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Scottish Highland and Island Destinations
Land between tides on a magnificent beach you would think is somewhere in the Caribbean rather than Scotland. And yes, you heard that right, land on a beach – the only scheduled aircraft beach landing in the world.
Lying between North and South Uist, Benbecula is linked by a series of causeways and bridges to the Uists. These isles are ideal for anglers, birdwatchers, walkers and backpackers alike.
Campbeltown is one of the sunniest places on Scotland’s west coast and is home to the famous Machrihanish golf course. Whilst here, visit Campbeltown Loch, according to locals it’s full of whisky – need we say more?
Located halfway between Orkney and Shetland mainland, Fair Isle is the most geographically remote inhabited island in the UK. The island is a birdwatcher’s paradise due to it being a vital stopping point for bird migration.
The capital of the Scottish Highlands is home to the famous Loch Ness and its mythological monster. With historic castles and stunning mountains, discover the beauty of the highlands.
The scenic island of Islay is thought to be the birthplace of whisky in Scotland, and with seven working distilleries, what better place to get a taste of the ‘water of life’.
Orkney is simply peppered with historic sites and antiquities, it is an archaeologist’s paradise. Home to Skara Brae the best preserved Neolithic settlement in Western Europe.
Shetland is a land of dramatic views. Although these isles are well known for miniature ponies, it is the birdlife that dominates Shetland – making it a true ornithologists dream.
Stornoway is the main town in the Outer Hebrides. Lewis is mainly flat with hundreds of lochs and beaches, whereas Harris has outstanding mountain scenery with a rugged rocky landscape.
Tiree is known as ‘Hawaii of the North’ due to it being one of the sunniest places in the UK. Tiree is well known as a windy place, which is ideal for surfing and windsurfing.
Wick is the ideal spot to start the North Coast 500, visit the most northerly part of the UK and come across glorious beaches and coves. Walk to the top of the hills and take in the uninterrupted views.
UK Mainland Destinations
Aberdeen is Scotlands third largest city and is ideal for people who love to shop. Home to the newly built Union Square shopping centre and leisure park, you’ll never be stuck for something to do.
Bristol is home to Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the former passenger steamship. It’s also home to Banksy street art, endless historic houses, parks and museums. Whilst in Bristol why not take a balloon ride over this beautiful city.
Dundee is nearby the world-renowned Carnoustie golf course and the Open 2018. The city is also the country’s first UNESCO City of Design and is soon to open the V & A museum.
The capital of Scotland and one of the worlds most beautiful cities, founded on the defensive Castle Rock more than 5,000 years ago. This city is full of culture and history with plenty of streets and stories to explore.
Scotland’s largest city is characterised by its music scene and lively nightlife. With plenty of music venues and bars and clubs on every street, its the city that never sleeps, in Scotland.
Understandably known as one of the world’s greatest cities. A true cultural mecca with first class theatre and museums and a different part of the city to cater for all styles and tastes.
Manchester is rich with industrial and architectural heritage. It offers visitors an enviable mix of old and new – from its picturesque canal waterfronts to it’s modern venues and hotels.
Norwich has a delightful jumble of medieval streets, lanes and alleys lined with churches, half-timbered Tudor houses, delightful antique shops and cosy coffee houses and tea rooms.
Other Island Destinations
Smaller than its livelier neighbour, Jersey. The slower paced island is ideal for those seeking unspoiled beaches and a relaxed summer holiday, with beautiful views at every turn and a cosy and intimate atmosphere.
Isle of Man
On the Isle of Man, you will find enchanting folklore tales and remnants of a Viking past contrasted with Celtic castles. Rail enthusiasts can visit the islands impressive heritage railway network with original rolling stock.
An island that’s small in size, but big on personality, where country lanes open to cliff top views and the sea is never more than ten minutes away. Experience Local farmer’s markets, vibrant music festivals and guided cycle tours.
Derry is the second-largest city in Northern Ireland and has twice been awarded the title of UK City of Culture. Derry is the only intact walled city in Ireland and is home to three of the main Game Of Thrones sets.
Donegal is a destination packed with opportunities for adventure. It wasn’t on National Geographic’s cool list in 2017 for nothing. From the Wild Atlantic Way to surfing and diving, there’s something for everyone.
Dublin knows how to party – here you will truly hope the night never ends. Have great craic with the locals and then be inspired by the superb museums – including the leprechaun museum!
Norway’s big city with the small-town atmosphere is full of history and tradition. Experience the city from the top of Mount Floyen, via cable car or foot and take in the breathtaking panorama.
Visit the Fisheries and Maritime Museum and discover the history of this seaport city. You might not expect to find Denmark’s largest shopping district here too! The city is also a great stepping stone to explore the wild Jutland Peninsula.
Oslo, Norway’s capital city and also the inspiration for Disney’s film Frozen. The city has recently been reinvented, with the newfound creativity being shown throughout the architecture, especially the Oslo Opera House – not to be missed!