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The gems of secret Scotland: 27 things that you must try next

Enchanted by your first visit to Scotland, you’ve vowed to return and are now planning your next trip. But this time want to go a little further off the beaten path and explore beyond the top attractions. Where to start?

Check out these 27 attractions and experiences that are Scotland’s hidden gems. They may not receive the same fanfare as their more popular siblings but are every bit as intriguing as the big-hitters. If they haven’t made the cut on your first visit, make sure you visit them on your next trip to Scotland.


1. Dunrobin Castle, North Highlands

Marvel at the stunning French design of Dunrobin Castle, one of Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited houses and the largest castle in the northern Highlands with 189 rooms. Its superb architecture and fairy-tale spires were added by Sir Charles Barry, who also designed London’s Houses of Parliament.

2. Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfriesshire

Caerlaverock Castle, near the town of Dumfries, Dumfries & GallowayCaerlaverock Castle © Damien Shields

This imposing castle is in the shape of a triangle, and along with its atmospheric green moat and setting within a nature reserve, these features give Caerlaverock Castle a story-book quality. There’s simply no other castle in the world like it!

Neither of these tickle your fancy? We’ve got hundreds of stunning castles and historic houses in Scotland!


3. St Ninian’s Tombolo, Shetland

St Ninian's Isle, near Bigton, ShetlandWith pristine sands and blue waters just as vivid as those found in Barbados, Shetland’s very own St Ninian’s Isle never fails to capture the heart of beach-goers. It’s regularly compared to the tropical beaches of the Caribbean, and deservedly so!

4. Sandwood Bay, northern Highlands

Sandwood Bay, Sutherland in HighlandsThe hidden Sandwood Bay may seem a little tricky to get to, but the effort of hiking here is well worth it when a mile-long stretch of golden sand unfurls in front of you. The chances are it will just be you – perfect for budding Robinson Crusoes!

Caves and underground wonders

5. Smoo Cave, Sutherland

Smoo Cave, near Durness, Sutherland in the Highlands © Jenny DouglasSmoo Cave © Jenny Douglas

Set into the limestone cliffs at the head of a narrow sea inlet, Smoo Cave is Britain’s biggest sea cave, and a marvellous sight to behold. Head to Durness and explore the site with its underground pools and local legends.

Standing stones and circles

6. Kilmartin Glen, Argyll

The Kilmartin Glen, ArgyllConsidered to be one of Europe’s most concentrated areas for prehistoric remains, Kilmartin Glen is home to over 800 structures within a 6-mile radius including burial sites and standing stones; look out for the Dunadd Fort, where ancient kings were crowned and the early Scottish nation forged.

7. Sueno’s Stone, Moray

Sueno's Stone, Forres, MorayThe Picts were the indigenous people of the north and left behind remarkable ancient relics. The impressive Sueno’s Stone in Forres is Scotland’s tallest sculpted standing stone. It features carvings of rare battle scenes from the 10th century.

Did you know? Aberdeenshire is one of the richest areas for standing stones and ancient monuments – so much so that there even is a dedicated Stone Circle Trail.

Heritage sites

8. St Kilda, Outer Hebrides

St Kilda from the skye, Outer Hebrides © istockphotoA boat trip to the remote and majestic island of St Kilda is a great way to combine adventure and nature in this wonderful part of Scotland. Did you know that the island is one of the premier birdwatching sites in the world?

9. Skara Brae, Orkney

Skara Brae, OrkneySkara Brae is one of the best preserved stone villages in the whole of western Europe. Experience the incredible sense of how people lived their day to day lives 5,000 years ago.


10. Isle of Jura, Argyll

Isle of Jura, Argyll & The IslesDid you know that Jura has a larger population of deer than people? Nearby you can witness the dramatic Corryvreckan Whirlpool, the world’s third largest whirlpool on a guided boat trip. The pounding roar of the swirling waters can sometimes be heard over 10 miles away!

