23 Greatest Locations In Scotland To Go to

Scotland is a stunner of a rustic to discover! It’s a kind of locations you can go to and have completely completely different experiences, it doesn’t matter what kind of journey you’re keen on. This, on high of the truth that there’s a heap of the most effective locations in Scotland which are dotted all throughout the nation make it a very wonderful spot to discover.

Now, I might need a fairly large comfortable spot for Scotland, particularly after dwelling there for six years. And, though I can’t say I ever tried a fried Mars Bar, I actually did a lot of travelling. That is precisely why I wished to share a few of the finest locations in Scotland you must consider visiting in your subsequent journey. 

Whether or not it’s a visit across the Kingdom of Fife, a jaunt within the Highlands or a metropolis break in Edinburgh or Glasgow; I’m virtually guaranteeing you that you just’ll have the most effective time! That’s even earlier than you even assume to discover the islands of Scotland, too.

Anyway, sufficient rambling about why I really like Scotland a lot! Check out a few of the finest locations in Scotland to go to.

Simply be sure that to deliver me again some shortbread and Scottish pill. It’s scrumptious and I miss it a lot.

Have probably the most epic time exploring the most effective locations in Scotland.

1.) St Andrews 

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Effectively, I couldn’t point out the most effective locations in Scotland and never embrace my outdated residence, St Andrews! 

Perched throughout the Kingdom of Fife, it’s one in all my favorite locations in Scotland and is a lot greater than only a well-known golf course. Sure, it has that and it’s unbelievable to go {golfing} however there’s additionally a number of historical past on this small city, too. 

As soon as right here, be sure that to discover the ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral and take a wander across the citadel, too. You possibly can really go within the secret tunnel that was constructed a whole bunch of years in the past.

Afterwards, take a wander across the College Grounds and see the Hawthorn tree that Mary Queen of Scots planted at Quadrangle at St Mary’s.

Oh, and ensure to not stroll over Saint Salvator’s PH that’s cobbled into the bottom. This can be a spot the place a heretic was burned on the stake within the 1500s and apparently unleashed a martyrs curse. To this present day, no pupil of St. Andrews (me included) would ever stroll over the PH signal.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you! 

2.) Edinburgh

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If it’s a metropolis break you’re after, then Edinburgh is definitely the most effective locations in Scotland to go to; and never simply because it’s the capital.

As soon as right here, be sure that to ramble your method up Arthur’s Seat and see the views throughout town and the Firth of Forth.

It’s a stunner round dawn or sundown. Alternatively, should you don’t fancy a bit of hike, pop over to Mary Queens Shut on the Royal Mile. It’s a part of the Royal Mile that’s now underground and is completely eerie to see. You get to see all of the outdated homes and streets that at the moment are underground.

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Oh, and don’t overlook to pop over to Edinburgh Fort (clearly) and cease off in Grassmarket for a day tipple, too. There’s a heap of bars in Edinburgh to go to.

Learn extra: Greatest locations in Edinburgh to go to

3.) Isle of Skye 

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The islands of Scotland are truthfully gorgeous. That being mentioned, with about 800 (in whole) to select from, it may be fairly troublesome to slim down some agency favourites. 

That being mentioned, the Isle of Skye is definitely the most effective locations in Scotland to go to on a visit across the Highlands. Not solely because it’s completely simple to get to (by automotive, by way of the bridge) but additionally as there may be a lot to do. 

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As soon as right here, be sure that to go on the most effective Scottish hikes to the Storr. It’s comparatively simple should you’re used to mountaineering and never too strenuous. That being mentioned, it’ll nonetheless take you a couple of hours there and again so be sure that to plan accordingly.

Afterwards, head throughout to the likes of; Dunvegan Fort, the Fairy Pool and Armadale Fort that we visited earlier than taking the ferry throughout to Mallaig. 

Oh, and don’t overlook to go to the dramatic shoreline round Neist Level. It’s gorgeous. 

Learn extra: Greatest islands in Scotland to go to 

4.) Glasgow

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Now, one of the best ways I can assume to explain Glasgow is that it’s like Edinburgh’s loopy, fun-fuelled sister!

