Multiple airlines offer one-stop flights from Washington Dulles to Edinburgh, with early April fares currently starting at $1,050 round-trip.
WHERE TO STAY
14 Culduthel Rd., Inverness
House-turned-luxury hotel in the heart of Inverness. Rooms from about $340.
Inverlochy Castle Hotel
Torlundy, Fort William
Baronial splendor and service in the Scottish Highlands. What’s not to like? Rooms from about $712.
The Gleneagles Hotel
Scottish version of an all-inclusive luxury resort on 850 acres. Outdoor activities include golf, gun dog school, fishing and falconry. Rooms from about $275.
20 North Bridge, Edinburgh
Enviable downtown location in the former Scotsman newspaper building. Rooms from about $200.
WHERE TO EAT
The Auld Smiddy Inn
154 Atholl Rd., Pitlochry
Comfy pub with traditional Scottish fare, including haggis and a variety of smoked seafood. Entrees from about $12.
15 Huntly St., Inverness
Airy modern restaurant overlooking the River Ness. Entrees from about $19.
27 Dundas St., Comrie
Small-town charm, with way-better-than-pub food and wine menus. Entrees start at around $19.
Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness
Traditional and fancier pub grub focusing on game meats, salads. Particularly tasty is their local haggis with whisky cream sauce, around $9.
The Grain Store
30 Victoria St., Edinburgh
Charming second-story restaurant near Edinburgh Castle. Entrees start at around $29 for the pan-seared hake with baby leeks and shellfish veloute.
WHAT TO DO
Jacobite Cruises Ltd.
Loch Ness, Inverness
Various daily cruises on Loch Ness, including a visit to Urquhart Castle. About $29, kids $20. Reservations recommended.
Fort Augustus Highland and Rare Breeds Croft
Rowan Lea, Auchterawe Road
Fort Augustus, Inverness-shire
A Noah’s Ark of native Scottish animals, many of which can be petted. $3, family $8, kids free. Open April through October.
The Scottish Deer Centre
Bow of Fife, Cupar
Native deer, plus wolves and wildcats. Park admission about $12, children about $8, younger than 3 free. Open daily.
Birds of prey experience at the Scottish Deer Centre. Two-hour Beak to Beyond program, which includes flying hawks and owls, runs about $100, kids younger than 14 $76. By reservation only.
31 Market St., Edinburgh
A kind of permanent interactive Halloween house showcasing the country’s high points of low behavior — from witch trials to psychopathic cannibals. Adults $26, kids $19.