As we familiarise ourselves with the ‘new normal’ which has arisen in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the sounds and smells of airports and aeroplanes across Europe and beyond have never felt so distant. However, that doesn’t mean holidays are off the table completely. Scottish staycations provide an enriching and stimulating getaway, without even leaving the country!
When normal travel resumes, a Scottish staycation is the perfect way to escape everyday life and give yourself a much-needed break.
You’ll never get bored travelling around Scotland, a country that boasts diversity. Whether you love a bustling city break or the quiet solitude of a country escape – there really is a Scottish staycation for everyone.
It might not be the obvious choice, with its unpredictable weather, but find out why you should consider a Scottish staycation…
No matter what area of Scotland you visit you’re bound to find a castle or two! Aberdeenshire is known as ‘Scotland’s Castle Country’, with more castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK. The region is home to over 300 castles, stately mansions and ruins ready to be explored. Dunnottar Castle, settled on a cliff at the edge of North-Sea, boasts an unforgettable experience not to be missed.
Perched on the Ayrshire clifftops, Culzean Castle is the perfect place for a day out whether you’re a keen walker, want to admire the gardens, marvel at the architecture or have an interest in history. Culzean Castle was designed in the late 18th century for David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassillis.
Culzean Castle and Country Park is home to gardens, beaches, woods, trails and a new adventure playground ready to be explored.
Another icon is Eilean Donan in Skye, a castle whose image is synonymous with Scotland. Partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, Eilean Donan lay in ruins for the best part of 200 years. The island was purchased in 1911 and the castle restored by the MacRae family – four generations of which are still the Constables of Eilean Donan Castle today.
The Home of Golf
Scotland is The Home of Golf, with unrivalled history and first-class courses. Scotland makes the ideal golfing staycation, with over 550 spectacular courses to play!
When considering the sports history, there is no place more influential than St Andrews, where golf was played as far back as the 15th century. The star of the show, the Old Course is one of the most iconic courses you could play. Why not stay at the Old Course Hotel to complete the experience?
Fun for all the Family
Now, we know a holiday isn’t complete if you have to leave your furry family member at home! Scotland has everything you’ll need for the perfect pet friendly staycation – from accommodation to dog friendly attractions.
Scotland is home to an abundance of stunning beaches, perfect for a game of fetch with your canine companion. Dog friendly beaches include:
- West Sands, St Andrews
- Newburgh Beach, Aberdeenshire
- Sandwood Bay, Sutherland
- Cramond Beach, Lothian
The Water of Life – “Uisge Beatha”
You might know that Whisky is Scotland’s national drink, but have you ever experienced the distilling process? The origins of whisky distilling in Scotland date back to the monks of the 15th century, at least.
Immerse yourself in captivating tours and tasting sessions, with over 130 active distilleries to choose from in the five whiskey regions of Scotland. Each distillery has its own unique process and specifications – so we’re sure you’ll find a whisky to suit you!
The Distillery at Lindores Abbey is described as the Spiritual Home of Scotch Whisky – with distilling on the site taking place as early as 1494. The earliest written reference to Scotch Whisky mentions a Brother John Cor. He was a Lindores monk, commissioned by King James IV to turn malt into Aqua Vitae – Water of Life.
Scotland is full of unique and diverse accommodation – providing you with a memorable Scottish staycation! Whether you want to stay in a castle for the weekend or experience glamping, there really is something for everyone.
Scone Palace, the world-famous crowning place of the King of Scots, offers exclusive use of their Balvaird Wing, beautifully appointed luxury accommodation for up to six guests. Scone Palace can even arrange a private cook for you during your stay – what more could you want?!
Wild Nurture, set on a 600-acre private Highland estate, offers an off-grid luxury escape in a sustainably powered lob cabin. The cabin offers cosy open plan living – making for a soothing and regenerative atmosphere all year round! Plus, you can enjoy 360-degree views of the Nevis Range.
Fall in Love with your Home Country!
We think the best part about a Scottish staycation is the chance to fall in love with your own home country! From the rich culture and heritage, to picturesque scenery and our unbeatable food and drink – there’s something for everyone to discover.
It can be easy to forget how many breathtaking locations we have to enjoy right here in Scotland, so maybe it’s time to leave your passport in the drawer and enjoy a holiday closer to home?
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