Ayrshire offers a chance for visitors to contrast island life with that of the mainland. Ayrshire has historic castles and country parks, award winning museums and heritage centres, plus forty-four golf courses. Ayrshire and the town of Ayr is particularly associated with Robert Burns and you can visit his birthplace - the Burns' Cottage and Museum - situated in nearby Alloway. The spectacular mountain profile of the Isle of Arran fills the sea horizon as viewed from the Ayshire coast.
Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, reflects the history, culture and personality of the nation. From the first view of the Castle - with its dramatic tales of siege, warfare and dark deeds - to the bohemian restaurants and bars of the port of Leith, Edinburgh represents the essence of Scotland, its history and its modern day nationhood. Further out from the city, Edinburgh is bordered by the seawaters of the Firth of Forth to the north, and the Pentland Hills in the south, while to the east and west lie the Lothians: an area with many interesting towns, a fine coastline and attractive countryside. Places of great historical importance include the remains of Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots.
One of the last wilderness in Europe, The Highlands of Scotland offer visitors a range of unique experiences. The capital of the Highlands is the thriving town of Inverness, attractively set on the banks of the River Ness and offering excellent shopping, restaurants and accommodations. The Highland's eastern seaboard between Nairn and John o' Groats leads the visitor on an exciting voyage of discovery. Through villages and towns such as Nairn, Tain, Dornoch and Wick, the journey to the mainland's most northerly point, Dunnet Head, is an altogether unforgettable experience. On the North East coast, Scotland's third largest city, properous Aberdeen offers visitors a wide selection of quality shops, bars, restaurants and cultural entertainment opportunities within a literally “sparkling” environment.
The Kingdom of Fife is just a short drive or rail journey from Edinburgh across the Firth of Forth. In addition to spectacular coastline, Fife is famous for two very ancient and historic towns - Dunfermline and St. Andrews. Dunfermline was the residence of early Celtic kings and its fine abbey is the burial place of Robert the Bruce. Dunfermline was also the birthplace of the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, and lands gifted by him to the people of the town can still be enjoyed at Pittencrieff Park today. St. Andrews is home to Scotland's oldest university, which was built in 1413, as well as being the world-renowned “Home of Golf” which has one of the most famous golf courses in the world played by the best in the world annually for the prestigious Open Championship.