Some of you may remember that we recently gave our rundown of the best Scottish foods to try on a trip to Scotland - but which part of the country should you head out to for a visit?
Whether you’re looking for an abundance of natural beauty, a bright and charming village full of independent businesses or a quiet base just outside of the city, Scotland has somewhere for everyone! It’s just about finding the perfect spot for you.
If you’re looking to take a British staycation in Scotland this year and have yet to decide where exactly you’ll be going, we’d like to give our recommendations of the best Scottish holiday destinations.
Killin, Loch Tay
The allure of Killin lies in the abundance of natural beauty within the area! The village is nestled among acres of lush green forest and overlooks the stunning Loch Tay, making it the perfect destination for those who are looking to spend their trip enjoying plenty of walks and soaking up the breath-taking surrounding views.
Of course, there’s plenty of other activities on offer in Killin, too, including a range of water sports experiences for those who are looking for something a little more adventurous.
Finally, why not take a day-trip to the historic Stirling Castle and Whiskey Distillery? Tours are available year-round for visitors to the area - it’s a great chance to take in some local history and sample some of the country’s best Scotch, a combination of activities that we’re sure everyone will enjoy!
Falkirk, Low Lands
Falkirk is an area where old meets new, incredible man-made sculptures meet unspoiled natural beauty - essentially, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Falkirk.
The area is home to a fair few iconic Scottish landmarks, including the Kelpies - two 30ft-high horse head sculptures always lit beautifully at night - and the luxurious Callendar House, a chateau-inspired mansion situated in the beautiful Callendar Park.
One attraction that combines the wonder of experiencing a feat of engineering and a chance to see Scotland’s natural beauty up close is the Falkirk Wheel, a 115ft-tall rotating boat lift designed to connect the Forth & Clyde Canal and the Union Canal by lifting boats high into the air to transfer them between the two bodies of water.
Visitors can experience the lift for themselves by booking a 60-minute canal trip, offering guests panoramic views of the area from the top of the Falkirk Wheel before escorting the group on a tour of these beautiful Scottish waters. Of course, if heights aren’t your thing, you can always relax and take in the wheel from the nearby cafe?
Tobermory, Isle Of Mull
If the colourful houses within this vibrant, charming fishing village look familiar, it may be because Tobermory played home to the much-loved children’s television series Balamory, which was filmed in the area up until 2005!
However, that’s not all Tobermory is known for. The town is home to yet another historic whisky distillery, where visitors can take a tour and see how the whisky is made before taking a break to enjoy a sip of Tobermory aged Scotch for themselves.
The fishing port also makes the perfect backdrop for an evening stroll as the sun begins to set for the day, making the bright Victorian buildings along the harbour look even more picturesque.
A cosy village of quaint pubs, cafes and independent shops, situated amongst miles of woodland, waterfalls and tranquil lakes. Ballater is the perfect ‘get away from it all’ location from those who truly want to take a trip off the beaten path.
For those who truly want to get amongst nature, you can even get up close to the local woodland wildlife with a night in the forest for a ‘camping safari’. Don’t worry, there’s no lions, tigers or bears - but we’ve heard that the squirrels are very friendly!
This is the perfect spot for anyone looking to enjoy a little peace and quiet after a particularly hectic year.
Culross is ideal for anyone looking to choose a quiet base for their trip but would still like the opportunity to take an excursion within the city - this area is situated just a forty-five-minute drive from the beautiful and historic city of Edinborough.
However, that’s not to say that there isn’t plenty within the village itself to enjoy. You’ll find plenty of historic points of interest along the old cobbled streets of Culross, including the Culross Abbey and Culross Palace, a 16th-century Merchant’s House, which visitors have described as being ‘like stepping back in time’. It also featured as a location in the TV drama series Outlander!