Things to do in Scotland! Scotland may be small in geographical terms but as the cliché goes, all good things come in small packages. It’s a country that fascinates, charms and enthrals visitors with unmatched scenic vistas, cosmopolitan cities and unique culture. The fact that CNN has nominated Scotland as the travel destination for 2013, is but a small confirmation of the fact that Scotland has become a sought-after holiday destination in the last few years.
There is so much to do and see in Scotland. Due to a rising visibility in blockbuster films, Scotland has begun to attract visitors of all ages and from all over the world. If you are thinking about visiting Scotland here are some of the top attractions that the country has to offer:
Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye, Things to do in Scotland, UK by Indrik myneur
Things to do in Scotland
Scottish Highlands and Northern Islands
The word ‘rugged’ takes on a new meaning when you visit the Scottish Highlands, believed by many to be the heart of Scotland’s craggy character. From Britain’s deepest lake in Loch Ness to its highest peak on Ben Nevis, the Scottish Highlands offers you visions of crumbling castles and heather-covered moors.
Recently, James Bond’s film “Skyfall” showed the Highlands, especially Glencoe, in all of their chiselled beauty to a worldwide audience.
Urquhart Castle above Loch Ness lake, Things to do in Scotland by Michel Curi
Ben Nevis, Scottish Highlands, Things to do in Scotland by john mcsporran
Fort William is a must see due to its centuries of history intermingled with the latest outdoor activities. Many claim that Fort William is the outdoor capital of the world and a walker’s paradise due to its scenic walks, mountain bike tracks, and challenging ski slopes.
2013 has also been declared as the Year of Natural Scotland and many special events have been organised to highlight Scotland’s natural beauty.
Fort William, Things to do in Scotland by calflier001
Whisky enthusiasts can find a range of traditional distilleries in the Scottish Highlands such as the Oban Distillery, one of Scotland’s oldest producers of single malt Scotch whisky.
The Oban Distillery, Things to do in Scotland by Daniel Stockman
Wildlife enthusiasts will love the Outer Hebrides or Western Isles for the amazing number of eagles, whales and dolphins that can be found on the 119 islands, out of which only 5 can really be called inhabited.
The HebCelt music festival on the Isle of Lewis in July, is one of the most popular summer attractions in the Outer Hebrides. This year’s line-up includes Red Hot Chilli Pipers, John McCusker, Fara or Talisk, among others.
Callanish Stones, Outer Hebrides, Things to do in Scotland by Chris Combe
Edinburgh and Glasgow
For history lovers, these two major Scottish cities offer visitors glimpses into Scotland’s turbulent history as well as containing fantastic shops, museums, art galleries and stunning architecture.
Don’t miss the historic Edinburgh Castle and Glasgow’s wide range of shops in the city centre. In the summer, art and comedy fans can experience the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which features a wide range of acts as well as a cascading firework show and spectacular music from the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Edinburgh, Things to do in Scotland by Indrik myneur
Glasgow, Things to do in Scotland by Patty Ho
Scotland is a popular destination for golf enthusiasts, the Fife town of St. Andrews is commonly known as the Home of Golf. The old course built before 1574 is considered sacred by the true golfers.
In 2014, Scotland became an unmissable destination for golfers due to the prestigious Ryder Cup tournament at the PGA Centenary Golf Course at Gleneagles in Perthshire. There are many other famous golf courses to see in Scotland, including the exclusive Loch Lomond Golf Club.
St. Andrews golf, Things to do in Scotland by Son of Groucho
These were just few tips on Things to do in Scotland. There is much more to do in this country, so you shouldn’t wait more and book the flight tickets right away to this wonderful and interesting country. You’ll enjoy amazing nature, history and learn a lot about their nice people!
Isle of Skye, Things to do in Scotland by Moyan Brenn