What To Do During A Vacation In Scotland

December 18, 2017

Scotland is a beautiful country that is filled with stunning scenery, beautiful holiday homes, and exciting places to visit. This is a great place for golf, so be sure to get in a round at St. Andrews, one of the oldest golf courses in the world. There are also plenty of other things to do during your time in Scotland.

Visit Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond is a stunning lake that sits on the boundaries of the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands. This long inland stretch of water is 39km long and there are several islands located on the loch. Inchmurrin, the largest freshwater island in the U.K., is just one of the areas that you can explore. You can rent motor boats, canoes, sailboats, row boats, kayaks, paddleboards, and peddle boats to explore the lake at your leisure. You can also try thrilling water sports like waterskiing and windsurfing.

Explore Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the stunning capital city of Scotland and it is a great place to visit. The Edinburgh Castle sits on Castle Rock more than 75 metres above the city. Spend some time exploring Old Town and New Town that are both UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Try to visit during the International Fringe Festival, which is the largest Fringe Festival in the world. It is a great place to see plays and comedians perform. There are plenty of great accommodations available, but book well in advance if you are going during the International Fringe Festival, because things fill up fast.

Island Hopping

Scotland has beautiful islands. Visit the Isle of Skye to view picture-perfect scenery. You can see everything from stunning mountains to beautiful coastline to spectacular architecture. It has charming towns and villages where you can relax and great trekking trails if you want an outdoor adventure. Visit the culture and history in Orkney with attractions such as the Viking Cathedral, the fishing port, and several distilleries.

If you like puffins, be sure to visit during the spring and summer time and you will see plenty. Orkney is also known for trekking and water sport activities. Argyll and the Isles have seven National Nature Reserves and is a good place to spot wildlife like red deer, golden eagles, seals, otters, porpoises, red squirrels, and white tailed sea eagles. 

Snow Sports On The Scottish Slopes

There are several places that are great for skiing and snowboarding in Scotland like Glenshee, Cairngorm, Glencoe, Nevis Range, and The Lecht. You can get great rental equipment, just make sure you take out the correct insurance to protect you, as regular insurance may not cover you if you have an accident whilst skiing. You can always research online or call the operators to know about snow conditions prior to heading to the resort.

Castle Trail

Go on Castle Trail in Aberdeenshire. It has over 300 castles, ruins, and stately homes to visit. You can take a six day tour to see the stunning architecture and history of Scotland. Visit the Dunnottar Castle on a cliff, which is about 160ft above sea level.

Visit the Castle Fraser, which has fine paintings and furniture, beautiful walled gardens, and a playground for children. Visit the Fyvie Castle, which is an example of the Scottish baronial architecture and it has magnificent sweeping stairs, armoury, paintings, and a stunning loch that you can you can also stroll around.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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