Make a break for Scotland

Scottish flag at Arbroath Abbey

Where to go and what to do

Enjoy adventure in the Outer Hebrides

Explore the Cairngorms national park Spectacular scenery, mountains to climb and handsome granite towns

Gorgeous gardens to visit in Scotland From informal hillsides to renaissance formality

Spend a weekend in the Mull of Kintyre, by train A luxurious stay on the shores of Loch Fyne

Trips for the girls: cooking by the Lake of Menteith Learn to make delicious food in a stunning setting

Christmas railway break in Edinburgh and Inverness Travel through stunning Scottish scenery by train

Aberdeen: Scotch and spirituality

Spend a weekend in Colonsay Country Living's editor Susy Smith tried island life

Glasgow: the art of the city A cultural break in Scotland's second city

Ski in Scotland Head for Aviemore, in the Scottish Highlands: a luxury destination - without the scary price tag

Cruise the Scottish isles

Dornoch and the Highlands A great base for exploring, from Loch Ness to John O'Groats

Northwest Highlands In the remote, dramatic landscape of Assynt and Coigach, still lochs lie in the shadow of heather-covered mountains and golden eagles, otters and puffins haunt sea and sky. And this remote area of Scotland boasts many traditional crafts, culture and communities

Explore the Forsinard Flows in the Highlands Look out for hen harriers, greenshanks and golden plovers in the wildlife-rich bog pools

Visit Crinan Canal in Argyll and Bute The nine-mile towpath takes in Loch Fyne, Moine Mhor, Ardrishaig and Kilmartin Glen

Visit Glen Finglas in Stirlingshire This ancient royal hunting forest is home to some of the oldest trees in Scotland

Visit the Solway coast in Kippford, Dumfries and Galloway Dubbed the 'Scottish Riviera' for its sheltered anchorages and boaty villages

Visit Crail, Fife A delightful medieval fishing village, complete with cobbled streets, rockpools and plenty of fresh seafood

National Museum of Flight, East Lothian Flying enthusiasts can climb aboard a Concorde and marvel at Britain's only Boeing 707

Riverside Museum: Scotland's Museum of Transport and Travel, Glasgow From ships to steam trains to scooters, get a real feel for vintage public transport.

Spot the Corryvreckan whirlpool Situated 300m west of the Isle of Scarba, this whirlpool is one of the world's largest

Take a guided kayaking trip with Wilderness Scotland Explore lochs, firths and smaller islands while you paddle around the Isle of Gigha

Explore Maeshowe in the Orkney Islands Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes The Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness, this 25-foot-high mound is home to fascinating chambered tombs

Scottish walks

Victorian splendour in Glasgow's city centre An urban route through the heart of the city

Circular route in Scotland's capital Wind your way through Edinburgh's old town

Walk the Speyside Way This famous 65-mile trial runs along the toes of the Cairngorms

Take a hike around Melrose in the Scottish Borders The heather-swathed Eildon Hills are a half-day hike from Melrose

Visit Conic Hill in Stirlingshire A steep climb from Balmaha takes in breathtaking views of Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond

Places to stay

Plan your own stay with our online accommodation search, powered by Visit Britain. From five-star to hostels, click here to find somewhere to stay

Muckrach Lodge Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey A glorious hotel in the spacious Scottish county of Morayshire

Rose Cottage & Coach House, Aberfeldy, Perthshire A Victorian villa in Perthshire

Sithe Mor House, Loch Awe, Argyll A welcoming lochside B&B in Argyll

Rock House, Kenmore A stunning cottage by Loch Tay in Perthshire

Dess Lodge, Aberdeen A fairytale castle-cum-cottage in Royal Deeside

Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel, Kirkcolm, Stranraer Built as a lighthouse in 1815, this unique hotel still beams a warning light for ships approaching the mouth of Loch Ryan

Bressay Lighthouse, Shetland Perched on the island of Bressay, this beautiful lighthouse hotel has panoramic views of Lerwick Harbour

Fortalice, Glen Isla A Scottish manor house within easy reach of the Perthshire countryside, world-famous golf courses and the ski slopes of Glenshee

For more on every aspect of Scotland, take a look at www.visitscotland.com

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