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With tall granite peaks, rocky coastlines, canals, lochs and cliff-top castles, Scotland is filled with stunning scenery. Spend time in the major cities to see another side to the country, which has world-class galleries and museums, fascinating historic monuments and a range of cultural events.
Many visitors make the capital city Edinburgh their first stop. Stroll along the Old Town’s Royal Mile up to Edinburgh Castle. Here you can see the Crown Jewels that were used in the coronation of Mary Queen of Scots in 1543, when she was just 9 months old. See Dolly the sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal, at the National Museum of Scotland. Browse the shops along Princes Street, the city’s main thoroughfare. Come in August for the Edinburgh Festival, the largest arts festival in the world.
An hour’s drive to the west of Edinburgh is Glasgow. Once an industrial heartland, the city has been transformed into a leading cultural center. Explore its many museums and galleries including the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Glasgow Science Centre and the Glasgow Police Museum. Visit George Square in the heart of the city to see its statues and monuments.
Beyond the cities, the countryside entices with scenic walks and adventure. Climb up the 4,409-feet (1,344-meter) Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. Walk along the trails of Cairngorms National Park and spot wildlife such as red squirrels and wildcats. Learn more about the legend of Nessie when you visit Loch Ness. Try to catch a glimpse of the fabled monster.
To get better acquainted with one of Scotland’s most famous exports, whisky, follow the Malt Whisky Trail between Inverness and Aberdeen. Visit working distilleries and sample distinctive malts.
Scotland is also known for its many ancient castles that dot the landscape. Go to Aberdeen City and Shire for the Castle Trail. The route takes in 17 castles including Dunnottar Castle and Balmoral Castle, the Scottish home of Queen Elizabeth II.
If you have the opportunity, visit Scottish islands such as Skye, Bute and Mull. Enjoy their wildlife, beaches and villages.
On North Bridge, and one block from both Princes Street and the Royal Mile, this hotel is a half-mile from Edinburgh Castle, and directly opposite Waverley railway station.
The hotel is joined to the architectural marvel that is Glasgow Central Station, surrounded by top boutiques. The 12th-century cathedral is 7 minutes away by car, and it's a short walk to the Gallery of Modern Art, as well as to great restaurants like Rogano Oyster Bar, a local institution.
Located in City Centre Glasgow, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Buchanan Galleries, George Square, and Gallery of Modern Art. Glasgow Cathedral and The SSE Hydro are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Ingliston, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Royal Highland Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Murrayfield Stadium and Edinburgh Zoo. Gyle Shopping Centre and Heriot Watt University are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This handsomely updated landmark building stands at the east end of Edinburgh's famous Princes Street. The Waverley train station is a two-minute walk. Edinburgh Castle is just 0.9 km (0.6 mi) away.
This hotel is located in the financial district, next to the West End business and entertainment area and a five-minute walk from Princes Street, 500 metres from Edinburgh Castle.
Situated in the suburbs, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Western General and Royal Botanic Garden. Edinburgh International Conference Centre and Princes Street Gardens are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in the heart of St. Andrews, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Old Course at St Andrews, and British Golf Museum. St. Andrews Aquarium and St. Andrews Links are also within 15 minutes.