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Scotland: History, Scenery, Serenity

Stunning scenery and lavish history are the pillars that make Scotland a tourist’s delight. From sprawling mountain ranges and tranquil lochs to towering castles and cobbled streets, the country is home to some of the most intriguing and tranquil sites in the whole United Kingdom. If you’re planning a trip to Scotland, you’ll need to know what’s worth seeing and where you should stay. Read on then to discover Scotland’s top tourist destinations.

Edinburgh

The city of Edinburgh, or Auld Reekie as locals know it, welcomes more visitors than any other location in Scotland. The ancient city is home to the Royal Mile, a destination that any tourist is practically obliged to visit. Stretching from Edinburgh Castle in the west to Holyrood Palace in the east, the historic Royal Mile is picturesque and full of character. Ancient pubs and shops dot the streets, while historic points of interest are aplenty. Hotels and guesthouses can be found in abundance nearby too, making it a great base from which to explore. Elsewhere about the city you’ll find a plethora of attractions and activities to enjoy, schedule-permitting, of course. Take in the grandiose vista from Arthur’s Seat; discover a treasure trove of paintings at the National Gallery of Scotland; relive history at the Royal Museum or the Museum of Scotland; stop to smell a posy at the Royal Botanical Garden; or visit the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo.

The Western Highlands

There are few natural landscapes in Scotland more awe-inspiring than the Scottish Highlands. This sparsely-populated area of the country is home to expansive mountain ranges, heather-covered plateaus and quaint towns. With few hotel options in the region, set up camp in the city of Inverness and plan your days accordingly. Inverness is home to a number of interesting and intriguing sites, including the Titanic Museum and St Andrew’s Cathedral. A real can’t-miss destination can also be found in the region: the world-famous Loch Ness. Explore the village of Drumnadrochit on the loch’s west shore before taking to the waters in search of the famed-but-elusive Loch Ness Monster. Sure, nobody knows if Nessie really exists, but that’s part of the fun of the search. For hardier travellers, Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in the U.K. – is just waiting to be scaled. After you’ve tackled this behemoth, a trip to the town of Fort William is in order. At the very least you’ll be able to get a good meal and a stiff drink here.

The Cairngorms

A little further off the beaten path than the Western Highlands, the Cairngorms – located in the Eastern Highlands – again offer beautiful natural landscapes punctuated by a tranquil ambiance. Accommodation options can be found in the small town of Aviemore, including hotels and guesthouses, making it a good base of operations. During the summer months, the likes of the Highland Wildlife Park and Cairngorm Mountain Railway prove popular with visitors, while there’s nothing like simply leaving the hotel behind and heading out for a hike. Loch an Eilean and Loch Morlich are both excellent choices for a scenic walk. During the colder autumn and winter months, you’re more likely to need a pair of skis than a pair of walking boots. Those travellers adept at traversing the snow will be treated to some of the finest scenery in Scotland.

Glasgow and Stirling

Separated by less than 30 miles, the cities of Glasgow and Stirling offer a blend of historic and contemporary attractions. Glasgow is an industrious and active city, one that offers the modern amenities you’d expect of a large city, from shopping centres to football stadiums. Popular tourist attractions in the city include Glasgow Science Centre, the Gallery of Modern Art, and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Meanwhile, historic Stirling features a medieval town centre and an impressive castle. It’s here you’ll find the Wallace Monument, a memorial to William Wallace, who fought for the independence of Scotland. And before you ask, no, the statue doesn’t resemble Mel Gibson. With hotels to be found in both, travellers can also use the two cities as a base from which to explore the beautiful natural landscapes found in the region. If you can spare the time to embark on a day trip, both Loch Lomond and Inveraray Castle are worth the journey.

Best of the Rest

When it comes to magnificent scenery and top attractions, the rest of Scotland really holds its own. The Isle of Skye, located amongst the Inner Hebrides, features the picturesque town of Portree, where you’ll find a few hotels. From here you can visit the stunning Loch Corusick and centuries-old Dunvegan Castle. Considered the Home of Golf, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, located in the town of St Andrews, is a must-visit destination for avid golfers. Culzean Castle – situated between Ayr and Stranraer – is a beautiful and opulent mansion set atop a sheer cliff face. The castle grounds make up Scotland’s first public country park. All of this and much more awaits you. From historic castles to modern-day city amenities, from ancient distilleries to world-class golf courses, Scotland has enough on offer to last you not just a vacation but a lifetime.

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    Hotel Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre (Charing Cross) hotel Glasgow

    The Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre hotel is a three star property located close to the city centre but also near the M8 motorway and the train station is close by.The Kings Theatre, shops, restaurants and bars of Sauchiehall Street are nearby. It’s a large hotel with 278 guest rooms including family rooms. The entire hotel is non-smoking. Each of the rooms has coffee and tea making facilities, remote control television, desk area, double bed and en-suite bathroom. On request are irons, hair dryers and a free cot is available. Guests have access to the wireless internet against costs. The hotel offers a breakfast, snack and dinner menu and serves daily a full and continental breakfast. With three meeting rooms and facilities the hotel offers space for up to 60 people. There is 24 hour front desk service with the option of express checking in and out. Other facilities include safe deposit box, luggage storage room and vending machines. Guests arriving with car can park nearby against costs. Pets are not allowed. more

