From lochs and mountains, to whisky and bagpipes: why you should go to Scotland
Think of Scotland and many things come to mind - whisky and bagpipes, deep lochs and rugged mountains, historic cities…..It’s true to say that Scotland has all of these things and more. There is no doubt that it’s mysterious, ancient and breathtakingly beautiful - this part of the UK has something for everyone. Lovers of mother nature will be in heaven - from the unspoilt splendour of the Cairngorms peaks and the Trossach mountains, to the wilderness of the Outer Hebrides, the shorts of Loch Ness and the sandy beaches of the Isle of Skye. If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, then there is no better place - golf, fishing, hiking, biking and endless adventure pursuits are all in plentiful supply. If you want to visit a distillery, explore castles, scale mountains or swim in sea lochs, then there’s no doubt that Scotland is the place to do it, it’s simply a question of which region to explore first.
If coming from England, the first county you’re likely to encounter is the Scottish borders. This region stretches from rolling hills and moorlands in the west to coastline and fishing villages in the east. There is a huge range of activities, destinations and events waiting to be explored. Hiking in this area can be a short romantic stroll on the beach, or a week long trek taking in some famous landmarks. Wherever you are in the Borders, chances are you’re not far from an opportunity to sample Scotland’s world famous whisky!
One of the other regions to highlight (let’s face it, they’re all superb, but we’re just picking two for this post!) is the Outer Hebrides, a cluster of islands on the far western side of Scotland, next to the Atlantic Ocean. The Outer Hebrides is made up of about 200 islands, only 15 of which are inhabited. That fact alone should give you a sense of how remote and secluded this part of the world can feel. If you’re looking for peaceful isolation, diverse scenery, fascinating history and a plethora of wildlife, then look no further. The white sand beaches can make you feel like you’re in the Caribbean, and the waters are full of marine wildlife, including whales, dolphins, basking sharks, seals and otters. The birdwatching is also fantastic and there are many Sites of Specific Scientific Interest and nature reserves to keep the nature lovers happy. The Outer Hebrides is also the perfect setting for cycling, fishing, hiking, climbing and watersports. The mixture of beaches, moors and mountains means there really is something for everyone here.