Experience the most incredible parts of Scotland with our new itineraries. Delve into the history of Robert Burns, discover the beautiful city of Edinburgh and entertain the whole family with a plethora of things to do & see. For featured hotels please see the bottom of this page.
Scotland’s Cultural West
Right, you’re safely over the border and drop into Holiday Inn Dumfries for your first day. Sodden with the history of Robert Burns, Dumfries will captivate you with a visit to Robert Burns Centre or the cottage where he lived. Don’t forget to have a wee dram in his local ‘Howff’, The Globe Inn. Dinner at your leisure and you can browse the hotels Burns works collection.
- Feature Attraction: Robert Burns Centre
After a grand Scottish breakfast take a trip up the Ayrshire coast. For more ‘Burns’ you can stop off at Alloway and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Culzean Castle and Country Park is a beautiful spot and if you’re a golfer bring your clubs. Ayrshire is green to green golf courses and terrific ones at that. Flop into Mercure Ayr and enjoy dinner at your pace.
- Feature Attraction: Culzean Castle and Country Park
Brace yourself for the highlights of Glasgow only 40 minutes from Ayr. You can park at the NCP on Glassford Street (we’ll get you a discount) and you’re in the heart of the city ready to explore. Whether its museums, architecture, art or literature Glasgow has tons and you’ll always hear that friendly Glesga banter. You’ll need another night to rest and Mercure Glasgow in the fashionable Merchant City is ideal. Mulberry is next door if you fancy splashing out!
- Feature Attraction: Merchant City
Edinburgh and the Lothians
Plan to arrive at midday and you can drop your luggage at the Mercure Livingston. Let the kids burn off some energy after the journey with a trip to Five Sisters Zoo or Almond Valley Heritage Park. You can cool down in the hotel pool before a relaxing dinner in the hotel.
- Feature Attraction: Five Sisters Zoo
You’ll be set for the day with a grand Scottish breakfast for your trip to Edinburgh. Take the 15-minute train journey from Uphall station and you will have the day to explore Scotland’s capital at your leisure. You will be given priority booking at Scott’s Restaurant on Princes Street for High Tea. There you can take in the spectacular views of Princes Street Gardens and over to Edinburgh Castle before taking the train back to Uphall. The last train is just before midnight.
- Feature Attraction: Scott’s on Princes Street
Up early for that Scottish breakfast and break up the journey (and tire the kids out) by tackling the International Climbing Centre at Ratho. Or if you need more of Edinburgh then there is plenty to offer. Hast ye back!
- Feature Attraction: Edinburgh International Climbing Arena
Heart of the Highlands
What better a place to start your trip than Mercure Perth? The hotel itself has a history dating back the 14th century. The crowning place of the Scottish Monarchs is at nearby Scone Palace and there are castles, museums and gardens abound to explore. Don’t miss the chance to visit a local distillery with Glenturrit, Dewars and Tullibardine all nearby. The Black Watch Museum tells the history of that famous Scottish Regiment. Mercure Perth is in the heart of the city giving you a great base and you can enjoy some local food in the hotel restaurant.
- Feature Attraction: The Black Watch Museum
Take the road north to Inverness and there are many fantastic stops that are not to be missed. Take your time to visit Dunkeld, Pitlochry and Blair Atholl on the way; they are beautiful Scottish towns. If you want to push the seams of your purse then we recommend the House of Bruar, sometimes dubbed the Harrods of the North, at Blair Atholl. Once you arrive in Inverness you’ll need a wee rest and the Mercure Hotel’s bar and restaurant 33 Church Street is perfect to unwind with great views of the River Ness. It has umpteen different whiskies and if you have another tipple then Fraser on the bar will be able to help you. After dinner we recommend Hootenany’s Scottish Folk Music bar.
- Feature Attraction: Hootenany Innverness
Another stotter of a breakfast because you’ll need the energy to explore Loch Ness and the surrounding area. Regular tours leave from outside the hotel taking you on trips of folklore and legends. You could also make time for some more distilleries with Tomatin and Glen Ord nearby. For history visit Culloden Battlefield or pay a visit to the spooky Munloch Clootie Well.
Enjoy another dinner in 33 Church Street then flake out before you head home the following morning.
- Feature Attraction: 33 Church Street