5 Reasons Scotland Should Be On Your Travel Bucket List

If you’ve got a travel bucket list, it’s probably full of faraway exotic places where you can relax on sandy white beaches with a cocktail in your hand. However, that often means you miss out on some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world because it often gets overlooked, especially in the UK. If you’ve never experienced Scotland before, here’s why it needs to be at the top of your travel bucket list.

Edinburgh

You can't visit Scotland without heading to the capital city of Edinburgh. Buzzing from dawn until dusk, with sites like Edinburgh castle and The Royal Mile steeped in history and heritage, it’s a shame to miss out. The locals are the friendliest you’ll ever come across, there’s plenty of shopping in the main city and the night life is amazing. If you’re lucky, you might go at the right time of year and stumble across the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Full of fun and frolics, the festival is a sight to behold. I don't regret visiting last year and neither will you, it's such a vibrant and historical place that needs to be on your travel bucket list.

Solheim Cup

If you’re into golf, 2019 is the best year yet to visit Scotland. The Solheim Cup is a prestigious competition that many golfers and spectators yearn to be a part of every year. The competition will take place in September this year at the famous Gleneagles golf course in Perthshire. Even if you’re not a fan of golf, the surrounding areas are so picturesque, there’s very few reasons to stay away.

The Highlands of Scotland

The views from The Highlands are to die for. If you enjoy being one with nature, there’s no better place on earth to be. There are tons of trails and treks for anyone who enjoys being outdoors and taking in the scenery. If you want to get away with your dogs, there are plenty of dog friendly hotels to stay in, in the area. It’s also full of fantastic souvenir shops where you can pick up some of the best Scottish gifts to take home to your family and friends.


Gin Tasting

Gin has become more popular in recent years and there’s no better place to taste some of the best gin in the UK than Scotland. The newly opened The Orkney Distillery in Kirkwall is ideal for learning all about the legendary Orkney gin. The distillery will give visitors a tour of the grounds and an explanation of how the Orkney gin is processed. You’ll be able to taste samples and purchases your own bottles to take home. Then go for a relaxing coffee (or gin) in the distillery visitor centre to finish off your day in Scotland.

Storybook Trail

If you know any Harry Potter fans, Scotland is the perfect UK break for them. J.K Rowling used many Scottish scenes as inspiration in her books, along with a few other famous authors, like J.M Barrie (Peter Pan). The storybook trail will take book enthusiasts on a magical adventure, pointing out landmarks that may be recognised from their favourite stories. It’s an exciting and invigorating tour that will stay with you for a lifetime.


Scotland is full of wonders that can only really be appreciated up close, so don’t miss out! 

What part of Scotland is your favourite?

Liz x

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