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Dream Vacation In Scotland

''Hire a car and drive around the countryside to see beautiful coastlines and stunning sunsets''

From Scotch whisky to scrumptious food, Scotland serves best of whatever one expects in a package of a perfect holiday retreat. Take a vacation here to see sheer perfection of natural beauty and jaw-dropping glacier-carved landscapes. From wild marshlands and rugged mountain peaks to enchanting castles that otherwise can be seen only in movies and fables, the place is full of utterly stunning views and must feature on one’s to do list this lifetime.

MUST DO THINGS : • Edinburgh’s Christmas market is always bustling with activities. Try the Austrian sausages, which have cheese filling.

• Take a tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Layout is good and history well documented.

• Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh is unique and full of interesting facts. Get a fantastic view from the top.

• Take a train ride to Dundee where u will get to see the first ship to discover Antarctic. It’s good for shopping too and has one of the biggest sports direct shops with everything not more than four pounds.

• Take a stroll on the royal mile and princess street.

• Stay a night in Pennan-king of mills hotels for an unforgettable experience.

• Travel by train to Inverness, Scotland & begin your search for Nessie,Scotland's Loch Ness Monster

• Hike up the soaring peak of Ben Nevis, the highest point in Scotland.

• Isle of Skye for some most alluring landscapes in western Scotland.

• Fort William for historical sight-seeing, shopping and cycling. Plan a day here to get most of the place.

• Inveraray Castle, a magnificent Scottish castle and ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll provides a unique Scottish visitor experience.

• Portree, the liveliest town of Scotland, is a great choice of activities for the whole family. Riding and trekking is available within easy reach of Portree.

• For those looking for thrill and adventure, Cairngorms National Park is the place. It offers huge hiking and mountain biking trails.

• If visiting Oban, a place that we strongly recommend, do visit the Inveraray Jail, where real people portray life in a 19th century prison. Also, a must is tour of Oban Distillery, where tourists are taken through the whisky making process.

• Enjoy the diverse range of Scottish Highlands by taking a full-day tour to Loch Ness at Glencoe. Daniel Craig’s Skyfall was too shot at Glencoe. From sea Kayaking and mountaineering to gorge walking and skiing, Glencoe is a full package for adventure seekers.

• Go for a ride to UIG that boasts of a dramatic landscape and spectacular scenery. A perfect place for a walking holiday.

• Visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without a visit to Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch Dunvegan once entirely encircled by the sea, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.

• Look out for cows and sheep. They are different.

BEST TIME TO VISIT : The period between May to August is ideal for a vacation in Scotland. But, it’s altogether a different experience and fun if visiting the place around Christmas. Although winters are pleasant, the only problem with the weather is tha everything shuts down by 4pm as it starts to get dark. So, sightseeing hours are limited.

GOING AROUND WITHIN THE CITY : Cabs are available on hire and one can easily drive around the place. It’s not at all a big deal and if at all one gets stuck, GPS is there to help. Transport in Scotland, especially cabs, is quite expensive. So, be prepared to shell out extra bucks in commuting.

FOOD/DRINK : Food isn’t a problem here. The place has a large number of Indian restaurants serving all kinds of veg and non-veg cuisines. Good food joints are available in the remotest of places. In case you go at a time when everything is shut, look for a grocery store in the location. Some are open till late and keep lot of ready-to-eat stuff as well.
Haggis served with mashed turnips and potatoes is one of the traditional meals in Scotland. Porridge and oats are also a staple here. Have a sweet tooth? Try Dundee cakes and pies or Tunnock’s Tea Cakes.

SHOPPING : It’s a shopper’s paradise. Massive discounts are on most of the time. If a shopaholic, one extra bag will be required by the end of the trip to carry luggage back home. So shop meaningful. A good place to purchase woollen stuff. They are inexpensive too.

ACCOMODATION : Besides hotels, lovely affordable apartments are easily available at the place.

TRAVEL TIME FROM INDIA : The direct flight would take about 8 hours.
Places that you could combine with Scotland: London, Lake district

TRAVEL TIP : Travel light: 2 jeans, 4 t-shirts, a weather jacket, a pair of good walking shoes, cap and gloves will get you going.

Source / Review By : Aditi Chatterjee


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