11. Islay, Argyll

The Lagavulin Distillery, Islay.On Islay, there are eight distilleries where you can taste the distinctively peaty flavours of the Whisky Coast. This is the greatest of whisky-producing islands. It is only 25 miles long, but has no fewer than eight distilleries!


12. Loch Awe, Argyll

Kilchurn Castle on Loch Awe, ArgyllLoch Awe is a scenic loch, gently fringed with thick conifer forests and beautiful oak woods. It’s most famous for the marvellously evocative ruin of Kilchurn Castle. Gazing out over the water from its tower you can take in the view of Ben Cruachan – truly awe-some!

13. St Mary’s Loch, Scottish Borders

St Mary's Loch Scottish BordersSet in the midst of the Southern Uplands, St Mary’s Loch is less than an hour’s drive from Edinburgh yet offers a feeling of tranquil remoteness. Serene rolling hills, wild moorland and extensive woodland – you name it and you’ll find it!

Road trips

14. Perthshire Tourist Route

Kenmore village on Loch Tay, PerthshireKenmore village on Loch Tay © Kenny Lam

Beginning just north of Dunblane, the Perthshire Tourist Route is a short but spectacular drive. It’s a tale of non-stop scenery on an epic scale along with plenty hidden gems and secrets. You’ll want to stop off and take a closer look at en-route!

15. Angus Coastal Route and Deeside Tourist Route

Montrose, AngusThe Angus Coastal Route begins in the city of Dundee, which has top attractions such as the RSS Discovery, and takes you 58 miles through Angus and north to Aberdeen. On the way back, follow the Deeside Tourist Route and as you drive through Royal Deeside, you will pass Balmoral Castle, a summer residence of the Royal Family and part of Scotland’s only Castle Trail.

Call us biased, but we believe there is no such thing as a dull and boring drive through Scotland. Find more ideas for a scenic road trip in Scotland.

Boat rides

16. Union Canal

The Falkirk Wheel connecting the Union Canal and the Forth & Clyde CanalThe Union Canal runs for a little over 30 miles from central Edinburgh to the amazing Falkirk Wheel where it links with the Forth & Clyde Canal. Hire a boat or join a cruise and admire the landmarks along the canal. You can even dine in a restaurant boat!

17. Loch Katrine, Stirlingshire

Loch Katrine, The TrossachsStep on board the historic SS Sir Walter Scott steamship, sit back and witness the inspiring scenery that inspired the poet as it sails down the tranquil Loch Katrine in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

Museums and art galleries

18. Highland Folk Museum, Highlands

Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore, HighlandsThe past is written all over the Highlands landscape and the Highland Folk Museum brings to life the domestic and working conditions of earlier Highland people. Learn how Scottish Highlanders lived, how they built their homes, dressed and more.

19. Pier Arts Centre, Orkney

Pier Artsd Centre, Stromness, Orkney © Ioana MarinescuPier Arts Centre © Ioana Marinescu

Wander through the cobbled streets of Stromness to discover a variety of creative wares in galleries and shops. The Pier Arts Centre by the harbour hosts local and international exhibitions which are free to browse and also displays a wide range of local arts and crafts.

Glens and hills

20. Glen Trool, Dumfries & Galloway

Glen Trool, GallowayGlen Trool © Damien Shields

Not every beautiful glen is in the Highlands! Glen Trool in the Galloway Forest Park is a lush, loch-side hideaway with idyllic forest walks. If you’re into mountain biking, this glen has some truly wild and wonderful downhill trails.

21. Dun na Cuaiche hill, Argyll

Inveraray, Cowal Peninsula, ArgyllStarting in the shadow of the neo-Gothic Inveraray Castle, Dun na Cuaiche is a great, waymarked, short but steep walk up to an 18th century watch-tower above Inveraray village on Loch Fyne. The views from the top are simply stunning!

