BEST Small Hotels in the Scottish Lowlands
Craigadam Country House Hotel
, Castle Douglas
, Dumfries & Galloway
Luxurious accommodation with magnificent themed suites in the Galloway countryside.
Double rooms from £94
Guest rating 9.5
Reasons to visit the Scottish Lowlands
The Scottish Lowlands extend north from the border with England as far as the two great cities of Scotland, Edinburgh and Glasgow. There's a lot of history here, much of it dating from times when Scotland and England didn't quite see eye-to-eye on things. Inevitably therefore there are many castles and fortified houses, that are great places to visit in these more peaceful times.
Many people head to this area for a gentler pace of life filled with revitalising outdoor pursuits and sports including fishing, golf and walking. But it's not all peace and quiet. Alongside these more sedate activities there is riveting mountain biking to be had at the two 7stanes centres as well as off-road quad biking, archery and tree-top adventures at Go Ape!
The Scottish Lowlands were inspiration for Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns and they've continued to be an inspiration ever since. From the rocky and sandy west coast looking out for miles across the sea towards Ireland, to the lush green inland forests and hills of Dumfries and Galloway, it's simply amazing.
Edinburgh is not just the capital city of Scotland but also a focus for festivals of every kind, most notably the simply names Edinburgh Festival and the Fringe. This is also the place where Scottish pageantry reaches it's zenith involving lots of guns, kilts and bagpipes. To finish it all off there are the Royal Mile, Holyroodhouse and the high brooding presence of Arthur's Seat.