A Short Break in Scotland - Page 3
Dundee is often overlooked as a destination for a short break in Scotland, but it'd be a mistake to do so. Captain Scott's ship Discovery is to be found here and you can explore the ship itself whilst learning about the scientific experiments he was set about on his voyages.
If your sea legs fail you, you could take a trip to the gothic treat that is the McManus Galleries or try visiting the Verdant Works where you can discover the importance the Jute industry played in Dundee's industrial past.
Another overlooked destination is Aberdeen. A short break in Scotland based here in the Granite City could see you taking in the splendours of Balmoral and Royal Deeside, the majesty of the cairngorms, following the Whisky Trail through the hills into speyside to discover where many world famous single malts are made, learning about the fishing and high-tech oil industries or taking in various cultural events ranging from the Aberdeen International Youth Festival to local music and performance artists.
This is castle country too, with a huge number to see, ranging from the comfortable splendour of Crathes Castle where many open-air summer concerts are held, through to romantic places like Fyvie Castle, rumoured to be the inspiration for the famous Disney Castle and Kildrummy Castle with its idyllic, almost other-worldy gardens.
For sheer spooky imposition, try Slain's Castle, reputedly Bram Stoker's inspiration for Count Dracula's lair in the blood-curdling tales. If you get round all these during your short trip, fear not - there are countless others to see nearby!
If history from a more recent era's what you're looking for then you should make a point of taking the picturesque run out to Alford to visit the Grampian Transport Museum or the Alford Valley Railway.
Travelling further north through Moray district and places like Forres with its Dallas Dhu Distillery you'll find Inverness - another fine destination if you've decided on a city break as your short break in Scotland. Inverness is the capital of the highlands and offers another quintessentially scottish experience, this one majoring on the majestic beautiful scenery, grand mountains and bloody history.
Nessie lives just along the road from Inverness in Loch Ness. She's apparently best seen from Drumnadrochit, just by Urquhart Castle. She's an easy day trip away.
Continue north and the glorious sights of the Black Isle are yours for the taking.
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