The Lonely Planet guide to Britain has published its verdict on the best places to visit in the country. Despite denouncing the British Isles as currently being overly expensive thanks to factors such as the weak pound, Scotland’s cities come in for special praise.
Glasgow is described as “unpretentious, gregarious and evolving at a dizzying pace”; Dundee is “Worth a stopover” and Edinburgh Castle is “one of Scotland’s most atmospheric, most popular – and most expensive – tourist attractions”. Aberdeen is also praised for its excellent free attractions.
With value for money being a real priority for British families wishing to go on holiday, Scotland can offer much to holidaymakers looking for an affordable staycation.
“There is no doubt that value for money is one of the main things people are looking for when they book a ‘staycation’, so it is important the Scottish tourism industry continues to offer this,” said Mike Cantlay of VisitScotland in an interview with Herald Scotland.
“When you consider the current exchange rate, enjoying a holiday in Scotland can be better value than flying to continental Europe. Whether you want to stay in a luxury hotel or go camping, Scotland offers something for all budgets.
“VisitScotland works closely with the industry to offer a broad range of superb deals. Our new Surprise Yourself website, for example, allows visitors to download money-off vouchers for a range of accommodation, restaurants and attractions throughout Scotland.”
If Scotland continues to provide excellent attractions and accommodation for a fair price, it could become an increasingly popular staycation destination for British travellers.