Edinburgh, the inspiring capital city of Scotland, if you’re looking for a broad mixture of historic castles, beautiful scenery, wonderful restaurants and bars, then look no further, Edinburgh is the place to be. Admire the stunning vista, striking architecture, fine food, first-class attractions, don’t be fooled by the cobbled streets and relic buildings, Edinburgh is a bustling city with some of the best shopping locations. There are a million ways to fill your holiday in Scotland, step a board an historic boat, take a train ride through a former film set, or indulge in exquisite local food and drink, so whether you stay for a weekend or a week, you will have plenty of activities to fill your days and nights.
Kick off your trip by exploring Scotland’s most famous heritage site, Edinburgh Castle. Hear tales of kings and queens, take in the striking cliff-top location. Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland,nd part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. This is the most famous of Scottish castles and comes with a complex building history. The oldest part, St Margaret’s Chapel, dates from the 12th century; the Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510; the Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century; and the Scottish National War Memorial after the First World War.
In addition to guided tours provided by the castle stewards, there is an audio guide tour available in eight languages. The audio tour takes the visitor on a tour around the castle, explains its architecture, and tells its dramatic history.
Scotland welcomes the world to join in the exciting Year of Homecoming 2014! In addition to the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup, there is a year-long programme of events and activities to showcase all that’s great about Scotland; mouth-watering food & drink events, great outdoor activities plus spectacular arts, cultural and ancestral heritage to explore. One of the many exciting events that are taking part of the homecoming festivities, is the celebration of whiskey. Whether you’re a whisky novice or a real connoisseur, join Scotland in the month-long, country-wide celebrations of this national drink as part of Homecoming Scotland’s Whisky Month in May. Taking in a diverse range of events that spread across the country, explore Scottish landscape, food and culture through whisky, discover the unique characteristics of Scotland’s whisky regions with behind-the-scenes experiences and distillery tours. One of the best whiskey tours is the outstanding Malt Whisky Trail, the only trail of its kind in the world, and the unique distilleries you will visit along the way!
Discover the secrets behind the art of whisky creation by visiting some of Scotland’s renowned distilleries. What better way to find out more about the ‘water of life’ than on a trail dedicated to drams that takes you through one of the country’s best-known whisky regions. Follow the fantastic Malt Whisky Trail and see the “amber nectar” being made from barrel to bottle. Discover seven working distilleries, one historic distillery and the Speyside Cooperage. The only working cooperage in the UK you can witness the ancient art of creating whisky barrels using traditional tools, methods and even have a go at making your own mini-cask. Enjoy fascinating behind-the-scenes tours of the distilleries and, as expected, each distillery offers a sample of their unique, hand-crafted malts with dedicated nosing and tasting sessions! Have a look around the Benromach Distillery, Speyside’s smallest working distillery, Strathisla Distillery, the oldest in the Highlands, and the only malt distillery pioneered by a woman, Cardhu. Find out more about Scotland’s fascinating whisky distilleries, learn more about the country’s famous malts with some unique whisky experiences.
With so many things to do in Scotland, why not make this short trip into a weekend getaway – a perfect place to stay in is The Spindrift guest house, a Les Routiers listed establishment. Set in the picturesque fishing village of Anstruther, in the East Neuk of Fife, (around an hour’s drive from Edinburgh city centre), The Spindrift guest house is an imposing stone-built Victorian home with many original internal features, carefully restored, offering 8 en suite bedrooms. The residents lounge contains a well-stocked honesty bar with a variety of malt whiskies, liqueurs and Scottish beers. The Spindrift prides itself in using fresh local produce for breakfasts and evening meals, has been accredited with an Eat Scotland Silver Award for Home Cooking, 4 Star Guest House, Gold Award from Visit Scotland A unique feature of the house is the Captain’s Cabin on the top floor. This was the special domain of the original owner of the house, a Tea Clipper Captain called John Smith, who made the room a replica of a ship master’s cabin. The room is especially popular with couples of all ages providing attractive, comfortable and particularly memorable accommodation.
So go on discover Scotland in 2014 – you’ll find the country is a fantastic mix of stunning landscapes, wildlife, wonderful local produce, combined with a thriving arts and culture scene, topped off with a colourful history of epic battles and historic castles, you really will be spoilt for choice.