21. Journey out to the hamlet of Kilmahog
The perfect reward after a hike.
…”Stop by the Trossachs Woollen Mill and admire the incredible Highland cattle.” – Marissa, www.littlethingstravel.com
20. Go seal-sighting in Portgordon, Moray
One of the best places to see seals up close.
“Watch seals from the Portgordon beach carpark. Must be the easiest place to see seals close-up anywhere. Lots lie around just by the main road east of Portgordon village. Hear them sing, too. (Actually – howl).” – Gilbert, www.must-see-scotland.com
19. Kagyu Same Ling, Buddhist Temple
After a day of sightseeing this Temple is perfect for tea.
“Go down to Eskdalemuir to see Kagyu Same Ling, the largest Buddhist Temple in Western Europe. While there try the amazing Tibetan tea they serve.” – Alex, www.scotlandtraveloholic.co.uk
18. Take in the views from the Sound of Rassay
One of the most beautiful places in Scotland.
“The Scottish Highlands are remote, rugged and alluring. Take the time to hike to the Old Man Of Storr, an awe-inspiring rock formation on the Isle of Skye. On a Clear day, the views of the surrounding Sound of Raasay are stunning.” – Brian and Noelle, www.wanderingon.com
17. Visit The Kelpies in Falkirk
One of the more unusual attractions.
“At 30m high, they are the world’s largest equine sculptures. Towering over the Forth and Clyde Canal, you can even take a tour inside them.” -Susanne, www.adventuresaroundscotland.com
16. Visit Culross in the Kingdom of Fife
Spend a lovely little afternoon exploring here, one of the top places to visit in Scotland.
“Over the Forth bridges from Edinburgh – It’s unique because once you’ve parked the car and walked towards the village it’s like you are stepping back in time. It’s been used recently in the filming of the Outlander TV series and you will immediately see why. A perfect and original example of a 17th-century burgh with cobbled streets, winding alleys and features such as the Town Hall (built in 1629) and the Market Cross. Don’t miss a wander around the mustard coloured Palace.” – Nicola, www.funkyellastravel.com
15. Visit Perthshire
Not sure what to see in Scotland? Don’t skip Perthshire!
“Don’t just dash for the Scottish Highlands as you will miss out on the lochs and glens of ‘Bràghaid Alban’ (the High Ground of Scotland). From Loch Tay to Glen Lyon, Perthshire is wild and beautiful.” – Kate, www.lovefromscotland.co.uk
14. Climb the Tap o Noth, Aberdeenshire
For some great views over Scotland.
“Follow a track to a mysterious ruined hilltop fort at 563m. Plenty of atmosphere and unanswered questions from Iron Age Scotland. Who ‘vitrified’ the walls? Who chose to live there? Great views too.” – Gilbert, www.must-see-scotland.com
13. Ghost Tour of Mary King’s Close
A city that’s pretty spooky at the best of times, a ghost tour should be on your list of things to do in Scotland.
“One of my favourite Scotland memories was doing a ghost tour at Mary King’s Close. The tour takes you underground, where you get to see Edinburgh from the 1600s and learn about why they built the new city on top of the old one.” – Marissa, www.littlethingstravel.com
12. Fly over Argyll and Bute
One for the more adventurous among us!
11. Sightseeing boat tour of the Forth Bridges
…And one for the more relaxed.
10. Take a walk along the Fife Coastal Path
Ah beautiful Scotland, complete with beaches.
“Culross is situated right on the coast of the Firth of Forth and the Fife Coastal Path runs along the seafront. It is 118 miles of gorgeous Fife scenery stretching from the Kincardine Bridge up to the Tay Bridge. You can start at the waterfront in Culross and head towards the magnificent Forth Rail Bridge. The beaches are lovely.” – Nicola, www.funkyellastravel.com
9. Climb a Munro
One of the 282 Scottish mountains over 3000ft high.
“Climbing a mountain over 3000ft is no easy task, but despite the exhaustion when you get to the top, the spectacular views are worth all the effort – plus you will feel totally and utterly proud of yourself.” – Kate, www.lovefromscotland.co.uk
8. Road trip through the Highlands
One of our favourite tips and best things to do in Scotland.
“If you’re looking for something to do, take a car and roadtrip through some of the magnificent countryside and wind through the stunning Gap of Glencoe.” – Brian and Noelle, www.wanderingon.com
7. The Boathouse, Isle of Ulva
One for the family.
“Call the ferryman over to Mull by showing a red square. Five minutes later you’re at the Boathouse on Ulva. Cup of tea or three -course meal. Everything local, totally fresh and friendly. A real find.” – Gilbert, www.must-see-scotland.com
6. Dine in Edinburgh’s oldest pub
No list would be complete without a traditional pub.
5. Eat the best Aberdeen Angus burger
After all that sightseeing, take a break.
“Our recommended place to eat and drink must be Brown Sugar café in Jedburg. That is the most amazing cafe we ever been to, and no doubt they serve the best Aberdeen Angus speciality burgers on the planet.” – Alex, www.scotlandtraveloholic.co.uk
4. Join the locals for a pint at the Clachaig Inn
No trip would be complete without treating yourself.
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“Reward yourself with a heartwarming meal and a pint at the iconic Clachaig Inn. Locals and their dogs will join you inside – it’s the perfect place to unwind after a day in the Highlands.” – Brian and Noelle, www.wanderingon.com
3. Freshest seafood in Scotland
Number three on our list – more food!
2. The Biscuit Cafe, Culross
One of the best places to visit in Scotland.
“Grab a cuppa and some lunch in the gorgeous little Biscuit Cafe, hidden around the back of the Culross Pottery shop. A cute, wonky and extremely popular place to relax, the food is homemade, the cakes are to die for and the building itself dates back an age (hence the wonky-ness)” – Nicola, www.funkyellastravel.com
1. Take a dram (a shot of whisky in Scots)
And, of course, no trip would be complete without some whisky!
“It is said there is a whisky for everyone and with over 100 distilleries in Scotland to visit, you are sure to find a favourite ‘water of life‘. I love Dalwhinnie; you can taste Scottish heather and honey in each sip!” – Kate, www.lovefromscotland.co.uk
Comment below if you have any more opinions on the best places to visit in Scotland. If you’re looking for places to experience real Scottish food, then check out our best restaurants guide, or plan your trip the right way with our travel guides to Edinburgh and Glasgow.