How to Travel Around Scotland: Location Guide
Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It’s a country that seems to have it all: wonderful beaches, scenic views, and rich history. And with such a variety of activities available for visitors to experience – from climbing Ben Nevis to watching Scottish theatre performances – there has never been a better time for you and your family or friends to travel around Scotland!
In this article we will explore some tips on how best to plan your trip; we’ll also include some helpful links so you can get an idea about what each area has to offer.
Where is Scotland?
Scotland, part of the United Kingdom (UK), occupies most of the northern third of Great Britain. It has a total land area comparable to that of England and Wales together, but its population density is much lower than in other parts of the UK. The capital city of Edinburgh lies on an estuary separating northeastern Scotland from the rest of Great Britain.
Although technically part of the UK, Scotland has a separate identity and is one of its most popular tourist destinations for people around the world. The country offers an incredible range of attractions in cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, as well as rural areas with some outstanding scenery on offer too.
The main airport in Scotland is Edinburgh Airport, located around 11km (seven miles) from the city centre. There are other airports too including Glasgow International Airport and Aberdeen Airport, which offer a wide range of international and domestic flights. If you’re travelling by train, the main railway stations in Scotland are Edinburgh Waverley, Glasgow Central and Aberdeen Station.
Once in Scotland, travelling around is easy with an extensive road and rail network. Car rental is a popular option and relatively cheap when compared to other European countries, or you can use the public transport system which covers all of the main towns and cities.
What to see and do
There really is no end to what you can see and do in Scotland. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
– In Edinburgh, explore the old city with its narrow streets and imposing castle, or stroll along Princes Street for some of the best shopping in Scotland.
– Glasgow is famed for its architecture, with buildings such as the Glasgow School of Art and the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Willow Tea Rooms that are must-sees.
– Take a journey along the historic West Highland Line on one of Scotland’s famous steam trains, or visit Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park for beautiful scenery as far as you can see.
Where to stay
There are a number of great places to stay in Scotland, whether you want to visit the highlands or spend time exploring the lowlands. Hotels and self-catering apartments make it easy for you to enjoy your own space when travelling with children, while B&Bs offer that personal touch that is sometimes lacking from chain hotels. Or, if you fancy something a bit more luxurious, Scotland has lots of world-class country houses, castles and hotels that you can stay in. For example, Point Clair House situated on the banks of Loch Ness is amazing – you can sit in comfort ‘Nessie Watching’ while sipping a wee dram and enjoying some of the most spectacular scenery the country has to offer.
We hope this guide has given you a good overview of what travelling around Scotland entails, and that you have some ideas of how to plan your own trip. The famous saying about Scotland is that ‘it’s a’ ful countries in the world. It’s a country that seems to have it all: wonderful beaches, scenic views, and rich history. And with such a variety of activities available for visitors to experience – from climbing Ben Nevis to watching Scottish country dancing – there’s something for everyone who visits. Come and explore Scotland for yourself; you won’t be disappointed!