Chances are if you’ve visited my blog before you’ll know I’m very passionate about my beautiful home country of Scotland. I’ve lived here all of my 23 years and despite leaving often to travel to other corners of the globe I always love returning.
Scotland has a hold over me but I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is. Perhaps it’s the friendly people, some of the friendliest in the world; perhaps it’s the raw, natural beauty; perhaps it’s the fact we have some exciting, vibrant cities and also have so much untouched, empty land outwith them. I don’t know exactly, but I know that wherever I go I’ll always love coming home to Scotland.
I’ve travelled quite a bit through this beautiful country (although not nearly as much as I’d like but that’s a plan for another day!) and I wanted to share with you a few of my favourite places in Scotland…
St Andrews is an adorable seaside town on the east coast that’s home to the third oldest university in the English speaking world (yup, that’s where William and Kate met).
I fell madly in love with St Andrews whilst strolling around the 12th century Cathedral ruins, exploring the Castle, wandering along the gorgeous sandy beaches, pottering around the cute independent shops and tucking into some delicious meals in some great cafes and restaurants there.
I hope to return to St Andrews this year and explore more of this town that I love so dearly. The last time I visited was in winter and although we were blessed with amazing weather for the time of year I would love to see St Andrews in summertime.
I absolutely believe that Glasgow is a fantastic city that is overlooked in favour of Edinburgh all too often. Glasgow is my home city and I’m forever encouraging visitors to Scotland and friends from all over the world that if they’re paying Edinburgh a visit then they should visit Glasgow too. And yes, I’ve been told I should work for Glasgow’s tourism board more than a handful of times!
Glasgow has some great architecture and my top tip for visitors is that some of the best of it can be found by simply looking up when wandering the streets of the city centre.
If you’re a music lover then Glasgow is absolutely the city for you as you’ll find live music on almost 365 days of the year throughout the city. Head to legendary venue King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut for a flavour of the Glasgow music scene.
I adore Loch Lomond and I’m so lucky that it’s only around 30 minutes drive from the little village where I live.
I often visit Loch Lomond Shores on a Sunday morning when their twice monthly farmers market is on. My adorable little dog loves it there too, especially the new Dug Cafe that has opened!
I love the natural, unspoiled beauty of the majority of the loch where you can find calm, peaceful places like this to go for walks or just to sit and relax. Perfect!
North Berwick is definitely one of the cutest little seaside towns I’ve ever come across. It has a gorgeous beach, beautiful scenery, some fabulous restaurants and adorable little boutique style shops.
It’s one of those little towns that has the friendly, relaxing type of atmosphere that makes you never want to leave.
I’m more than a little excited to be spending my birthday this year holed up in a converted fisherman’s cottage a stones-throw from the beach in North Berwick with some of my favourite people in the world. Sounds like the perfect birthday to me!
If you want to escape the cities and get out into the real, wild Scotland then I suggest heading for The Highlands, so-called literally because it’s a large area of high land. Pretty simple stuff!
The Highlands are home to a harsh, uncompromising landscape that can both enchant and captivate.
The historical stories of the people of the highlands are fascinating and bring the landscape to life and storytelling is one of the most important traditions in Scotland.
The history of Scotland is troublesome, bloody and not for the faint-hearted. But it all adds up to what makes Scotland what it is today.
Loch Fyne is another of my favourite lochs in Scotland. You’ll find it on the west coast of the country and it’s teaming with life.
Loch Fyne has some of the freshest most delicious shellfish in the world. The scallops, mussels and salmon are all absolutely delicious and you’ll find them all served fresh in the hotels and restaurants surrounding the loch.
It’s also a very peaceful loch as it doesn’t attract the same number of visitors as Loch Lomond or Loch Ness for example (anyone seen Nessie yet?!). There are some lovely little towns and villages along the banks of the loch such as Inverary and Tarbert which are well worth a visit.
So that’s my pick of my favourite places to visit in Scotland. Have you visited any of them? Do you have any others to add to my list?