40 great reasons to visit Scotland

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From buying a bespoke kilt in Edinburgh to the best luxury hotels, private whisky tastings, Michelin-starred restaurants and castles to visit, Vikki Bruce from MacLean & Bruce draws up a list of what to do, see, eat and experience in Scotland in 2016

1. Have a 21st-century bespoke kilt made by Howie Nicholsby, which has designed exclusive kilts for the rich and famous, from Robbie Williams and KT Tunstall to Van Diesel.

2. Head to Judy R. Clark for a wonderfully romantic women’s tailored jacket.

3. Invest in a piece of Scottish fine jewellery at Hamilton & Inches.

4. Enjoy a dram by a crackling log fire at the Scottish Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) in Leith.

5. Tour Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia, the former royal yacht of Queen Elizabeth II, in service from 1954 to 1997.

6. Book a table at  The Ship on The Shore seafood restaurant in Leith.


6. Take a bracing walk up Arthur’s Seat with a picnic from the famous Valvona & Crolla delicatessen.

7. Visit the Enisgn Ewart, Jolly Judge or Bannerman’s – some of the oldest and most characterful pubs in Edinburgh.

8. Drink a Scotch at The Balmoral Hotel or The Bow Bar on Victoria Street, which have a great whisky selection.

9. Stay in one of the amazingly theatrical and gothic rooms at The Witchery by The Castle.

10. Book a table for dinner at Ondine, The Kitchin, Martin Wishart or Castle Terrace.

11. Use Scottish company ResDiary to book a table in a Scottish restaurant.

12. Buy a haggis from award-winning Macsween butchers – the best in Scotland.

13. Arrange a private whisky tasting or masterclass at Edinburgh Castle or any other venue by calling MacLean & Bruce.



1. Visit the 14th-century courtyard castle of Doune Castle (as featured in The Life of Brian).

2. Enjoy Stirling Castle, which was the centre of art, culture and celebrity in the 16th century.

3. Experience the wonderful Highland single malt Scotch whisky at Deanston Distillery.

4. Check out the vast antiques warehouse, SA&AC.

5. Wander around the small town of Callander – a popular tourist stop to and from the Highlands.

6. Book into the stylish luxury bolthole Monachyle Mhor Hotel, with its beautiful lochside setting – a great place to be on Burns Night.

7. Seaplane in or out of Monachyle.

8. Helicopter to the Ardnamurchan Distillery to fill your own cask of whisky.

9. Stay at the lovely Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa & Golf  with its Michelin-star restaurant and luxury spa.



1. Spend a night in five-star luxury at the world-famous Gleneagles Hotel.

2. Visit Edradour, Scotland’s smallest distillery.

3. Try your hand at shooting, fishing and riding.

4. Book a table for dinner at Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Scotland’s only two-star Michelin-star restaurant.

5. Visit Scotland’s award-winning chocolatier, Iain Burnett The Highland Chocolatier,

6. Experience Scone Palace, the crowning place of the King of Scots.

7. For the authentic whisky distillery experience, visit Glenturret Distillery – the only distillery that still makes whisky by hand.



1. Walk along West Sands, where The Chariots of Fire running scene was filmed.

2. Visit Kingsbarns Distillery, which produces a light and elegantly dry style of lowland malt.

3. Pop into Eden Mill Brewery – the first craft brewery and distillery in Scotland.

4. Dine and drink at golf’s most famous 19th hole, Jigger Inn on The Old Course.

5.  Buy some Wemyss Ware, probably the most highly collectable and sought-after Scottish pottery.

6. Take a stroll around the beautiful Wemyss Castle Gardens, which have been gardened formally since the 17th century.

For more information, visit MacLean & Bruce, which offers exclusive-use properties, luxury travel, great entertainment; all tailored in a bespoke itinerary and personally delivered in style.

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