Region Overviews: Scotland Travel Guide: Overview
Scotland is a notoriously magical place, where rumors of faeries and the Loch Ness Monster abound, and once you arrive, it’s easy to see why.
Beyond the United Kingdom's provincial charm of stone cottages and country lanes, discover a place where the land still feels wild. Where relentless waves pound a craggy coastline and mist-shrouded mountains plunge into deep valleys harboring secluded lochs and magical woodlands. Where ruined castles and stone villages hint at the centuries of human history here, but you still have the sense you're the first to experience it.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Discover the East Neuk region of the Fife Peninsula, where maritime history runs deep in quaint fishing villages and harbors | Enjoy local fare at a country estate that has been in the Erskine family since the 17th century | Savor views of the wild coastline and world-famous St. Andrews Old Course while enjoying an award-winning meal at our elegant hotel.
One of Scotland's leading hotels, the refined and elegant Old Course overlooks West Sands Beach and St. Andrews's world-famous golf course. (pool, spa)
Pedal through the pastoral Angus countryside, passing the world's largest hedge | Cycle across rolling heathered moors and past wooded glens, admiring the soaring bens of Perthshire | Stop in historic Dunkeld and explore the summer home of Beatrix Potter | Award-winning fine dining and a delightful spa await at our loch-side hotel in beautiful Pitlochry | Perhaps savor a dram of single-malt Scotch before retiring to your castle quarters.
A loch-side Highland castle tucked into the Tummel Valley, offering award-winning fine dining and a luxurious spa. (pool, spa)
The Cairngorms Highlands offer up challenging terrain, if you're in the mood for hills | Follow the fragrant swaths of heather through the spittal of Glenshee | Spin along remote country roads, eventually returning to civilization upon reaching the delightful village of Braemar | Settle into Fife Arms, a stunning and luxurious boutique hotel that was once home to Queen Victoria | Embark on a two-wheeled journey along the River Dee, keeping an eye out for Queen Elizabeth's beautiful Balmoral Castle | Enjoy high tea, fine cuisine and the finer things in life at Fife Arms, where the era of decadent country house living is reinvented | Edinburgh is a great place to extend your vacation.
Surrounded by beautiful landscape and famous for hosting royals, this stunning landmark hotel honors its history through décor and celebrates the arts with over 14,000 works adorning its every corner. (spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
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