Scotland sure know how to celebrate New Year - the Hogmanay party in Edinburgh is an experience in itself.
Helen, Original Traveller
Capital Edinburgh is simply stunning, and just a stroll along the beautiful cobbled streets gives a true sense of grandeur and history. Glasgow (Scotland's second largest city) is often overlooked as Edinburgh's second in command, however is jam packed with culture, and there are museums, galleries and fabulous architecture aplenty.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Small but perfectly formed, Edinburgh and Glasgow have heaps on their respective doorsteps. Mountains to yomp up, Castles to explore and long expanses of coastal walks whilst being able to chow down on gourmet grub in the wealth of Michelin starred eateries north of the border.
From the gallery
Our guide to holidays in Scotland's Great Cities
The capital city of Scotland offers a broad range of exciting things to see and do. The city combines stunning scenery, striking architecture and fabulous cuisine whilst the lovely landscape of the Lothian's is close by with sweeping golden beaches and the golf courses of St Andrew's readily accessible for a round or two. The city must see's are of course Edinburgh Castle which sits dramatically on top of the volcanic rock and the National Museum of Scotland. Shopping on George St is also a must, but venture to the side streets for the hidden gems found on Thistle St and Rose St. The Royal Yacht Britannia remains a firm favourite whilst The Palace of Holyrood House and The Queen's Gallery stand at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat.
Although it would be shame to simply visit Glasgow for a day, it can be done. For families, pick from our family favourite museums, all of which have been tried and tested by our crack team of experts, Charlie aged 7, Liv aged 5 and Barney aged 2. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is free and has 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries that span natural history, arms, armour and art, and there is even a real Spitfire! Nearby step aboard The Tall Ship and uncover Glasgow's maritime heritage whilst enjoying beautiful views of the River Clyde. The Science Museum is also a real winner as it is hugely interactive and there's always lots going on. If you are feeling more art minded then head to the Burrell Collection, which focuses on late medieval and early Renaissance European art.
After all this hands on fun and culture you can take to the skies and have an aerial tour of the Western Isles by sea plane before landing on Loch Lomond , driving though the area known as the Trossachs and rounding off the day at the Auchentoshan Distillery (a mere 20 minute drive back to the centre of Glasgow). From Edinburgh, we recommend exploring the surrounding countryside by bike.