Any regular readers here will know I’m a very passionate Scot. I adore my home country and I’m always encouraging people to visit (I’ve been told I should work for the tourism board more than a handful of times!). 2014 is a MASSIVE year for Scotland – it’s the year of the Homecoming and we’re also hosting The Ryder Cup, the Commonwealth Games and the MTV Awards. Phew!

If all that isn’t enough reason to Visit Scotland in 2014 then here’s a few more…

Natural Beauty

Scotland is brimming with raw, natural beauty and is often described as one of the most beautiful places on earth. Drive up to the Highlands and discover the land where the clans lived and worked, venture out to the islands and check out the wildlife, discover some of Scotland’s lochs (there are around 31,000 lochs and lochans) and enjoy the peace, quiet and tranquility that this country offers.

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Natural beauty on the Isle of Skye

Gorgeous Glasgow

Glasgow, the nearest city to me and my favourite city in Scotland, has been nominated for best European Destination for 2014 and with good reason. Glasgow has friendly locals, fantastic architecture, delicious restaurants, AMAZING nightlife, wonderful (free!) museums and loads of green spaces within the city. It might not be as traditionally charming as Edinburgh but it’s brimming with character and has a more raw energy which I love.

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The beautiful Botanic Gardens

I’m so happy to finally see Glasgow getting the recognition it deserves. If I had a pound for every time someone told me that they’d been to Scotland and only visited Edinburgh I’d be a VERY rich girl!

Amazing Fresh Food

Scotland has some of the best seafood in the world. Scallops, mussels, salmon, oysters – you name it we’ve got it. There’s also great fruit, vegetables and some of the best meat and lamb in the world.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

I visited Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival last year and absolutely loved it. The city transforms as the biggest arts festival in the world comes to Edinburgh during August. There’s everything from stand up comedians, to burlesque shows, to beat-boxing artists, to traditional theatre shows. There’s something to suit everyone and it’s a great time to explore the city. The Witchery by the Castle Hotel is perfect for those looking for luxury and Ibis have some great deals for those with a more modest budget.
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Scotland has an incredible five UNESCO World Heritage Sites which are New Lanark, Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns, St Kilda in the Hebrides, the Antonine Wall and The Heart of Neolithic Orkney. There’s a tonne of other fascinating historical sites in Scotland to visit too such as Culloden Battlefield, Edinburgh Castle, Calanais Standing Stones, St. Andrew’s Cathedral and many, many more. Scotland has a rich and interesting history and it’s great to explore and learn more about it.

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Haunting Culloden Battlefield

Great Golf

It’s no secret that Scotland is the home of golf and with The Ryder Cup being here in 2014 it’s the perfect opportunity to come with your clubs and get out on the course. There are around 500 golf courses in Scotland so what are you waiting for?!

Hogmanay

Hogmanay is a Scottish word for the last day of the year and Scottish people certainly know how to throw a Hogmanay party to welcome in the new year. Edinburgh’s Street Party is world famous and definitely worth visiting. Just remember to bring warm clothes and a great sense of fun!
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So, why not make 2014 the year you finally visit Scotland?!