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A holiday to Scotland this year will be amazing, because Scotland Is Now. We're a friendly, passionate and innovative country and you'll see that clearly everywhere you go. 2019 will boast a spectacular program of events and even more ways to explore all that Scotland has to offer, so you can make memories that will last a lifetime.
So, if you're looking for the beat of a music festival, the adrenaline of an outdoor adventure, the experience of a breathtaking road trip, or the magic of a new attraction like the V&A, then Scotland's for you right now.
If you’ve ever fancied travelling to the most exciting and amazing places in the world without long-haul flights and bags and bags of time and money, Scotland is the answer. Scotland might be a wee country, but it has a big personality bursting at the seams with world-class experiences and UNESCO sites that you can easily fit into one trip. From dreamy landscapes to architectural marvels – feed your inner wanderlust in Scotland. You can explore a lot of the country in just a two-week holiday!
It's the powerful contrasts that give Aberdeen its personality: laid-back and fun-loving, dynamic and modern, cultured and historic, with wonderful cityscapes that meet the sea and lots of down-to-earth charm.
Edinburgh, like Rome, might be built on seven hills, but it was the ‘Athens of the North’ that it once chose to brand itself. This was not only to express its growing importance, sense of achievement, and reputation as a center of ideas, but also thanks to its classic, ancient Greek-style architecture. In the 18th century, the ruins of ancient Athens were seen as the model to follow, so when Edinburgh started to build its New Town it drew inspiration from ancient Greece too.
Admire the Old Royal High School with its the impressive Doric portico – it’s perhaps the single building that most justifies this title. Look out too for the National Monument on Calton Hill, which was to be an exact copy of the Parthenon in Athens, and the Burns Monument, which was modeled on the Monument to Lysicrates.
Take a walk around Edinburgh to compare and contrast the architectural styles of the Old and New Towns. With everything from the medieval lanes and narrow, cobbled closes to neoclassical symmetrical grids of streets, extravagant townhouses, romantic private gardens and hyper-modern structures, you can experience hundreds of years of architectural history and developments, all within a short walk of each other.
We're not exaggerating when we say that we think Glasgow is one of the most exciting cities you'll ever come across. Scotland's largest city is a lively, bustling place, distinctive and full of character, where you are bound to get a very warm welcome indeed. This is a city with striking architecture, contemporary art spaces and fascinating museums, many of which are free. Glasgow city center is one of the best shopping destinations in the UK, outside of London's West End, and when it comes to nightlife, Glasgow knows what it's doing. With a diverse culinary scene, abundance of pubs and bars as well as some of the UK's best music venues, this is the city for the night owls.
Crowned by a pink crenellated castle, the Highland capital really has got all the elements for a memorable city break. Explore a thriving culinary scene, lively pubs and bars, great shops and the spread of galleries and cultural attractions, all set close to the pretty banks of the River Ness.
Back on the mainland again. Continue your around-the-world in Scotland adventure, but this time in the west of Scotland. You’ll admire the Swiss Glacier Express… oops! Sorry! This is actually the Glenfinnan Viaduct near Fort William. They do look very similar though, don’t they?
Part of the legendary West Highland Line between Fort William and Mallaig (which is widely regarded as one of the greatest railway journeys in the world), this iconic, crescent-shaped structure is also known as the bridge that carries the Hogwarts Express to Hogwarts in Harry Potter.
Made up of 21 arches that curve around the valley, the Glenfinnan Viaduct overlooks the Glenfinnan Monument and the waters of Loch Shiel and is surrounded by some of Scotland’s most splendid scenery. Simply picture-perfect! Not without reason it’s considered to be one of Scotland’s must-see sites.