Despite how close Scotland is in proximity to England, this country is loaded with a diverse and unique history that sets it distinctly apart from its English neighbours. If you’re looking for a quick getaway, then Scotland is definitely the place to go. The two most popular cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, both have a lot to offer travelers and tourists. We’ll start with the capital city:
Why Visit Edinburgh
Out of all of the cities in the world, there may not be a more distinct blend of modern and ancient than in Edinburgh, Scotland. The feel of the city is set by the towering castle in the background and the several medieval relics that can be found around town. You get a real sense of history and power when you visit Edinburgh. The modern architecture then gives visitors a sense of Western life, and the nightlife that Edinburgh has to offer is unsurpassed by any other city in this diverse and beautiful country.
Nicknamed the “Athens of the North”, Edinburgh has something for everyone, from find cuisine to luxe shopping to fantastic city festivals several times a year. The Scottish New Year Hogmanay is definitely a good time to go and visit Scotland, and several other fun filled events occur immediately once the New Year celebrations come to a close.
If you’re planning on taking a trip to Edinburgh, regardless of the time of year, make sure that you plan your hotel well in advance. Hotels in Edinburgh book up fast, especially around special events like Hogmanay, so start planning to go at least three months in advance. Hand Picked Hotels do great Edinburgh Hotels if you want to really book ahead.
Why Visit Glasgow
Glasgow is the place to be if you want to get a feel for the “real” Scotland. Being the city with the largest population, it’s no wonder that Glasgow has won a ton of awards in the past 20 years such as the best City of Culture and the Capital of Sport. It also has just recently been named the UNESCO City of Music, being the 2nd Scottish city to do so.
2014 is going to be a very exciting year for Glasgow. This city that’s teeming with friendly locals and a spirited nightlife is going to be host to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. If you’re planning on being around during that time, then the time to book a hotel in the area is now.
If the Commonwealth Games aren’t your thing, then there are plenty of other things to do in the area. Into architecture? Then check out sites like the Glasgow Cathedral, the City Chambers, the Glasgow Cross and the St Enoch Subway Station. If museums and galleries are what you seek, then you surely won’t be disappointed if you stop by the Burrel Collection, the Gallery of Modern Art or the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens. There’s also a great pub that used to be a church called the Òran Mór that does something very special: A Play, A Pie and A Pint.. Need I say more?