There are still pandemic restrictions around the world, and many people are nervous about travelling abroad. Fortunately, the UK is filled with holiday destinations for your next staycation. You could explore London on a city break or head up north to Scotland for a holiday like no other. Scotland has wild highlands, stunning beaches and charming cities to see. There truly is something for everyone in Scotland.
Here are three must-see locations on the East Coast of Scotland.
Jump on a train to Edinburgh and arrive in the centre of the city in no time at all.
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and one of the most magical cities in Europe. It’s brimming with history, culture, and the sound of bagpipes. You can head up to Edinburgh Castle to see where Queen Margret once lived. The castle is a world heritage site, and it’s one of the oldest buildings in the city.
You can go shopping on Princes Street or for afternoon tea in The Dome. Edinburgh is also home to many festivals and festive activities. Visit the German Christmas Market in December or the Fringe Festival at the end of the summer.
Head to the university town of St Andrews on the East Coast of Scotland. St Andrews has its own castle, but it’s much smaller than Edinburgh Castle. There is also a cathedral for those who want to see the largest church in Scotland. The botanical garden is by far the most beautiful attraction, with over 18 acres of stunning scenes. You can watch the wildlife in the garden and play with the kids in the woodland playground. And if that doesn’t catch your attention, there is always the beach to see.
Aberdeen is perfect for adventurous travellers. You can go hiking or walking and indulge in all kinds of activities. Balmoral Castle is also in Aberdeen, and it’s open to the public. Balmoral is one of the Queen’s favourite spots and is regularly featured in the hit Netflix show, The Crown.
Aberdeen also has a arts and culture scene with plenty of museums. The Tolbooth museum focuses on the history of crime and punishment – while the science centre has all kinds of interactive exhibits. You can take the kids out for a rainy day around Aberdeen’s best museums.
If you are visiting Scotland in the ski season, you are in for quite a treat. Pop over to Glenshee Ski centre or the Cairngorms Mountains for a day at the largest ski resort in Britain. Each resort is perfect for both adrenaline junkies and beginner skiers.
The East Coast of Scotland is a diverse and magical place.