Wildlife watching

22. Isle of May, Fife

Puffins on the Isle of May, FifeThe Isle of May is a nature reserve of national importance for a large number of seabird species with a bird observatory. In summer, the cliffs of the islands’ west coast are a hive of activity – you can see over 25,000 or so breeding pairs of puffins!

23. Banffshire & Moray coast

Passengers viewing Dolphins, Moray FirthDolphin watching in Banffshire © EcoVentures

Known as ‘Dolphin Coast’, Banffshire and the Moray coast are a mecca for anyone wanting to see these magnificent creatures in their natural environment. Aberdeenshire’s coastline has been known to attract killer whales and the occasional humpback whales offshore, too!

Gardens & parks

24. Culzean Castle and Country Park, Ayrshire

Culzean Castle, AyrshireCulzean Castle © Ayrshire & Arran tourism

Surrounded by surging seas, lush forests and secrets gardens, Culzean Castle and Country Park is the perfect place for a day out whether you’re a keen walker, enjoy admiring gardens, have an interest in architecture or just enjoy soaking up some history.

25. Logan Botanic Gardens, Dumfries & Galloway

Logan Botanic Garden, AyrshireLogan Botanic Gardens © Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Pay a visit to the country’s most exotic garden, Logan Botanic Gardens, in Port Logan and discover a horticulturalist’s dream. Plants from the southern hemisphere thrive here, from Himalayan poppies to New Zealand forget-me-nots and African daisies.

Marvels of engineering

26. Bell Rock Lighthouse, Angus

Bell Rock Lighthouse, AngusBell Rock Lighthouse © VisitAngus

The impressive Bell Rock Lighthouse – also known as Stevenson’s Lighthouse – is the world’s oldest surviving sea-washed lighthouse. It’s often regarded as the most outstanding engineering achievement of the 19th century.

27. Neptune’s Staircase

Corpach Basin on the Caledonian Canal, HighlandsOverlooked by Ben Nevis, Neptune’s Staircase is a dramatic eight lock flight situated just north of Fort William. This spectacular feat of engineering is the longest staircase lock in Britain. It takes around 90 minutes for a boat to go up or down the locks. Fancy a ride?

Did you know that there are over a hundred whisky distilleries, 500 golf courses, and thousands of castles, museums and galleries in Scotland, not to mention the abundance of stunning gardens, lochs and mountains to explore?  Find more things to see and do in Scotland, or head over to the iKnow Community to find out what people are recommending.


  • Lou Ann Schafer

    My first trip is coming up in June and I cannot wait.

    • Hi Lou Ann. That’s fantastic! 🙂 Hope you have brilliant time on your holiday. -Aldona

  • Kirsty Cameron

    I’ve been to quite a few places on this list, but anyone looking to find Logan Botanic Gardens in Ayrshire is going to be sorely disappointed. Last time I visited it was in the Rhins of Galloway!

    • Hi Kirsty. Oops, this was clearly an error and I apologies for it – it’s been fixed. Hope you still enjoyed reading the article and finding out about the secret and beautiful parts of Scotland. Best wishes. -Aldona

  • R Russell

    I think you forgot North Berwick with the Scottish Seabird Centre, the beach and views of Bass Rock.

  • Fantastic list! I’ve only been to one and I was born in Scotland!

    • Hi Christine. Great to hear you enjoyed it! There are thousands of stunning places all around Scotland – stay tuned for more holiday and road trips ideas! -Aldona

  • Why not start ticking those sites off your list, Holiday Highlands? 😉 -Aldona

  • Tony Grisdale

    Myself and a friend recently completed the SUW (Southern Upland Way) walk and at least two of the above places are on the route, plus many more spectacular panorama’s and some art installations (Including one of Andy Goldsworthy’s striding arches) and the best thing is you will probably find that you are the only ones out there enjoying the views.

    • Thanks for your comment, Tony! Yes, definitely an amazing route to walk, even if just sections of it. Remember to share you pictures with us! 😉

  • Gina North

    I didn’t realise you could visit St Kilda. I bought a book on my last holiday in Tarbert on life on the island. Love to go.