Glasgow is a very vibrant metropolis and fairly unbelievable to go to for an extended weekend. Plus, it solely takes a short while to go to on the prepare from Edinburgh, too.

As soon as right here, be sure that to discover the Kelvingrove Artwork Gallery, wander round George Sq. and see the Hunterian Artwork Gallery. It’s the oldest museum in all of Scotland. 

Learn extra: Greatest issues to do in Glasgow

5.) Dundee

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So, Dundee has had one thing of a revival within the final ten years, or so. It’s turn out to be one thing of a cultural hub, particularly with the opening of locations just like the V&A Dundee on the brand new waterfront space. 

I’ve to be trustworthy, the primary time I visited Dundee, method again in 2006, I can’t say I appreciated it very a lot. Although, lately, we revisited and spend a couple of days within the metropolis and completely liked it. 

As soon as right here, be sure that to discover the V&A Dundee (as talked about) and pop over to the McManus Artwork Gallery, too. Oh, and don’t overlook to go to Broughty Fort that’s about midway between Dundee and Carnoustie.

For a lightweight lunch, pop into the Flame Tree Café that serve up some tasty avocado on toast. Oh, and for dinner, head to the Gidi Grill that serves up some tasty West African and Caribbean favourites. We liked it. 

Oh, yeah, and it’s very easy to go to St. Andrews should you’re already in Dundee and have a automotive. It’s a few 25-30 minute drive and properly value it to go to my outdated stomping floor! It actually is among the finest locations in Scotland.

Learn extra: Exploring Dundee

6.) Glamis Fort 

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Okay, so, Glamis Fort is one other the most effective locations in Scotland to go to that’s inside simple attain of Dundee. You see, it’s solely a 20-minute drive (north) and properly value it should you love Scottish Castles. 

Constructed method again within the 14th Century, Glamis Fort has been stored throughout the Lyon household for generations. 

As soon as right here, take a tour contained in the citadel, discover the rooms and secret areas and study extra about all of the little options this citadel has. It’s completely gorgeous and properly value a go to; particularly because it was the childhood residence of the Queen Mom. 

Learn extra: Exploring Glamis Fort

7.) Applecross

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Now, Applecross may solely be a tiny place however it’s simply the most effective locations in Scotland to discover on the Wester Ross Coastal Path. Not solely does it have some unbelievable white sandy seashores however it additionally has some prehistoric mounds which are dated again 1000’s of years. 

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The entire drive round this space is completely unbelievable, even when the roads are slim, you’ll find it irresistible.

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Simply be sure that to maintain your eyes peeled for some Highland Coos, too.

8.) Crail

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Nestled down the Fife Shoreline, Crail is a tiny fishing village that has a attraction all of its personal. 

Now, it’s comparatively simple to go to should you take the coastal street from St. Andrews and observe the street to Crail itself. It’ll take lower than 20-minutes and is an ideal little cease earlier than heading additional down the coast to Anstruther, too. 

Now, it’s seemingly you’ll solely spend an hour, or so, right here (it’s tiny) however be sure that to pop into a couple of favorite spots. The Crail Harbour Gallery And Tearoom are completely beautiful and have some attractive views.

Plus, pop into Reilly’s Shellfish should you fancy a few of the tastiest recent seafood in Fife. It actually is among the finest locations in Scotland should you love quaint little villages. 

Learn extra: Greatest issues to do in Fife

9.) Glencoe 

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Perched throughout the dramatic Glencoe Valley, Glencoe and the encompassing area is definitely the most effective locations in Scotland to go to for its dramatic pure magnificence. 

After exploring the shores of Loch Leven, cease off for lunch on the Lochleven Seafood Cafe (in Onich) that has the most effective seafood platter round. 

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If it’s a Scottish hike you’re after, head on a shorter 3-km hike across the Glencoe Lochan trails which are comparatively simple for a lazy afternoon.

That being mentioned, if you need extra of a problem, pop on the Buachaille Etive Beag hike that’s round Eight km. Whichever you select, hike safely and all the time observe native recommendation. In spite of everything, nobody likes a careless hiker. 

Learn extra: Greatest hikes in Scotland

10.) Crathes Fort

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Now, I do know I hold happening about Scottish castles, however they’re truthfully a few of the finest locations in Scotland to expertise the nation’s historical past. And you realize what, Crathes Fort is not any exception there.

