8-Nights Scotland Explorer - Self Drive
8 nights from $1395 per person
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Glasgow is Scotland's biggest city and major tourist destination, possessing some of Britain's finest architecture and hosting a variety of cultural events and attractions.
Glasgow has been described as the finest surviving example of a great Victorian city. Of particular interest is George Square - lined by several buildings constructed in the Italian Renaissance style. Few buildings pre-date 18th century. The most prominent of these are Glasgow Cathedral, and Provand's Lordship, which is the city's oldest house (c. 1471) and now a museum. The cathedral, situated on high ground to the east of the city and dating in parts from 12th century, is an outstanding example of Gothic architecture. The city has numerous parks and ornamental open spaces, including the Botanic Garden and zoological gardens. Glasgow grew around a church built in the 6th century by St Kentigern, who converted Scots to Christianity. The commercial growth of the community dates from the union of Scotland and England in 1707 and the opening up of trade in the 18th century when Glasgow became a major port and shipbuilder.
Perthshire, the Ancient County of Perth Scotland, straddles the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands - glens, lochs, mountains and open spaces in the Breadalbane, Atholl & Balquhidder - rich farmland and market towns in Strathearn, Menteith & Gowrie. The City of Perth Scotland, compact by most standards, is the county town also known as St John's Town or the Fair City. The city center is compact with two large and open public parks - the North and South Inches on each flank and the mighty River Tay along side. Many streets around the centre are comprised of elegant Georgian terraced houses. Shops, galleries and theatre abound in the town centre. Scenery, castles, history, walks and attractions in the country are plentiful. Scone offers the Palace and Perth Race Course. From Perth and the towns and villages Aberfeldy, Auchterarder, Blairgowrie, Crieff, Killin & Pitlochry to the rolling hills of the southern Highlands all of Scotland can be seen in one place.
Dominated by the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle, this picturesque city offers shopping on Princes Street, the grandeur of the Royal Mile, St. Giles Cathedral and historic Palace of Holyrood House, where Queen Mary lived and many Scottish kings were wed. Or venture across the moors to marvel at the scenic Highlands.
Loch Lomond is the largest fresh water Loch in the UK. The Loch is 24 miles long and five miles wide and at its deepest point is 600 feet deep. On the Loch there are some 38 Islands, some of them inhabited. Loch Lomond must be the world's most famous Loch and has been much written about, both in song and verse, and for the Loch Ness monster. The area is renowned for its beauty and tranquility and offers picture postcard views around every corner. The Loch is crossed by the Highland Boundary Fault and exhibits the physical characteristics of both highland and Lowland Scotland. Some 200 species of birds and over 25% of Britain's wild plants have been recorded in the area.
As well as being a wonderful holiday destination the Highlands are home to a quarter of a million people living in communities spread throughout the area. From the vibrant city of Inverness to remote crofting communities and sparsely populated islands. What these communities do have in common and something that is particularly apparent to visitors is that they are all part of an area which is culturally distinct - influenced by our often violent history, a strong cultural heritage, and the gaelic language. The natural world is also different - the varied climate leads to a wide range of habitats and the relatively sparse population makes this the premier area in Britain, if not Europe for wildlife.
Glencoe is a scenic and historic glen in Scotland. Visit the battlefields infamous of a 17th century massacre, as well as the setting for the third Harry Pottery film. Enjoy hillwalking and mountaineering, and exploring the Highlands of Scotland.
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