Top Cities in Scotland

Pocket Guide: Scotland

Scotland is a land of diverse and beautiful landscapes, steeped in history and legend, rich in cultural activities and a joy to visit whether it’s your first time or your tenth. The wild celebrations around Hogmanay are world-famous, as are the iconic Highland Games held every spring and summer. In early January, uproarious tributes to the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns take place across the country at Burns Suppers, while whisky aficionados can raise a dram in the many Scottish distilleries. Outdoor sports are naturally a major attraction here, whether you’re skiing, mountain biking or hiking through the glorious Scottish scenery past picturesque glens and lochs. Learn the story of William ‘Braveheart’ Wallace and his rebellion against the English, or island-hop around the Hebrides and the Shetlands. There’s so much to see and do with a hotel in Scotland.

Where to Stay in Scotland

Edinburgh - Follow the famous Royal Mile down from Edinburgh Castle to your hotel in the heart of the Scottish capital. In August Edinburgh hosts the Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, but the city is alive with cultural thrills throughout the year. This popular event sees Edinburgh’s hotel fill up fast, so book early if you can. Shop along Princes Street and enjoy great views of the old town to the south, or, on a fine day, wander the stunning Royal Botanic Gardens.

Glasgow - Scotland’s largest city was for many years at the centre of world shipbuilding. It grew rapidly during the Industrial Revolution, and is now a hotbed of cosmopolitan treats that includes opera, ballet, theatre and modern art. Glasgow offers all kinds of hotels for all tastes and budgets close to its plentiful attractions.

The Shetlands - Some of Scotland’s most breathtaking and rugged scenery is to be found on the Shetland Islands archipelago of over 100 islands, only a few of which are inhabited. The islands bear traces of Viking settlement as well as archaeological features from many other periods.

Cairngorms - From ancient castles to prestigious distilleries and golf courses, the Cairngorms National Park holds many treasures, but the reason most people come here is to explore its spectacular landscape. In the wee hours of the morning during the autumn and winter, it offers one of your best chances of seeing the Northern Lights in the United Kingdom. You’ll find plenty of excellent hotels close to Cairngorms National Park.

Inverness - A compact and culturally vibrant city, with an attractive Victorian Market, it is mandatory when staying in a hotel in Inverness to make the short journey to Loch Ness and peer out over the waters in search of the fabled monster.

How to Make the Most of Your Hotel in Scotland

A hop-on, hop-off bus tour in Glasgow takes you past the historic harbour, the 12th century Glasgow Cathedral, and the vast Necropolis, a sprawling Victorian cemetery, as well as architectural highlights built by the influential Glasgow School. Join the festivities during the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August, and if you really want to escape into nature, take the ferry over to the Isle of Skye in the west and immerse yourself in sublime and romantic panoramic views.

In Edinburgh, take a spooky walking tour of Blair Street’s Underground Vaults to hear of grisly ancient punishments, the dastardly exploits of Burke and Hare, and the ghosts said to haunt the Old Town. Tee off at one of the world’s most iconic golf course in St. Andrews, and for a bit of fire in your belly on a cold day, you can’t beat a spot of whisky-tasting.