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  • Best rates – we’re never cheaper elsewhere
  • Free room upgrades for stays of 3 nights or more (Nov–Mar)
  • Bottle of Joseph Perrier champagne with suite bookings
  • Flexible cancellation policy
  • Reduced rates for local attractions

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Why book direct

  • Best rates – we’re never cheaper elsewhere
  • Free room upgrades for stays of 3 nights or more (Nov–Mar)
  • Bottle of Joseph Perrier champagne with suite bookings
  • Flexible cancellation policy
  • Reduced rates for local attractions

There are endless reasons to visit Scotland, the country is seeping in history, has miles upon miles of gorgeous landscapes, it’s home to diverse terrain, complete with tall mountains, several islands, sea-side cliffs, lush forests, spectacular beaches and the only thing that is fresher than the food, is the air.

The geography makes for a stunning country and worth a visit, if you haven’t been already.

The Dunstane Houses being so conveniently located, right in the city centre of Edinburgh, provide a luxurious base for those wishing to explore more of our beautiful country whilst experiencing true Scottish hospitality, especially with Edinburgh being your starting point.

We’ve prepared this short article on just some of the reasons to put Scotland on your list of must-see places.

The Scenery

Towering mountains, glittering lochs, thick woodland and miles upon miles of golden beaches – Scotland’s landscapes really will take your breath away. Tour the rolling hills and lush farmland of the Lowlands and drive through deep glens surrounded by mountains in the Highlands.

History and Culture

 

Scotland’s castles are constant reminders of the country’s colourful history. Although the famous picks like Edinburgh Castle and Eilean Donan are something straight out of a fairy-tale, Kelburn Castle deserves some serious kudos for its exterior embellished with graffiti by Brazilian artists.

In the north-eastern corner of the country, Aberdeenshire has been of strategic importance throughout Scotland’s turbulent history, as evidenced by the 300 castles in the region. All you need to do is follow the signposted Aberdeenshire Castle Trail to 19 of the most magnificent.

Start at the ruined fortress of Dunnottar Castle, dramatically perched atop a cliff above the North Sea, and see why Franco Zeffirelli chose this location for his 1990 film Hamlet. Farther up the coast, Slains Castle is said to have inspired one-time visitor Bram Stoker to write Dracula.

Heading west, take in the 11th-century Delgatie Castle and fairy-tale-like Craigievar Castle, a fine example of the Scots Baronial architectural style.

Cairngorms National Park includes two castles: Braemar Castle, seat of the Farquharson clan, was of significance to both sides in the Jacobite uprisings, while Balmoral—Queen Victoria’s dear paradise in the Highlands—is the summer residence of the British royal family.

Walk in a Village Older Than Stonehenge And the Great Pyramids

Skara Brae or ‘The Scottish Pompeii’ offers a snapshot into a bygone Scotland between 3180 BC and approximately 2500 BC. Praised as the most complete Neolithic village in Europe, this ancient stone-built settlement sits on the Bay of Skaill in Orkney.

You Can Walk in The Footsteps of Dinosaurs

Embedded into the scenery of spellbinding Skye are dinosaur footprints from around 165 million years ago. These Ornithopod prints live on the beach at An Corran, Staffin, and are an intimate memory and gateway to a world that once was.

And Fairies…

…do exist in Scotland! When stumbling upon the Fairy Pools on Skye in Glen Brittle, you can’t help but look around for the magic portal. An enchanting kingdom wonderfully suited to wild swimmers and free spirits, the fixating green and blue hues dancing within this natural waterfall are otherworldly.

The Driving

There’s nothing quite like the freedom of the long open road. Never-ending back roads, wide meandering country tracks and beautiful bends through some of Scotland’s finest coastal scenery are just a few things you can expect along the North Coast 500.

The NC500 starts in Inverness, weaves along the west coast to Applecross and then northwards towards the towns of Torridon and Ullapool. From there, you’ll venture to some of the most northerly coastal points in Scotland, passing by Caithness and John o’ Groats before heading south again through Dingwall and finally back to Inverness.

The Food Is as Fresh as Can Be

Open Scotland’s natural larder and the wealth of fresh, pure and sumptuous ingredients tumble out. From Scottish salmon and hand dived scallops from the Isles, to local organic beef and home-grown veggies, the memorable culinary journeys showcased across Scottish restaurants owe it all to the providence of the produce.

Using The Dunstane Houses as a Base

These are just some of the many reasons to visit Scotland and there are even more reasons to stay at The Dunstane Houses during your visit, who knows, we may even have an offer on to suit your exact needs- to see our offers please click here.  If you’d like would like further information or assistance with booking your trip up north, our team are always on hand to answer any questions. At the end of the day, we’re all ambassadors for our beautiful country.