Scotland is one of the four countries which make up the United Kingdom. The country is steeped in a rich and proud history and is known world over for its tartan and whiskey.
From the grand capital of Edinburgh, home of the Scottish Parliament to the exciting, modern city of Glasgow there's plenty to do. North of these cities lies the famous 'lochs' and the Highlands with the Shetland and Orkney Islands beyond.
Edinburgh is an ideal city to base yourself in and it offers a great range of accommodation including well known hotels as well as boutique hotels and hostels. Highlights of Edinburgh include the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace- residence of the Queen, The parliament at Holyrood and the famous Edinburgh Festival held each August.
The nearby city of Glasgow is another good place to stay and those heading there for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 they will find a full selection of hotels. Glasgow is famous for its excellent nightlife, its cultural scene and the stunning Georgian Architecture which nods to its rich industrial past.
To the north lie the cities of Aberdeen and Inverness, both offering modern appeal and industrial heritage. Inverness is a known as the gateway to the Highlands and is an ideal place to stay if you want to be city based whilst exploring the countryside.
The highlands and the lochs are unsurpassed in their beauty and the whole region is awash with b&b's and self-catering options. There is also a good choice of hotels from small family run affairs to lake side 5 star spas as well as converted castles. Much of Scotland caters for those who enjoy outside adventures such fishing, canoeing, mountain biking and hiking.
As well as Loch Ness and Ben Nevis, Scotland also boasts miles of both rugged and sandy coastline. At the very extremities lie the Orkney, Shetland and Hebrides islands which are some of the most unique places on earth, many of these islands too offer self-catering and B&B options.
Across Scotland hotels include major brands from budget to luxury including Rocco Forte, Travelodge, Macdonald, Britannia, Puma Hotels, Marriott, Best Western, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Mercure, Sheraton and many more. There are also plenty of choices of independently owned hotels and b&b's.
In a country that is as warm and hospitable as Scotland and with so much to discover, it's easy to find a great hotel, in the right location and for every budget.
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