    • You definitely can, Gina! 🙂 Getting to St Kilda isn’t really difficult and most visits begin in the Western Isles. You can charter a private boat or join an organised trip. Hope you get there! 🙂 -Aldona

  • Anita Berry

    Planning on spending a month touring Highlands and islands next year.

  • brendaintheboro

    hope to get up to Orkney again in July

    • Sounds great, brendaintheboro! Enjoy 🙂 -Aldona

  • Peter & Irene Golden

    We have planned our holiday in Scotland beginning on May 9and it can’t come soon enough! We have visited Scotland ever since our honeymoon in 1968. Now we have a motorhome and will be travelling up the East coast,across the top and down the West. Let’s hope for some good weather. Beautiful Scotland always in our hearts.

    • Hi Peter and Irene. Ah, the right leisure vehicle to get you on the road to freedom! 😉 You might like our guide trip to road trips in Scotland: Rain or sun – holiday in Scotland is always great! 🙂 -Aldona

  • Geoff

    Going back to Scotland in 2018, with friends who love the outdoors, love whiskey, and have never been to the Highlands or the islands. Some of these are on our list! Can’t wait!

    • That sounds lovely, Geoff! If you need any help planning where to take your friends, give us a shout or ask for advise on our iKnow Scotland community forum, or check out our website – we’ve got loads of great information, itineraries, eBooks and more! -Aldona

  • Terri Brisbin

    Darn it! Did you have to tell everyone about Smoo Cave? Now it will be full of tourists! LOL!

    • It would be a shame not to, Terri! 😉 Such a wonderful place – I think everyone should visit at least once to really appreciate its uniqueness. -Aldona

  • Jason Redd

    My family and I will be landing in Edinburgh on May 20, 8 days of sightseeing including a trip to Sterling which I’m told is our ancestrial home… I cannot wait!!

    • That’s really exciting! Stirling is a wonderful city – make sure you don’t leave before you visit the Castle, Bannockburn and The National Wallace Monument! Have a lovely holiday, Jason 🙂 -Aldona

      • joeymegatron

        Yep, Stirling is terrific; we got there by train around 10 pm, took a taxi to the B&B on the back side of the castle….only $3! We had a wonderful time walking around Stirling. As we left, we were advised to take the trail on the west side of the castle—someone has carved various animals and people into tree logs on the ground. One of those hidden gems only locals know about I think.

        • I think you mean the Back Walk, joeymegatron. It’s a small winding path that rises uphill and takes you around Stirling Castle, and it features woodland carvings all based on stories from the area’s rich and colourful past – a true hidden gem! You can find more hidden gems in Stirling here: 🙂 -Aldona

      • angelicfruitcake55

        I agree, and the view from the top of the Wallace Monument is one of the best in Scotland.

        • That’s true, angelicfruitcake55! The views even from the bottom are great as the tower stands on a hill majestically overlooking Stirling 🙂 -Aldona

  • Najla Salehi Zekria

    I am planning a trip summer of 2018 and wanted to rent a car and drive around. Please let me know if driving is on the right side or left?

    • Hi Najla. Touring Scotland by car is a great choice to discover the country! We drive on the left side of the road in Scotland and the rest of the UK, too. I would strongly recommend that you watch our video on Driving in Scotland –
      it includes very useful safety tips and advice: We also have this video available in various languages. Let me know if you would prefer a language version and I will check if we have it avialable in your language. More information on Driving in Scotland, Road trips and Itineraries Hope this helps! 🙂 -Aldona

      • Najla Salehi Zekria

        Thank you.

