If you and your family are emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic in good health, you might be (very tentatively) wondering if it’s possible to safely take a much-needed family break in the foreseeable future – perhaps later in the summer or as we move into autumn.
You’ll know that here in Republic of Ireland and together with the United Kingdom we all have slightly different approaches to the timetable for easing lockdown, but there’s a decent chance that since we’re part of the common travel area, travel between these territories might be more manageable sooner than vacations further afield. And if this is the case, where better to spend some time bonding and recharging your batteries than Scotland?
As well as stunning scenery, the towns and cities are jam-packed with culture, history and friendly locals.
If this sounds promising, here are three fab destinations for a cathartic Caledonian break.
Which other capital city has a main thoroughfare framed by an ancient castle perched on top of a volcanic plug?
With its elegant neoclassical New Town, an Old Town full of historical nooks and crannies and a world-class arts and culture sector, this beautiful city combines many eclectic elements in a heady blend. For more great ideas on what to do check out this post from Mum on a budget.
Tip: Don’t miss cocktails at The Dome when you’re in town – it’s breath-taking inside and out.
It wouldn’t be overly unkind to say that 10-15 years ago, Dundee wouldn’t have been on many people’s list of top cities to visit in Scotland.
But with a globally renowned V&A Design Museum that juts out from the riverside like an alien craft and a magnificent mix of independent shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs, it has undergone a transformation that’s made it one of the world’s coolest cities to visit.
Tip: try urban wakeboarding at the Foxlake water-skiing facility at City Quay.
How can you describe Glasgow in a couple of sentences? Scotland’s biggest city is probably most distinctive because of its amazing people – it’s a modern multicultural metropolis which is inclusive, warm and fantastically funny.
You can shop ‘til you drop here on Buchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street, enjoy live music and dancing on the spring floors of the legendary Barrowland Ballroom, slake your cultural thirst at Oran Mor and Glasgow School of Art and watch thrilling live football courtesy of Celtic and Rangers.
Tip: arrange car hire from Enjoy Travel in Glasgow and explore the whole of Scotland’s Central Belt.
So there you have a hattrick of reasons why Scotland could be your ideal family getaway location post-lockdown – and we’ve not even touched on the mind-boggling beauty of the Scottish Highlands, which are accessible from any of the above bases.
Keep an ‘aye’ on all the official travel information before you head off, but we hope you can experience these superb Scottish locations for real soon!
What’s your favourite Scottish location? Let us know in the comments section!