Constructed again within the 16th Century,  Crathes Fort is a few 30-minute drive from Aberdeen and properly value a gander when heading west.

On the tour, you get to study extra in regards to the citadel, ti’s grounds and attention-grabbing little info about why the steps are all completely different ranges. Apparently, this wasn’t from lazy builders however to disorientate an attacker that will attempt to enter the citadel. 

Learn extra: Exploring Crathes Fort

11.) St. Kilda

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In all probability probably the most distant islands in Scotland to go to, St Kilda is an distinctive place to go to.

Being a UNESCO World Heritage Website and a nationwide protect, St Kilda has 1000’s of years of historical past to discover. 

Now, it’s not going to be your common day journey to go to St. Kilda, however you may e-book a tour with Go To St. Kilda that function from the Isle of Skye. Count on an extended day (because it’s round 40-km away) and a price ticket of round £250-300 per particular person. 

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That being mentioned, it’s properly value it as you’ll get to spend round 3-Four hours on the island and see Hirta’s sea cliffs which are the very best in all of the UK. 

Learn extra: Greatest islands in Scotland to go to 

12.) Dunnottar Fort 

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Mentioned to have been occupied for the reason that center ages, Dunnottar Fort is among the finest locations in Scotland to see a few of the nation’s historical past. 

Perched round 25-minutes, down the coast, from Aberdeen. It’s an amazing little spot to go to should you’re on the lookout for a day journey. 

As soon as right here, spend a while exploring the citadel grounds and study extra about one in all its well-known residents. An precise lion! 

Learn extra: Exploring Dunnottar Fort

13.) Anstruther 

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Okay, Anstruther holds a particular place for me! It was my go-to place on a weekend journey while dwelling in St. Andrews. You see, not solely is Anstruther completely quaint (and really small), it’s a stunning space for a sunny afternoon stroll. 

Oh, and don’t overlook to pop into the Anstruther Fish Bar that’s been awarded as being the most effective fish and chip spots in the entire UK. Even royalty have visited for his or her fish and chips! 

Learn extra: Greatest issues to do in Fife

14.) The Shetland Islands 

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So, the archipelago of the Shetland Islands is one fairly distant space of the UK to go to. That being mentioned, it’s additionally properly linked because it has a longtime inhabitants that lives on the island. This all makes it simple to go to should you’re fancying a special sort of island journey. 

If you happen to can, attempt to coincide your go to with the most important Viking fireplace pageant in Europe, Up Helly Aa. Throughout this pageant, you’ll see fireplace professions, the burning of Viking vessels and a heap of celebrations that occur. In spite of everything, it’s the most effective locations in Scotland to see this.

Learn extra: Find out how to expertise Up Helly Aa

15.) Plockton 

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Usually nicknamed the jewel of the Highlands, Plockton is among the finest locations in Scotland to go to on a street journey itinerary throughout the Highlands. 

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As soon as right here, take a stroll across the historic pier and fishing space and pop on one in all Calum’s Seal Journeys that we liked. You get to go across the space by boat and also you’ll virtually be assured to see the seals. You’ll additionally see Duncraig Fort from the shore, too.

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Afterwards, pop over to Plockton Inn to relaxation up. We stayed right here for an evening and grabbed some lobster and haggis of their restaurant. Completely liked the meals. 

Learn extra: Itinerary to discover the Scottish Highlands

16.) Torridon 

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Simply shy of Applecross, you may simply go to Torridon earlier than (or after) visiting Applecross in your drive by way of this area of the Highlands. Now, should you love a little bit of an journey, that is simply the most effective locations in Scotland to go to.

Not least as a result of you may go kayaking within the loch and it’s so stunning. Simply be sure that there’s no wind; it’s a lot more durable on a blustery day. 

Afterwards, pop over to  Decrease Diabaig, too. It takes round 15-minutes within the automotive ( from Torridon) however it’s completely value it for the attractive landscapes and historic little hamlet by the loch.

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Oh, and pop into Gille Brighde Restaurant that’s overlooking Loch Torridon, too. It’s a family-run foodie spot that serves up a few of the tastiest lunches within the space. We liked it. 

