From James Bond to Whisky Trails... Scotland has a License to Thrill this Father’s Day

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Looking for that perfect last minute Father’s Day gift? Why not consider a special visit to Scotland instead of the usual ties, socks or useless gadgets.

VisitScotland is encouraging families in the North to get creative this Father’s Day and organise an unforgettable trip to Scotland for deserving Dads - especially during this Year of Natural Scotland.

Whether he’s keen to experience a famous whisky, follow in the tyre marks of James Bond’s Aston Martin or enjoy his favourite hobby in a new environment, there’s a host of fantastic experiences to enjoy and memories to be made in Scotland for worthy fathers.

Highlights include the 007 Experience with a Licence to Thrill: A trip of a lifetime, The James Bond experience begins in Edinburgh, birthplace of Sir Sean Connery, where Dads can check out his former haunts, schools and sample his favourite cocktail in stylish George Street. Followed by a stunning drive to the Highlands taking in the amazing scenery and incredible locations where several Bond movies were filmed including, Glencoe, Skyfall, the tranquil village of Crinan, From Russia with Love and historic Eilean Donan Castle, The World Is Not Enough. Complete your James Bond Experience with a tour of the Macallan Distillery where you can sample Bond’s favourite whisky

A Tipple Tour: Perhaps a drop of Scotland’s finest would hit the spot? Whisky is always a popular gift for Dads on Father’s Day but how about taking the gift one step further with a Scottish Whisky Tour. Scotland has a vast natural larder with plenty of distilleries and whisky tours available offering opportunities to see first-hand how the country’s famous spirit is made.

Golfers Delight from Tee to Green: There is no finer place for a golf break than Scotland, the country that gave it to the world and with over 550 courses you are totally spoilt for choice. Illustrious Open venues like the Old Course at St Andrews, Royal Troon, Muirfield, Carnoustie and Turnberry never fail to inspire and amaze, while countless other courses also provide incredible golf and scenic experiences.

Enjoy the Quiet Life: Never happier than when sitting on the banks of the river? Scotland’s rivers offer excellent fishing, with sea angling also popular. There are hundreds of fishable rivers and lochs on the mainland and on the islands. With great stocks of fish and so many great spots, your fishing break in Scotland can be anything you want it to be.

Jazz in July: Spanning all ages and a wide range of music, jazz has a huge appeal and following. Music fans are sure to enjoy the Glasgow Jazz Festival in July, perhaps the most eclectic, engaging event in Scotland’s musical calendar.

These Father’s Day breaks are only a short flight away - Northern Ireland air routes cover various cities including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Prestwick, Inverness and Aberdeen from local airports - City of Derry airport, George Best Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport. Additional easy access routes from the North include short ferry trips from Belfast to Cairnryan and Larne to Troon and Cairnryan.

For more information on perfect trips for Father’s Day and throughout the year, visit: www.visitscotland.com