Built by the Thanes of Cawdor in the late 14th century, Cawdor Castle is one of Scotland’s most magnificent castles, set in the heart of the Highlands and a popular day trip from Inverness. Immortalized as the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Cawdor Castle remains forever linked with its fictional alter-ego – in the play, Cawdor was the seat of power promised to Macbeth by the three witches, as well as the location of King Duncan’s fateful murder.
Whether you’re looking for something to do on a rainy day or just want to make the most of the city’s free attractions, Glasgow has dozens of museums and galleries to choose from. To help you decide, here’s our pick of Glasgow’s best museums.
Few festivals are as unabashedly patriotic as Scotland’s Year of the Homecoming, first held in 2009 and marketed as an ‘open invitation to all to return to Scotland and celebrate everything that’s great about being Scottish’. This is no ordinary festival – it’s an entire year of events and festivities that embrace the country’s rich culture and heritage, kicking off with the traditional Scottish Hogmanay celebrations on New Year’s Eve and featuring more than 170 events held around the country throughout the upcoming year.
As the home of the UK’s only natural ski slopes, Scotland has good reason to celebrate the white stuff, and for powder junkies, the biggest day of the year is World Snow Day in January. Since it was launched by the Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) in 2007 to promote snow sports and encourage children to participate in snow-based activities, countries around the world have been organizing World Snow Day events and all of Scotland’s ski resorts will be getting in on the action.
With Fort William hosting the downhill racing portion of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup (and voted the best event of the 2013 games by viewers) and miles of public mountain biking trails crisscrossing the country, it’s no surprise that the sport is reaching new heights. Whether you’re a cyclist looking for the ultimate thrill or prefer to watch the pros whizz past, here are some of the best spots for downhill mountain biking in Scotland.
With the northern highlands enveloped in snow and the cities ablaze with Christmas lights and fireworks, winter makes for an atmospheric time to visit Scotland, as well as being one of the cheapest times to travel.