Weekend breaks in Scotland

With its rich historical and cultural elements, amazing range of different geography and landscapes, and a great range of attractions and events available across the country the whole year through, Scotland makes for a perfect weekend break away. Whether you are looking for a feature packed city break in Edinburgh or Glasgow, or a just looking to unwind on a short break by the Lochs or in the Highlands, the range of different experiences that the country provides means that you can be sure you will be able to find your perfect break in Scotland.

If you are looking for a city break in Scotland, Edinburgh is one of most popular tourist destinations in Europe for good reason. A tourist friendly city with a huge range of historical sights, accommodation and attractions to cater for any taste and budget, and constant renowned festivals and events taking place, a few days in Edinburgh makes for a great weekend city break. Glasgow is often overlooked but has an amazing abundance of arts and culture to soak up. With a plethora of museums and galleries on offer Glasgow makes for a fantastic cultural break from the architecture and design of Charles Rennie Mackintosh to the classic paintings of The Burrell Collection and much more, the options are almost overwhelming. Beyond the major cities there are further options still from monuments and shopping of Stirling to the attractions of the cosmopolitan Inverness.

Beyond the cities, Scotland is of course home to a stunning range of natural scenery. The dramatic mountain ranges of the Highlands, the rugged coastlines of the north east, the idyllic rolling hills of Dumfries & Galloway – the sheer variety is staggering. As well as the main land, there are dozens of isles and island groups around Scotland which are popular tourist destinations such as Orkney, Shetland, the Hebrides and the Isle of Sky. Staying by one of Scotlands many lochs is a great way to unwind on a weekend break. The most most well known are the famous Loch Ness, close to Inverness and Loch Lomond, the largest loch in the country.

Scotland is also great for specifically themed breaks. The home of golf, Scotland is home to many world class golf courses including the historic St Andrews, Gleneagles and hundreds more. Ayrshire is particular is a great spot to visit for a golfing break with thirty two courses to choose from. Fishing is another past time which is well catered for in Scotland with it’s many rivers ideal for salmon and fly-fishing. Scotland is also famed for its whisky, and many of the distillery’s dotted across the country offer tours and tasting days where you can relax and enjoy some fine food and drink.

Travelling to Scotland is easy, as you might expect it is well connected to the rest of the UK with major road, rail and air links. If you are planning on a city break then train is the easiest way to travel, avoiding the hassle of parking and traffic. In the more rural areas, a car is definitely recommended as the best way to get around.