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Scottish Landscape, Scotland, United Kingdom

Scotland holidays

A vibrant history and culture, vast open wilderness and the finest whiskey in the world – little wonder that the Scots are a proud people who love nothing more than welcoming visitors to their beautiful country.

Rugged and uncompromising, rural Scotland has a mythical quality that goes beyond its undeniable aesthetic appeal. And the people that inhabit Scotland’s wilder more remote regions, are as intriguing and unfathomable as the landscape in which they live.

Split into the Lowlands and the Highlands, and both with their own distinctive appeal, we are nonetheless, with the Scottish poet Robert Burns when we declare that our ‘heart is in the Highlands’. It is no surprise that a procession of poets and writers have taken inspiration from the hills, lochs and glens of Scotland’s most northerly territory. Steppes’ holidays in Scotland celebrate the natural history of the country but at the same time, fully acknowledge that Scotland’s culture and people are an intrinsic part of any rural experience in the Highlands.

Otter, Scotland
Otter in Scotland
Queen's View at Loch Tummel - Scotland, UK
Loch Tummel, Scotland
White tailed Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) in flight in the rain, Scotland
White tailed sea eagle, Scotland
Mountains in Highland,Scotland
Scottish mountains

Why We Like Scotland – The Wilds

The comedian, Billy Connolly once said  ‘In Scotland, there is no bad weather – just the wrong clothing’

With allegedly over 100 words for ‘rain’, it pays to be prepared for four seasons in one day when travelling in Scotland. See beyond the ‘yillen’ (shower) and ‘goselet’ (downpour) and Scotland is one of the most rewarding places to visit for anyone with a love of wildlife and wild places. Go in search of golden eagles in Loch Lomond or visit Mull for the chance to photograph the charismatic sea otter. The Hebrides are renowned for spectacular golden beaches and all along Scotland’s western coastline, there is good opportunity to spot whales, basking sharks and dolphins. Trekking and biking are also particularly well catered for – try the Cairngorms for memorable walks and the North Coast 500 for exceptional road cycling (or an exceptional self-drive holiday)

Bagpipes, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Bagpipes, Edinburgh
Old Beauly Priory in Scotland
Old Beauly priory, Scotland
Fishing traps on a wall in summertime in the town of Tobermory on the isle of Mull in the inner Hebrides, Scotland
Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland

Why We Like Scotland – The People

The writer, Walter Scott once wrote ‘Where is the coward that would not dare to fight for such a land as Scotland’.

The Scots love of their country is renowned. The film, Braveheart was a little too moderate for most Scot’s sense of national pride (and many have yet to forgive Mel Gibson for his attempt at a Scottish accent). Try visiting a Scotland vs. England rugby international at Murrayfield and you’ll get a sense of just how much being Scottish matters to the people of this country. In the Highlands, the people’s intimate connection with the land is palpable – the rugged landscape provides a tangible link with a history that is rich and full of fascinating stories (best heard when sat in front of a roaring log-fire, nursing a glass of single-malt whiskey).

Valley in autunmal colours with track leading to cottage and snow covered mountains behind.
Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Scotland

Alladale Wilderness Reserve

Escape the world with a stay amidst unspoiled wilderness, spending days in search of wildlife, fishing, walking and mountain biking.

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