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.
Discover a place where, beyond the United Kingdom's provincial charm of stone cottages and country lanes, the land still feels wild. Where mist-shrouded mountains plunge into deep valleys harboring secluded lochs and magical woodlands and relentless waves pound a craggy coastline. 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.
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Explore the East Neuk region of the Fife Peninsula, where maritime history runs deep in quaint fishing villages and harbors | Dine on delicious local fare at a country estate that has been in the Erskine family since the 17th century | Take in 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)
Cycle through the pastoral Angus countryside, passing the world's largest hedge | Pedal across rolling heathered moors and past wooded glens, admiring the soaring bens of Perthshire | Explore the summer home of Beatrix Potter in historic Dunkeld | 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 highlands offer up challenging terrain, if you're in the mood for hills—or opt for an easygoing ride along the River Tay | Ride along remote country roads, eventually returning to civilization upon reaching Cromlix | Settle into Cromlix House, a grand Victorian country estate that has been turned into an intimate boutique hotel | Take a two-wheeled journey through Glen Devon and the Ochill Hills, keeping an eye out for a hilltop monument honoring 13th-century Scottish hero, William Wallace | Enjoy high tea, fine cuisine and the finer things in life at Cromlix, where the era of decadent country house living is reinvented | Why not extend your vacation in fabulous Edinburgh?
An intimate boutique hotel housed in a traditional country estate owned by Scottish tennis phenom Andy Murray.
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