We’ve only been to Scotland a couple of times, which is quite shameful when you consider that we lived in London for nearly five years! We really enjoyed our visits though… and when you read this guest post you’ll find out exactly why.
Scotland, a favourite of many wildlife photographers, artists and historians, is one of those countries often overlooked by tourists visiting the British Isles each year. This being said, this magnificent region is home to lively and impressive towns and cities, striking landscapes and celebrated traditions, cuisine and magical myths. With this in mind, here is a short guide to the top must-see places in Scotland.
Must see places in Scotland
The Scottish capital is undoubtedly one of the greatest cities in Europe. Edinburgh is both historically rich and ultra-modern, and a truly wonderful city that offers something for everybody. Top attractions include the fairytale castle and the spectacular Fringe Festival held each year in August. If you are currently planning your stay, you will be able to find your accommodation in Edinburgh on this page.
2. Loch Ness
The legend of Loch Ness is celebrated worldwide meaning that no visit to Scotland would be complete without a little Nessie-spotting. The lake itself is simply awe-inspiring with splendid castles, forts and mountains surrounding the visually stunning glen. Bing you tent and stay at the camping site near Loch Ness where you will be able to canoe, kayak, and go fishing. Make sure that you keep your camera in hand should the famous Loch Ness Monster rear its legendary head.
This city has become more and more popular with tourists in recent years. Visitors are able to shop until they drop at chic designer boutiques and admire wonderful artistic and historical collections in the city’s many galleries and museums. Glasgow’s beautiful Georgian city centre has been reborn recently making this a must-see on any Scottish vacation.
4. The Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is famed for its rugged natural beauty and is a popular destination for all those hoping to spot and photograph the region’s remarkable wildlife. This beautiful island has been described as a colourful patchwork of ancient history, romantic castles, traditional crofts, wild coastline, and of course delightful Scottish whisky.
Inverness famously considers itself to be the “Capital of the Highlands”. This splendid city lies in easy driving distance from Loch Ness and hosts an idyllic castle, breathtaking cathedral and a startling number of souvenir shops, boutiques and top restaurants from which to take your pick.
6. The Cairngorms
The Cairngorms constitute the highest mountain range in the whole of the British Isles. Visitors are able to marvel at the snow-capped peaks and the untouched lochs as well as explore the spectacular ancient forests, nature reserves and bird sanctuaries housed in this picturesque locality. If you are partial to a little skiing you may also be able to indulge in this passion on your visit.
Scotland is almost certainly one of the most beautiful places on earth, combining mesmerising natural landscapes, striking man-made wonders and contemporary art, culture and science. For this reason, I hope that this quick guide will help get you started as you begin to organise your unforgettable Scottish adventure. Just remember to plan your time well as there is so much to see and do in this fabulous corner of the world.