It’s no secret that no matter where I travel in the world I’ll always absolutely adore my home country of Scotland. I truly believe it’s one of the most beautiful countries in the world and summer is my favourite time of year here. I love the long days, light summer nights, warmer temperatures and occasional (it’s still Scotland after all!) sunshine and I think it’s the time of year to get out and about and experience things.
Here’s my favourite things to do in Scotland in summer…
1. Check out Glasgow’s West End Festival
Glasgow has the West End Festival every year in June and it sees a whole host of activities throughout this area of the city. There’s a vibrant street parade, live music and various other cultural events for everyone to enjoy.
2. Take a road trip
Scotland is a perfect place to take a road trip, especially in summer. Whether it’s just a one day road trip along the coast, or a longer trip snaking through some of this country’s most magnificent scenery, you’ll love road tripping through Scotland.
3. Visit an outdoor cinema
As with other cities around the UK, Edinburgh is hosting some outdoor cinema events in their gorgeous Botanic Gardens. There’s something so special about gathering in the open-air to chill out and watch a movie that really appeals to me. You can find out more about the movie showings here.
4. Take a walk
Scotland is filled to the brim with beautiful hikes and walks amongst its jaw-droppingly picturesque landscapes and summer is the perfect time to get out and about. Just remember to beware of the Scottish midge which is a small fly that comes out in the evening and can be so annoying.
5. Go camping (or glamping!)
With such beautiful scenery and natural outdoors spaces Scotland is the perfect place to get in touch with your outdoors side and get back to nature. Pitch a tent somewhere and enjoy a peaceful camping experience, or check out some of the many glamping options that are available all over the country.
6. Visit museums
Okay, I know it doesn’t have to be summer to visit museums, but we’re always more likely to get out and about in summertime, so you might as well do it then. Scotland is home to some fabulous museums such as Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, to name just a few. The majority of museums in Scotland are absolutely free to visit too, making them a cheap and cultural day out.
7. Visit Botanic Gardens
Glasgow’s two largest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh, both have magnificent botanic gardens where you can stroll around manicured flowerbeds, rest on gorgeous green grass and admire exotic plants and flowers from around the world.
8. Discover some beaches
Did you know Scotland actually has some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the world? Well, it does. In some areas of Scotland we’re lucky enough to have white sandy beaches and turquoise waters that would look more at home in the middle of the Mediterranean than they do here. Summer is the best time to make the most of these little gems.