Pick from a range of Scottish hotels and holidays with lastminute.com and enjoy a great highlands getaway. Whether you decide to fly into the country, or navigate the Northern roads and arrive by car, you’ll find plenty of friendly people in Scotland to make your stay a pleasant one. The country has a great range of busy cities like Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh, not to mention fantastic cottage retreats in the hilly Scottish countryside.
Big night out
Dip into the city’s traditional pubs, sip cocktails in the sophisticated Merchant district, wander Glasgow’s famous Sauchiehall Street or discover emerging bands at King Tut’s.
Discover historic pubs in Grassmarket, Edinburgh Fringe Festival revelry, live-music clubs; and if you’re feeling brave try the popular Royal Mile pub crawl in the Old Town.
Dreamy islands and wild coastline
Try some island hopping to explore Yell’s breath-taking beaches, spot the seabirds that flock to Hermaness Nature Reserve and the cultural city of Lerwick.
Hop on ferries to explore these idyllic islands. Capture white sandy beaches, turquoise seas and rugged mountains on camera and head out to St Kilda for spectacular birdlife.
Explore the great outdoors
Hike the South Loch Ness Trail, explore scenic villages including Fort Augustus, gaze at glistening Loch Ness and remember to keep your eye out for Nessie.
Argyll & the Isles
From strolls in serene forest and along tranquil beaches to high octane sports and wildlife spotting along mountainous coastline, Argyll is a nature lover’s paradise.
Great for golf
The Kingdom of Fife
Tee off at over 45 golf courses in The Kingdom of Fife. Enjoy sea views during a game at Kingbarns or play with original hickory clubs and balls at Kingarrock.
Follow in the footsteps of golfing legends in St Andrews; and enjoy stunning views at The Old Course, a regular host to the Open Championship.
Take your game to a new level at Dundee golf courses - from the challenging Carnoustie championship course to sweeping Ballumbie Castle golf course.
Heritage and history
Beyond Sterling’s historic fortress you can view prehistoric carvings, unearthing the city’s Stone Age past or ponder a Scottish hero at the Wallace Monument.
Explore the historic streets of Perth, once Scotland’s ancient capital. Visit Scone Palace, where Scottish kings were crowned on the Stone of Destiny.
Discover the ancestral home of the MacDougall Clan at Dunolie Castle, wander up to McCaig’s Tower and try a tipple at Scotland’s oldest distillery.
In the day time
Out in the countryside you’ll find no shortage of impressive scenery and grand buildings to share your time across. Visit Drumlanrig Castle Gardens and Country Park to see what a Scottish country residence is really like. The house is located in Thornhill, just south of Glasgow, so it’s easily reached from Southern points like Gretna Green.
Take your pick from the many city hotels in Glasgow, like the regal Millennium Hotel, traditional Thistle Glasgow hotel or the more typical Glasgow Marriott. On your stay there you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities. Wonder out of your hotel door and explore sites like the Glasgow Cathedral, or the serene parks of Glasgow Green by the River Clyde. No matter the Scottish city you choose, you’ll find a great range of old architecture to explore, and modern activities to get keep you busy.
There are few better ways to get to grips with the rugged Scottish country than exploring it on a dedicated tour. You’ll find you’re able to choose from day tours out of Edinburgh and Glasgow especially, offering a range of treks out in the countryside or classical bus-top city tours to see the manmade sights. One of the most popular single day tours is the Loch Ness and Highlands tour from Edinburgh. This tour, run by Travel Scotland, will collect you from your guest house and runs all year long.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, then the four day Inverness, Highlands and Skye tour from Glasgow will show you a bit of everything. First you’ll check out the city of Inverness, before roaming through the Highlands and across to the famous Island of Skye. This tour runs between May and September and also includes accommodation along the way. Travel Scotland run this tour, and enjoy positive feedback year on year.
No matter the part of Scotland you choose, you’ll have great fun on your Scottish getaway with lastminute.com.