Scotland might be a wee place on the map, but with so much beauty to behold and incredible places to visit, the hours will pass by in a blink of an eye. So, for whatever hour of the day that you’re in Scotland, there will always be countless things to see, do, experience, visit and taste whilst you’re here.
Follow Brendan, Jana, and Adeline as they journey around the country to experience all the amazing landscapes, food, and culture Scotland has to offer for young people, independent travellers, and families alike. Get involved in 2018, Scotland’s Year of Young People.
Venture around Scotland in whichever hour of the day takes your fancy and see what you can discover. Keep reading for some of the fantastic places you could add to your itinerary.
5am – Glen Coe
What better way to start the day than with a stunning sunrise full of fiery colours? Glen Coe is a magical place which has framed the backdrops for many blockbuster films, as well as boasting challenging hill walks, panoramic views, and a truly mystical atmosphere.
6am – Highland Safari
Explore some of the most picturesque Scottish scenery with a Highland safari tour through the hills, forests and valleys of Perthshire – keep your eyes peeled for some of the shier creatures which emerge at this time of the day. Choose a themed tour of your preference, including wildlife, gold panning, or walking, to really make the most of your trip.
7am – Mhor Bakery, Callander
Fuel up for the day with some delicious homemade bread, giant meringues, tasty pies, mouth-watering pastries and much more. Head to this lovely little tearoom for a full English breakfast, a hearty lunch, or just a spot of afternoon tea – you won’t be disappointed.
Gallop through the waves, smell the crisp, morning sea air, and take in the breathtaking views across the Firth of Forth to Fife. Admire the world-famous Bass Rock, and enjoy the incredible views of Tantallon Castle perching on the cliff edge.
9am – Isle of Eriska
Only 10 minutes from Oban, the Isle of Eriska is run as a hotel, spa and golf course, complete with acres of beautiful wooded grounds. Spend a day relaxing in the spa, play a round of golf, or simply enjoy an afternoon stroll with lovely views of the surrounding islands and landscape or stay to watch the sun set on the horizon.
10am – Loch Lomond
Enjoy an exciting and memorable tour of the famous Loch Lomond with an exhilarating speedboat tour to kick off your day. Take in the landscapes, the mighty Ben Lomond, the local wildlife, and cruise round some of the loch’s 30 islands.
11am – Glengoyne Distillery
Open all year round, venture on a guided tour, sample a dram or two of whisky, learn about the history of the distillery or enjoy a private dining experience. Make sure you visit the whisky shop and take home a souvenir.
12pm – CairnGorm Mountain Railway
Hop aboard the UK’s highest funicular railway to the top of CairnGorm Mountain itself. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views, skiing, snowboarding, guided walks, as well as a tasty lunch in the Ptarmigan Restaurant – at over 3,000ft it’s the highest restaurant in the UK.
1pm – Glenfinnan Viaduct
Are you a fan of Harry Potter? Then don’t miss the whistle and choo-choo of the Jacobite Steam Train as it chugs by on the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Hop aboard for a magical experience from Mallaig to Fort William, or just admire the peaceful views as it passes by.
2pm – Oban Seafari
Explore the seas, islands, nature and wildlife off the coast of Oban with an exciting afternoon seafari. See the Corryvreckan whirlpools up close, keep an eye out for porpoises, dolphins, whales and basking sharks, as well as learning about the surrounding islands and history of the area from the well experienced skipper.
3pm – Dundonald Links, Troon
Enjoy a round or two of golf on this modern day classic course which has previously hosted many flagship events, not to mention several world-famous golfers. With 18 holes, there are greens and fairways to cater for all golfing abilities.
4pm – Barra
The most southerly inhabited island of the Outer Hebrides boasts pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and stunning scenery to explore. Take the iconic flight from Glasgow which lands on the sandy beach, Traigh Mhor, as a runway.
Get up close to one of our hairy coos (Highland Cows) in Callander at this quaint little farm, which also offers great self-catering accommodation.
6pm – Dunnottar Castle
Perched on a sea cliff, this fortress is a sight to see. Learn about its heritage, turbulent past and uncover the many famous Scots that have stepped foot in this majestic stronghold.
7pm – St Andrews
If panoramic views, medieval history, gorgeous architecture and golden sands are up your street, then you’re in the right place. Enjoy a locally sourced delicious seafood platter at The Seafood Ristorante – complete with an inspired Italian twist to each dish. Afterwards, why not enjoy a gentle evening stroll along the beach?
Enjoy this magical light and sound show that illuminates the trails of Faskally Wood every night during October. Wander through the trails and prepare to be mesmerised, captivated and truly enchanted.
9pm – Ashton lane, Glasgow
A cobbled backstreet in the heart of Glasgow, this hidden gem is home to lively music and shows as well as quirky bars and restaurants – making it the perfect atmosphere for a night out.
10pm – The Kelpies at night
The Kelpies are a masterpiece to see, but at night it’s a whole other experience to explore. Watch in awe as the equine structures are illuminated in various vibrant colours.
11pm – Sandy Bell’s, Edinburgh
A world-renowned folk bar hosting great live music performances and providing a lively atmosphere for musicians and music lovers alike. Steeped in history, come and explore this gem of a place for yourself.
12am – Ghost Tour, Edinburgh
Explore the dark side of Edinburgh – the past, crimes, and haunted corners of the city, if you dare! Visit hidden closes and streets, learning about the secrets of the Scottish capital from an experienced guide.
1am – Scotland’s night skies
Spot a meteor shower, be mesmerised by the stunning Northern Lights, or simply enjoy an evening of stargazing at many vantage points and dark sky parks across the country.
Known for its brilliant live music, welcoming atmosphere, and all round legendary bar, enjoy a variety of drinks, delicious food, and performances from local bands and famous musicians.
3am – Forth Bridge
Now a happy trio, explore the three bridges that stretch across the Firth of Forth – each displaying amazing feats of engineering from the last three centuries. Did you know The Forth Bridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site?
Head to the Borders for a weekend getaway in this quirky self-catering pod – complete with lovely views, friendly alpacas, ponies, and llamas as neighbours. Don’t forget to stargaze as you relax in your own hot tub.
Scotland is overflowing with things to see and do, so pick your favourites and get exploring.
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