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Scotland

Whether you hope to glimpse the Loch Ness Monster or the northern lights, to go to the Highlands or the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this northern nation will delight.

From tartan to haggis to kilts, symbols of Scotland's rich culture are known the world over, but it is often the lesser-known aspects of this rugged northern country that truly excite visitors. If you only have a few days, head to the historic cities for museums, shopping and dining. Otherwise, venture into the wild countryside to discover heritage trails and go some island hopping.

Discover Scotland’s majestic castles in Aberdeenshire, also known as “Scotland’s Castle Country.” Fans of the movie Hamlet will recognize Dunnottar Castle from the big screen, while green-fingered visitors will enjoy the walled gardens of Castle Fraser. Leith Hall, not a castle but a nevertheless impressive country estate, features a 1900s-style rock garden as well as an exhibition detailing its time as a hospital during World War I.

Don’t miss the historic streets of the capital, Edinburgh. Listen to bagpipes on the famous Royal Mile or climb to the top of the peak of Arthur’s Seat for the best views of the city. Glasgow, meanwhile, offers an abundance of cultural attractions, including the compelling Gallery of Modern Art and futuristic Riverside Museum.

Film and TV fans can tour Scotland’s famous filming sites. Marvel at Rosslyn Chapel, where the final scenes of the Da Vinci Code were filmed or take a train ride along Glenfinnan Viaduct, which is featured in several of the Harry Potter movies.

Whisky drinkers can compare and contrast Scotches from different regions. Take part in tastings in the Glenlivet Distillery in Speyside, the Laphroaig Distillery in Islay and the Dalmore Distillery in the Highlands.

Scotland’s major airports are Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Travel between cities via train or coach, or rent a car to explore some of the country’s more remote highland regions. Ride the ferry from the mainland to Orkney and the Shetland Islands, as well as the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

With its collection of craggy coastlines, rugged outer islands and historic cities, Scotland is a gem that is waiting to be discovered.

Q: Should I book a car while on vacation in Scotland?

A: Like many dynamic cities, Glasgow and Aberdeen can be explored using public transportation or ride-share services. But if you're eager to head out and discover the region of Dunbartonshire or elsewhere, you may appreciate the flexibility and freedom that comes with having your very own set of wheels. For all your motoring requirements, see our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Scotland.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a vacation to Scotland?

A: It really depends on where you want to kick off your adventure in Scotland. These are the airport terminals that service most flights to and from the country:

  • Edinburgh (EDI): 4,873 international flights per month.
  • Glasgow (GLA-Glasgow Intl.): 2,843 international flights per month.
  • Aberdeen (ABZ): 1,527 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a vacation to Scotland?

A: Most travelers choose apartments in Scotland. But you don't always have to follow the crowd. You'll also find hotels, cottages and bed & breakfasts aplenty here, and you can book them all with Expedia.

Q: What does a Scotland vacation booking with Expedia include?

A: The sky is the limit. We have all the basics, like Scotland hotels, flights and cars. We've also got tons of attractions and activities to have a look at. Choose just one or a mix of a few.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my vacation to Scotland?

A: We work hard to get you the best deals. So, when you bundle your Hotel, Rental Car and Experiences, you know you'll save a few dollars. Lock in your next adventure with us and touchdown in Scotland with a little extra money in your pocket.

Q: What are the best things to do in Scotland?

A: St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art, Botanic Gardens and Celtic Park go hand in hand with Glasgow. We suggest you check out these if your break includes time in this bustling metropolis.

For local icons in Aberdeen, get yourself to His Majesty's Theatre, Duthie Park Winter Gardens and Cathedral of St. Machar. They definitely live up to their reputation.

If you're lucky enough to be visiting Dundee, you won't be lacking in options either. Much-loved attractions here include West Park, Discovery Point and Verdant Works.

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The Balmoral Hotel
Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020
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The Balmoral Hotel

The Balmoral Hotel

1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
     
    4.7 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Liked old style 1st class service. Only stayed 2 nights. Would have liked longer.

    Fraser Suites Glasgow
    Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020
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    Fraser Suites Glasgow

    Fraser Suites Glasgow

    1-19 Albion Street Merchant City, Glasgow, Scotland
       
      4.4 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nothing what so ever wrong with this property.. ideal location easy to walk to local restaurants and to the middle of the city

      Novotel Edinburgh Centre
      Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020
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      Novotel Edinburgh Centre

      Novotel Edinburgh Centre

      80 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, Scotland
         
        4.3 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Good location, great breakfast, room was nice and from the 6th floor the view was great.

        ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile – Hunter Square
        Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020
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        ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile – Hunter Square

        ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile – Hunter Square

        6 Hunter Square, Edinburgh, Scotland
           
          4.3 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Great location Comfy bed No drawers in room - which wasn’t a major problem Breakfast reasonably priced and lots of choice Did however double charge me when I check it. It was rectified relatively easy

          PREMIER SUITES PLUS Glasgow George Square $80
          Reviewed on Mar 1, 2020
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          PREMIER SUITES PLUS Glasgow George Square

          PREMIER SUITES PLUS Glasgow George Square

          136-148 Queen Street, Glasgow, Scotland
             
            4.6 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            A very friendly welcome. Lots of little extras ( coffee,tea,sugar,milk etc) Fresh flowers in reception. Room very up to date and clean. Location is perfect for walking to bus, train, shops, restaurants. Airport bus stops right outside for easy transfer. A very positive stay!!!

            Smiths Hotel $41
            Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020
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            Smiths Hotel

            Smiths Hotel

            963 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Scotland
               
              3.0 of 5
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Smiths Hotel was cheap and cheerful. We were looking for somewhere to get our heads down after a night out in Glasgow and it was perfect for that! Bed was clean, towels were clean and toilet was clean so you can’t really ask for much more for such a fantastic price! Staff were friendly enough with ...

              Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
              Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020
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              Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

              Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club

              Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, Kirknewton, Scotland
                 
                4.4 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                I enjoyed the pond on the golf course. Took a stroll and the swan and ducks came by to investigate me, although I assumed they’ve had people feed them.

                Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian
                Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020
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                Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

                Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

                Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This hotel is perfectly situated in Edinburgh's New Town. There are restaurants and a supermarket nearby and is about 15 minutes walk from Waverley Station. The hotel is beautifully decorated and furnihsed, as are the rooms. A great place to stay.

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