Create an unforgettable break in Scotland

Date Posted: 30/09/2013

From royal residences, whisky distilleries and castles; to wildlife tours, unrivalled natural larder and world-class shopping experiences; VisitScotland reveals how you can organise a memorable group trip.

Scotland is full of surprises, and here are just a few facts that you may not have known about our beautiful country - to help create that unforgettable break for your groups.

There are over 300 castles in Aberdeenshire alone (that’s more per acre than anywhere else in the UK), including those said to have inspired Walt Disney and Bram Stoker’s famous tale of Dracula. Visitors can follow Scotland’s only castle trail in Aberdeenshire, covering 17 of the region’s most striking castles and stately homes, and hear about the (sometimes gruesome) history of the area.

Scotland is also home to the world’s only malt whisky trail. Visitors can discover (and sample!) our national tipple in seven working distilleries throughout picturesque Speyside, some of which have been welcoming visitors since 1897. Groups can also visit Scotland’s island distilleries, where clients can experience the essence of the isles and sample a few drams of golden single malt classics - from Caol Ila and Lagavulin on Islay (alongside six other fine distilleries here), Tobermory Distillery on the Isle of Mull, Highland Park on Orkney (the northern-most distillery in the world) and Talisker on Skye.

Our capital, Edinburgh, boasts more listed buildings than any other city, but did you know that visitors can find out what lies beneath and uncover the deepest secrets of the city’s underground streets? There are a number of tours on offer of Edinburgh’s underground vaults which tell the tale of Edinburgh’s more sinister history. 

Groups can experience the life of Scotland’s national bard Robert Burns in Ayrshire and Dumfries (just a one hour drive apart), where there are a number of fantastic associations with Burns’ life. The Globe Inn, established in 1610, was Burns’ local watering hole and is still open today; and the newly refurbished Robert Burns Birthplace Museum houses many important collections of his work including manuscript copies of the iconic Auld Lang Syne.

These are just a few of the diverse and unique experiences on offer in Scotland. What’s more, 2014 is bursting at the seams with a line-up of fantastic events, with new and exciting attractions due to open their doors. Highlight events in 2014 include Bannockburn Live!, the Forth Bridges Festival and the John Muir Festival; and April 2014 will also see the opening of the greatly anticipated Kelpies. Towering at 30-metres tall, these water-borne sculptural monuments of two horses’ heads will act as the gateway to the Helix (an exciting new country park covering 350 hectares just a short distance from the Falkirk Wheel) and the Forth and Clyde Canal, with an interactive visitors’ centre for groups to enjoy.  Once completed, the Kelpies will be the largest outdoor sculpture in the UK and the largest equine sculpture in the world.

We look forward to giving your groups a warm welcome to Scotland.

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Pictured: The Royal Yacht Britannia - home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. Now berthed in Edinburgh, your clients can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

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