      • joeymegatron

        Didn’t drive in Scotland, took the train. But I did drive in Ireland, and a friend of mine said it was the same in Scotland after I told him how much driving stunk in Ireland…it’s not the left vs. right that you have to worry about IMO–it’s the roads with no shoulders, and very narrow roads lined with rock walls and thick hedges you have to worry about. My mistake was not having confidence in my abilities to drive with a manual transmission–if you insist on an automatic transmission which I drove, the vehicles you get will be too big for the narrow roads. Better to drive a stick shift if you can–the cars will be smaller, but better suited to the narrow roads. Because of the narrow roads, I was forced to drive at or below the speed limit, with the result it took 50% longer to get places than I had planned, and Google Maps had predicted. Anyway, that’s my experience.

        • Harriet Weatherford

          I also drove for 3 weeks throughout Scotland. I attest the narrow ,in many cases single track roads. Those rented camper vans were a menace. I was forced off roads multiple times by huge lumber hauling lorries who “own” the road by virtue of their size and weight, especially thru Perthshire. Invest in a rental with GPS. Scotland’s zip code system is priceless. Just put in the code and you have it made. That is in most cases. We stayed for several days east of Inverness where the zip codes were like the old party-lines here– THAT was confusing. We also took an unwitting ride to Ullapool,because of the GPS’s “creative” interpretation of a code. This Snafu took us over gorgeous high moor terrain that I was so grateful to have seen. The driving was much easier here as it was an A road..on which we were the only car for the better part of an hour. I had a manual transmission. I drove for a week before I started to breath properly. What with shifting on the left, driving on the left, negotiating the roundabouts which happen in larger towns, everywhere we would expect a redlight…and the narrow was challenging to say the very least. Know however, that car drivers are polite even when you are driving at half their speed. They will just blow by you at the first opportunity. When circumstance forces you to back up to a pull off in order to allow another car you’ve met nose to nose at the top of a hill, the right of way, you can expect a wave and sometimes even a smile. The warmth of the people we met more than made up for the trials of driving. I survived .. 1,400 miles and I WILL do it again…now that I know what I’m in for.

          • Brilliant to hear about your experience, Harriet. Hope your next trip will be equally memorable! Have you seen our Guide to road trips in Scotland? It features 13 spectacular driving routes that are all scenic alternatives to the main roads, with a range of great attractions en route. 🙂 -Aldona

        • Our narrow and windy roads are part of Scotland’s appeal, joeymegatron 😉 It’s true that some of the more remote roads are single track with passing places, but all are perfectly passable – you just have to be prepared to squeeze into the side bay. In general, there shouldn’t be any trouble driving on any roads in Scotland, and a lot of the single track roads enjoy the slightly higher driving position which helps to see a bit further ahead too. And while you’re waiting for a vehicle to pass, you can enjoy the stunning scenery that is all around 🙂 -Aldona

    • Stacy

      Driving is on the left.

  • Raúl cintero

    Still the same way : with my best friend we came from paris to edimburg, we rent a car and go to glasgow,loch lomond, oban ,glencoe ,inverness, skye….welcome to heaven!!!!

    • Safia Syaqirin

      Wow! I will be driving too. That’s a better route ya? How many days does it take for you to venture these places you mentioned?

      • Hi Safia. It can really take as long as you’re willing to spend exploring these places, but I would say you could condense these places to minimum three nights, however it would be a more comfortable experience if you had four or five nights – there is really a lot to see! Hope you have a nice trip 🙂 -Aldona

        • Safia Syaqirin

          I sure did… Thanks for the advise.. Hope to go there AGAIN. =)

    • ‘Welcome to heaven’ – I couldn’t have said it better, Raúl! 🙂 -Aldona

  • H.E.Mercado

    I spent a few days in Edinburgh ( not enough ) . It is a beautiful city and not congested like London . I would like to return in the near future and visit some of these places pictured here .

    • H.E.Mercado, don’t think about it too much and just book your return trip now! 😉 -Aldona

  • Chris

    I have visited Scotland three times, and can’t imagine NOT going back! I have left my heart in Glasgow. Plan to return 2019, planning for two weeks in Glasgow, with some day trips.

