Loch Lomond From Luss, Scotland. Credit: VisitScotland/Kenny Lam

Guided Tours Scotland 2022

Avanti Ventures Guided Tours Scotland 2022

Whether you are looking for history and culture, spectacular landscapes and open spaces to escape the stresses of everyday life, or you simply want a friendly chat over a pint at the local pub, Scotland has it all!

We offer tailor-made guided tours to this magnificent country from The Highlands and the Western Isles to Southern Scotland, Edinburgh and Glasgow ,Orkney and the Shetland Islands, there is something for everyone to enjoy that will bring you back year after year.

essential Scotland

Where is Scotland.

Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Covering the northern third of the island of Great Britain, mainland Scotland has a 96-mile border with England to the southeast and is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, the North Sea to the northeast and the Irish Sea to the south.

Population

Scotland’s population is around 5.5 million which makes it one of the least densely populated countries in Europe.

Language

English is the language spoken in Scotland. Gaelic is the ancient Celtic language of north Scotland and Western Isles and is widely spoken in the Western Isles and some parts of of the west coast mainland.

Loch Ard. Autumn in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Scotland

scotland’s climate

Your impression of Scotland may be that it rains a lot, but did you know that Edinburgh has a lower annual rainfall than Rome?

The east of the country tends to be cool and dry, and the west milder, with a little more rain.. Mild winters and summers where the temperature never rises too high are the norm, with the sunniest months being May to September.

Scotland is surrounded on three sides by the sea. A warm sea current, the Gulf Stream, comes from the Caribbean, across the Atlantic. This means that Scotland has a temperate climate, with few winter days falling below 35 degrees Fahrenheit

bite size Scotland

Lets take a quick look at the different geographical areas of Scotland that you might like to visit on a guided tour Scotland in 2022.

Edinburgh Castle and the Ross Fountain, Scotland

edinburgh and glasgow

Edinburgh is mainly divided into the medieval Old Town, and the Georgian New Town. Both contain a variety of stunning architecture which has been beautifully preserved. Edinburgh is also famous for its historical landmarks, attractions, galleries and museums including: Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse (official Scottish residence of the Royal Family), the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of Scotland.

Glasgow is Scotland’s second largest city. It has undergone a complete rejuvenation in recent years, and this is reflected in the city winning the European City of Culture and European City of Architecture & Design titles. The city also regularly tops polls as the ‘coolest city in the UK’. Glasgow’s culture and design is expressed in its museums and galleries.

St Andrews Castle, the Kingdom of Fife Scotland

central scotland

The Central Belt of Scotland is where most of the population lives.  Geographically, this is a flat area south of the Highlands, and north of the more hilly Southern Uplands. Locate Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Dundee, Stirling and St Andrews – the main cities and towns in this area.

The Kingdom of Fife

This historic area lies north of the Firth of Forth, rich with pretty villages in the colourful East Neuk.

St. Andrews is famous for being the home of golf and the Old Course, its historic town and the first university in Scotland, University of St. Andrews. It is famous for its Faculty of Arts, where Prince William studied.

Golf Close Up

Shepherd at Sunrise Durness Road, Scotland

southern scotland

The geographical border (no passports required!) with England.

The border runs from Berwick-upon-Tweed (on the English side) on the east coast, then goes south and west to the Solway Firth in the west.

The South of Scotland area runs from the border with England to the Central Belt. This border country is a mixture of moorlands, rolling hills, villages and farms. Main towns include Dunbar, Kelso, Peebles, Dumfries, Stranraer and Ayr.

The Scottish landscape is an amazing blend of subtle colours, and is one of the main reasons people from all over the world come back to Scotland again and again.

The Cuillon Ridge seen from Applecross Bay on the Isle of Skye

highlands and islands

The main characteristics of this area are mountain scenery, open spaces, small villages, lochs and islands. 

The Highlands stretch north and west from a line drawn between Stonehaven (a small town near Aberdeen) across to the Firth of Clyde (the estuary of the River Clyde). 

This line is in fact the Highland Boundary fault line, a geographic feature which marks the line on the landscape between the flat lowlands and the hilly Highlands of Scotland.

Scotland has 790 islands but many of them are very small, and only 10% of them are inhabited. Each island or group of islands is different from each other in character and landscape.

The Western Isles (Lewis, Harris, the Uists and Barra) are situated off the west coast of Scotland. Four of the largest islands that are closest to the mainland are Skye, Mull, Islay and Arran. The Shetland and Orkney Islands are to the north of the Scottish mainland.

Highlands and Islands Close Up

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