A couple years ago my best friend and some of her friends from work were able to explore Scotland together. I am still jealous of their trip and can’t wait for the day I get to take my own. Check out these places and activities to keep in mind if you get the chance to visit this amazing place!
Tartan, whiskey, Loch Ness Monster… Various associations may come to your mind when you think about Scotland. But how much do you know about its beauty and diversity? Let us help you to explore its beauty!
If you are keen on hiking, you cannot be bored in Scotland. You can be sure that you will find a perfect place anywhere you go. We recommend you West Highland Way, a 96 miles-long hiking hike, which offers contact with amazing forests, hills and, of course, mountains. Its beautiful landscapes and well-organized hiking routes will bring you unforgettable experience. Be careful, sometimes the path can be quite complicated, so if you do not have any advanced skills, you might face some problems – do not forget about good clothes and well-chosen hiking equipment. Only in that way you can easily face the most difficult and narrow paths.
Haggis in January
Yes, we know that it can look a bit weird, but haggis has been considered the national Scottish dish since 1787. It is a kind of pudding, made from sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, mixed with onion suet, some spices and stock. The dish has a really long tradition and it should appear on the must-do list of every traveler, who wants to get familiar with the local culture. If you are planning to visit Scotland in January, make sure that you are going to stay there on the week of January 25 when most of Scots commemorate Robert Burns, one of the finniest Scotch poets. Although you can easily get haggis in many local supermarkets or restaurants, we recommend you to taste it during that week – great cultural experience and unique taste guaranteed!
Glasgow and Edinburgh
Although Glasgow is the largest city of Scotland (almost 600 000 inhabitants), Edinburgh is its official capital. Those two cities have been fighting against each other for the title of the most important Scotch city for a long time. If you are interested in an urban architecture, we strongly recommend you that you visit both places. University of Glasgow, Kelvingrove Park, Merchant City, many churches and cathedral…. Glasgow can offer you as many attractions as you want. Now where is Edinburgh on that? It has plenty of amazing ways to spend your free time as well. Do not miss the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House. From one city to another you can easily get thanks to the well-developed train network or cheap airlines. If you have time for both of them, you should not waste any minute!
Experience the Scotch Whiskey
As you probably already know, whiskey is the national Scotch drink. Without tasting it you cannot get familiar with the culture of Scotland. Various kinds of whiskey can be find everywhere: in supermarkets, pubs, restaurants, and many houses of more or less traditional Scots. If it is not enough, you can take part in one of well-organized tours in larger cities, which are going to introduce you to the land of whiskey in the most direct way. One of the greatest examples of many tours in Edinburgh, the Scotch capital and its 2nd largest city. Visit the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society Member’s Room for more details and you can be sure that you will not regret your decision.
Where to stay
Although finding a place to stay in Scotland is quite easy (there are a lot of offers available every day), it is good if spend some time on searching for the best option. We recommend you that you choose a place, which is known not only for having a comfortable bed, but a great neighborhood as well. Nothing can be better than waking up with the great window view on the Scottish mountains or lake. If you do not have any idea where to find the best options, you can visit the website Lochs And Glens, which presents amazing hotels surrounded by wonderful nature. Make sure that you have booked your place for enough days, otherwise you can miss a chance of experiencing the Scotch outdoor life. Daily walking tours, hiking or just relaxing are the best ways to spend your holidays in an unforgettable way.