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Welcome to Scotland

Despite its relatively small size, Scotland has a wealth of things for travellers to do and to see, and its wind-swept natural beauty is rivalled only by its impressive cultural heritage.

Whether you’re heading out for a few days or a month, you’ll be able to pack in enough memorable sights to last a lifetime. Check out our pick of the best Scotland road trips.

Driving tour of Scotland from Edinburgh

Edinburgh is an ideal jumping-off point for some of the best Scotland road trips, and the capital itself is a great place to spend a couple of days. Both its Old Town and New Town are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, offering stunning architecture that dates back to the 17th century, and the spectacular Edinburgh Castle overlooks the hilly streets. If you have the time, try climbing to the top of the famous Arthur’s Seat, which gives you panoramic views of the entire region.

The city is located in the most populous area of Scotland, in the belt between the country’s border region and the Highlands. There are a number of bustling towns and cities no more than a couple of hours outside Edinburgh, including Stirling – the site of William Wallace’s defeat of the English army in 1296, which has a well-preserved medieval fortress and an ultra-modern university campus.

You should also pay a visit to St. Andrews, which is a mere half hour drive along the Fife coast, taking you past a number of old-timey fishing villages. It has one of the world’s most prestigious universities, and can plausibly claim to be the birthplace of golf, with what might be the world’s first course.

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