Most people don’t know a lot about Scotland. They might think of bagpipes, twee accents, Edinburgh Castle and shortbread. But there’s a lot more to the country than any of those things, and it offers up a great deal of places to explore. Whether you’re travelling alone, as a couple or group of friends, or with your family, there’s so much to see and do. You’ll find vibrant cities, rolling hills and mountains, and beautiful islands all in this one small country. Keep reading for some ideas of things to do when you’re travelling in Scotland, whether you’re a nature lover, a thrill seeker or a culture vulture.
The capital of Scotland is probably the most well-known city in Scotland. Host to a world-famous arts and comedy festival every August, this lively city is a beautiful place for a cultured walk. You can explore the cobbled streets, stopping into pubs to curl up by a fire in the winter, and seeing all the shows during the Edinburgh Festival in the summer. You can also catch the Edinburgh Military Tattoo around the same time. Don’t miss out on a trip to Edinburgh Castle with the family, which sits on a hill, looking out over the town.
Visit Loch Lomond
Loch Ness might be famous for its mythical monster, but Loch Lomond is the largest body of inland fresh water in Britain. As well as being a fantastic holiday base for nature lovers, it’s ideally placed to visit the city of Glasgow too. If you’re looking at Scottish caravan holidays, the forest around the Loch is a beautiful place to stay. You can go for a walk in the surrounding area, or there’s plenty of activities on the lake. Go canoeing or kayaking, swim, sail, fish or go water skiing. And if you need a bit more of an urban flavour, Glasgow was recently given a lick of paint for the Commonwealth Games and is a brilliant place to visit.
Go to the Isle of Skye
There are lots of choices of island to visit in Scotland, including Islay and Arran to the west and the Shetlands to the north. The Isle of Skye is the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides. It’s one of the best locations in the country for hiking and has some breath-taking scenery. It’s no wonder so many people have written about it in music and poetry. There’s something for everyone to do on Skye, and it’s a favourite destination for many.
See the Highlands from Fort William
Fort William is known as the outdoor capital of Scotland, and it makes an excellent base for exploring the Highlands. You’ll find lochs for water-based activities, climbing, cycling, hiking and more. You’re right by the Nevis Mountain Range for some spectacular scenery and plenty of sport. In the wider Highlands, you’ll find the famous Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Isle of Skye. It’s the perfect place for golf, fishing, and a whole lot more outdoor activities.
If you love nature, you’ll love Scotland. But seeing the great outdoors isn’t the only thing to do, and there’s much more to explore.