Why You Should Visit Scotland
In September 2017, the Rough Guide readers voted Scotland as the ‘Beautiful Country in the World’ and it is very easy to see why. With its mighty mountains, glistening lochs, lush woodland, and miles of golden sandy beaches – Scotland’s landscapes will take your breath away.
With undulating hills of patchwork green and the drives through the deep glens to the rural farming lands of the Lowlands, Scotland is undeniably a country with vast landscapes and sheer natural beauty. The grand architecture of the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow is nothing short of spectacular but more importantly echoes of Scotland’s past will be present wherever you go. This is a country unlike no other in the world and it’s certainly worth visiting.
Edinburgh – Let the Festivities Commence
Not only is Edinburgh the capital city of Scotland but it's also the leading festival city in the world, home to the phenomenal summer festivals, such as the Fringe Festival in which performers from all over the globe gather to showcase their talents. During the colder months of the year, visitors can also experience ‘Edinburgh’s Christmas’ – the ultimate Christmas festival and of course a New Year’s Eve (Hogmanay) street party like no other in the world too. For sports fans, Edinburgh is home to Murrayfield stadium in which Scotland’s national Rugby team play and if you’re lucky enough you might be able to secure yourself a ticket to a few games during your stay! In terms of a place to stay, we’ve got that all sorted for you, as we happen to have a few apartments in the city.
St Andrews – Golfers Delight and our Patron Saint
Are you a golf enthusiast or know of someone that adores the sport? Then look no further than the legendary St Andrews Golf Course. Known as the birthplace of Golf, it’s most famous for its Old Course which is well known as one of the oldest courses in the world and many claim it is the birthplace of the sport. St Andrews holds The Open every five years and has seen many celebrities and professional golfers come by over the years. If playing or watching the sport isn’t quite enough then don’t worry as if that wasn't enough, you will also find the British Golf Museum too. Aside from golf in the town, there is still lots to see and to do, visit the Eden Mill Brewery for a tipple or two, just make sure you’ve got a designated driver for the day all sorted before you do! Finally, we cannot discuss the town of St Andrews without mentioning the significance it has to the nation and that is because St Andrew is our patron saint. St Andrew was first recognised as an official patron saint of Scotland in 1320 at the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath an appeal to the Pope by Scottish noblemen asserting Scotland's independence from England. He was crucified by the Romans on an X-shaped cross at Patras in Greece and, hundreds of years later, his remains were moved to Constantinople and then, in the 13th century, to Amalfi in Italy where they are kept to this day. The Saltire, or St Andrew's Cross, was subsequently adopted as the national emblem and flag of the Scots.
Perhaps you’re thinking of coming to St Andrews this Summer but are unsure of where to stay then we’ve got a great place for you!Cherry Cottage located in the village of Kingsbarns, just 8 miles away from St Andrews. The property is spread over two floors and consists of a living room/dining room, kitchen, and a single bedroom and upstairs there’s two further bedrooms (1 x double, 1 x twin) and a family bathroom. There is a small garden to the front and to the rear a lovely, private, landscaped garden with patio and lawn areas which can be accessed from both the kitchen and lounge.
Glasgow – The Old Meets the New
Once a key element to Scotland's industrial and economic growth in the era of the British Empire, a city of culture now flourishes with a creative edge. It’s gone from shipyards to embracing the new modern architecture along with its treasured historic buildings. Not to mention award-winning museums and live music venues, and restaurants. This city has also been hailed as the ‘Shopping Capital of Scotland’. One feeling you won’t experience here is boredom, in fact, you’ll be wishing you had stayed for longer.
If you’re planning on staying in style and with your friends then definitely book a stay at Crown Gardens.The property is located in the West End of Glasgow very close to Byres Road, the heart of Glasgow’s West End and home to some great boutique and vintage shops. The interior of the property itself almost represents the city as it's combined the high ceilings and decor of an earlier era with contemporary kitchen and bathrooms much like Glasgow does with its stunning architecture and modern advancements. Entering into the large entrance floor, many of the property's period features are apparent, including the ceramic stove, original cornicing and working shutters and a grand staircase. Just off the entrance hall is the TV room with a 50” HD Sony TV with surround sound and comfortable couches, beanbags and an electric wood burner effect stove. There is a double bedroom on the ground floor with a cloakroom opposite and shower. On the first floor, just off the stairs, is a cloakroom, children's play area, and a large, sitting room with great views over the front of the property. There is an electric wood burning stove as well as large radiators. The kitchen/dining area is fully equipped with all kitchen necessities. The separate dining room seats 10 guests. The second, 'bedroom' floor comprises of the Master Bedroom with en-suite shower room, 2 further double bedrooms, and 1 twin room. The property has a private rear garden and overlooks a leafy park to the front of the property.
Perth – A Little City with Big Surprises
Once the capital of Scotland, Perth was made a city again by the Queen as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012. It is a charming city with almost 2000 miles of beautiful surrounding countryside. This is perhaps, a city best suited to those who like the city atmosphere but not the large crowds as it is not even close to the size of Glasgow and Edinburgh.
If you like being local to everything you’ll ever need then Blackfriars Apartment is the property for you. Located in Perth’s cultural quarter, it acts an excellent base to explore the city and outwith. If you’re even thinking of venturing out of the city then you’ll be thrilled to hear that the property is only is a 2-minute walk to the High Street with a great selection of shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars. The nearby Perth Concert Hall hosts a range of musicians, artists, and comedians, whilst the newly refurbished Perth Theatre is also the home to the Perth Panto during the festive season. For movie lovers, there's the Perth Playhouse with IMAX. Golf lovers won’t be disappointed either as there’s plenty of choice in Perth, with the King James VI (stretching along the River Tay) and North Inch Golf Course just a few minutes away from the City Centre. Although Perth Racecourse has regular racing fixtures, it's not all about the horses, with The Perth Festival and Perth in Bloom being held at Scone Palace Park. This is only a short distance away from the historic Scone Palace itself where Macbeth, Robert the Bruce, and Charles II were crowned.
Wherever you decide to travel this year we hope that you make lots of happy memories!
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