While we all have to be mindful of government advice on local lockdowns, on balance it’s still more likely that it’ll be easier organising a holiday at home in the UK in the next few months than arranging a break abroad.
But one silver lining to this travel cloud is that it will encourage more of us to visit amazing places in the UK where we’ve perhaps not been for years, if ever!
Thanks to its bountiful natural beauty, convivial culture and creativity, Scotland attracts visitors from all over the world, so if you’ve not been for a while, perhaps it could be the next location on your excursion list?
If you’re still swithering, these five sublime Scottish staycation spots should convince you to head north of the border.
Scotland’s largest and friendliest city, Glasgow is famous for the lively ‘banter’ you’ll experience while chatting to everyone from cab drivers to random passers-by. But it also boasts gorgeous green spaces like Kelvingrove Park, fierce football rivalry between Rangers and Celtic, awesome art and design showcased in venues like the Hunterian Art Gallery, and live music at bars like Nice n Sleazy.
Tip: Glasgow’s subway is nicknamed The Clockwork Orange and it’s a great way of getting around the city.
2. Loch Ness
Situated around 40km southwest of Inverness in the Highlands, Loch Ness is a massive 54.6 square metres in total area, 36 km long and has a maximum depth of 226.96 metres. So there’s plenty of space for its legendary monster Nessie to hide in, but don’t let that stop you having your phone at the ready for the ultimate selfie!
Tip: legend has it that that Nessie is partial to haggis ̶ if you’re carrying one with you be careful!
3. Western Isles
The Outer Hebrides (or Western Isles) include the islands of Lewis, Harris, Benbecula, North and South Uist, and Barra. The Isle of Lewis is the largest and its capital Stornoway is home to 6000 people, but across these islands you’ll discover Gaelic language and culture, amazing beaches and azure waters that wouldn’t look out of place in the Caribbean.
Tip: hire a car in Scotland from online travel site Enjoy and discover the Highlands and Islands by road.
4. East Neuk of Fife
The Kingdom (and county) of Fife is situated on Scotland’s east coast between Edinburgh and Dundee and it’s packed with picturesque scenery, especially around the pretty fishing villages of the East Neuk like Pittenweem, Elie, St Monans, Crail and Anstruther.
Tip: the Anstruther Fish Bar sells some of Britain’s best fish and chips!
Last but not least, Scotland’s capital Edinburgh is one of the world’s most stunning cities and leaving the country without sampling its charms would be a sin. You’ll find arty attractions, an Old Town steeped in history, an elegant Neoclassical New Town and, in Princes Street, a main thoroughfare set against a skyline punctuated by a Castle perched on a volcanic plug.
Tip: grab some serious retail therapy in Edinburgh’s George Street.
These five tips should convince you that Scotland is Britain’s best staycation spot – happy holidays!