Scotland is one of the four countries that make up the UK, along with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This is a beautiful country known for its rugged landscape and mysterious lochs (lakes) in the Highlands. There are archipelagos such as the Outer and Inner Hebrides and the Shetland Islands, each with hundreds of islands to explore. However, Scotland’s population of more than 5.2 million people is concentrated mostly in the central belt, which includes both Glasgow and the capital Edinburgh. Get a car for hire in Scotland so that you can visit both cities and all their pubs and castles and other popular destinations such as Aberdeen.
There is nothing wrong with being a trooper of a tourist and going around snapping pictures of the Glasgow Cathedral, City Chambers, and the Squiggly Bridge. But if you want to really get to know Glasgow, book your car rental in Scotland right now and plan for a pub crawl. Bath Street is a good place to start. Try The Butterfly & The Pig, Saint Judes, or Bloc, all of which are on Bath Street. The Pot Still on Hope Street on the other hand is a popular watering hole and so is Blackfriars Glasgow on Bell Street.
Edinburgh for visitors is a huge collection of stunning landmarks and monuments. You can spend endless hours poking around the city and discovering one landmark after another. But if you are pressed for time, at least visit the Edinburgh Castle, Linlithgow Palace, Rosslyn Chapel, the Nelson Monument and the Scottish Parliament. These places will surely leave you breathless with their long history and beautiful architecture.
Castles in Scotland are a dime a dozen, but Aberdeen is like a ‘Castle Country’ with more castles per acre than any other places in the UK. Aberdeen also has Scotland’s only official castle trail. A short drive from Aberdeen will take you back in time to an era when these castles were more than just tourist attractions. Do not miss Crathes Castle just outside Banchory or the pink Craigievar Castle with its turrets supposedly to be the inspiration behind Disney’s ‘Magic Kingdom’ castle. If you fancy haunted castles and mysteries, head for Dunnottar Castle or the 800-year old Fyvie Castle.
Hanging out in pubs and going around to see castles and palaces is a lot of fun, but it does not have the adventure, the mist, and the mystery that that you see in the brochures and the Hollywood blockbusters. That would be in the Highlands. Get a car for rent in Scotland and head for Inverness, which you can use as a base to explore the natural wonders of the Scottish Highlands around the city. Loch Ness hardly needs any explanation, and you would do well not to miss Ben Nevis or Glen Coe in the Lochaber area near Fort Williams. Cairngorms National Park is the biggest national park in all of Britain and that can be the place to spend your holiday longest. Visit Scotland now and you will be rewarded with lots of happy memories!