Famed for bagpipes, whisky and unrivalled scenery, there is more to Scotland than its legacy of exportation. Fusing its heritage background with a cosmopolitan edge to offer adventure, live music and quiet luxury against the gorgeous Scottish landscape – we can guarantee it should be on your must visit list! Check out our recommendations for the top 5 places to see while you’re there.
Scotland’s capital, a historical city rich in culture, architecture and of course whisky! Edinburgh has no end of attractions, especially for those looking to get a glimpse into Scotland’s past. Discover the iconic Edinburgh Castle, drink like a Scot at The Scotch Whisky Experience and enjoy breath taking views of the city from the viewpoint of Arthur’s Seat.
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The culinary offering in Edinburgh is also of note, with four Michelin starred restaurants throughout the city. Dine at the award-winning Restaurant Martin Wishart or enjoy traditional Scottish delicacies at Angles with Bagpipes.
Best time to visit: During the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival or New Year’s Eve Hogmanay Street Party.
For lovers of scenery and dramatic landscape, Skye is the perfect location to visit. Sculptural hills and rough terrain make the island a photographer’s dream, with Skye’s Fairy Pools and Cuillin Mountains only a few of its nature based attractions.
Portree is the biggest town on Skye, with colourful buildings and an idyllic harbour, it serves an unusual contrast against the Scottish islands rocky background. Enjoy watching the boats come in and tuck into freshly caught fish and chips.
Best time to visit: In late Spring there is an easterly airflow, bringing clearer weather for the best views.
Fast becoming the creative hub of Scotland, Dundee is not to be missed from the list of top Scottish destinations. With a thriving community of art students and the first V&A Museum outside of London launching here in 2018, there is lots to see for the creative eye.
When not exploring the art scene, discover Dundee’s deep rooted ship building history, with two nautical themed museums to enjoy – Discovery Point and HMS Unicorn.
Best time to visit: At the end of University term, when the Dundee Degree Show is on display.
World renowned for its University, which dates back to 1413, St Andrews is the destination for those who are interested in golf. With seven golf courses available to play, against a picturesque backdrop, and The 150th Open being held here, fans of the sport will be spoiled for choice.
There is more to the town than its golf legacy however, with the quaint streets and dramatic St Andrews Cathedral, those looking to experience what else the town has on offer will be in luck.
St Andrews also serves as the perfect base location for exploring other areas of Fife, such as the frozen in time fishing villages of Elie and Anstruther – home to the intimate Michelin starred restaurant The Cellar.
As the largest city in Scotland, Glasgow brings a dynamic vibrancy to the Scottish landscape. The city is famous for its eclectic music scene, producing some of the most notable bands of the 21st Century and being home to one of the liveliest crowds in the world.
The most successful acts in music have played at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro including Beyonce, Justin Bieber and The Killers, solidifying the city as the home of Scotland’s music industry. If you’re planning on visiting the arena for a concert, stay in The Village Hotel a stone throw away from the venue and enjoy the bars of Finnieston nearby, as the perfect pre-gig warm up.
Glasgow was also previously named PETA’s Most Vegan Friendly City in the UK and is a perfect destination for philanthropic travelers – with dining spots such as The Flying Duck, The 13th Note and Mono all on offer.
Best time to visit: June – July for TRNSMT festival or over the festive period to take advantage of Glasgow’s famous shopping.