It's said redheads have a reputation for fiery temperaments; in Scotland the same could be said of the entire people, or even the land itself. Somehow both the land and its people manage to be simultaneously handsome and tough as nails, like a burly highlander in a fine tartan kilt. Fierce, proud, rugged and beautiful, the land that inspired a thousand songs dips and weaves like a Celtic jig. Scotland's rugged beauty is postcard-famous: lochs, glens, rocky cliffs and rolling hills are punctuated by medieval castles and stone churches. Nor is it all bagpipes and haggis - Scottish cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh seamlessly blend the ancient and modern, and the music and personalities are strong and distinctive as their whiskies.
Hogmanay in Scotland (EUHS)
Looking for a very different New Year’s Eve experience? Try out Hogmanay in Scotland—a street-party celebration in and around Edinburgh that involves traditional singing and dancing, comedians, storytelling and more. This is a unique four-day trip that will immerse you in Scottish culture as you ring in the new year, highlander-style.
Highlights: Party with the Scottish at one of the world's largest New Year's Eve street parties, learn a new dance at a traditional céilidh, wander the beautiful streets of Edinburgh.
Norwegian Fjords (XVNFNX)
Take part in a mystical North Atlantic journey and explore the various medieval towns of the Norwegian coast before heading north to the island of Spitsbergen. This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ply the Norwegian Sea, keeping your eyes open for unique wildlife while searching for the elusive polar bear.
Highlights: Ship cruise around Bjørnøya—a birdwatcher’s paradise, discover Torghatten—one of the most bizarre rock formations in Norway, explore the mysteriously beautiful Træna archipelago, witness the Standing Stones of Stenness, explore the intriguing Ring of Brodgar and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Skara Brae and Geiranger fjord