Scotland remains for many of us a mythical and mystical notion associated with Loch Ness, bagpipes, men wearing a kilt and nothing but a kilt and of course Sean Connery but Scotland is so much more. So follow the Queen 's example as she escapes to Balmoral Castle and discover a country still greatly untouched by mass-tourism and glowing in spectacular lights. Londonrevue has selected some highlights of the Highlands for you:
If you are a lover of whisky one of the best ways to discover more about single malt whisky is to book a private tour of the distilleries through www.scotchwhisky.net or visit visitscotland.com.
For a city break Edinburgh stands out as an exciting city with its historic town, beautiful castle and cutting edge art and culture together with its world famous festival as well as its pubs where you can enjoy all the time tastings of different whiskies. For your stay you can treat yourself to the very elegant and discreet The Howard hotel which offers each guest a personal butler who tends to every need as well as some suites with their own private entrance and terraces (www.thehoward.com).
For those who appreciate spending time in and with nature we recommend the Caledonian Canal considered one of the great waterways of the world (www.waterscape.com/canals-and-rivers/caledoniancanal/) as well as highland trekking and trail riding on the perimeter of the Glen Affric National Nature Reserve that offers stunning scenery(www.highlandandponytrekking.com).
For the romantic touch you could do worse than spend time at Skibo Castle where Madonna wed Guy Ritchie, even though the marriage was not made for eternity. Sadly, the spectacular castle opens its doors only to members of the Carnegie Club (www.carnegieclub.com). However, for lesser mortals Drumtochty Castle is a beautiful 19th century castle in a wild woodland glen offering a beauty spa and catering for weddings, private celebrations as well as shooting parties (www.drumtochtyunlimited.com).
And finally when you are in Scotland do not forget to enjoy the tipical scottish recipes and ingredients, so do not miss the whisky sauce for a delicate gourmet experience.