Making the Most of Your Time in Scotland

Scotland is a small country within another small country, but for its small size it punches way above its weight in terms of visitor attractions. Scotland has a huge amount to see and do, and even on longer breaks here it can be difficult to take in everything that this wonderful part of the British Isles has to offer.

To make things more complicated still, many more remote regions of Scotland are incredibly time-consuming to get to, often involving rustic railways, boat connections and other less than rapid modes of transport.

If you only have a few days to spend in Scotland, it is best to accept that you will not be able to fit everything into one trip and instead chose the one or two destinations that you are really dying to see.

If Edinburgh has long been on your list of cities to see, make your base in the city itself to allow ample time for sightseeing – from galleries to historic castles and points of breathtaking natural beauty, there is an awful lot to see here. If you have the time, you can always take a side trip to the scenic fishing villages and beaches that lies in the surrounding area.

For short breaks Scotland offers a great deal to do and see in a limited time frame, so be prepared for the fact that you won’t be able to pack everything into a long weekend here.

If you are keen to see the dramatically beautiful Scottish Highlands and only have time to take in one region, make it the Cairngorms. This national park is home to the imposing Cairngorms mountain range as well as rolling hills dotted with mirror-smooth lakes, thick green forest, and wonderfully colourful flora and fauna. Wildlife lovers will be in their element here – it is not uncommon to spot deer while taking a countryside stroll, while winter sports enthusiasts flock here in the colder months when the mountains are covered in a thick blanket of snow. There are many scenic towns and villages here in which to make your base, of which the Victorian town of Ballater is one of the best options.

Ballater hotels cater to all budgets and all types of traveller, so you are sure to find something here to take your fancy.

One thing is certain about your Scottish break – whether you head here for a few days or a few weeks, it still won’t feel like long enough.


February 24, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Travel

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