Scotland is a beautiful country and one that is often overlooked by people because of its less than appetising climate. However, this fantastic country has so much to offer the visitor, it is a country that just keeps giving and one that is full of a proud and fun loving people. This guide does not even scratch the surface of what Scotland has to offer but we hope it wets our appetite enough to find out more.
1. Start With Possibly The Best Capital City In The UK – Edinburgh.
Scotland’s capital is a great place to start. It’s got everything from Edinburgh castle to the beautiful old quarter and modern additions like the Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world. There is a fantastic tram system that goes around the city connecting up all the greatest parts.
2. Visit Glasgow, The Largest City In Scotland.
Many years ago it was the industrial powerhouse of the North and the workshop of England. Now it’s Scotland’s largest city, home to a cool student vibe and a great music scene.
3. Brush Up On Your History In Stirling.
It’s a beautiful town and one crucial to Scottish history because it’s where the famous freedom fighter, William Wallace, fought the British for independence.
4. Take Part In Hogmany.
Scotland is a land full of festivals, but the best has to be Hogmany,or Scottish New Year. Each year Edinburgh has a giant party that is famous throughout the world, but smaller villages do it very well as well.
5. Have A Sip Of The Nation’s Favourite Drink.
What’s more Scottish than Scotch whisky? If you have time, go visit one of Scotland’s 100 active whisky distilleries, or if not, just have a dram at the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh.
6. Journey Into The Highlands.
Unfortunately it has been clear for a while that the Loch Ness Monster does not exist. However you can find the real Scotland in the Highlands, from fishing villages to towns in the interior. Or even in off-beat places like Findhorn.
7. Get Yourself Into The Great Outdoors.
Despite the rain Scotland is a great place to get outside. You can hike the Highland Way, climb up Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK or take a walk around the golf course St Andrews, the birthplace of golf.
8. Enjoy Time On The Islands.
Now if you have the time, we highly recommend that you get out to the islands. You’ve got the Hebrides, the Shetlands and the Orkneys. All of these places are super authentic and they’ve preserved a way of life that you will not find in the big cities.
9. Grab Your Wetsuit And Go Surfing.
Now Scotland is definitely not your typical surfing destination but, you know what, it’s an experience and, you’d be surprised, there’re some pretty good waves. But it’s freezing!
10. Discover A Different And Exciting Culture
Lastly, make sure you check out celtic culture which predates the English and is best preserved through Scotland’s many languages, traditions and music, the things that make Scotland so distinct from the rest of the UK.