Overview of Scotland Vacations

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What is it that makes Scotland so popular with overseas visitors?

I could not put my hand on my heart and recommend Scotland vacations to those of you seeking sun, sea and sand. Yes, my home country has many fine beaches, but the Scottish weather can be a bit unpredictable.

Mind you, there is more than enough to see and do, and if you're looking for something more interesting, you'll find it here. Scotland is a country of natural beauty with awe inspiring mountainous scenery, panoramic loch views, gorgeous green countryside, and a fascinating history.

The romantic complexity of the struggle for independence in bygone days will have history buffs enthralled, and the old traditions and culture will warm the hearts of anyone who visits.

The home of Golf has around 3000 golf courses :

As you would expect, there are some classic Golf Resorts and Vacations where some of the most famous names in golf have played.

In fact Scotland vacations are unrivalled for choices of outdoor activities including fishing, kayaking and white water rafting, hiking and trekking, cycling, motorcycling and a complete range of extreme sports.

Scottish Piper
A packed programme of all year round events and festivals means there is always something to do or see for people of all ages.

You will find more than enough in the capital, Edinburgh, to provide you with a full itinerary, but if relaxation is the preferred option, beautiful Holiday Cottages can be found in quiet but stunning locations throughout the country.

Other options for your ideal accommodation include a good selection of Scotland Hotels, or for something a little more private, Vacation Rentals.

For self guided tours and people on the move there is also the choice of excellent value Hostels & Budget Accommodation on offer.

The largest city, Glasgow, a city of culture, has a multitude of attractions to fill your days, and is the best UK venue for nightlife, next to London. Glasgow is also a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, and if you appreciate fine food, you will find very good restaurants to cater for most nationalities.

Scotland has around 3000 castles :

Glamis Castle
Learn the history of Scotland's castles, each with their own unique story to tell. Some provide accommodation so you have the chance to experience the ultimate luxury, and follow in the footsteps of royaly and famous celebrities.

If you just want to relax, take it easy and get away from it all, then the slow pace of life in the Scottish Highlands will allow you to bask in glorious peace and tranquility.

Yes Scotland vacations have a lot to offer, but what you will probably remember most of all is the friendliness of the Scottish people.

You are guaranteed a warm welcome in Scotland.

You can read a lot more of what Scotland vacations have to offer on Discover Scotland. This site provides you with all the information you need for planning a trip to Scotland, with tips on travel, what's on, where to go, what to see, the culture, the history, and all things Scottish.


Language : Official language is English, but Scots Gaelic is spoken in some regions of the Highlands.

Currency : The monetary unit of Scotland is the Great Britain Pound. Check the Currency Converter to see how far your money goes.

Scotland Climate : Changeable though not too extreme, with dry spells and rainfall. Temperatures rarely drop to 0C, but do take a brolly.

Time zone : GMT/UTC

Country dialling code : +44

Recommended places to visit : Edinburgh, the capital, and Glasgow, Inverness and the Highlands.

Passports & Visas : A passport is required for Scotland vacations. Europeans can stay for up to three months, for EU citizens no limit. US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand nationals can stay up to six months. From anywhere else a visa is required, so check with the UK Tourist Office.

Travelling to Scotland :

Shop around for deals on the lowest air fares, and customise your trip with flight or hotel only, or as a package. Please remember insurance when travelling. Essential Travel offer online discount travel insurance.

Make the most of your visit to Scotland with Maps International super value travel guides, road maps and language books.

Edinburgh Castle
An Edinburgh Vacation
The Scottish weather is unpredictable but there's so much to do in Edinburgh you won't notice. In fact there's so much happening that a week may not be enough. A host of attractions, and the jewel in the crown is Edinburgh Castle.

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