We are now approaching the season of “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” and “Jack Frost nipping at your nose”, and it is the perfect time to turn your thoughts to a chauffeur driven fall or winter break in Scotland this year.
It’s the ideal time to explore either of Scotland’s two great cities – or both as they are very different from each other. In Glasgow the arts, architecture, culture and gastronomy all magically fuse together to fill your day with a host of activities. Start your morning off with a visit to Kelvingrove Art Gallery, home to the greatest civic art collection in the world before taking lunch at one of the West End eateries which offer a vast and diverse array of world foods. The opulent architecture of the downtown area is the lasting evidence of the city’s position as the 2nd City of the British Empire and there can be no better example than the City Chambers where there is more marble and alabaster stonework than in any other town hall in Europe. In the evening after relaxing back at your hotel, why not head out to a concert – Glasgow being a UNESCO city of music. Estimated to have an average of 150 concerts a week in over 40 venues, you are bound to find something you’ll adore. Both One Devonshire Gardens by Hotel du Vin or the Blythswood Square are ideal for short breaks like this.
For those who would like to travel further afield, there are countless hidden gems across the country as well as outdoor activities which really come into their own during the longer nights. In the heart of the Galloway country lies the Dark Sky Observatory where you can immerse yourself in the wonders of outer-space and learn more about what lies beyond the boundaries of planet earth. At the opposite end of the country lies the opportunity, if conditions are good, to see the Northern Lights or The Aurora Borealis. Again, the benefit of being away from the built-up areas, clear, dark sky conditions will could allow you experience this wonderful sight.
If you are brave enough to face the moors and hillsides head on, country sports await. Although the fishing season comes to an end at the end of September, some game birds are available through to the end of January along with red, row and fallow deer. After a bracing day on the moors, the warmth of your luxury hotel open fire and a never-ending supply of fine malts will surely help warm you right down to the tips of your toes.
For those of you who prefer a little winter pampering a two centred break starting in Scotland’s capital city would make for an ideal winter escape. Crisp, clear skies with great city views from vantage points like Arthur’s Seat or Carlton Hill will leave you with a wonderful impression of the city, often described as “the Athens of the North”. After a couple of nights here you could then head south towards the Borders and the tranquillity of Stobo Castle Health Spa – Scotland’s only destination spa. Here you can magically unwind and allow yourself to be totally recharged and rejuvenated before you leave Scotland and head home for Christmas.
Whatever your choice, you will never be far from the warm hospitality for which Scotland is renowned and we are sure this will simply stoke your desire to return in the summer months when the days are longer and the nights shorter.
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