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Secrets of Scotland 3 August 2022

Close your eyes and think of Scotland. See the dramatic highlands. Hear the water ebbing in the lochs. Taste the rich whisky on your tongue. Smell the heather on the land. Touch your suitcase and get packing...
River and mountains at sunset

Close your eyes and think of Scotland.

See the dramatic highlands. Hear the water ebbing in the lochs. Taste the rich whisky on your tongue. Smell the heather on the land. Touch your suitcase and get packing…

Because it’s time to discover the true magic of this mythical art powerhouse of a country.

What is the Most Beautiful Place in Scotland?

There are so many spectacular locations to immerse yourself in across Scotland. Tasked with selecting the most beautiful has been a challenge but we’ve whittled it down to our top five.

Dunnottar Castledunn

Sat on a 160 foot rock, Dunnottar Castledunn is one of Scotland’s most hidden treasures. Surrounded by the North Sea, this haunting ruin is iconically dramatic and beautiful simultaneously.

21 minutes from Great Western Hotel

Glenfinnan

This quiet hamlet rose to fame thanks to its prominence in the Harry Potter series. Surrounded by mountains and on Loch Shiel’s shore, this spot will surely take your breath away.

34 minutes from Caledonian Hotel

Devil’s Pulpit

Venture into this mythical place and feel like you’ve left earth. This gorge cuts through the land and creates a secret spot of outstanding landscape. A dangerous trek but worth it for the views at the end.

53 minutes from Claymore Hotel

Pitlochry

Pitlochry is high on the list of most beautiful places thanks to its central location, stunning scenery and clan history. Stay right in the heart of this charming town to enjoy the full experience.

Pitlochry Hydro Hotel is the perfect choice to enjoy the town!

Ben Nevis

Challenge yourself to Scotland’s tallest peak. Climb up this legendary peak to experience views across lochs, deep valleys and more.

12 minutes from Caledonian Hotel

Unique Places to Visit in Scotland

When you Explore & Stay, you have the flexibility to veer off the beaten track. Take the opportunity to find these idyllic spots.

Dunrobin Castle

The most northerly of the great houses in Scotland. This castle resembles a French chateau and sits on the east coast of the northern highland looking over the Moray Firth.

1hr 3minutes from Highland Hotel

Loch Awe

This body of largely fresh water is situated in the Scottish Highlands. There are islands within the loch such as Innis Chonnell and Inishail. Perfect for wild swimming!

1hr 16minutes from Claymore Hotel

Highland Folk Museum

Step back in time and experience life from the 1700s to the 1950s in the highlands. There are more than 35 historical buildings to help you immerse yourself in highland life.

52 minutes from Pitlochry Hydro Hotel

Culzean Castle

High up on the Ayrshire cliffs, this castle was designed by Robert Adam and is an absolute work of art. Explore the woods, beaches, parkland, swan pond, deer park and cliffs. There is also an adventure cove and wild woodland play area for the younger historians.

1hr 15 from Portpatrick Hotel

Rogie Falls

Impressive waterfalls that can be viewed from a suspension bridge across the Black Water river. If you visit after heavy rain or snow, the power is something to behold.

9 minutes from The Highland Hotel

Best Places to Visit in Scotland for Couples

Is there anywhere more romantic than Scotland? We’ve put together the very best places to explore that are full of romance, intrigue and magic!

Galloway Forest Park

Whether you’re walking, cycling, mountain biking or having a peaceful picnic, the forest park is perfect for you. Explore the lush glens, forest trails and wildlife.

44 minutes from Portpatrick Hotel

Eilean Donan Castle

Recognised world wild as one of the most supreme images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is set on an island at the point where three sea lochs meet offering unbeatable views.

1hr 19 minutes from Highland Hotel

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond is part of the Trossachs National Park where the surrounding highlands are home to red deer and oak woodlands. Cruises across the loch are a great way to see more of the area.

4 minute walk from the Tarbet hotel to the pier

Dunfermline Abbey

This is where some of Scotland’s greatest monarchs were laid to rest. This ancient centerpiece of one of the oldest settlements in Scotland is steeped in history.

1hr 6 minutes from Pitlochry Hydro Hotel

Sweetheart Abbey

The origin of the abbey is a shrine to human and divine love. Nestled between Criffel and Solway Firsth, this deeply romantic ode to Lord John Balliol and Lady Devorguilla of Galloway is worth a stop on your way to South East Scotland from England.

1hr 42 minutes from Portpatrick Hotel

Places to Visit in Scotland with Family

Traveling with kids can be challenging, which is why it is so important to have absolutely loads to keep them stimulated and engaged.

Stirling Castle

One of the most grand castles thanks to its impressive architecture. Adventure through the world of Renaissance kings and queens through the great hall, the royal palace, Queen Anne gardens and more.

1hr 4 minutes from Pitlochry Hydro Hotel

Jacobite Steam Train

This 84 mile round trip takes you through the soul of Scotland. See quintessential Scottish village, endless lochs and beautiful mountains.

6 minute drive or 50 minute walk from Caledonian Hotel

National Museum of Flight

Come face to face with the history of aviation including hand on galleries, fully preserved second world war planes and climb aboard the concorde.

58 minutes from Waverley Castle Hotel

Highland Wildlife Park

Connect with nature and threatened species from amur tigers to Scottish wildcats and Himalayan monal. A brilliant way to spend a day out getting up close and personal with these amazing creatures.

57 minutes from Pitlochry Hydro Hotel

Sea Life Loch Lomond

Come along to Sea Life in Loch Lomond for interactive rockpool experiences, tropical ocean tunnel, otters and over 1500 creatures!

22 minute drive from Tarbet Hotel

Visit Scotland in Style

When you book with our Explore & Stay package you will get more than a wonderful holiday. Our specialist agents help you plan your entire itinerary so you can enjoy the region to the fullest. You will also get total booking flexibility, full English breakfast daily and late checkout.

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