Why Not Visit Scotland This Year?


Jan 23, 2015 by James

Nobody in the UK needs to be reminded that 2014 was a momentous year for the UK and for Scotland in particular. With the referendum behind us, and new times ahead, many are looking afresh at Scotland, as a political and cultural force and as a place to visit and explore.



For UK residents, Scotland is easy to reach, thanks to excellent transport links. It has four major airports - two serving Glasgow and one each in Edinburgh and Aberdeen - and many smaller, regional airports including some on the islands. Of course, there are also frequent and regular rail services between Scotland and most major English and Welsh cities - and some great road routes.

Scotland is a land of diversity, with something for everybody. For those who thrive on art, culture, great food and shopping, the cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen are great destinations. Glasgow in particular is celebrated for its diversity, cosmopolitan nature, fantastic sense of style and thriving cultural scene.



In contrast, many stunning islands - some of which are very remote and more than 100 of which are uninhabited - surround Scotland. These offer a wonderful respite from the strains of modern living, and a fascinating insight into different times and cultures. The Shetland Islands, for example, reflect a particularly distinctive mix of Scottish and Scandinavian influences.

The Scottish islands are also a haven for wildlife and for those who love to observe it, and for outdoor activity fanatics. Surfing, kayaking, mountain biking, golf and cycling are just a few of the options available. Many islands also have unspoiled, secluded beaches, which - although they may not have the most scorching of climates - can be a marvellous place to relax. Others, for example the Isle of Skye, have breathtaking mountain scenery that makes them hugely popular with hill walkers and lovers of the great outdoors.



Because Scotland is relatively compact, it is entirely possible to combine time spent on secluded islands with the bustle of some of Europe's most enticing cities, all in one amazing holiday. Visitors to Edinburgh, for example, can drive into the rural Tweed Valley in around an hour. Those spending time in the Highlands - with its huge range of historic and natural attractions, including some thriving ski/snowboarding resorts - are just a ferry trip away from island life.

It is always easy to overlook treasures when they are very close to home, but it is probably fair to say that Scotland has found a renewed sense of self-confidence in recent years, that is being reflected in many aspects of its culture. Scotland is a highly individual place, a thriving mix of the traditional and the new, the ancient and the modern and is set to take an even greater place on the world stage in the years ahead. In light of this, what better time could there be to head for Scotland and take in all that this wonderful place has to offer?