There is no easier way to reach Scotland and discover some of its gems than by coach. Just sit back and enjoy the scenery from your comfortable seat and let the coach take the strain…
But where to go? There is just so much choice and so much to see. So to help you choose, here are our Top 5 Scottish touring destinations.
1. Loch Ness & Skye
If there was ever an enduring image associated with Scottish folklore then it is Loch Ness and its famous monster. A source of intense curiosity and mystic belief for generations, Nessy never fails to pull in visitors hopeful of being the first to truly spot this iconic beast. But Loch Ness and the surrounding region has so much more real beauty to offer - and you won’t have to convince anyone who has ever been to Scotland that what you have seen is absolutely real!
A trip to Loch Ness can easily be combined with a visit to the amazing Isle of Skye, a truly magical place that consistently enchants visitors with its history, dramatic coastline and welcoming locals…always ready to share a dram with visitors!
The drama of this entire region is reinforced by mighty Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Scotland and towering over Fort William, the principle town in the region. Nestled on the gentle shore of Loch Linnie and in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Fort William is a typical highland town packed full of traditional pubs, entertainment shops and locals eager to tell stories and show off their proud heritage.
2. Royal Highland Adventures
The Royal Family have always loved Scotland but no monarch can have been quite as in love with this beautiful, captivating region as Queen Victoria. Her passion for the Highlands was most recently illustrated in the popular ITV series ‘Victoria’. Blair Castle, her preferred base when visiting with her husband, Prince Albert, is open to the public and a fascinating place to visit. The entire region is really easy to access by coach. You too can stand where Victoria stood at the head of Loch Tummel and imagine the emotions that the Empress of India might have felt standing in the heart of her beloved Scotland.
However, today’s modern-day road network means that you can stay in this stunning Highland region whilst on the one hand easily visiting the Scottish capital of Edinburgh to enjoy its shops, restaurants and ancient history. Equally accessible is the stunning countryside around Aviemore, made famous as Monarch of the Glen country in another tribute to the royal love affair with this romantic country.
3. Dunoon & Oban
People often lose count of the number of lochs in Scotland but if you base yourself in the quaint town of Dunoon, then you are guaranteed to enjoy 5 of the most spectacular ones if you head on over to the beautiful town of Oban.
Dunoon itself is a quintessential Scottish seaside resort which boasts an impressive pier and even its own castle along with impressive views out over the Firth of Clyde and the Cowal Peninsula. There is also a lovely seafront promenade to enjoy, perfect for an after-dinner stroll…
The compact seaside town of Oban is also a real treat and known as the Gateway to the Isles, so you’re always sure to enjoy its bustling yet uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
4. Bute & Mount Stewart
The ancestral home of the Bute family, the Isle of Bute is reputed to be one of Scotland’s most scenic islands – and we would certainly agree. It is stunning and enjoys a strong and unique link with Wales in the shape of Mount Stuart.
This beautiful 19th century manor house built in spectacular Gothic style and boasting extensive landscaped gardens was built by the 3rd Marquis of Bute, who also built Cardiff Castle. The architectural similarities are striking and the almost 300 acres of gloriously maintained gardens are a wonder to behold in their own right!
5. Edinburgh – A Capital City!
The seat of government and royalty, Edinburgh is a striking city to visit at any time of the year. From its dark medieval tenements, narrow winding Old Town streets up through to the sweeping elegance of its Georgian New Town, you will find Edinburgh packed with contrasts and atmosphere.
Dominated from on high by its imposing castle which looks down over the iconic Royal Mile and on to the 17th century Palace of Holyrood House, this is a city packed with history and heritage. The most overt sign of its rich and proud history is the annual Military Tattoo, held in the grounds of Edinburgh Castle every year and showcasing some of the most impressive military displays, from Scotland and around the world, that you will find anywhere on earth.
And there is so much more….from the beautiful Royal Yacht Britannia through to the traditional pubs and whisky distilleries, Edinburgh truly is a capital city to savour…