Scotland is a beautiful country to explore with some of the best scenery and landscapes the world has to offer. Its wonders stretch far beyond Edinburgh, Glasgow and a couple of whiskeys, you just have to be hardy enough to withstand the weather! Move from place to place, enjoying wonderful accommodation (there is a wealth of beautiful holiday cottages in Scotland) and soaking up everything this great country has to offer.
Below are 3 lesser know Scottish escapes which will leave you yearning for more:
The islands off the west coast of Scotland offer stunning scenery, beautiful sandy beaches and incredible wildlife. Sail from Oban out to Mull, Coll and Iona and you will see the irresistible charm of nature in all its glory. Enjoy Mull’s colourful town of Tobermory, explore Iona’s Abbey or even go on the wildlife hunt with whales and dolphins never far away. Just a short trip from Glasgow, it’s crazy to miss this place off your list.
Cairngorms National Park
Cairngorms National Park is a breathtaking area in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, perfect for family holidays. Comprising the skiing mecca of Aviemore, delightful Perthshire and enchanting lochs like Loch Insh, it’s impossible to get bored in Cairngorms. Some of the most popular activities include water sports like rafting and canoeing, clay pigeon shooting and of course skiing and snowboarding around Aviemore’s peaks. There’s more than enough here to keep the kids and adults entertained…
Nowhere captivates your imagination quite like the Outer Hebrides. Amazing views, rolling backdrops and a feast for the senses, the long journey is definitely worth it. With a unique culture and freedom from the worries of everyday life, it truly is the perfect escape. Whichever of the 200 islands on this archipelago you choose to explore there will be walking and cycling opportunities aplenty. Those more adventurous can hit the surf off the superb white sandy beaches or venture out on a fishing trip to find salmon and trout. For those looking for a renowned World Heritage site then St Kilda, which is only accessible via day boat, will be just the ticket.
Visit any of the hidden gems and you won’t be disappointed, it certainly is worth straying off the beaten track and away from the major cities to explore the other wonders Scotland has to offer.
This is a guest post from Tom Mcloughlin who writes the travel blog Top Backpacking Destinations, a guide to the best budget destinations around the world.