SCOTLAND

Historic cities, unspoiled coast, rugged islands and wonderful wildlife – Scotland really does have it all. Few who come fail to be won over by its jaw dropping beauty and finding secluded spots where you can simply marvel at what lies before you, is remarkably easy.

The Highlands are arguably Scotland’s trump card. Craggy mountain peaks, vast shimmering lochs and beautiful beaches make this region one big outdoor playground. Hikers will love getting out and exploring, but it can easily be appreciated from a luxury cabin aboard the Royal Scotsman which weaves its way through the epic landscape. There is also a wealth of history to be discovered here with ancient castles and battlefields scattered across the Highlands.

The Lowlands on the border between Scotland and England is another fascinating area, with ruined abbeys and castles denoting its dramaric history. And wherever you go in Scotland, there are opportunities to hike, cycle, fish and climb. The cities are another reason to visit. Both Glasgow and Edinburgh have so much to offer with world-class museums and galleries, incredible cultural offerings and great restaurants and bars.

The seafood here is some of the best in the world and there are centuries-old whisky distilleries to keep you hydrated during your trip. Stately Tours will arrange private tours with expert local guides who have a real passion for their home, a feeling that many who come to Scotland also leave with.