There are so many things to see and do in Scotland that it’s hard to pick just five. By all accounts, a trip to this part of the UK won’t be boring, but here are a few ideas to think about while you’re there.
There’s a wealth of festivals taking place in Scotland this year. Food, music, film, it’s all there. At Bogbain farm, there’s so much going on including the Inverness Whisky Festival in April, Celtic music Northern Roots Festival in May and BewDog’s Music Festival.
If you’re more a film buff, Scotland is the venue of choice. Indie films take the screen at the Loch Ness Festival in June and, of course, the Edinburgh Film Festival is a must-visit for film-lovers.
The Northern Lights
Scotland also plays host to one of the most coveted sights in the world; Aurora Borealis, better known as the Northern Lights.
The best time of year to catch a glimpse of this beautiful natural light show is in January or February, but on cold and clear nights they can be seen in winter and autumn.
Forecasting a sighting is a little difficult, which is why it’s a good idea to sign up for free text alerts from Aurora Watch UK. On your visit to Scotland, they will let you know when it’s time to keep an eye on the night sky.
With spectacular coastlines and beautiful dales, the golf courses of Scotland are a treat for the eyes. St Andrews hosts ‘The Old Course’, where 600 years ago golf was first played. Muirfield has the world’s oldest golf club, Royal Dornoch’s wild isolated course will leave you spellbound.
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Three main courses await you. The Ailsa, an Open Championship venue, is a par-70, 7,211 yard course that hosted some of the greatest moments in the tournament’s history.
The Arran Course is a great introduction to links golf. A round on this 9-hole par-31 course is overlooked by the stunning Tunnberry Lighthouse.
Another Open Championship course is the par-72 Kintyre course. Ranging from shoreline holes to rocky dells, it’s beautiful scenery abound and a golfing experience to remember.
Take a Hike
The tallest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis is always a favourite amongst hikers. Towering above the town of Fort William, it really is a sight to see and even if you only make it a little way up this behemoth, the view is breath-taking.
Take a trip to the town nearby and take a ride on the enchanting Jacobite Steam Train – the train used in Harry Potter films – or visit the ruins of Inverlochy Castle.
When all that hiking up Ben Nevis or around the Scottish countryside makes you hungry, there’s a great range of restaurants from Indian cuisine to good old fashioned pub lunches. So much culture, good food and glorious countryside truly make Scotland a place to remember.
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