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A land of Highlands, bagpipes and a ‘wee’ dram of scotch, Scotland is romantic and unique. From the medieval streets of Edinburgh to the barren remoteness of the Hebrides, it leaves a strong impression on all who visit. Rent a car in Scotland to experience the most out of your trip. Public services do not run all over Scotland so obtaining a hire car will give you the freedom to travel around.
The romance of Edinburgh is undeniable. Unmistakable as it presides over the city, the Edinburgh’s centerpiece is its 1200-year old Castle, dramatically situated on a protruding rock. The famous Royal Mile runs from here to Baroque Holyrood Palace (official Scottish Royal residence). Behind it looms the climable Arthur’s seat (hill). Apart from wandering the ancient lanes (especially around Cowsgate), attractions include; the Dynamic Earth, Museum of Scotland, the National Gallery of Scotland and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
Stirling has two important icons; the towering William Wallace monument, and Stirling Castle.
Glasgow is truly Scottish in character. Formerly Europe’s City of Culture in 1990, the gothic Glasgow Cathedral, St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art and Provand's Lordship are popular attractions, along with the idiosyncratic Burrel collection. Paisley is suburb with an interesting industrial revolution past.
Aberdeen is known as the Granite City. Attractions include King's College and several fine churches dating from the 15th century, as well as the busy harbour front.
Rent a car in Scotland and you can explore St Andrews, Loch Ness, the Highlands and selected islands, Ben Nevis and John O’Groats’.
A car is essential in order to truly appreciate Scotland.
St Andrews is famous as the birthplace of golf, today it is boasts medieval ruins, endless golfing souvenir shops, windy coastal scenery and a lively university.
Heading north the resort town of Aviemore is gateway to the Caingorms, popular in winter as the UK’s only ski area. Inverness, a quaint town full of B&Bs, mostly for people seeking out the Loch Ness monster nearby, or stopping en-route to the moody highlands. Urquhart Castle ruins are a good photo opportunity en-route.
The Highlands are Scotland’s unique attraction, and North of Inveness the roads meander through spectacular glens and along deserted lochs. The Inner Hebrides, off the western coast are the country's most accessible and bewitching islands. Skye, linked to the mainland by bridge, other islands include Jura, Islay, Mull and spiritual Iona.
Situated above the small town of Fort William, is Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis. Oban, on the west coast is a quaint fishing village.
Loch Lomond, is easily reached from Glasgow, making it popular, along with the picturesque ride aboard the West Highland Railway.
Finally, the appeal of John o’Groats’ is more metaphysical than material, being the northern-most point in the British Isles.
Edinburgh and Glasgow are the two main entrance points to Scotland. Many international visitors arrive via London, preferring the more convenient rail routes.
Edinburgh's international airport has frequent direct flights to Europe, Ireland and other parts of the UK and a limited number of services to Africa, the Middle East and Asia but there are no direct air services to/from North America. LRT buses run regularly to the centre (35 mins journey). Glasgow International Airport (16kms west - regular buses and rail link) handles domestic traffic, and limited international flights.
Waverley is Edinburgh’s centrally-located main rail station with convenient hourly services to London via both the east and west coasts. West coast routes arrive in Glasgow and terminate in Edinburgh, east coast routes terminate in Glasgow, via Edinburgh.
Buses (National Express) arrive in both cities from many cities in England, via southern Scottish towns.
By car the A7 arrives from Northern England, into Edinburgh, while the M74 arrives in Glasgow from the Lake Districts.
Ferries depart from Stanrear, on the South western coast, to Ireland, and infrequently from several east coast cities to the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.