Whether you’re navigating single-track roads through heather-blanketed moorlands or waiting patiently as a slow-moving herd of Highland Cattle plod across the highway, driving in the Scottish Highlands is a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Choose from renting a car and planning your own DIY adventure, taking the hassle out of route-planning on a self-guide drive tour or booking on a small-group or private sightseeing tour, then hit the road for one of these scenic drives in the Scottish Highlands.
At the heart of the city’s student quarter and set against the idyllic backdrop of Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow’s West End is the city’s most bohemian district, crammed with hip restaurants, antique shops and boutique hotels. Along with its impressive Victorian architecture and top sights like the Botanic Gardens and the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, the West End is best known for its nightlife and is home to many of Glasgow’s most fashionable bars.
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.