12 reasons to visit Scotland in 2016

12 reasons to visit Scotland in 2016

From the incredible culture to our magnificent landscapes and bustling cities, there are so many reasons to visit Scotland. Here are 12 reasons to visit in 2016.

A global city

Edinburgh, it’s the capital of Scotland and has so much to offer. You will never be bored whilst in Edinburgh, with so much to see and do you’ll need more than a day to get the most out of this incredible city.

Come on New Year’s Eve where Edinburgh hosts a three-day festival full of spectacular fireworks and amazing musicians!

If you know your history

Whether it’s the Wallace Monument or the mighty Edinburgh Castle, Scotland is bursting at the seams with rich heritage! You can take a tour round various historical sites or do it yourself, either way you do, it;s unmissable! From the old town museums to the new Kelpies there’s something for everyone.

The home of golf

Scotland is proud inventor of golf. With outstanding golf courses dotted amongst some stunning scenery, you can tee off in style.

Spectacular Highlands

Majestic mountains surrounded by mysterious lochs, witness Scotland’s finest landscapes. Challenge yourself to tackle the peaks or take some breath-taking photos which will never be forgotten. There’s also the wonderful wildlife you will encounter along the way - look out for the majestic Highland cows!

World-class retail therapy

Glasgow is the go-to destination when one wants a little retail therapy. With all the major high street retailers on Buchannan or Argyle Street, also known as the ‘Style Mile’ time will be lost as you shop till you drop!

Delicious food and drink

Experience the local delicacies of shortbread, haggis, smoked salmon, Aberdeen Angus beef and of course Irn Bru! But don’t worry this isn’t all  Scotland has to offer, we are also home to some phenomenal restaurants, historic distilleries and the revolutionary craft gin movement.

Go to the Fringe

One for the summer: Musicians, dramatists and even flame throwers, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest arts festival in the world! Scotland’s capital is transformed into a bustling, vibrant hive of activity for the month of August and you most definitely won’t want to miss it!

Enjoy the culture

Living up to its stereotype, Scotland is full of pipers in their traditional kilts in all areas of Scotland. Tartan is not just a fashion statement but it represented the infamous clans of Scotland, from your MacGregors to your Duncans!  Scotland’s culture is as fascinating as its people. Check it out.

Fun and (Highland) games

A traditional part of Scottish history, dating back to the 11th Century, the Highland Games showcases strength and solidarity. You will witness endless strength tests from tossing cabers to tug of war set to the skirl of the pipes (obviously).

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Throughout the month of August, Edinburgh Castle turns into a venue like no other, showcasing performers from almost 50 countries. This event brings thousands of people together to celebrate music and entertainment as it has done since 1950!

Gorgeous beaches

The water temperature may not be far off freezing but you could be in the Caribbean just by looking at the stunning golden sandy beaches, surrounded by rolling hills. Scotland has many stunning beaches.

A literary giant

Once inspiration for Harry Potter, Scotland’s scenery has inspired literary minds to create masterpieces known all over the world. From Robert Burns to JK Rowling and more, Scotland is home to many literary geniuses.

Scotland has also been used as a location for many film and TV shows including Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and of course, Braveheart. 

12 reasons to visit Scotland in 2016

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