UK, form the Pembrokeshire coastline in Wales to the spectacular white cliffs in Kent, but most seasoned travellers would agree that the finest of them all lies in Scotland. The Highlands are located in the north of the country, and are home to mountains, lakes and forests which are nothing short of breath-taking.
Mull of Kintyre
The locations around the Scottish coast are mysterious and stunningly beautiful, and it’s almost impossible to select just the one. There is a special resonance about the Mull of Kintyre, however, which has given it a special place in the hearts of everyone who has visited over the decades. Located in the west of the country, it’s home to a famous lighthouse. On a clear day it’s possible to see Northern Ireland from Kintyre.
Jamie Anderson lives in England and is a frequent visitor to Scotland. He works for Any Car Hire UK.