Scotland boasts some of the most beautiful places in the UK and offers plenty of life-affirming things to do. Every traveller most likely doesn’t want the same experience from a holiday and, unsurprisingly, Scotland can cater for this variety in hunger. The delightful capital city of Edinburgh can probably cater for most of that hunger alone.
For a start, it is the home of the legendary Fringe Festival – an event that attracts thousands of visitors every August. It goes on for the whole month and features some of the most creative people in the world strutting their stuff on the streets and stages. Edinburgh has one of the best shopping streets in the UK, too: the Royal Mile. Particularly lovely at Christmas time.
If you’d rather avoid city life on your travels, Scotland certainly isn’t short of striking countryside. Highland holidays in Scottish country cottages are popular with travellers all over the world and are even becoming much more popular with like-minded people who are based in Britain.
The Cairngorm mountain region in the north of the country, located south east of Inverness, is a gigantic area that offers some of the best walking spots and most spectacular views around. Be sure to take your camera when you’re exploring this part of Scotland.
Loch Ness is located very close to the Cairngorms, just south west of Inverness. Everybody knows why this loch is famous, but nobody has yet proved the monster’s existence. There have, of course, been many claims and a few grainy pictures to boot, which are what attract visitors by the bucket load year upon year. If you’re in this part of the country, pay Loch Ness a visit to catch a glimpse of Nessie herself.
For the whiskey fans out there, Scotland is a mecca. It is home to some of the most famous distilleries in the world, many of which host tours and taster sessions. Dufftown and the Isle of Jura are two rather accomplished distillery locations to visit.
The Isle of Skye, in the Inner Hebrides, is famously one of the most romantic and scenic places in Scotland. If walking in the hills is your kind of thing, no trip to the country would be complete without the Isle of Skye.
And if you fancy a bit of city life after all, Edinburgh is only a car, bus or train ride away.