    Hotel Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre South hotel Glasgow

    Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre South offers free on-site parking and is just a 10-minute walk from the city centre. Each room features beds with duvet covers and two pillow types for guests to choose from. A work desk with free Wi-Fi keeps guests connected during their stay. Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre South provides free on-site parking. Guests can choose to upgrade to Ultimate Wi-Fi for an additional charge, which provides a connection 8x faster than the free Wi-Fi. Thyme restaurant offers traditional dishes and comfort foods, and features a kid-friendly menu as well. Guests can enjoy the hot breakfast buffet in the morning, or handmade pizzas, burgers, and more in the evening. The hotel is just down the road from two of Scotland’s most famed football teams. Argyle Street shops are also nearby, so you can get your retail fix in the heart of bustling Glasgow. more

    Hotel Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre (George Square) hotel Glasgow

    Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre (George Square) is an affordable hotel offering comfortable accommodation in the heart of Glasgow. Just a ten-minute walk from Queen Street Train Station, the hotel features 24-hour check-in and Wi-Fi access. Rooms at the hotel are tastefully decorated in bright colours and come equipped with a Hypnos bed and luxury bedding. Rooms also feature a work desk, a TV and a modern bathroom. Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre (George Square) provides guests with extensive meeting and banquet facilities while other services include luggage storage, on-site parking and free unlimited coffee. The hotel’s Thyme Restaurant serves all you can eat breakfast and provides a dinner menu of international cuisine. Guests can enjoy a drink in the hotel’s fully licensed bar in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Glasgow Airport is an eight mile drive while the many shops of Princes Square are a ten-minute stroll away. more

    Hotel Premier Inn Glasgow Pacific Quay (SECC) hotel Glasgow

    Premier Inn Glasgow Pacific Quay is a modern chain property overlooking the River Clyde to the west of Glasgow city centre. Catering to solo business travellers as well as couples and family groups, Premier Inn Glasgow Pacific Quay features an array of room configurations, including singles, doubles, twins and quads. Most units here have king-sized Hypnos beds plus blackout curtains and a pillow menu. This hotel features complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity throughout. On-site parking – as well as business meeting rooms and facilities – are available here. Both continental and cooked breakfast options are served for an additional fee. For lunch and dinner, Thyme, the on-site restaurant, offers a contemporary British menu. This property is within walking distance of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) as well as the Hydro. The Tall Ship and Glasgow Science Centre are also located within close proximity of this hotel. more

    Hotel Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre Buchanan Galleries hotel Glasgow

    Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre Buchanan Galleries is a 3 star hotel in Glasgow offering a 24 hour front desk, full and continental breakfasts, family rooms, air conditioning, with all spaces non-smoking public. There is a baggage storage area, elevator, internet, free Wi-Fi access, Thyme restaurant at the Glasgow City Premier Inn serves an international menu for lunch and dinner, and there is a bar and an on site ATM, flat screen TV and pets are not allowed. Children under 15 years stay free of charge when using existing beds, children under 2 years stay free of charge for children's cots. Nearby are located Glasgow Queen street station, Buchanan Street SPT subway station, Theatre Royal, Glasgow Film Theatre, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Queens Park, St. Enoch shopping centre, Buchanan Galleries, Ibrox Football and the Glasgow International Airport is 10 miles away form the Hotel. more

    Hotel City Apartments Glasgow

    Located in Glasgow West, one of Britain's most vibrant cultural regions, City Apartments are surrounded by Victorian architecture and world-class galleries and museums. With a kitchen complete with fridge, microwave and cooking utensils, the apartments are ideal for guests who wish to have self-catering options. The apartments also have free Wi-Fi, a digital TV, phone, safe and climate control, as well as a separate dining and sitting area.City Apartments are smoke-free and provide guests with parking and luggage storage. Guests can also take advantage of an 11 am check-out.There is no restaurant onsite, but cafes, restaurants and bars are situated close-by for guests who wish to eat out.The Hunterian Museum and art gallery, and the Botanical Gardens are within walking distance. Kelvingrove Park and the Kelvinbridge Subway Station are less than one mile away, as is the Kelvin Walkway which is situated alongside the River Kelvin. City Apartments are smoke-free and provide guests with parking and luggage storage. Guests can also take advantage of an 11 am check-out.There is no restaurant onsite, but cafes, restaurants and bars are situated close-by for guests who wish to eat out.The Hunterian Museum and art gallery, and the Botanical Gardens are within walking distance. Kelvingrove Park and the Kelvinbridge Subway Station are less than one mile away, as is the Kelvin Walkway which is situated alongside the River Kelvin. There is no restaurant onsite, but cafes, restaurants and bars are situated close-by for guests who wish to eat out.The Hunterian Museum and art gallery, and the Botanical Gardens are within walking distance. Kelvingrove Park and the Kelvinbridge Subway Station are less than one mile away, as is the Kelvin Walkway which is situated alongside the River Kelvin. The Hunterian Museum and art gallery, and the Botanical Gardens are within walking distance. Kelvingrove Park and the Kelvinbridge Subway Station are less than one mile away, as is the Kelvin Walkway which is situated alongside the River Kelvin. more