The Captivating Nation of Rob Roy & Whisky

Scotland Vacations

Adventure through the land of lochs, regal red deer, and Gaelic football.

The enchanting nation of Scotland is part of the United Kingdom and occupies the northern third of Great Britain. The geography of the country is composed of mainland Scotland and its 800 Scottish Isles off the Highlands. Explore ancient and deep misty lochs (lakes), the lands of tartan-clad Highlanders, and fields of pink heather and purple thistle as they explode throughout the warmer seasons.

Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, stands proudly as a timeless blend of history and modernity on the North Sea’s waters in the estuary, the Firth of Forth. Edinburgh Castle, perched high on Castle Rock, has seen its fair share of battles, events, and royal ceremonies, and is an iconic landmark with medieval and Renaissance styles of architecture. At nearly a thousand years old, the One O’Clock Gun is still fired each day, a tradition since 1861. 

The grand and luxurious hotel, the Principal Edinburgh on the vibrant George Street, has a historic charm and is a blend of neoclassical and Georgian styles. Opened in 1881, it offers afternoon tea, sandwiches, pastries and scones at its Charlotte Square.

Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland on the banks of the River Clyde, is anchored by its neo-Gothic University of Glasgow, tree-lined streets and galleries and museums. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum houses works by Salvador Dali, Van Gogh, and J.M.W. Turner, among others. The Glasgow Botanic Gardens are beautifully landscaped gardens and provide a tranquil escape from the busy city, and the glasshouses feature impressive exotic plants.

The coastal regions like the Hebrides, Orkney, and Shetland offer stunning landscapes with ruins, rugged coastlines, and pristine beaches. Orkney is home to the World Heritage sites of Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar. These settlements and Neolithic burial grounds are relics of the past and with their artifacts and preserved dwellings, one can imagine life being lived there centuries ago.

At a Glance
LanguagesScots and Scottish Gaelic
CurrencyBritish Pound (GBP)
Places To Go

Handcrafted journeys to our most popular places in Scotland.

Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town at sunset from Calton Hill
Wide angle view of the Finnieston Crane and SSE Hydro arena, Clyde Arc on the banks of the River Clyde
03Scottish Lowlands
Vivid colorful landscape scenery with a footpath through the hill slope covered by violet heather flowers and green valley, river, mountains and cloudy blue sky on background
04Scottish Highlands
Lightouse at edge of cliff overlooking atlantic ocean
05The Hebrides
Magnificent rock formations and caves rising from the ocean against cliffside
06Orkneys and Shetlands
Views of archipelago cliffs and waves crashing
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Land of the unicorn and St. Andrew’s Cross.

Travel to the legendary and mysterious land of Scots, kilts, and whisky to discover the warmth and hospitality of the people. It's easy to relax and celebrate when that comes naturally to locals through music, dance, literature, and art. Whether it’s a search for the Loch Ness monster, the emotional call of the bagpipes, or the heat from sipping a dram of Scotch whiskey, you’ll feel a nostalgia for the place, even on a first visit.

Colourful houses along the water of Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Culture

The soul and pride of Scotland can be summed up in the spirit of a few of its heroes: Rob Roy MacGregor, Robert the Bruce, and Robbie Burns. 

Robert Roy MacGregor, better known as simply Rob Roy, is a folk hero and outlaw (a Scottish Robin Hood) who challenged the authority of the British government and the Highland landowners in the 17th century. His life was popularized, and somewhat romanticized by Sir Walter Scott’s novel ‘Rob Roy’ published in 1817.

Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, reigned from 1306 to 1339. His bloodlines had familial ties to both Scotland and England, but he ultimately declared himself King of Scotland and embarked on a campaign to secure Scotland’s freedom and sovereignty. 

Robbie Burns is a celebrated poet and a cultural icon. He was a ploughman (farmer) in his early years and those experiences informed his later works as well as his political leanings. His writing celebrates the natural world and explores the emotions of love and passion.

He was concerned with social issues and rebelled against moral shortcomings of society and the hypocrisy of the religious elite and the ruling class.

Another part of Scottish culture deeply etched in the heart of the country are the Scottish Highlands. It’s the most mountainous part of the UK, filled with Scotch pine forests, red brindle Highland cattle, badgers, puffins, martens, the golden eagle, otters, and the Scottish wildcat. The lochs mirror the stars, and the fresh air and sweeping natural vistas might actually make you weak in the knees.

Literary greats who hail from Scotland include Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island (1883) and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886), Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes (1887), Robert Burns, Auld Lang Syne (1788), and Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961).

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