Scotland. A land of brilliant moments.

Date Posted: 12/01/2015

Scotland’s had a brilliant year and we aim to make 2015 even better when we herald the Year of Food and Drink celebrating our outstanding natural larder.

From seafood to whisky, berries to succulent meat, Scottish produce has achieved a worldwide reputation, and it’s served up in hotels, restaurants, cafés and farmers’ markets throughout the country.

To help visitors source the best and freshest food, VisitScotland’s Taste Our Best scheme recognises businesses serving up quality ingredients of Scottish provenance.

The Year of Food & Drink also sees events take place all over Scotland such as Whisky Month in May and a variety of food festivals, guaranteeing there will definitely be something on the table for everyone.

The warm Scottish welcome that keeps visitors coming back will be out in force in 2015 across our many fantastic group-friendly hotels and attractions. These can be found in Scotland’s seven cities which each boast their own character. From the Medieval marvels and cobbled streets of Edinburgh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Glasgow’s world-class shopping and museums, to the greatly anticipated waterfront development, including the V&A, as well as the RRS Discovery in Dundee.

Head to the granite city of Aberdeen, a great base for the UK’s only castle trail and the world’s only whisky trail, or Inverness - a bustling community and the perfect place from which to explore all that the Highlands have to offer.

Perth is home to Scone Palace, the ancient crowning place of Scottish kings, set in the heart of Big Tree Country, and head to nearby Stirling, where some of Scotland’s most momentous events have taken place - visit the Battle of Bannockburn experience or hear the gossip from a 16th century lady in waiting at Stirling Castle.

Wherever you choose to stay in Scotland you won’t have to go far to witness stunning natural landscapes.

The Cairngorms National Park is the largest range of sub-arctic mountainous landscapes anywhere in the British Isles, and is home to rare wildlife including ospreys, red squirrels and Cairngorm Reindeer.

Further south Scotland’s other national park, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs encompasses the largest inland expanse of freshwater in Britain.

The picturesque Loch Lomond offers excellent water-sports opportunities as well as cruises around the loch and its many islands.

Keen walkers have the option of gentle strolls by the waterside or to, quite literally, aim higher and scale one of the nearby Munros.

Scotland is also proud to boast many stunning gardens, parks and green-spaces including four Royal Botanic Gardens in Dumfries & Galloway, the Scottish Borders, Argyll, and Edinburgh, with further botanic gardens to be found in Dundee, Glasgow and St Andrews each with their own specialist collection of plants and attractions, from palm trees to spectacular swathes of rhododendrons.

All over Scotland there are a plethora of sites and attractions that piece together 5,000 years of incredible history.

From the battlefields of Bannockburn and Culloden, to the mysterious standing stones and stone circles, to the hundreds of ruins and inhabited castles dotted throughout the country, there is certainly no shortage of awe-inspiring historical sites to make any trip unforgettable, many of which have knowledgeable guides to bring the history alive.

Witness Scottish culture come to life in 2015 at the many events taking place all over the country.

There’s no experience quite like attending a traditional Highland Games, featuring pipe bands, highland dancing and, of course, caber tossing.

Another of Scotland’s great traditions is the revered Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Staged annually during the famous Edinburgh Festivals,the Tattoo is an enthralling combination of music, dance and military pageantry set against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Besides the more traditional events, Scotland is also home to a thriving contemporary arts scene and in 2015 Glasgow will host The Turner Prize in its stylish Tramway area, as well as a number of high-profile exhibitions.

Scotland’s reputation for art and design is further reflected in its rich architectural legacy. From the 5,000 year-old Skara Brae on Orkney, to the neo-Gothic cliff-top Culzean Castle in Ayrshire, all the way through to the stunningly modern Glasgow Riverside Museum and state of the art Bannockburn Heritage Centre, the richly varied examples of architecture found in every corner of the country tell a story of Scotland through the ages.

VisitScotland looks forward to welcoming groups in 2015.

Contact details

For more information, ideas, contacts and suggested itineraries group travel organisers can go to visitscotlandtraveltrade.com or email us at traveltrade@visitscotland.com

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