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Portree Bay, Scotland

Scotland vacations 2020 & 2021

The last true wilderness of the British Isles, Scotland’s Highlands have the sort of boreal vastness that reminds you of Canada or Alaska. Our specialists are passionate about Scotland’s landscapes and can show you the best ways to experience them, tailor-making your stay to include hikes along far-flung lochs, wildlife tracking with a photography expert or exploring under the wing of a countryside ranger.

They’ll also help you dig deeper into Scotland’s proudly distinct cultural traditions, from bagpiping to single malt whisky production, and an entangled, sometimes bloody history with England that’s still strongly felt by Scots. Aside from its mountainous terrain, Scotland boasts modern, forward-looking cities. The capital, Edinburgh, mixes history, a dramatic setting atop a volcanic plug, and a vigorous arts scene that culminates in the annual Edinburgh International Festival and the alternative Fringe.

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Your journey will be fully tailored to your schedule, interests and budget.

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Practical tips for traveling to Scotland, from social protocols to guidance on money matters, with a link to the latest government travel advice.

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Our expert guides to traveling in Scotland

Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to Scotland. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate Scotland at its best.

  • Edinburgh Castle

    Edinburgh for first-time visitors

    UK and Ireland specialist Jasmine offers an insider’s guide to the indispensable sights in Edinburgh, including visits to Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat and the Palace at Holyrood. She also suggests some ways to see a different side of the city.

  • Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye

    Highlights of the Isle of Skye

    Defined by dark stone crags, sheer cliffs and rugged glens, the Isle of Skye is an otherworldly destination for hiking, fishing, and whisky tasting. Scotland specialist Emily suggests some things to see and do while visiting the Scottish isle.

  • Loch Ness

    Luxury vacations in Scotland and England

    Stay in a manor house, dine in Michelin-starred restaurants, cruise Loch Ness in a luxury motorboat and get exclusive after-hours access to Dunvegan Castle. Our UK specialist Jackie describes the indulgent touches you can add into your trip to Great Britain.

  • Whisky barrels

    A whisk(e)y tour of Scotland and Ireland

    Scotland and Ireland’s distilleries produce everything from honeyed floral blends to brawny, peaty single malts. Andea — a UK and Ireland specialist and a long-time lover of whiskies — suggests the best and most interesting distillery tours for novices and connoisseurs alike.

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