    • Jack

      Can imagine Chris. Discover Arran too! << Scotland in one island.

      • You’re right, Jack – Arran is beautiful 🙂 -Aldona

    • I know exactly how you feel, Chris! I came to Scotland 13 years ago for a gap year, and am proud to call this country my home ever since. Glasgow is a fabulous city, not only for its great shopping and night scene, but also arts, culture – a heaven for foodies too! See you back soon 🙂 -Aldona

  • Lois Holt

    in 2016 my husband and I rented a RV and toured Scotland, went to places that my ancestors came from Coldingham Berwickshire what a beautiful place on the ocean i didnt want to leave then over to Glasgow we camped met lots of new family also toured England the RV was the best stock up on food and drive seen many castles Dumbfries Galloway went to lots of cemeteries and churchs, cant wait to go back im thinking 2 months in 2019

    • That’s the beauty of caravaning – you can go anywhere, whenever you want to. The world is, almost literally, your oyster. Looking forward to seeing you in Scotland again soon, Lois 🙂 -Aldona

  • Brandie (McCauslin) Roberts

    So excited for my first trip (husband’s second trip) for our anniversary this June. We’ve planned a glorious 2 week trip and are very much looking forward to it. I keep coming to the website to see all the beautiful photos. Thank you & we’ll see you soon!

    • Jack

      Hi Brandie! Good decision to celebrate your anniversary in Scotland. We might see you during our 5th trip from Holland to Scotland!

      • Scotland is a place that you can return to over and over again and still have an experience that’s just as amazing, just as surprising, just as fulfilling as the first time! Enjoy your next visit, Jack! 🙂 -Aldona

    • Ohh, that’s wonderful, Brandie – I’m quite excited for you! I hope that you love your trip, and pop in to one of our iCentres to say ‘hi’ and to get some information and more ideas for what to do, when and where in Scotland 🙂 -Aldona

  • Happytohelp

    It would be useful to have a map on your ‘Gems of Scotland’ page showing the locations of the various places so that we can see which ones are near to where we’ll be staying. Probably on other pages too. Only been to Scotland to ski since my other visits in 1949 and 1951 so not too familiar with the geography.

    • Happytohelp, this is a brilliant suggestion – I will see what can be done about the map 🙂 -Aldona

  • Kerry Denise Janaway

    Surprised you’ve not mentioned any ‘secret places’ on Mull! Beautiful island that I keep returning to. Heading back to Oban for Easter. So looking forward to it

    • It’s true, Karren – Oban, Mull and the whole of Scotland is beautiful and packed with awesome hidden gems. This list could go on endlessly! Hope you have fabulous Easter break, and don’t forget to share with us #scotspirit 🙂 -Aldona

  • Cheryl Ratcliffe-Nye

    We love it some much we are going to live there …….. next month !! YAY.

    • Yay, that sounds super exciting, Cheryl! I hope your move has gone smoothly and you’re settling in okay. Maybe see you around haha 🙂 -Aldona

  • You’re most welcome, Kim! 🙂 -Aldona

  • You’re welcome, Phil! A hawk walk sounds really cool – it must be exciting being close to such a wonderful bird. I hope you enjoy your next trip to Scotland, and wishing you a happy birthday when it comes 🙂 -Aldona

  • Hi Remco. Hmm, you’re not really giving us much to go by – this could be anywhere on the west coast 🙂 Can you remember anything else, like a name of a nearby town or a village, or how far you drove to that place from the nearest place you can remember the name of? Try posting this question on our iKnow Scotland community page and see if anyone can help? There is a website called Find a grave in Scotland which has a map that features various churchyards, cementeries and burial grounds – it could be a good starting point maybe. Also, if you’ve got an image of that cemetery, Google allows you to upload your image and will return results of similar-looking sites, but this can vary in accuracy, depending on the clarity of the image and how good a representation of the site it is. You can also have a look at Alamy website (image bank) for Scotland cemeteries I hope this helps to some extend, and I hope that you find this place. Good luck! 🙂 -Aldona

  • Gail Tattan-Giampaolo

    This was perfect! Thank you! My husband and I will be traveling to Scotland in September —-and as a result of your hidden gem list –our itinerary is coming together nicely!! So very excited! Can’t wait to discover Scotland and meet the people and feel the magic. Any other suggestions for walkable / tourable caves in Scotland?

