|Most expensive month:||July|
|Average price in Scotland:||$149/night|
|Cheapest price found:||$18/night|
|Most expensive day:||Thursday|
Travelodge Edinburgh Haymarket
24 Eglington Crescent, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Fairy-tale castles, shimmering lochs and rolling highlands are just some of the evocative sights that await in Scotland. The country has a complex and fascinating history, coupled with an incredible sense of national pride. From city slickers to country folk, the Scots are more than happy to bombard you with stories about local legends, family tartans and centuries-old whisky-making techniques.
Nowhere captures the grandeur of Scotland like Edinburgh. Magnificent Edinburgh Castle is perched on the summit of an extinct volcano and towers over the city. Strolling along the Royal Mile, you’ll be lured into stores selling tartan, cashmere, fudge, whisky and other Scottish staples.
In the Old Town, cobbled alleyways and stone staircases take you to hidden pubs and cafes. Head to the New Town to admire elegant Georgian architecture, browse upmarket boutiques and stroll through flower-filled Princes Street Gardens.
Scotland may be famous for fish and chips and fried mars bars, but that’s not the only thing on the menu. Freshly-caught seafood, locally farmed venison and organic produce offer a taste of the real Scotland. Wash down your meal with a dram of smooth, single-malt whisky.
There are plenty of opportunities to escape civilisation and immerse yourself in the wild and rugged beauty of Scotland. The iconic West Highland Way can be hiked in sections and takes you past glassy lochs and craggy mountains. The hike up 1,345-metre-tall Ben Nevis climbs the tallest mountain in the British Isles.
Head to the coast and you can watch otters splashing in the Shetland Islands, spot puffins nesting on the sea cliffs of Galloway and kayak with seals in the Outer Hebrides. Mull is a world-class whale watching destination, where you can spot minke whales breaching off the coast.
Edinburgh and Glasgow are pedestrian-friendly and well-serviced by public transport. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore Scotland at your own pace, while trains are a fast and comfortable way to explore. Long-distance buses are also a good option.
Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Inverness are the most popular places on HotelsCombined for stays in Scotland.
Ibis Budget Hotel Edinburgh Park (7.8/10 from 9,583 reviews), Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City Centre (8.3/10 from 6,401 reviews), and Travelodge Glasgow Queen St (8.5/10 from 66 reviews) are all highly rated places to stay in Scotland.
If it’s restaurants and nightlife you’re after, Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, is a great place to start. Here, you can find everything from traditional pubs like The Devil’s Advocate to world-famous events like the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. To be close to all the action, consider Scottish hotels in the Old Town, like The Radisson Blu or The Old Waverley Hotel. Glasgow is another hub for bars and restaurants, with pubs like The Pot Still and Babbity Bowster offering some of the country’s best Scottish meals and delicious beer on tap. When searching for Scottish accommodation, hotels like Premier Suites Plus Glasgow George Square and Voco Grand Central Glasgow in Glasgow’s city centre will place you close to all the bars and restaurants.
To bring a little magic into the holiday for kids (and kids at heart), it’s worth heading out to the mythical shores of Loch Ness. Get out on the water, engage in some monster hunting, and then relax at some of the most beautiful hotels in Scotland, including the Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel, which offers views over the River Ness. To immerse your family in history, visit some of Scotland’s famous castles. Glamis Castle in Angus offers plenty of kid-friendly activities, including wildlife spotting and ghost tours (for braver kids). A stay at the Airlie Arms Hotel in nearby Kirriemuir will place you within easy reach of the castle.
To enjoy some of the best things to do in Scotland – from picturesque beaches to ancient castles – Argyll and the Isles is an excellent choice. Here, you can island-hop, hike through forests and glens, see local wildlife (including cartoonishly adorable puffins), and explore castles and ruins. The Isles feature plenty of beautiful guest houses, hotels, and resorts, including the stunning Auchrannie Resort on the Isle of Arran. While Scotland is home to an abundance of ancient ruins and stone formations, you’ll find the most bountiful collection at Kilmartin Glen. Here, you’ll find more than 800 structures, all of which are thousands of years old. A stay at the Kilmartin Hotel or a nearby Bed and Breakfast will place you close to the Nether Largie Standing Stones, Glebe Cairn, Kilmartin Castle, and other monuments.
There are plenty of things to see in Scotland and few places better than a touring bike from which to see them. Scotland has developed a reputation for being one of the world’s top spots for motorcycle touring with stunning landscapes, well-paved winding roads, and little traffic outside city centres. While there are many beautiful roads to explore, most bikers agree that Glen Coe and the Scottish Highlands are a must. You can start the trip in Glasgow, taking the A82 to Crianlarich, a great place to stop before heading north into the highlands. Glasgow hotels like the Grasshoppers Hotel and Crianlarich accommodation like Clifton Cottage will give you a comfortable break from the road, with free parking for your bike.