If you’re an international reader, then you might know that in the last decade or so, Scotland has been gaining a lot of popularity as a holiday destination. With more and more people discovering the charms of the Scottish countryside and the unique culture that defines the country, it would seem only natural for travellers to want to visit Scotland by any means possible. One way of doing this is by flying to England, and from there to Glasgow, and taking a 90-minute train ride to the beautiful town of Edinburgh.
It also might be worth considering taking a bus tour around Scotland, to see the whole country from a unique perspective. This is something that the whole family could do, and it’s a great opportunity to learn more about Scotland and its many offerings. If you go on the right day, you might even be able to catch some of the famous Scotch whiskey mist which floats across the countryside.
What if you’re not into group tours, however? What if you want to do some independent journeying, and go where the mood strikes you? It’s not always easy to plan your travel itinerary to suit everybody’s needs, but at least you can plan your journey to suit yours.
For those who love a good walk, one of the best city breaks in Scotland is offered by the people at the Almont Hotel & Spa. If you arrive by bus or train, the hotel is located in the centre of Galbraith, about a 15-minute walk from the nearest station. This comfortable small hotel offers a wealth of experiences at a fantastic price. The hotel’s tour guides are all native Scots and offer a unique perspective on Scottish history and culture.
The hotel’s Restaurant Victoria serves modern British food, such as Scotch eggs and mini lobster bisques, as well as more traditional Scottish items like grouse and venison. For those who want to explore the nearby town, there is a selection of shops and galleries to visit, as well as the Almont Hotel & Spa’s own art collection.
The hotel is well situated for those who want to take a stroll to the University District, as it is within close proximity to several beautiful Scottish universities. Students and locals from the nearby universities use the hotel’s facilities freely, which gives you an idea of the neighbourhood’s vibe. The area is home to some great restaurants and bars, as well as many shops selling all sorts of merchandise.
Other nearby attractions include the Royal Botanic Garden, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and the Scottish Opera House. Those who love the arts should make a beeline for the Scottish Theatre Royal, home to the Royal Scottish Theatre Company and the Royal Lyceum Theatre, where the Scottish Opera and the Scottish Ballet perform. The city’s most famous football team, Partick Thistle, have their main stadium, J&S Park, right in the centre of Galbraith. For those who are football lovers, this could be the perfect destination. The New York Times claims that J&S Park holds the world record for the longest football match ever played, clocking in at 6.30pm on a Saturday, and you can bet your bottom dollar that the locals won’t be giving up their Saturday night just to make room for a few tourists.
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As we’ve established, Scotland is a beautiful place. If you ever get the chance to go there, you should definitely take it. The landscape ranges from lush green fields to rugged mountain scenery, and the people are some of the friendliest you’ll ever meet. Of course, all of that is completely dependent on how you behave. Some people in Scotland can be a little reserved, especially around strangers.
Which brings us to our next point: it’s important to remember that you’re in a different country, and thus, different rules apply. Begging is illegal in Scotland, for example, and the same goes for asking for money. Tourists are also asked to contribute to charity rather than waste money on themselves. These are the things to keep in mind, and from my own (limited) experience, they seem to work. If you want to get along, you have to make an effort to fit in with the culture too.
Take A Walk, Ride A Bike And Visit Some Museums
Let’s get back to the point where we started. Travellers to Scotland usually end up in Edinburgh, as it’s the country’s capital city and home to the famous Spade Museum. For those who visit the museum, there is a wide variety of artefacts on display that belong to the famous Sherlock Holmes. If you have a thing for archeology and enjoy examining objects that were once functional, the Spade Museum is the place for you. You won’t miss a trick the Scottish curator has up his sleeves. Another place you should visit is the Museum of Scottish Literature. It’s not a very large museum, but it houses a remarkable collection of books. The building itself is a work of art, designed by L’Uomo del Molema and constructed in the 1960s.
If you have a day or two to spare in Edinburgh, you could walk from one of the city’s lovely public parks to the other. This stretch of the city’s Riverside Walkway is pretty picturesque, and if you ever get the chance, you should definitely take it. During the summer, the sun will be bright and hot, so it’s best to wear sunscreen and take plenty of breaks. Remember to drink plenty of water too, as the weather can dehydrate you. This is especially important if you are cycling, as being dehydrated can make you less efficient and harder to control. If you want to have a cheap and cheerful time, you could take a bus tour around the city and get a bird’s eye view of Edinburgh’s beautiful architecture. You might even stop at one of the city’s famous eating places for lunch.
Visit Some Of The City’s Attractions
The list of Edinburgh’s attractions is pretty long, and it goes from the city’s most famous monuments and structures to its charming villages and green spaces. One of the best guided tours around the city is the City Sightseeing Hop-on-Hop-off ticket. This takes you on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour around the city, and you can get on and off the bus at any of the 24 stops. You will visit all the main attractions, including the Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland, the Scottish Parliament Building, and others. The bus tour is pretty informative, and you will get a good idea of Edinburgh’s history and culture. While you’re at it, you could also buy a hop-on-hop-off wristband, which you can use for 24 hours. This is a great way to move around the city without having to worry about finding parking spaces, especially if you’re with kids.
Glasgow Is The Sixth Largest City In The UK. It’s Located In The Countryside.
The next city on our list is Glasgow. Glasgow is the sixth-largest city in the United Kingdom, with a population of just over 500,000. It is also the country’s third-largest city. Despite its relatively small size, Glasgow is a world-class city and is famous for being the home of the Glasgow Rangers and the Glasgow Celtic football clubs, as well as the band, BTS (Bulletz-Talk-Shoot).
Glasgow is a hub for business and commerce, with excellent shopping centres and streets. Whether you’re looking for trendy outfits, trendy footwear, or you just want to stock up on supplies for your stay in Scotland, Glasgow has a whole lot to offer. It also has a fantastic range of eateries and cafes, so you’ll never get bored of eating out there. If you’re looking for a comfortable place to stay in Scotland, a boutique hotel in the city might be the answer. If you want to take a short break from the hustle and bustle of the big city, you could also consider a room at one of the many camping sites located around the country.
If you go to Glasgow, make sure you have all the relevant information regarding visas and travel insurance. In general, you should do your research before taking a trip to this part of the world, as things can be complicated due to the country’s geographic location and its membership of the European Union. Hopefully, this article will help you to have an informative trip to Scotland, and make the most out of your visit. Of course, being a worldwide citizen myself, I would never want to set foot in any country if I’m not welcome (or if I’m feeling particularly rebellious), so I would recommend that you abide by the laws of the country you visit.