Lochs, mountains, castles, buzzing cities, beautiful islands, and even its own language – Scotland has got it all for families…
… but it’s reassuringly familiar in many ways, too, and packed with incredible natural wonders, amazing urban goings-on and some of the biggest, strangest, wilderness spaces in Europe.
There is no other UK national park larger than the Cairngorms – it’s 4528km² in area,. The lochs that scatter the country are so unimaginably deep and mysterious they have monster legends. You can sail to remote rocks where only birds are in permanent residence, or visit beautiful islands with world-class hotels, Caribbean-looking white-sand beaches and Michelin-starred restaurants.
And despite all the grandeur, soaring peaks, great glens, fabulous coastline and wilderness, Scotland is easy to get to and even easier to get around.
You can drive from the south to far north-east of Scotland in less than eight hours.
The country has nearly 800 islands – only 94 are permanently inhabited.
25% of the UK’s rarest bird and wildlife lives in the Cairngorms National Park.
There are fascinating and thrilling Highland Games, from Cowal to Braemar, all summer long.
Barra Airport is the only one in the world where scheduled planes land on the beach.
Scotland has almost 10,000km of coastline, and its island beaches are sometimes compared to those of the Bahamas.
From St Andrew’s Day to T-in the Park, Scotland has hundreds of festivals, large and small, year-round.
Scotland’s extensive road network covers the entire mainland. There are domestic flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow to several island airports. From roll-on-roll-off boats to major voyages, the country has regular ferry services in every area. And you can get around by tram, train, bus and underground in the city.