Ask anyone about their idea of a luxury break and you’ll find that it means something different to everyone. However, there is one destination that caters for everybody – with its stunning scenery and vibrant cities, Scotland is sure to impress even the most widely travelled of visitors.
What is your idea of a luxury holiday? Pick one of the suggestions below and start dreaming about a trip to Scotland.
Luxury is… no holiday planning . If you can’t stand the idea of complicated and long vacation planning, there are lots of companies that will do the legwork for you, including Luxury Edinburgh, Luxury Scotland and Dream Escape. Let them delve into their fount of knowledge and present you with great things to see and do and Scotland’s most exclusive places to stay.
Luxury is… no traffic jams. So if you spend a good part of your week on the road sandwiched in-between other cars? Uncover Europe’s first city seaplane service, Loch Lomond Seaplanes, who can take you from the centre of busy Glasgow right up the stunning west coast to Oban for a leisurely lunch of fresh seafood. The planes can take off and land anywhere where there is water.
Luxury is… finding a truly romantic place to stay. Scotland offers a wealth of exclusive places to stay, from 5-star hotels to luxurious lodges, country manors to dramatic castles. Browse our range of exclusive accommodation.
Luxury is… creating your own. Scotland is known for its whisky and kilts that are made from unique tartan - why not make your own whilst in Scotland? Furthermore, you can also create your own perfume.
Inspired by the rough landscape and the scents of whisky and heather, George Dodd has opened a perfume studio in the north west of Scotland.
Nosing is more important than tasting – that’s the first lesson you will learn on a Master Blender course at Glengoyne Distillery in the Trossachs. After a few hours you will leave with your own personal blend, which you can even give name.
Even if you don’t have any Scottish ancestors, you can still create your own tartan. Weaving mills such as Lochcarron of Scotland have designers in house to create new tartans to customers’ specifications. A look in the Scottish Tartan World Register ensures that no duplicates are created and any new patterns are recorded here – similar to patent register.
Whether they're made from tartan, leather or are pin stripe – kilts come in all colors and sizes. You can buy one off the shelf or get measured by one of Scotland's many kilt makers and have your kilt tailored just for you. Visit 21st Century Kilts, Geoffrey Kilts, Houston Kiltmakers and Kinloch Anderson.
Luxury is… experiencing a true wilderness. Scotland’s north is one of the last true wild places in the world. You can get a taste of it by staying at Alladale Wilderness Reserve. Restoring nature’s balance is high on the reserve’s agenda. Recently, they re-introduced wild boar and have similar plans for wolves and European brown bears. The luxurious Highland retreat is the ideal place to retire after a day’s deer-stalking or wildlife watching.
Luxury is… travelling in style. Forget cramped family cars and opt for a day out on the water instead. Experience the legendary Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal at speed on the Eilidh Catriona, a purpose-built motor cruiser, which promises the ultimate day out. Or come onboard the Majestic Line, a traditional wooden vessel that cruises the sheltered Argyll coast while the crew caters to your every need. Is there any reason to step off the boat? Actually, there is a host of reasons including superb golf courses and whisky distilleries along the way.
Luxury is... a unique touring experience. Trike Tours Scotland - the first chauffeur-driven Trike Tour - is a wonderfully unique way to see the breathtaking scenery that Scotland has to offer.
However you define luxury, Scotland is sure to offer the holiday experience you’re looking for. Why not stay in exclusive-use venues (such as Scottish castle accommodation) including castles during your visit?