You may not be able to pack your bags and head overseas on a holiday right now, but there is a way you can bring international travels to you – while also exploring your own backyard here in the Land Down Under.
This year road trips have been a favourite among Aussies, as travel-lovers swap overseas getaways for something closer to their own homes in light of the ongoing pandemic. Travel at 60 has been selling a range of holidays of late, from short getaways to community trips for over-60s. But for some this hasn’t satisfied the craving for adventures on other continents.
However if you love Scotland, or have been itching to get there to explore the beautiful scenery and rich history, you can get a piece of the country here. At least when it comes to the best music from Scotland – which is pretty incredible!
This year has been earmarked as the Year of Scotland in Australia (YOSA), with an aim to showcase Scotland’s finest traditional, Gaelic, Celtic and folk musicians to audiences around the country. Unfortunately, many of the planned events have been cancelled due to Covid-19, but they are streaming concerts to the YOSA Facebook page and have created a series of Scottish playlists so the #SoundsofScotland can still be enjoyed Down Under.
The first is called YOSA Scottish Road Trip playlist and it’s being launched this month on Spotify. So, while you’re in your car driving around Australia you can also explore Scotland musically and dream of your next trip abroad.
The music ranges from traditional highland music to the grungy, underground sounds of Glasgow and Edinburgh. The Gaelic tracks serve as a reflection of Scottish island culture and landscapes, while for those with more eclectic tastes, the chill tracks feature artists showcasing Scotland’s rich musical history.
It’s a collection of the best beats and toe tapping tunes from Scotland and is sure to inspire you to take on a Scottish journey where you can cruise along the coast to the heavenly highlands when the time is right.
And when you do get there, there’s certainly a lot to explore. Scotland is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking road trips that extend far beyond well-known routes such as the Argyll Coastal Route which gives visitors the opportunity to explore medieval castles, scenic islands and some of the nation’s finest seafood delights.
Meanwhile, the Fife Coastal Route takes in a unique combination of incredible fishing villages, sandy beaches and luscious golf courses, and the Borders Historic Routes takes on charming villages, lush countryside and the sights of Edinburgh.
Whilst these adventures sadly won’t be able to take place in the near future, the Sounds of Scotland series should keep you grooving to the country’s vibrant music scene until you get to travel internationally again, hopefully sooner rather than later. In the meantime, there are holidays available in some states and territories within Australia that will be equally incredible.
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