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 Scotland has some of the most astounding countryside to be found in Great Britain making it a most amazing holiday destination. Most tourists opt for the City of Edinburgh for their main destination, whereas others choose something a little different. This article looks at Scottish holidays and a selection of things to do while enjoying your accommodation Scotland. The article also introduces the Wickerman Festival. Below is a list of top 20 things to see and do in Scotland for 2017:

1. Mountain Climbing

With such a diverse countryside, the list of activities is endless. Climbing mountains is tremendously popular, as are hill walking holidays. The most popular holidays are fishing or golf. With Scotland being the place of origin of the sport of golf it should not be surprising that you are hardly ever too distant from a minimum of one excellent golf course. With the Rivers Tweed, Tay and Spey you can be sure of an excellent days fishing. But what if you fancy an altogether different holiday?

2. Music Festivals

Growing numbers of families are choosing music festivals their annual holiday. Even though most music festivals are huge with the main aim of making money, you can discover a small selection of music festivals suitable for the family, such as the Wickerman Festival and Tartan Heart.

3. The Wickerman Festival

The Wickerman Festival is a yearly music and arts festival takes place on farm land close to Dundrennan in Dumfries and Galloway about 5 miles from Kirkcudbright, Scotland. The festival theme is the classic cult movie, “The Wicker Man which the stars Sir Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt and Britt Ekland.

4. Glencoe

Glencoe is famous throughout the world and many families try to visit this marvellous place when on holiday to Scotland. It has stunning scenery and the views from Glencoe are regarded as some of the best in Scotland. Many holiday makers rent a holiday cottage near Glencoe and are enchanted by its peace and tranquillity.

To get to Glencoe you must travel along the A82 and many holiday makers are amazed by the stunning scenery as they drive along this road. It has superb woodlands and small streams winding their way down this picturesque mountain side. The area is particularly popular with climbers and walkers who can spend their holidays exploring the maze of climbs and walks in this area

5. Nature Walks and Climbs

Many popular climbs and walks include Aonach Eagach, Curved Ridge on Buachaille and Bidean nam Bien. Many holiday makers rent holiday cottages when staying in this area of Scotland and use them as a base to explore the beautiful countryside.

6. Aberdeen City

Aberdeen is referred to as the Granite City. It provides a great scope for shopping, night life, and sightseeing. One of the most popular attractions of Aberdeen is the Winter Gardens and Duthie Park. This park is located on the Banks of River Dee and many couples come to the city for romantic weekend breaks and take a stroll along the banks of the river.

7. The Winter Gardens

The Winter Gardens is a home to beautiful glass houses and amazing plants. The city centre of Aberdeen contains the Union Street, with hundreds of shops and two shopping centres. Aberdeen has some of the most famous art galleries and museums in the world. Some of them are Provost Skene’s House, Tolbooth, Aberdeen maritime Museum, and the Aberdeen art gallery. It is also one of the major seaports of Europe.

8. Aberdeen University

Aberdeen is also home to Robert Gordon’s and Aberdeen University. It has a popular football team that is well loved by the locals. The city is also a popular holiday destination for short breaks and long weekend stays with many couples staying in self-catering holiday apartments.

9. Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and is regarded as the party capital of Europe. Some of the best parties occur during Hogmanay on New Year’s Eve and the world famous International festival in August. Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Edinburgh are Edinburgh Castle, the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, the Writers Museum, the National library of Scotland and the Royal Museum.

10. Scottish Parliament and Palace of Holyrood

The new Scottish Parliament and Palace of Holyrood lie at the base of the Royal Mile. Edinburgh also contains The Royal Botanic Gardens. The Royal Yacht Britannia is also moored in the city is a very popular tourist attraction. Edinburgh is a great place for weekend breaks and there are some great holiday apartments to rent.

11. Seaweed Eating Sheep

North Ronald say lamb is a popular delicacy native to Orkney. The sheep are fed almost completely on seaweed which makes them acquire this unique taste which people from around the world sought after. So if you are in for some delicious North Ronald say lamb try it here where it is produced to enjoy its flavour at its best.

12. Caper Watch

Capercaillie is the largest grouse in the world and the most endangered bird. If you want to see these birds up close this summer, then visit the Loch Garten Osprey Centre in the Highlands. The caper watch follows the male Capercaillies as they try to woo the females during the mating season with the help of a CCTV. It is worth getting up early to watch this It runs till 17 May.

13. Castle Trail

Castles are an important part of Scotland’s history. It is fascinating to wander around these amazing buildings and ponder on their history. From cliff top of Dunnottar to Craigivar the castle trail in Aberdeenshire features 17 castles which is also the inspiration for the castle of Walt Disney.

14. Spring Fling

The Spring Fling runs during the late may bank holiday weekend. It covers the entire Dumfries and Galloway. About 100 professional artists open their studios free of cost to the public giving a unique opportunity to art lovers to see demonstrations, see what they do, talk to the artists and maybe buy a piece of contemporary art. Most of these studios are only open for this annual event. Apart from the main event of Spring Fling it also presents Spring Fling Fringe which is a festival of performance activities, food and drinks. It offers its visitors a diverse variety of evening activities to enjoy.

15. Ice Cream

In spring, there is nothing as fun as to go outdoors and eat ice-cream. The University Café of Glasgow sells prize-winning homemade ice-cream. Visocchi’s in Dundee and Luca’s of Musselburgh both sell ice-creams made from special family recipe. Largs Nardini’s has 32 varieties. Varani’s Forum cafe in Kilmarnock has exotic Italian gelato flavours like Turkish delight, Irn Bru and Parma Violet.

16. Scented Gardens

Due to the location of Scotland the spring comes earlier than the rest of Europe. In April, the world-famous rhododendrons of Scotland will start blossoming and new fronds will begin to appear on the ferns. In Arduaine Garden near Oban many rare plants can be seen from around the world such as magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas and many more.

17. Water Fun

If you want to have some fun in water try the Galloway Activity Centre where you can do power boating, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and canoeing. For children, you have the option of the centre on Loch Ken which hosts fun days for kids during the school holidays.

18. Cycling

Now that the long days are here it’s time to jump on your bikes and get some fresh air in your lungs. The island of Cumbrae has a 10.25-mile road around which is almost traffic free and flat you can enjoy your ride while admiring the picturesque views.

19. Caledonian Canal

The Caledonian Canal is famous for river barging in Scotland. Traveling through this river you can see the cities situated on the bank of this river and enjoy shopping in the craft shops. You can also visit beautiful castles and historical buildings during your stay on the bank of river. Loch Ness is a wonderful highland in Scotland and trip will be incomplete without visiting Highlands. There are lot of things to do in Scotland and it will be a memorable trip if river barging is an option to visit Scotland.

20. Castles

Castles in Scotland are major attraction for tourists and some castles are still lived in. Few of Historical Castles work as hotels in the cities where tourists can stay or have meals. Many castles have fallen or ruin due to passage of time but worth visiting. Edinburgh, Blair, Culzean are famous ruin castles which are still visiting places for tourists. They still look beautiful and you will not stop to capture these views in your camera.

Scotland is one of the best places in Europe to take a relaxing holiday staying in a self-catering holiday cottage. It has great scenery, warm generous people and superb food and whisky making it an ideal place to take a family holiday staying in a holiday home rental.

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