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4 Days in Scotland
The rolling countryside, bustling cities, icy mountain peaks and charming villages all combine to provide an excellent destination for your cottage holiday in the UK, whether you're looking for an action-packed break, a cultural adventure or a relaxing retreat.
Day 1 Highlights
The Lighthouse UK
A tall, narrow, elegant amalgam of stone, steel and glass tucked away on Mitchell Lane just off Buchanan Street, this Centre for Design is a beacon for the creative industries in Scotland.
Meandering through a historic cemetery can be a surprisingly life-affirming experience – especially at the atmospheric Glasgow Necropolis. More than 50,000 bodies have been laid to rest at this sprawl of tombs, monuments and mausoleums, which go back as far as 1833. Its vantage point above the city, on a hill adjacent to the Glasgow Cathedral, adds to the otherworldly feeling.
The River Clyde has always played an important role in the history of Glasgow. It is often said, "Glasgow made the Clyde, and the Clyde made Glasgow". As engineers made the river more navigable, the city's commerce and industries flourished.
Day 2 Highlights
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre
A fantastical fusion of theatre, mechanics and moving art, Sharmanka (which translates as “barrel-organ” in Russian) began in Russia in 1989 before making its way to Glasgow in the 1990s. The kinetic sculpture is more of an art exhibition than traditional theatre – you move around rooms as hundreds of carved figures and creatures made from scrap move in wondrous ways, depicting the highs and lows of the human spirit.
Hyper-modern museum with collections of historic vehicles and state-of-the-art interactive displays.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland's most popular free attractions and features 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects. The collections at Kelvingrove are extensive, wide-ranging and internationally significant. They include natural history, arms and armour, art from many art movements and periods of history and much more.
Saint Mungo Cathedral
This medieval cathedral is thought to have been built on the site of St Kentigern’s tomb and marks the birthplace of the city of Glasgow. One of Scotland's most magnificent medieval buildings, Glasgow Cathedral is the only one on the Scottish mainland to survive the Reformation of 1560 intact.
Simple changing menu of fish, whole crab and lobster from family linked to Scotland's Western Isles.
Located in the beautiful town of Stockbridge in the heart of Edinburgh, a UNESCO World Heritage site, this elegant Georgian townhouse is the perfect base for exploring a city steeped in history, yet alive with modern, cosmopolitan culture. Their uniquely-styled rooms and suites combine modern furnishings with traditional elegance to create truly luxurious living spaces. From the large windows that frame stunning views of Edinburgh's New Town to the Georgian inspired decor, Nira Caledonia promises a truly memorable stay in a beautiful location.
Dominates the city, perched up on the top of a hill. It’s the city’s main historical monument and it houses several museums.
The Royal Mile
The main street in the Old Town, is a beautiful medieval street. It’s also very touristy, with many souvenir shops and street performances.
Located at the far end of the Royal Mile, used to be Marie Stuart’s residence and is now one of the current Queen’s residences.
Right next to Holyrood Palace, this hike takes you to the top of an ancient volcano, at 251m. This small part of countryside in the heart of the city will for sure give you a glimpse of the Scottish Highlands! It will take you 1h30 to 2 hours to reach the summit, where you can enjoy a great 360° view.
Said to be the most haunted cemetery in the world. For sure, it’s very picturesque with its ancient sculpted tombs, desecrated vaults, and mystical atmosphere. Evening guided tours are organized for anyone looking for a thrill!
Day 4 Highlights
Located in New Town’s Regents Garden. From here too, you’ll have an amazing view over the Old Town and the sea.
Stirling Castle and Whiskey Tour
Visit the royal stronghold of Stirling Castle and the majestic Loch Lomond on this full-day tour from Edinburgh. Escape the city for a scenic drive through the countryside, stopping to snap photos of different touristy spots.
Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
Venture through five floors jam-packed with over 100 illusions and discover the best rooftop views of Edinburgh. Britain's most fun day out.
Delve into the vaults below the city with a guide to learn the gruesome history of Edinburgh’s old town and its poorest inhabitants. From the famous Burke and Hare murders, to the persecution of witches, to ghost stories and tales of the paranormal… these tours are definitely a great way to discover a whole different side to the city.
Give your senses a treat with a visit to Edinburgh’s Chocolatarium. Follow the journey of chocolate from the jungles of South America to Scottish chocolate makers and the finished chocolate bar, with lots of chocolate to taste all along the way.
The Sheep Heid Inn
While it's normally suggested not to play with your food, here you can – but of course, before or after your meal. The Sheep Heid Inn not only comes at you with steaks and burgers aplenty, but also lets you enjoy a round of skittles, a type of bowling game (indoor bowling alleys can now re-open in Scotland). There’s a hidden 19th-century skittles alley in the back of the restaurant. It’s said that James VI, son of Mary Queen of Scots, had a great time playing the game in 1580. The Sheep Heid Inn is one of Edinburgh’s oldest pubs.
The Scott Monument
Standing proudly in Princes Street Gardens, the Scott Monument is one of the most iconic Edinburgh landmarks, a must-visit for tourists and locals alike. Dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, it is one of the largest monuments to a writer anywhere in the world.