If you’re thinking of taking a break in Scotland, we’ve put together some ideas for great breaks that will send you back home refreshed and revitalised.
Take a Break in Edinburgh
Many would argue that the best Edinburgh experience is to be had when it’s not festival time. So basically avoid the overcrowding of July and August and you’re sure to have a good break in Edinburgh. The city is mostly walkable and has good bus services to anywhere that isn’t central. It’s got a wealth of museums and galleries, restaurants.
See our things to do in Edinburgh page
Head for the Isle of Skye
It’s a fair drive from the central belt to Skye so you might take a longer break of 3 or 4 days to a week if heading for Skye. Skye boasts a couple of Scotland’s finest restaurants and some extremely high quality accommodation. Couple this with stunning coastal and mountain scenery and you have the recipe for a perfect romantic break. The Black Cuillin in the middle of the island attracts climbers and walkers from all over the country but there are also sights much closer to the road like the Old Man of Storr, The Quiraing, Kilt Rock and the view from Elgol
To the North of the Cairngorm Mountains, Strathspey includes towns like Aviemore, Grantown on Spey, Kingussie, Nethybridge, Boat of Garten and many more picturesque getaway towns. There are numerous attractions such as the Cairngorm Railway, the Landmark Centre, the Strathspey Steam Railway, Loch Garten Ospreys and the Highland Wildlife Park. Hotels and Self Catering accommodation are plentiful.
Coastal Breaks in the Kingdom of Fife
If you like your breaks in Scotland to include gorgeous coastal villages, harbours and rolling farmland then the Fife coast could be your perfect destination. From Largo to St Andrews, there are a string of perfect little fishing villages along the East Neuk of Fife. There are castles to be seen inland, plenty golf to be played and super-fresh fish and chips to be eaten. More left-field attractions include the Secret Bunker – an old nuclear shelter under a small farmhouse.
Get to know Glasgow better
The city of Glasgow has to be a top choice if you’re considering a city break in Scotland. Development of the Clyde and the city centre has given visitors to Glasgow a vibrant bustling city experience full of life and ‘banter’. Old (but refurbished) attractions like the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum rub shoulders with the Science Museum and the iconic Armadillo concert venue by the river. Glasgow has a huge number of hotels and places to stay to suit your budget are readily available.
Perthshire – The Big County
Perthshire is the perfect location for a rural weekend break in Scotland. It’s centrally situated and quick to get to from the main population centres in Scotland. Visitors are treated to fantastic scenery, accommodation and things to do across the county with towns like Crieff, Dunkeld and Pitlochry proving to be highlights. Outdoors activities are abundant in Perthshire and a bracing day out in the hills is followed by a evening warming yourself in one of many fine hostelries across the county. There are lots of hotels and self catering accommodation across Perthshire.
With probably the largest concentration of castles in Scotland breaks in Aberdeenshire are perfect for castle hunters. Aberdeen and all the surrounding towns are well supplied with hotels. More importantly the castles are dotted right across the county. From by Stonehaven to Balmoral or Crathes, the wealth of castles in this area is astounding. A long weekend castle hunting could be combined with a day exploring Aberdeen itself.
Breaks in Orkney
Orkney takes a fair bit of getting too situated off the north coast of Scotland but a break in these northern isles truly rewards those who make the effort to go there. Kirkwall and Stromness are the main towns but a drive round the islands’ prefectly pothole-free roads delivers a cacophany of historical and natural places to visit. It seems like there is something of great interest around every corner in Orkney. Don’t miss Skara Brae and take a ferry to one of the other islands such as Hoy to contrast your experience on the Mainland.
Towered over by Ben Nevis, a Lochaber break is Scotland at it’s best. Stunning scenery, fabulous outdoors activity facilities and high quality accommodation makes this area a favourite getaway location in Scotland. Many base themselves in the hotels in Fort William but there are plenty more places to stay in Glencoe, Balachulish, Onich and Spean bridge as well as elsewhere. The less energetic can take a gondola up to the Nevis Centre ski slopes or visit Neptunes ladder – a staircase of canal locks. Hillwalkers and climbers are attracted by Ben Nevis, the Mamores and Glencoe’s fabulous mountains.
Dumfries & Galloway is an often overlooked gem of an area and is highly convenient if you’re coming on a break to Scotland from south of the border. Dumfries is the main town with all it’s history of Robert Burns but travel inland and you’ll come across delightful villages like Moniaive tucked away in the hills. Visit the village of Wigtown for a most surreal experience and browse any one of the 20 or so bookstores and related businesses. With plenty of outdoors activities, scenic drives and welcoming towns and villages, D&G is should be on anyones list for a break in Scotland
This list is by no means exclusive and wherever you go in Scotland you should receive a warm welcome and find plenty to keep you busy. Happy travels.