Great Scottish Escapes Itineraries

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

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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!

 

 

Edinburgh and the Lothians

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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. Haste Ye Back!

 

 

Heart of the Highlands

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Culture & Heritage

The culture and heritage of Scotland

Discover the culture and heritage of Scotland by choosing to stay with Mercure Hotels.

The West Highland Way

Discover Scotland’s most loved long-distance walking trail, a 96 mile stretch from Milngavie to Fort William. Walk alongside tranquil lochs, rushing rivers and up towering mountains, enjoy spectacular views and the great outdoors. Along the way, pass through charming rural villages and visit authentic attractions such as whiskey distilleries.

The last stretch of the 6-10 day route heads through the forest to Glen Nevis, treating you to fantastic views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Enjoy the home stretch to Fort William and take a picture with the famous bronze statue of a fellow walker at Gordon Square.

Why not reward yourself by ending your trip in the nearby city of Inverness? Treat yourself to a slice of luxury to rewind and recoup at the recently refurbished Mercure Inverness Hotel. Welcome the change of pace in this exciting city and enjoy a well earned night’s sleep in a dreamy king-sized bed.

Linlithgow Palace

Set in its own park beside Linlithgow Loch, explore the magnificent ruins of the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. The Palace was an impressive retreat for Royals, which boasts a fine great hall, chapel and high towers that look out over lush greenery and the loch. Today the palace is known as a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the loch’s popularity with wildfowl and has appeared on Outlander, the TV adaptation of the critically acclaimed novel.

Just a 40-minute drive from Edinburgh, a trip to Linlithgow Palace will be a highlight to any trip to the capital. Stay at Mercure Edinburgh City Princes Street Hotel for a locally inspired experience.

Stay at Mercure Livingston Hotel, just a 20-minute drive away from the Palace. The hotel is surrounded by other areas of interest such as Five Sisters Zoo, Pentland Hills and Livingston Designer Outlet. After a day exploring and finding out more about the culture and heritage of Scotland, unwind at the hotel’s Feel Good Health Club. Take advantage of full use of the swimming pool, sauna, steam room, and gym.

Golf Courses in Scotland

Our selection of golf courses

GOLF IN DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY – Over thirty local golf courses to choose from for your golf holidays, all within an area of outstanding natural beauty in southwest Scotland. Get in touch to book your golf holiday and play at the best golf courses in Scotland.

From a challenging and varied 18 hole course set on the outskirts of Dumfries to Lochmaben Golf Club which occupies a historic area around the Kirk Loch, Holiday Inn Dumfries makes the perfect base for a golf break in southwest Scotland.

Crichton Golf Club
Less than a five-minute walk from Holiday Inn Dumfries, this friendly 9 hole course and driving range welcomes guests with green fees starting from £18.50

Dumfries and County Golf Club
Designed by golfing legend, Willie Fern, this 18 hole course is just an 11-minute drive from the hotel. Reservations are advised and prices start from £38 at weekends.

Dumfries and Galloway Golf Club
Also designed by Willie Fern, this 18 hole championship parkland course welcomes guests all year round. Green fees start from £37 at weekends and are just a 10-minute drive from the hotel.

Lochmaben Golf Club 
Famous for its wildlife and picturesque views of the Kirk Loch, this 18 hole course prides itself on being one the most well-kept parkland courses, just a 25-minute drive from the hotel.

Powfoot Golf Club
Set in breathtaking scenery, this 18 hole course presents a mixture of both links and parkland golf to the highest standard. Green fees start from £22. The course is a 23-minute drive from the hotel.

Lockerbie Golf Club
This 18 hole course is a 30-minute drive from Dumfries and was designed by legendary Scottish golfer, James Braid. Green fees start from £32 at the weekend.

Southerness Golf Club
A 30-minute drive from Dumfries, this 18 hole championship links course is open all year round boasting spectacular coastal scenery and level terrain. Green fees start from £35 mid-week.

Holiday Inn Dumfries
Offers cosy bedrooms, beautiful views and delicious food, nestled within 100 acres of the picturesque Crichton Estate. Perfectly situated for golf and leisure breaks, with top golf courses under a half an hour drive away. Nearby is the Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre which displays the poet’s original manuscripts. The ruins of medieval Sweetheart Abbey are 8 miles away, and a 30-minute drive takes you to rambling and mountain biking trails through the Forest of Ae.