Where to go for a group holiday in Scotland

The most difficult part of organising a group holiday is finding a destination that suits everyone, which is why Scotland is such a good choice. It has cosmopolitan cities that are great for those who wish to spend their break shopping and experiencing the nightlife, but they are surrounded by magnificent countryside, so there is also plenty to interest the outdoorsy members of your party.

Scotland also boasts a great selection of large holiday houses, including many that sleep 12 or more. As well as traditional cottages, the options include a number of castles that will give your getaway a luxurious feel.

Glasgow

Glasgow may be best known for its football clubs and nightlife, but it also has plenty to offer culture vultures. The city is home to the vast Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Gallery of Modern Art and the quirky Burrell Collection, and you should keep an eye out for some of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s distinctive architecture as you travel between them.

If you prefer your art in the form of designer gowns, you will discover Glasgow has the best shopping in Scotland, including the upmarket boutiques and department stores of the Style Mile. Members of your group who wish to spend their breaks getting active can play golf at one of the many local courses or make the short journey to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, where they could try hiking, mountain biking, fishing and sailing.

Edinburgh

There are few better destinations for a holiday for history buffs than Edinburgh, which boasts some of the best museums north of the border. Among them are the military collections and Honours of Scotland on display at historic Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Yacht Britannia and the National Gallery.

If you have children in your group, a trip to Edinburgh Zoo and a visit to the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions are essentials, while you could also take in a matinee at one of the many theatres in the capital.

Edinburgh is famed for its lively nightlife and traditional pubs, but if some of your group prefer to enjoy themselves in the great outdoors, there is also plenty for them. They can walk up the extinct volcano of Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park and stroll along the banks of the Water of Leith without leaving the city, or take a day trip to beautiful Beecraigs Country Park in the Lothians.

Fort William

The Scottish Highlands is one of the UK’s most beautiful regions and if you want to experience all it has to offer, Fort William is the perfect choice to base yourself for a holiday. It is within easy travelling distance of Ben Nevis and Glencoe, so there are unrivalled opportunities for those people in your group who enjoy nothing more than trekking over rugged terrain.

Should you prefer to spend your break doing something a little less strenuous, you could tour the area by boat. The views from Loch Linnhe are breathtaking and, as well as a beautiful landscape, you will see a variety of birds and marine life. The town also has an excellent selection of pubs and places to eat, so you will not have to cook every night.

Scottish Borders

If your idea of the perfect break is to get away from it all, the Scottish Borders is the destination for you. The Cheviot and Lammermuir hills provide a beautiful backdrop for a getaway and, if you choose a remote holiday home, your group can enjoy a few days of total isolation.

Should you want a change from quiet walks in the countryside, head to one of the many pretty market towns, such as Jedburgh, Melrose or Peebles, for a drink in a traditional pub and to pick up some fine local produce from the shops. The area also has plenty of historic attractions to visit, including Sir Walter Scott’s former home Abbotsford, the grand Floors Castle and Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, Traquair.

 

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