    • Hi Gail. Ohh, that’s lovely to hear this 🙂 Fingal’s Cave on the Isle of Staffa in the Inner Hebrides is definitely worth a visit – you can visit it on a boat tour. It’s an uninhabited sea cave known for its amazing natural acoustics and the island’s distinctive columns of rock are formed from basalt, the same as the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland – it’s basically the other end of it. A truly fascinating place to see! More info here: Another great site to visit is St Ninian’s Cave near Whithorn in Dumfries & Galloway – you would need to take a short hike down to the coastline to get there as it’s also a sea cave. It’s said to be a place of retreat and prayer for Scotland’s first saint, St Ninian. But there are plenty more great caves to explore in Scotland – have a wee look here for more inspirations: Hope this helps with your trip planning, and I hope you have a wonderful time when the time comes. Don’t forget to share your pictures with us using #ScotlandIsNow 🙂 -Aldona

  • Kerry McDonald

    Myself and 4 of my BFF’s were in Scotland 3 weeks ago for 10 days (Our 50th year bucket list trip). Starting in Edinburgh and then self drove around only part of this beautiful country before catching the ferry to Ireland. We have all left our hearts in Scotland and will be back! !! Driving was easy for us, as coming from Australia, we also drive on the left hand side. We first went straight North, as far as the road would take us, then across to Inverness, upto John O’Groats and then over to the Isle of Skye, in search of the Scottish Oyster among other things . The whole trip was just breathtaking! We loved every minute of it, even the wet and windy weather of the Highlands. Still receiving these emails from visitscotland so we can work out where to go and what to see on our next Scottish Adventure.

    • Oh, that sounds fantastic, Kerry – thanks for sharing! It’s great to hear that you had a great time in Scotland with your friends. Haste ya back! 🙂 Aldona

  • Sherrill Wiseman

    Must add Edinburgh ghost tours! Very well done , hugely interesting and we may have gotten pictures of spirits, orbs floating along the ceiling in the underground of Edinburgh or so I like to think!

    • Thanks for the suggestion, Sherrill 🙂 Sounds spooky! – Annierose

  • Linda S. King

    My husband and I have planned three trips to Scotland using VisitScotland as our tour guide book. Our first trip was a 10 day drive starting in Edinburgh, then off to Stirling, up to Inverness, down to Fort William, over to Skye, crossing at Mallaig to Oban and ending in Glasgow. It was a wondrous trip. Our second trip focused more closely in a few places to assimilate with local villages and we stayed for three weeks. Our first week was in Inverness, day tripping north/south/east down to Cairngorms and east to Fraserburgh. Our second week was in Orkney to discover the amazing Mesolithic and Neolithic history of those glorious islands. Our third week was set in Oban, again Day tripping and island hopping, Mull, Iona, and Staffa my ultimate favorite little islands. We have now planned our third visit for next Spring for three weeks again. We will be focusing our time in John OGroats and Orkney, then down to Oban for a week stay on Islay. At the end of our trip, we will stay in Edinburgh for a couple of days walking this glorious city again to experience all the close we can find. We truly have Scotland in our heart and it permeates my soul. We can’t wait to visit the friends we have made. We always stay in B& Bs in the inner city/village so we can walk, eat, shop and drink with the local inhabitants. Your website is such a valuable resource to travelers. Thank you

    • Thanks for sharing, Linda! So pleased you are finding our website and resources useful 🙂 Enjoy your third trip up north and enjoy a dram or two on Islay! Happy travels – Annierose

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