Both of Scotland's principal cities can be found here and both have their own very special unique characteristics and attractions. And because Edinburgh and Glasgow have easy access to lovely countryside right on the doorstep it's possible to have the best of both worlds by combining a relaxing rural cottage holiday with a top-class city break experience. The Lothians around Edinburgh offers some excellent sandy beaches and championship golf courses while Glasgow's position is perfect for accessing beautiful countryside walks and magnificent lochs.
In the west the beautiful Clyde Coast region of Ayrshire and Arran provides all the ingredients of a good holiday, wonderful sandy beaches, great sporting and recreational facilities and a good dose of Scottish culture. Here you'll find world class golf courses and internationally renowned watersports and sailing facilities. In the south west corner of Scotland Dumfries and Galloway really is a place to escape the stresses of modern life; here there is a contrasting landscape of deserted beaches, magnificent forests, beautiful lochs and rugged moors. But if you want more action you'll also find it here with some great walking and cycling country to take advantage of.
To the east the Scottish Borders covers some eighteen hundred square miles of rolling hills and moorland, gentle valleys, rich agricultural plains and rugged coastline. The hills of the Cheviots, Lammermuirs, Moorfoots and Pentlands, along with the River Tweed create a border countryside of many different facets. There are a host of ancient towns, castles and abbeys to explore which form the backdrop to this areas turbulent and historic past. It's the perfect place for cycling the quiet country lanes, horse trekking and of course offers some of the best fishing to be found in Scotland.