By: Tully Luxury Travel
Insider’s Look • Scotland • Travel
IN A NUTSHELL
Was it the hit television series Outlander or the recent blockbuster film, Mary Queen of Scots? Whatever the impetus, we’ve been getting more calls about Scotland every day. There’s no doubt the glorious, sense-assaulting geography, cities that resonate with rich history and towns and villages that invite you to stop for a pint (or two, or three…) are calling this summer. You’ll find Scotland more hospitable than ever before; hotels are more luxurious and gone are the days when a gourmand would be hard-pressed to find someplace interesting to eat: many traditional pubs, long the heart of Scottish city and village social life, have upped their game with fresh takes on regional cuisine and there are wonderful restaurants, including Michelin-starred, from coast-to-coast. And those other great Scottish pleasures, beer, and scotch can now be savored at ultra-cool distilleries and micro-breweries.
Few European cities transport you back in time like Edinburgh does. Scotland’s mesmerizing beautiful capital is flanked by rolling hills and at its center, the towering Edinburgh Castle, a must-visit to capture the story of Scotland’s passionate and violent history. Walk the centuries-old cobblestone streets of the Old Town and New Town with its Edwardian and Victorian grandeur. Visit Mary King’s Close for a fascinating revelation of life in the 17th century and, of course, Rosslyn Chapel. Built-in 1446, it added to its fame by appearing in The Da Vinci Code and reveals the pious life of the Middle Ages.
Here it is – the wild romance of Scotland. The undulating grasslands of the lower Highlands’ moss-covered, arched bridges, winding village roads and thatched houses give way to the rising mountains of the upper highlands with shimmering lochs and jaw-dropping crevasses. Wonderful experiences await you in either and the ideal itinerary will afford time in both.
THE ROYAL SCOTSMAN
As soon as the Belmond Royal Scotsman leaves the station it’s clear: Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world to see by rail. Let the plaintive sound of bagpipes from the platform set the mood as you settle into a window seat in time for high-tea as the country begins to reveal itself. The Royal Scotsman gives you an impeccable Scottish experience with unforgettable views and opportunities to explore truly magnificent scenery, historic towns and iconic cultural landmarks.
– The Tully Team
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