Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire
From pristine beaches to crumbling castles, exciting cultural attractions to ancient maritime heritage, Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire is one of the most vibrant regions in Scotland. At its heart, the city of Aberdeen is a cosmopolitan hub and bustling commercial centre. Widely regarded as the 'Oil Capital of Europe', Aberdeen's proud heritage in the oil and gas industries have propelled it into the spotlight as a city of excellence where people from all over the world come to explore and do business.
Argyll & The Isles
Discover the rich coastal landscapes and Highland scenery in Argyll & The Isles. This dynamic region on Scotland's west coast is home to charming seaside villages and towns, incredible seafood, world-renowned whisky distilleries and rugged landscapes. Explore the dramatic coastlines of Skye, hop on a ferry to the seaside town of Oban or enjoy the history and architecture of Helensburgh – the clear waters, empty beaches and rolling hills of Argyll & The Isles offer all the adventure you need.
Ayrshire & Arran
Situated on Scotland's west coast, Ayrshire and Arran is a region characterised by its varied coastlines, picturesque islands and unspoilt beaches. Nature is just the beginning of Ayrshire and Arran's charms; magnificent castles, historic buildings, cultural attractions and a close proximity to Glasgow all make this beguiling region one worth exploring.
Dumfries & Galloway
From babbling brooks to dense forests and wild coastal stretches, Dumfries & Galloway is the perfect backdrop for adventure. The stunning natural scenery has inspired poets, artists and writers for centuries; visitors can explore its proud heritage in Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town, or Kirkcudbright, the Artists' Town. Away from the hustle and bustle, the beautiful landscapes offer the opportunity to spot rare wildlife and explore the valleys and hills of Galloway Forest Park, one of Scotland's most famous nature reserves.
Dundee & Angus
Uncover some of Scotland's most precious gems in Dundee & Angus. The stunning region is home to pristine beaches, ancient forests, world class golf courses and miles of rugged hills. Guarding the banks of the River Tay is Dundee, the fourth largest city in Scotland and home to an array of unique heritage and urban charms. Further along the coast in Arbroath visitors can sample the famous Arbroath Smokies, or see Scotland's history come to life at Arbroath Abbey, where the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320.
Edinburgh & The Lothians
Home to Scotland's historic capital city, Edinburgh & The Lothians is one of the most exciting regions in the country. From world-class cultural institutions and UNESCO World Heritage sites to award-winning restaurants and standout shopping, Edinburgh offers excitement and adventure at every turn. Stunning landscapes, charming towns and the majestic peaks of the Pentland Hills in the surrounding Lothians make it the perfect destination for exploring.
The Kingdom of Fife
Discover the historic region of the Kingdom of Fife and experience the rich variety in its villages and towns. For a compact region, the Kingdom of Fife is incredibly diverse; there are historic universities, world-renowned links golf courses, sweeping coastlines and miles of lush, green landscapes. From outdoor adventure to cultural pursuits, Fife's array of charms makes it a playground for explorers and adventurers alike.
Greater Glasgow & the Clyde Valley
Bursting with history, culture, art, shopping and entertainment, Greater Glasgow & the Clyde Valley is home to Scotland's largest and most dynamic city. Visitors can seek pleasure in its many shops and restaurants, pursue culture in the world-class museums and galleries or experience Glasgow's famous hospitality first hand at one of the many sporting and entertainment venues in the city. Follow the River Clyde and there's just as much to explore, from the region's important heritage to its stunning landscapes.
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Home to ancient landscapes, highland clans, majestic mountains and haunted glens, the Highlands make up Scotland's most fabled region. Visitors can take part in outdoor pursuits, witness amazing wildlife or set off on the famous Malt Whisky Trail; with a unique heritage and seemingly boundless supply of natural beauty, the expansive landscapes of the Highlands have a way of making you feel at one with nature.
Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & The Forth Valley
Known as the Gateway to the Highlands, this area is steeped in Scottish history. From snow-capped Munros to serene lochs and lush forests, the landscapes around Stirling and the Trossachs have inspired visitors for centuries. With vibrant towns and villages, important landmarks, great architecture, stunning natural beauty and plenty of modern charms, Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & The Forth Valley offers an irresistible blend of Scotland's past and present.
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The ever-enchanting Orkney Islands are scattered just off the north coast of Scotland. An archipelago made up of more than 70 islands, Orkney is punctuated by sandy white shores, traditional cottages, ancient stone structure and clear blue waters. This magical region is a hotbed of heritage, culture, wildlife and natural beauty waiting to be discovered. With a population of just over 22,400 people, it might surprise you to find out that the Orkney Islands are actually closer to the Arctic Circle than they are to London.
Lying roughly 100 miles off the north east coast of Scotland, the Shetland Islands are the northern-most tip of Scotland. The islands separate the Atlantic Ocean, on the west, from the North Sea on the east. With a population of just over 22,800 people, the Shetland Islands are actually closer to Norway than they are to the rest of mainland Scotland.
30 miles off the north west coast lies one of Scotland's most remote regions, the Outer Hebrides. This picturesque island chain is worth the effort it takes to get there; go island hopping and discover a paradise of wild Atlantic waves, white sandy beaches, towering mountains and a vibrant cultural landscape.
You'll discover the best of Scotland's charms in Perthshire. This heartland region offers something for everyone; vibrant culture, captivating history, stunning landscapes, renowned golf courses, first-class attractions and stunning architecture are just the beginning of what Perthshire has in store.
Peek into the history of the Scottish Borders and you'll find tales of literary greats, staggering castles and bloody battles. Today Scotland's most southern region is no less beguiling; the lush landscapes and rolling hills are dotted with wildlife while the sleepy towns offer a compact mix of culture to explore.