Learn extra: Exploring Torridon, Highlands of Scotland

17.) Fort Tioram

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Perched on a tiny island in the midst of Loch Moidart, Fort Tioram is a shocking citadel smash that’s completely attractive. 

Now, you gained’t be capable to entry the ruins themselves (as they’re unsafe structurally) however you may see it from the shore. It’s a very gorgeous space to discover and the right place to look at the sundown within the Highlands, too. 

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We stayed close to Dalnabreac and it’s fairly simple to overlook the tiny turnoff to seek out Fort Tioram (Google Maps location here), particularly because it’s in dense woodland.

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That being mentioned, after about 20-minutes of sluggish driving, you’ll get to a bit of automotive parking spot with some epic views over the loch. 

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Simply be sure you put on long-sleeved tops. We visited in September and obtained bitten so many occasions by little nats. 

Learn extra: Discovering Fort Tioram In Scotland

18.) Eilean Donan 

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Perched within the western Highlands of Scotland, Eilean Donan is among the most iconic castles in Scotland. Plus, It’s fairly simple to go to Eilean Donan after (or earlier than) visiting Plockton because it’s not too distant.

Established again within the 13th Century, there may be a lot historical past to see at Eilean Donan. Simply be sure that to depart sufficient time to discover the citadel itself.

Now, it will possibly get a bit of busy right here (on weekends) however you may actually miss the crowds by arriving within the morning or legislation afternoon (like we did).

Learn extra: Greatest castles in Scotland

19.) Inverness 

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Inverness was our very first cease within the Highlands of Scotland and our entry level (by way of the Caledonian Specific in a single day prepare from London) to discover the realm.

Now, being one of many smaller cities in Scotland,  Inverness is a superb springboard spot to go to locations just like the Cairngorms and even heading west or north in the direction of locations like Wick, too. 

As soon as right here, be sure that to discover Inverness Fort and head out on Moray Firth to identify some dolphins, too. We had been unfortunate, we didn’t see any because it obtained actually foggy however it’s properly value a strive. 

Learn extra: Greatest hikes in Scotland

20.) Drive the NC500 Path

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Driving the NC500 might be the most effective street journey routes in Scotland to observe for a style of the Highlands.

Beginning in Inverness, it would take you all the best way as much as John o’ Groats, earlier than heading down the north-west coast to locations like Applecross and the gorgeous Bealach na Ba Street

Now, the journey in itself will take not less than every week to finish (extra if you need a very chilled time) however it’s properly value it. For me, it’s one of many unspoilt areas of the UK that’s so stunning to discover. It’s simply the most effective locations in Scotland to discover.

Learn extra: The driving route for the NC500

21.) Loch Ness 

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Okay, so Loch Ness might be probably the most well-known loch in the entire world and the most effective locations in Scotland to attempt to spot Nessie! You understand, the Loch Ness Monster. 

Beleive the legend (or not), I nonetheless spend a great deal of time watching the Loch waters to identify Nessie! Now, for me, Loch Ness isn’t probably the most dramatic of all of the lochs in Scotland however it’s a spot you must undoubtedly go to for a couple of hours; particularly when on the route (north) again to Inverness.

Learn extra: Distinctive locations in Scotland to go to

22.) Cairngorms

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Perched within the japanese Highlands, the Cairngorms is an unspoilt area of Scotland’s Cairngorms Nationwide Park. 

Now, the Cairngorms is among the finest locations in Scotland to go to should you love the outside. You see, you’ve obtained all the things from quad safaris, hikes and even bike routes by way of the mountains that we liked. 

We liked exploring the Cairngorms. 

Learn extra: What we did exploring the Cairngorms

23.) Loch Lomond 

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A part of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Nationwide Park, Loch Lomond is among the finest locations in Scotland to go to when in Southern Scotland. 

As soon as right here, be sure that to discover the banks of Loch Lomond itself, go to the Fowl of Prey Centre and hike the Beinn Dubh path, too. 

Afterwards, head over to Fruin Farm that serves up a few of the tastiest dinners within the space. 

Learn extra: Itinerary to discover the Scottish Highlands

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