If you mention to anyone that you are considering a jaunt up to Scotland, the first thing that pops into their heads might be the elusive Loch Ness Monster, the love-it or hate-it haggis or men in tartan kilts. It’s so much more than though and definitely worth a visit if you’re planning a trip somewhere closer to home this Summer!
With geological wonders, stunningly beautiful countryside and coastlines along with its fair share of cosmopolitan cities, Scotland is a fantastic destination for the discerning traveller. If your wanderlust itch is kicking in, and you need to scratch it, why not consider Scotland as your next destination to visit on your travelling adventures.
Forget mainland Scotland, and consider hot-footing it up to the Outer Hebrides or the Shetland Isles. For sheer peace and tranquillity, and to get away from the tourist crowds, you need to head off the beaten track. One of the most accessible isles is Skye. With a bridge between the island and the mainland, you can hire a car after landing at Inverness airport and set off on a mini road trip.
Whitewash croft cottages and rugged coastline dominate the Isle of Skye. The Trotternish Peninsula is perfect for those travellers who love to hike their way around a destination. You might want to scale a peak or simply marvel at the mountain vistas.
With the capital Portree boasting a range of cafes, shops and boutique-style delis, you can enjoy whiling away a few hours people watching before heading out on one of the many whale watching tours that set off from Portree’s harbour. Even if you aren’t lucky enough to spot a porpoise or two, you will inevitably witness sea eagles feasting on the abundance of fish in the waters and maybe spy a seal or two on the rocks.
No trip to Scotland is complete without a jaunt to its capital. Edinburgh is a beautiful city full of culture, heritage and incredible nightlife. Down at Western Harbour, you can rest your weary bones in The City Suites, before heading out to explore the old town, Holyrood Palace and the wealth of galleries surrounding Princes Street. You can shop until you drop, enjoy some world-class gastronomic delights at the traditionally Scottish Forage and Chatter and enjoy taking in the cityscape from Edinburgh Castle.
Tours of Loch Ness have become highly commercialised in recent years; however, the eerie ambience of the loch on a cool, crisp autumn morning is well worth exploring. If you enjoy the great outdoors and love wildlife, then a trip to Loch Ness could feature on your agenda. Loch Ness is nestled in the highlands and is a mammoth twenty-two square miles. While you might not see the monster, you can have a great day kayaking out on the water, taking a hike on one of the many walking trails and enjoying a fish and chips lunch by the loch side.
Scotland is diverse, welcoming and visually stunning. If you fancy touring a destination with more wildlife, vistas and myths than you can shake a stick at, then Scotland should be on your travel bucket list.