The Spirit of Scotland: 5 Must See Destinations

See the settings that inspired Skyfall, walk the halls of Macbeth’s castle and sample smooth scotch amidst the savage highlands.


Often described as a highland paradise, Glencoe’s turbulent, Skyfall-esque scenery is jaw dropping. Wildlife, undulating mountain walks, and cosy cabins abound; for the movie aficionados amongst you, you might even spot Hagrid’s Hut, as much of the Harry Potter series was filmed in these highlands.

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Cawdor Castle

Constructed in the 14th century as a private fortress, Cawdor Castle is amongst the most iconic of the world’s castles. Perhaps you recognise the name from Shakespeare’s “Scottish play” when Duncan makes Macbeth Thane of Cawdor? What you probably won’t be aware of is the magnificent gardens that surround the castle, well worth a visit in of themselves.


Glen Ord Distillery

Glen Ord is somewhat of a Scottish institution. In 2018 they will celebrate their 180th anniversary, almost two centuries of creating world beating scotch, including the renowned Singleton of Glen Ord. Whisky aside, the distillery is a marvel, gargantuan stills and archaic oak barrels will interest even those who are tea total.

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Urquhart Castle

Situated on the banks of Loch Ness these spectacular ruins comprise of battlements, tower, prison cell and a completely functional trebuchet. A long and bloody history surrounds them, not to mention the thick fog that often enshrouds the lake and nearby mountains.

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The Spirit of Scotland herself...

If the thought of these historic sights enthuses you, then there can be only one way to see them. Our newest vessel, The Spirit of Scotland cruises all of them; imagine rounding the bend to Loch Ness and viewing Urquhart Castle from the water, picture yourself sipping at that 20 year old single malt as you gaze out to the green and purple gorse of the mountainside. Your cruise is just a click away.


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