Splendid travel ideas to Scotland

To get the most out of your travel to Scotland, remember that it has milder winters but the summers can be wet and quite cool.

Edinburgh, the country's capital, is on top of the list.  From there, you can opt for various tours or go on your own. Consider doing the Royal Mile experience as you hop from one place to another starting from the Old Town and ending at the bottom of the majestic Edinburgh Palace. Immerse in the city's history by admiring the Holyrood Palace, specialist shops, and the Mercat Cross. If you're there in August, get the chance to see the Edinburgh Military Tattoo opening to the blares of pipes and the rolling of drums when you reach the palace.

Glasgow on your list? Don't miss out on the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum that boasts of an impressive collection of art and natural history pieces. Admission is free so enjoy an idyllic tour and visit the adjoining Kelvingrove Park.

Contrast your visit to the city by taking a trip to the Glasgow Science Centre for exhibitions and experiments. Get involved in workshops or take part in a magical experience with 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' in the Scottish Power Planetarium.

Have a look at Travel Scotland (scotland.org.uk) and book your trip online as it compares at least 30 websites for prices on accommodations. Rates start at €63 a night on the 3-star Glasgow Pond Hotel while the refurbished Crerar Craiglynne on Grantown Spey charges €42. Expect to pay €63 a night at the Castle View Guesthouse in Edinburgh.

Swing by at Lonely Planet (lonelyplanet.com) and reserve a 3-day whisky tour that will take you to the Speyside area. Visit distilleries in Dalwhinnie, Glenlivet, Cardhu, and Benromach. Leaving from Edinburgh, you will also make a stop in Braemar near Cairngorms National Park and the Balmoral Castle. Prices start at €252.

Take a 5-day tour that will take you to the Lowlands, climbing up to the Northern Highlands, down to the West Coast and finally to the Isle of Skye. Face your Loch Ness monster and see Ben Nevis, the breathtaking Glen Affric and the Torridon Mountains. You'll also visit Kilmartin Glen for a discovery of numerous ancient monuments. Tour costs begin at €361.

With plenty of sights and activities on your travel menu to Scotland, journeys that are tailor made won't be difficult to find. Hop on the next plane and start exploring this nation that has so much to offer from rugged coasts and wild sceneries to historical sites and distinctive traditions.

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