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What to do in Scotland in 2014

Scotland has a big year planned in 2014, its ‘Year of Homecoming’. There are several exciting events taking place here: the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, the Highland Games and, of course, the acclaimed Edinburgh Festival. The Lonely Planet agrees – it has picked Scotland as one of the top places to visit in 2014, in at third place after Brazil and Antarctica. Here is Ampersand’s guide to what to do in Scotland in 2014, including a few of our personal favourite haunts and must do activities. 

UK - Aberdeenshire
James Jayasundera, Ampersand founder & MD – “I love the rugged romantic beauty of the Scottish Highlands, the smell of the heather and peaty soil, the craggy mountains and the fast dynamic weather – one moment hail and rain and the next misty shafts of golden sunlight. Loch Ness is a wondrous place to visit and the legend of her illusive monster, who is said to lurk beneath, adds a layer of mystery to this moving landscape. You can cruise the lake by boat or visit the eery 13th century Urquhart Castle on the banks of the loch. For those who want to splash out in extravagant style, there is simply nowhere more lavish and historic than Aldourie Castle, complete with turrets, spires, original art and manicured lawns stretching down to Loch Ness. It is the only inhabitable castle on the loch and it is like something out of a fairytale.” 

Loch Ness , Scotland
Ellie Boulstridge, Head of UK Sales – “For a romantic trip you can’t beat the light and colours of the countryside in the Scottish Highlands; the dark purples, rich greens and dark browns are unlike anywhere else in the world. But for me, no trip to Scotland would be complete without a stay in the Royal city of Edinburgh – it is one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world. If you have never been, put it on your hit list for 2014; it is easily accessible from London via a 50-minute flight. Experience the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, the Edinburgh Festival in August, or its little sister, the Fringe, for some of the finest up-and-coming comedy performers, musical theatre and amateur dramatics. Edinburgh is also the ideal place to head for a snugly winter trip. Banish the winter blues in the sensational and sexy Scottish suites at The Witchery, which is steps away from Edinburgh Castle. It is dripping with antique tapestries, rich red curtains and cushions, and bathrooms flickering with candlelight illuminating the gold-leaf walls. It’s like sleeping in lavish chambers from the Middle Ages!” 

The Witchery Edinburgh UK 3
Sacha Smith-Laing, PR & Marketing Manager – "I am a total train fanatic... I love the sense of adventure of bunking down in a luxury cabin and watching, wide-eyed, as ever-changing views chug past. And to me, Scotland is all about the views. To drink in the rugged Scottish Highlands in style, step aboard the ultra stylish Royal Scotsman, part of the Orient Express group, for journeys ranging from 1 night to 7 nights. Tour Scotland's whisky distilleries, world-class golf courses, ancient castles, crystal clear lochs and scenic glens – the Scottish Highlands are considered the last great wilderness of Europe. Alternatively, if you’re not a train person, Scotland has an exceptional selection of hotels – from the luxurious Inverlochy Castle to Cameron House, on the banks of Loch Lomond and Gleneagles, future host of the Ryder Cup, the cosy Loch Ness Lodge, which is well located for day trips to the Isle of Skye, or Alladale Wilderness Reserve where you can walk, hike, fish and shoot to your heart's content."

The Royal Scotsman , Scotland

– Hogmanay: Monday 30 December 2013 to Wednesday 1 January 2014
– Glasgow British Athletics Match: January 25th 2014

– Salmon Fishing Season starts in Scotland

– Shooting Season Ends
– Trout Fishing Season starts in Scotland

– St Anza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival: 5th – 9th March 2014

– Highland Games: 18th May 2014

– Royal Highlands Show: 19th – 22nd June 2014

– Scottish Game Fair: 4th – 6th July 2014
– Edinburgh Jazz Festival: 18th – 23rd July 2014

July / August:    
– Glasgow Commonwealth Games: 23rd July – 3rd August 2014

– Edinburgh Festival: 1st – 25th August 2014
– Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: 1st – 23rd August 2014

– Shooting Season begins
– Ryder Cup: 23rd – 28th September 2014                   

– Salmon & Trout Fishing Season ends

– Hogmanay: 31st December 2014

For more information or to plan your tailor-made holiday to Scotland please get in touch with Ellie, who will be happy to assist you: +44 (0)20 7819 9770 /