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  • “What a weekend! How can we begin to thank you for that spectacular time. As with yourselves, we’ve enjoyed many occasions over the years – a few disasters, mostly good, but just once in a while one happens that, as we put it, has a sprinkling of “stardust” on it. This was certainly one of those!” I.W., Aberdeen, Scotland

In spite of it’s small size, Scotland is full to bursting with treasures and delights.  The land is ingrained with a rich, colourful history and culture, and is home to some of the largest areas of wilderness in Western Europe.  Every corner of the land is steeped in the past whether it is a battlefield, small island croft, abbey, Scottish castle or tower house that has witnessed the country’s turbulent past.  The people are renowned for being warm and friendly and extremely hospitable.

From the Highlands and Islands to the Lowlands of the Scottish Borders, the country’s landscape is, quite simply, breath taking.  There is fabulous wildlife to see such as minke wales and basking sharks off the Hebridean Islands, otters and sea lions lazing in the sun, golden eagles soaring over the hills & lochs and deer roaming in the mountains.  A great way to explore the countryside can be on foot, bicycle, horse or taking a boat to visit the western islands.  The Highlands and Islands are an adventure playground to the outdoor lovers amongst us.  In August the hills are covered in a purple blanket of heather which by December is replaced by a blanket of snow.

Scotland’s exports such as it’s whisky, tweed and tartan are well-known worldwide as is the poetry of Robbie Burns and some of the more modern exports such as Ian Rankin’s detective novels.  There are many whisky distilleries to visit, both large and small and they all welcome visitors with open arms.  Glasgow and Edinburgh have some wonderful museums and art galleries to visit such as Glasgow’s Kelvingrove and Edinburgh’s National Portrait Gallery.  Both cultural cities have lots to offer any visitor such as the designer shops, world class restaurants, Edinburgh Castle, a buzzing nightlife and the annual International Edinburgh Festival.

At last Scotland has shaken off it’s reputation for deep fried food (although you can still find some if you’re keen!) and replaced it with restaurants of international standing such as Paul Kitching’s 21212, Martin Wishart and Tom Kitchin.  Local produce is now used to it’s full advantage and you will find yourself eating home grown organic vegetables with beef and venison reared in the fields nearby and fresh seafood caught that day.

Come and experience luxury travel in Scotland and stay in one of the delightful Scottish country houses that LTR offer.  A country that has so much to offer from it’s history, culture and landscape to the warmth of the people and the delicious locally sourced food.

 

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