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Slow Travel In Scotland - Tips & Practical Information

Slow travel in Scotland - what does it mean?

Slow travel is a more meaningful way of travelling. In short, it's about forming connections with a place and keeping them with you forever. It's about taking your time and savouring the moments along the way - the journey, the destination and the people. It's going back home with a sense of calm and relaxation and leaving behind the likes, check lists and tick boxes.

Invest your energy, save the planet, and stay a wee bit longer.

Here are our tips on how to slow travel in Scotland.

Embrace new experiences 

It's amazing what you'll discover when you throw away your to-do lists and take a moment to try something a little out of your comfort zone. 

Tip: Try the local produce and see what the locals love to do in their spare time. Why not support a local business if you can? 

Discover the joy in the journey

'It's not the destination, it's the journey' goes the old adage. It may be a cliché, but in Scotland there's no truer statement. Getting from A to B is not a chore to be done as quickly as possible - it's a chance for you to relax and reflect as gorgeous landscapes pass before your eyes. 

Tip: Public transport can save you some money and it's a much more sustainable option.

Book the perfect hideaway

Immerse yourself in a little corner of Scotland with a fabulous choice of accommodation. Here, you can spend your time doing as much or as little as you like.

Tip: Take the chance to reconnect with loved ones, or simply be at one with nature.

Take things at a slower pace

Scotland is famous for its outdoor playground, but adventures don't always need to happen at 100 miles per hour! You can decide when you rest and when you move. 

Tip: A long distance challenge allows you to take things at your own pace. Enjoy setting your own schedule.

Find a wellness retreat to suit you

Choose a holiday that will leave you feeling rested and recuperated. In Scotland, you can do holidays centred around wild swimming, yoga, creative writing, walking…whatever you fancy!

Tip: A retreat is a great option if you are travelling solo.   

Stay a wee bit longer

Say goodbye to the jam-packed long weekend. Book a longer trip to Scotland and go home feeling a deeper connection to the place you choose. Maybe you'll find a coastal town that you'll never want to leave, a cosy cottage in the countryside or a swish city centre apartment.

Tip: Spend more time in one place and you might find yourself getting to know the locals and their lifestyle.

Research your destination

Slow travel is all about building a deeper connection with a place, and your holiday can begin before you even set out on your adventure. Scotland has inspired generations of writers, artists and academics. Let it inspire you too.

Tip: If you're not sure where to start, get inspired by books and movies set in Scotland.