Are you thinking about where to go and what to be the next spot to visit in Europe? If we talk about walking the highlands, observing the waters of beautiful lakes, visiting a whiskey distillery and listen to the ancient music reminding of history, traditions, and mysteries which country do you think for?
Scotland, of course!
Let’s take a virtual journey together and see what are the highlights of this beautiful and very interesting touristic destination in Europe, named Scotland.
Why travel to Scotland?
What you need to know when traveling to Scotland
Traveling to Scotland is traveling to a country that brings together tradition, history, and legends, along with youth, cultural environment and numerous storytelling landscapes created by nature. Visit as many castles as you can, make at least one hiking trail and venture into fashionable cities such as Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Best time to travel to Scotland
We can say that it is possible to make different trips to Scotland depending on the time of year in which we travel. The warmest time goes from May to September when there is more percentage of sunny days and pleasant temperatures.
While it is true that in Scotland it rains throughout the year and the temperatures in winter are very cold, it is a country that can be visited throughout the year. Its high season is in the month of August when a multitude of music festivals and gastronomic events take place.
Check out the weather forecast for more detailed information if it is the perfect time to travel to Scotland.
What to see and what to do in Scotland?
Places to visit
A tour of the Highlands to discover the most authentic landscapes of Scotland, visit the islands and their coasts, the castles and monuments to transport you to the past, and do not leave the cities, which although on the one hand anchored to the past and tradition, are currently full of life, youthful environment and a lot of culture.
These are some of the best places to see in Scotland.
- Fort William: a city located in the Highlands, reference site for hikers, backpackers and adventure lovers. This is where the highest peak in the United Kingdom, Ben Nevis, is located. Go up and enjoy the views! Observing or traveling on the Jacobite steam train over the Glenfinnan viaduct, through mountainous landscapes, will be a movie experience.
- Quiraing: lovers of hiking and nature cannot miss the visit to these beautiful cliffs on the Isle of Skye. Admire its infinite landscapes of different green tones, sit on the grass to enjoy the tranquility with the sea in the background, and encourage you to climb to the top.
- Glencoe: “the most beautiful valley in Scotland” according to many Scots. It is a small town located in the Highlands, but what is really interesting are its surroundings, extensive and mountainous valleys, with waterfalls and deer that run around the area, and the mountain Bidean Nam Bian, which reaches 1,150 meters in height.
- Edinburgh: an endearing European capital. The fusion of its medieval old town, with the surrounding green nature, and the beaches, is perfect for a disconnection stop, in the middle of the city. Visit the castle that crowns the city, climb Calton Hill to enjoy the best views of the capital and discover hidden legends in the underground vaults.
What to do while in Scotland?
- Visit the Highlands, the numerous lakes, the humid and dense forests, the white sand beaches, its islands and so on to endless landscapes that will leave you open-mouthed.
- Go into its spectacular castles. Much of the fame of this country, in addition to the monster of Loch Ness, is for its hundreds of castles. Castles that are part of the Scottish landscape along with lakes or mountains. Eilean Donan Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Dunnottar Castle, Stirling Castle or Urquhart Castle are the most visited but there are hundreds.
- Visit cities as different as they are exciting. Saint Andrews, university and a medieval city in the North Sea or the cultural and artistic Glasglow, are a good assured choice.
- Scotland has almost 800 islands. Discover prehistoric remains in the Outer Hebrides (the “islands of the West”), sample the local cuisine and visit distilleries on the Isle of Arran and explore the Viking past on the islands of Lewis and Harris.
- Travel Scotland by car and travel around the country, from one castle to another, stopping at different beaches, and transferring to the islands.
- If you are thinking of traveling to Scotland with children, go ahead! It is a good way to enjoy nature, history, and culture as a family. It is an easy and comfortable country to travel, safe and with a lot of offer.
- It is essential to do some hiking route. You can do it practically in any area of the country. From urban routes such as ascending to Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, visiting parks and national reserves such as Cairngorms or Knockan Crag or forest and mountain routes by Cardrona, or Ben Lomond and its lakes.