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Tuesday
Jan222013

Experience the Beauty of Scotland: Top City Breaks

Edinburgh City skylineEdinburgh City skyline at dusk from Salisbury Crags looking towards a floodlit Edinburgh Castle. Photo: Chris Robson / ScottishViewpoint.comYou don’t have to jetset to a far off place for a break to remember. You could just hop over the border to bonnie Scotland and appreciate everything that this stunning country has to offer. Whether you prefer to rough it in the wilderness or you wish to explore one of the culture-rich cities, you can.

If a city break is what you’re after, and with several buzzing Scottish cities waiting to be explored, here’s a guide to some of the popular ones.

Glasgow

Whether it’s the thriving nightlife or the masses of culture that attract you to the bright lights and sounds of Glasgow, you’re in for a real treat. Scotland’s largest city is jam packed with wonderful offerings, to ensure you have an unforgettable trip. You can find hotels in Glasgow that won’t break the bank, meaning you can fully appreciate what’s on offer, even if you’re on a budget.

Whether you decide to visit an art gallery, a museum or the ski slopes of Xscape, it’s all here. Explore the Mackintosh Ten if you would like to learn more about the man who had such a huge impact on society, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Let’s not forget the masses of bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs that will ensure you finish your visit with a night to remember.

Edinburgh

This absolutely stunning city, and Scotland’s capital, is an absolute must see. Dominated by the majestic Edinburgh Castle atop Castle Hill, the city is rich in heritage, history and culture. Whatever the time of year you decide to visit, the atmosphere is electric in this passionate and proud city.

Whether you decide to visit during the Fringe Festival, Hogmanay or want to catch the poignant Military Tattoo, Edinburgh is jam packed with excellent attractions. The Scotch Whiskey Heritage Centre, Our Dynamic Earth and the spooky ghost walks are also incredibly popular attractions; not to mention the gateway to the great outdoors, making way for thrilling activities including white water rafting, canyoning and climbing.

Dundee

A perfect spot if you’re dropping by with an appreciation for the outdoors. Perhaps a round of golf at Downfield Golf Club is in order, or a family-friendly game of laser tag at Battlefield Live? With plenty of rewarding activities on offer, as well as culture aplenty, Dundee is a beautiful city that can often go unmentioned.

Discover the tales of Captain Scott and his expedition to the South Pole – the RSS Discovery is berthed in the city harbour for all to admire. A walk up the Law, an extinct volcano in the centre of Dundee, comes highly recommended due to its 360 degrees of uninterrupted views across the city.

Aberdeen

With plenty of museums to peruse and wile away endless hours, and parks and gardens to get lost in, the Scottish Granite City is full of interesting and relaxing activities. Enjoy a walk along the Castle Trail, which takes you past 13 unique castles, or visit the Stratosphere Science Centre if you have budding scientists in your group.

A visit to Scotland could be just what you need from a city break. Check the hotel deals today and enjoy what it has to offer.

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