Scotland Vacation Vacation Ideas

Scotland Vacation Ideas #1: Try a Barging Vacation. It's a floating hotel with modern comforts that floats peacefully to your destination. Breakaway Adventures has a barge tour that takes you along the Caledonian Canal & Loch Ness. Cawdor Castle, Glengarry Castle Hotel, 13th Century Urquhart Castle are some of the stops.
Scotland Vacation Ideas #2: The Great Glen Way National Trail is one of many mountain, moor, and woodland trails available for the walking or hiking enthusiasts in Scotland. This superb hiking trail links the two Highland centers of Fort William and Inverness.

Enjoy the wonderful Scottish mountain scenery and as the trail passes the famous Loch Ness, be sure to stop, maybe you'll catch a glimpse of the mysterious "Nessie"; also known as the Loch Ness Monster.

Scotland #3: Almost every year since 1870 the Crieff Highland Games have been held in Crieff, Perthshire.

See the competitions in tossing the caber, putting the shot, throwing the weight, and throwing the hammer.

And don't forget the traditional highland dancing and the bag piping competition with as many as 30 bands from around the world.

Scotland Vacation Ideas #4: Every August the Edinburgh International Festival provides presentations of Scottish music and drama the most famous of which is the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This takes place throughout the festival on the Castle Esplanade. The Fringe is made up of smaller performing companies and all together they make up one of the largest arts festivals in the world.
Scotland #5: Skara Brae is a series of 8 seaside stone dwellings that date from sometime around 3,000 B.C. The buildings and their contents are extremely well preserved due to the sand that gradually blew in to cover them. This Neolithic village is located in Orkney and provides visitors with a haunting glimpse into the past.
Scotland Vacation Ideas #6: The Cairngorms National Park is huge covering roughly 10% of Scotland. It is home to many rare plants and wildlife as well as small villages and towns. There is a whole range of things to do from hiking to bird watching to soaking in the local culture.
Scotland Vacation Ideas #7: Take a guided tour of The Dalwhinnie Whiskey Distillery and watch the distillers work as they turn the snow-fed waters of the Allt an t`Sluic into the 'Gentle Spirit' of the glen. Whisky is one of the most important exports of the Highlands and they know how to make it right.
Scotland #8: Friendly Shetland Islands is home to puffins, terns, Shetland ponies, Shetland sheep and over 800 species of flowers. Walking, cycling, mountain biking, scuba diving, and bird watching are only a few of the activities available.

The Shetland Islands are very popular with anglers. The two big draws are the sea trout and the freshwater wild brown trout which can be found in the many lochs. There are some 100 islands in the group but only a couple dozen are inhabited. You can fly in to Shetland Island from the major cities in Scotland and once there, you can take local inter-island flights to visit the other islands.

Scotland Vacation Ideas #9: Edinburgh Zoo is home to 1,000 animals from over 150 species. It's a great place for children with the world's biggest penguin pool and a fountain-filled maze. Committed to conserving endangered animals the Edinburgh Zoo is part of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, a registered charity.

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