I will never, ever tire of writing about my wonderful home country of Scotland. In my humble (and slightly biased) opinion it’s one of the best countries in the world. There’s so much to do, see and explore that sometimes you can end up feeling a little spoiled for choice.
These are my absolutely favourite things to do in Scotland…
Scotland is probably best known for it’s stunning outdoor scenery and landscapes. Everywhere in Scotland there are gorgeous views and plenty of outdoors activites to get involved in. Even if you’re in one of the cities, natural landscapes are never far away.
If you’re visiting Scotland I absolutely urge you not to miss the chance to get outdoors and enjoy it. Even if you’re not much of an ‘outdoorsy’ person, I’m pretty sure Scotland will be able to convert you! It doesn’t have to be a multi-day hike on the West Highland Way, or trekking up one of our mountains or Bens – it can be as simple as taking a walk along the banks of one of our many lochs, or heading to a beautiful beach. Whatever sounds best to you – get out there and do it!
Enjoy the cities
Scotland has some really, really great cities. My favourites are definitely Glasgow and Edinburgh, the two largest.
Each of Scotland’s seven cities (Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Perth and Stirling) has something different to offer. Some are jaw-droppingly beautiful (looking at you, Edinburgh!), others are brimming with gritty character and hidden gems. Some feel more like large towns than cities and others swallow you up in their hustle and bustle.
It’s great fun to explore all or some of the cities and compare and contrast them. For such a small country, Scotland really does have so many different aspects to offer, especially when it comes to cities.
Go on a road trip
Scotland is such an ideal place to road trip in. The roads are quiet and safe, the country is compact so it’s easily driveable and there are insane views all over the place. There are coastal roads, in-land roads, city roads and more. With Scotland being such a small country you’re able to visit loads of different places, even on a relatively short road trip. Perfect if you don’t have much time to spare but still want some adventure.
Something I really want to do soon is to drive the North Coast 500. This is a 516 mile road trip that starts and ends at Inverness Castle. The views look absolutely incredible and I think it would be so much fun to do. Friends of mine are doing it later this month so I’ll no doubt be totally inspired by their trip and want to do it even more!
The thing about Scotland is you never really know what the weather is going to do. It’s not like we have a period of six weeks of fabulous weather in summer where we can plan day trips and BBQs. That’s why spontaneity is the name of the game sometimes.
You’ve got to be ready to pack up the car for a road trip at a moments notice when you see the weather forecast looks good for the next few days. To grab a bag and head out for the day when you wake up and the sun is shining.