Coach Holidays in Scotland – Scotland is a country of outstanding natural beauty with its own sense of history and tradition. Our resorts are dotted all over its varied landscape and offer a range of different experiences from a city break in Edinburgh or a seaside holiday at Dunoon, to an adventure deep in the Highlands at Dingwall or at Braemar, set in the heart of the Cairngorms.
Landscape of Scotland varies from the most gentle to the most exhilarating in the British Isles. The Grampian Mountains and Highlands in the far north west is a breathtaking region, with majestic peaks, undiscovered beaches, hidden forest glens, waterfalls and pretty fishing villages, such as Ullapool. Aboyne, in the heart of Royal Deeside, is perfect for peaceful walks over rolling hills and through pine-wood forests, whilst the delightful Victorian town of Ballater offers wonderful views of the River Dee.
Fort William is surrounded by some of the greatest scenery in Britain, where deep crystal clear lochs reflect towering mountains and secluded glens and rich fertile valleys lie hidden against the hillside. Meanwhile, to the west vast swathes of untamed wilderness are fringed by mile upon mile of glorious coastline dotted with islands, such as the stunning Isle of Skye and a rare resort such as the ones found at Oban in the west and Lossiemouth on the Moray Firth to the east.
History of Scotland is long and turbulent. It is a land filled with churches and castles that bear witness to the ebb and flow of armies and religious zeal that have affected the country over thousands of years. Visit St Andrews, close to Blairgowrie, the historic and religious centre of Scotland. To the south lies the border with England, where Balmoral Castle , favourite home of the Windsors and other historic houses and abbeys lie on the Lowlands, first colonised from the south by settling Englishmen.
To the north, you can almost feel the presence of the Clans as you journey through Bannockburn and Stirling, then over the Pass of Killiecrankie, near Pitlochry before crossing into the Grampian Mountains. Up towards Inverness lies the field of Culloden, where the last battle upon British soil was fought in 1748 and the birthplace of Macbeth, a figure immortalised by the famous Shakespeare play.
Culture of the Scottish is distinctive from the country’s southern neighbours. The Scots are fiercely proud of their heritage, which they celebrate in many different ways, from the pomp and splendour of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the vibrant celebrations at Hogmanay to the more intimate appeal of an impromptu ceilidh in a cosy pub. Visitors should also sample the unique Scottish dish of haggis and witness the eccentric Highland Games held across the country, particularly in great splendour in August at The Cowal Gathering.
Towns and Cities
Glasgow Tourist Information Tel:0141 204 4480
Scotland’s largest city has reinvented itself to become one of Europe’s great cultural capitals. It also has shopping facilities to rival London’s best and an abundance of stylish restaurants, cafés and lively bars that will seduce even the most adventurous gourmet.
Inverness The ‘Gateway to the Highlands’ has a multitude of attractions to offer, from its historic castle to its wide range of shops.www.inverness-scotland.com
Aberdeen Tourist Information Tel:01224 288828
The capital of the Grampian Highlands, Scotland’s third city is characterised by its sparkling granite buildings, Marishal College, ancient University and two miles of glorious beaches.
Callander has been popular with visitors since Roman times, when it was known as Bochastle. Today’s Callander is a bustling town with an attractive main street which offers a good range of amenities.www.incallander.co.uk
Carrbridge lies in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and is perfect for those wishing to experience a taste of the true Highland atmosphere.
St Andrews Tourist Information Tel:01334 472021
A picturesque town and religious centre. Known as the home of golf, it also boasts a 12th Century castle and is home to Scotland’s oldest university.
Glenshee lies at the foot of Britain’s highest pass, with breathtaking scenery in all directions. Glenshee, which in Gaelic is ‘Gleann Shith‘ (Glen of the Fairies), has a rich and intriguing history which spans thousands of years – the Glen’s ancient meeting place behind the kirk was called ‘Dun Shith‘ (Hill of the Fairies) and is still dominated by a standing stone from the Bronze age.www.glenofthefairies.co.uk
Pick of the Attractions
Scone Palace Tel:01738 552300
Original holder of the Stone of Scone, the Palace has borne witness to the coronation of every Scottish King.
Edinburgh Castle Tel:0131 225 9846
Straddling an extinct volcano that stands over Edinburgh, the castle offers unique views over the city and is the most popular attraction in the country.
Glenturret Distillery Tel:01764 656565
Make time to visit to the oldest distillery in Scotland. There is a whisky tasting bar, restaurant and shop.
Loch Ness is home to the mythical monster ‘Nessie’, who allegedly lives in the depths of the loch. Over 20 miles long, a mile wide and 700 feet at its deepest, it is the largest lake in Scotland by volume. The surrounding area is filled with historic attractions, natural wonders and superb eateries.www.visitlochness.com
Isle of Bute Accessible by boat from the mainland, Bute is a wonderful island rich in history and natural beauty. Enjoy the wild landscape, or visit Rothesay Castle, the old home of the Stuart kings.www.visitbute.com
John O’Groats Situated on Scotland’s north-eastern tip and surprisingly named after a Dutchman, Jan de Groot, who started the first ferry service to the Orkney Islands. The museum, The Last House, exhibits some wonderful artefacts of the region’s bygone days.www.visitjohnogroats.com