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Scotland Vacation: Coronavirus Information

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Scotland Holiday

Tour a whisky distillery, travel to the Scottish isles, climb the tallest mountains in Britain and go looking for the mythical Loch Ness monster.

With tall granite peaks, rocky coastlines, canals, lochs and cliff-top castles, Scotland is filled with stunning scenery. Spend time in the major cities to see another side to the country, which has world-class galleries and museums, fascinating historic monuments and a range of cultural events.

Many visitors make the capital city Edinburgh their first stop. Stroll along the Old Town’s Royal Mile up to Edinburgh Castle. Here you can see the Crown Jewels that were used in the coronation of Mary Queen of Scots in 1543, when she was just 9 months old. See Dolly the sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal, at the National Museum of Scotland. Browse the shops along Princes Street, the city’s main thoroughfare. Come in August for the Edinburgh Festival, the largest arts festival in the world.

An hour’s drive to the west of Edinburgh is Glasgow. Once an industrial heartland, the city has been transformed into a leading cultural center. Explore its many museums and galleries including the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Glasgow Science Centre and the Glasgow Police Museum. Visit George Square in the heart of the city to see its statues and monuments.

Beyond the cities, the countryside entices with scenic walks and adventure. Climb up the 4,409-feet (1,344-meter) Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. Walk along the trails of Cairngorms National Park and spot wildlife such as red squirrels and wildcats. Learn more about the legend of Nessie when you visit Loch Ness. Try to catch a glimpse of the fabled monster. 

To get better acquainted with one of Scotland’s most famous exports, whisky, follow the Malt Whisky Trail between Inverness and Aberdeen. Visit working distilleries and sample distinctive malts. 

Scotland is also known for its many ancient castles that dot the landscape. Go to Aberdeen City and Shire for the Castle Trail. The route takes in 17 castles including Dunnottar Castle and Balmoral Castle, the Scottish home of Queen Elizabeth II.

If you have the opportunity, visit Scottish islands such as Skye, Bute and Mull. Enjoy their wildlife, beaches and villages.

Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in Scotland?

A: If discovering the glorious landscapes around the region of Dunbartonshire or elsewhere is your number one priority this holiday, booking a rental vehicle is a good move. With our handy guide to Cheap Car Hire in Scotland, you can grab the keys to a great set of wheels and drive around the countryside anytime you want. If you're looking at spending most of your time in the cities of Glasgow or Edinburgh, public transportation (or ride-sharing) is one of the easiest ways of getting from one place to another.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Scotland?

A: Most overseas travellers to Scotland kick off their holiday from one of these popular airport terminals:

  • Edinburgh (EDI): 5,283 international flights per month.
  • Glasgow (GLA-Glasgow Intl.): 2,973 international flights per month.
  • Aberdeen (ABZ): 1,430 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Scotland?

A: From luxurious options to those with fewer frills, you'll find lots of choice. Many visitors choose to spend their days in apartments. Other commonly booked places to stay in Scotland are cottages, hotels and bed & breakfasts.

Q: What does a Scotland holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: Everything from hotels to flights to cars. You can pick just one or two or bundle the lot. Expedia also offers a great selection of experiences and activities to help make your Scotland trip even more thrilling.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Scotland?

A: Save money (and time) by choosing to bundle your bookings with us. From Flights to Experiences, Expedia will help you pull together your next Scotland trip. The more you organise now, the more savings you can make. You'll also have less to be worried about when you hit the ground in your destination.

Q: What are the best things to do in Scotland?

A: George Square and Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre are two well-known attractions in Glasgow. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is also a must-see.

And if your next stop is Edinburgh, get down to see Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre and Royal Yacht Britannia.

There's no limit on what you can do in Aberdeen. University of Aberdeen, His Majesty's Theatre and Duthie Park Winter Gardens are a few of the notable sights in the area.




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              Eden Locke

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