Scotland is full of natural breathtaking beauty and man-made wonders which would take a lifetime to explore. For those short on time these are some of the best gems around the country that should be on every traveller’s must visit list.
Renting a car is ideal for anyone wanting to make the most of their stay in Edinburgh. The capital of Scotland is often called the North Athens. This is to say the splendor of its monuments! A personal vehicle will be even more useful if you have not chosen a hotel or pension in the center of Edinburgh. Attractions from the Holyrood Palace to Edinburgh Castle, home to the jewels of the Scottish Crown and the famous Stone of Destiny. In summer, do not miss the military parade of the Tattoo. The Royal Museum of Scotland is one of the most important ancient art museums in the country. Not to be missed either: the Georgian architecture of Charlotte Square or the Scottish Whiskey Museum. Finally, golfers will travel 34 kilometers to access the Muirfield Golf Club located along the Bay of Gullane to improve their swing.
A rented car will allow you to visit Glasgow in complete independence, without having to worry about public transport schedules. It will serve you from the airport to your hotel or bed and breakfast as well as to the main attractions. Formerly industrial, Glasgow also known as the beautiful green square is today a city of art, known for its great museums, such as the Burrell collection or the Hunterian art gallery. Do not miss the site of the Cathedral, in the heart of the medieval city, as well as the districts of the Georgian era. For major events, the Glasgow Jazz Festival in late June or the Piping Live mid-August will delight music lovers.
Aberdeen, city of art and oil port
The city of granite has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity thanks to oil from the North Sea. This industrial and economic vocation should not, however, overshadow its tourist charms. The old Aberdeen, with the Gothic cathedral Saint Machar, is indeed away from the center of the city. You can also admire in the immediate vicinity of Aberdeen, some of the castles that make the reputation of Scotland. If you want to discover several in the same day, rent a car will prove essential: they are most often located in beautiful sites, but isolated. Do not miss Crathes, Fyvie or Castle Fraser.
Cairngorms National Park
The Cairngorms are one of Scotland’s major attractions. These mountains, located in a National Park Mount Cairn Gorm, are on the road from Edinburgh to Inverness. The region and landscapes are typical of the Highlands, the highlands that make the reputation of eternal Scotland. Landes, rugged high peaks, forests and red deer population, as well as one of the country’s only winter sports resorts contribute to the park’s popularity. To fully enjoy the trip and stop on the road where the heart tells you, facing a breathtaking panorama, you will have to resort to renting a car.
Loch Ness, discovering the legend
Follow in the footsteps of the legendary monster with your rental car! You are here facing one of the most impenetrable mysteries of the modern world. The most famous lake in Scotland has been explored and probed many times by scientists, without it being possible to end the legend, nor to prove the existence of “Nessie”. Place to the imagination! You will find information in the information center specially dedicated to the phenomenon and admire unpublished photos of the monster. If by chance you travel the banks when the weather threatens, you too will see the scales of the animal exceed the surface of the water. Do not forget your camera to immortalize the meeting!
Glen Coe, Valley of Tears
This spectacular Highland valley was the site of a bloody massacre in the 17th century. You will easily reach the site with wild beauty driving your car. Glen Coe lends itself well to an evocation of the troubled history of the country as a hike on the West Highland Way, which you can travel a stretch to Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain of Britain.