There are so many incredible places to visit in Scotland. The country is blessed with some amazing coastline, charming towns, great cities, breath-taking landscapes and everything else in between. There’s so much to see and do in Scotland that it can be hard to know where to begin!
Although I have lived in Scotland for the entire 26 years of my life, I haven’t explored as much as I would like. Thanks to frequent rain and cool temperatures, it’s too tempting to go somewhere warmer and drier whenever travel is an option.
That’s something I want to change though. I really want to see more of Scotland in all its glory. Every trip I have taken in Scotland I’ve absolutely loved, so it’s definitely time to do and see more.
Here are the places in Scotland I most want to visit…
Isle of Skye
I have been to the Isle of Skye before but was only there for a very short time. I’d love to return and explore more as I fell head over heels for the island on my last visit.
Skye lies off the west coast and is best known for it’s ruggedly beautiful coastline, colourful houses and surprisingly high number of incredible restaurants and chic, boutique hotels. Sounds pretty ideal to me!
The Cairngorms National Park
Now that I can (almost) ski I’d love to go skiing somewhere in Scotland. I’ve heard The Cairngorms is one of the best places in the country to go. The Cairngorms National Park can be found in the eastern Highlands and as well as offering skiing and snowboarding, there are also castles, wildlife watching, hiking and walking routes and some seriously jaw-dropping landscapes.
Isle of Arran
Although Arran is just two hours from my home in Scotland, I’m rather ashamed to say I’ve never visited. It’s the seventh largest of Scotland’s islands and is home to just 5,000 people.
Because Arran is so close to home I know many people who’ve been and told me how wonderful it is. There’s plenty of great walks and hikes, gorgeous scenery and just a generally relaxing atmosphere. It sounds like the perfect place to getaway from it all.
Northeast of Scotland lies the Shetland Islands, where there is a more traditional way of life that takes features from both Scots and Norse heritage. The landscape is said to be wonderful wild and has largely been untouched by humans, making it the ideal place to surround yourself with nature.
I would absolutely LOVE to visit Shetland during the Up Helly Aa fire festival that takes place every year at the end of January. The festival involves a procession of thousands of people with fiery torches and plenty of singing, dancing and drinking. It sounds like so much fun.
Isle of Harris
You might have noticed a little bit of an island theme going on here, and that’s partly because Scotland has an incredible 790 islands!
The Isle of Harris lies within a group of islands known as the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of the mainland. Luskentyre Beach on Harris is frequently voted among the very best beaches in the world and looks like it would be more at home somewhere in the Caribbean than off the cold coast of Scotland!