There are a lot of things to do in Scotland for solo travelers and those travelling in a group. The country is filled with magnificent highlands that will give you a sense of wonderment. The land of Kilts, Bag pipes and a fondness for the word “a wee bit o”; these are all interesting aspects of the beautiful of country of Scotland. There are a couple of things to keep in mind if you are planning a visit to Scotland. The country is notorious for rain, so be sure to pack a raincoat or a packer just in case. Also beware of the Scottish midges; tiny insects that travel in swarms and notorious for attacking your face, mouth, eyes and any exposed skin. It is important to pack insect repellent for repelling insects.
However, do not be dismayed. Scotland is beautiful all year round and worth the visit. So here are a couple of things to do in Scotland when you visit.
Top Things to do in Scotland
Take a road trip
This is a must do. If you visit the two major cities in Scotland, Edinburg and Glasgow, take a road trip outside these cities as well. Make sure you have a camera handy as you take in the majestic sights. The highlands are magnificent with amazing landscapes and mountains. The Isles are also great for visiting various distilleries. While taking a road trip, you are free to visit farms and roam the lands without feeling like you are intruding as Scottish people are notoriously friendly.
Remember to keep to the left as you drive as it’s legal to only drive on the left in Scotland. You are unlikely to have communication problems as most people speak and interact in English.
Your beautiful vacation should begin with you visiting the capital city of Scotland, Edinburg. There is a lot do here: go shopping, explore history, visit the distilleries, drink some whiskey and eat all the local delicacies. You can also stop by the Edinburg castle which plays a huge role in Scotland’s history. Built over 800 years ago and situated on Castle Rock, the castle was once the Royal residence of Scotland’s royal family. The castle is a national treasure and was once a military base in Scotland. Now, the Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland
You can also visit the city during one of the numerous festivals held in Edinburg.
Isle of Skye
This beautiful attraction is a must do in Scotland. You will find tall, edgy mountains, enthralling coastlines, waterfalls, and an amazing castle that is the subject of fairy tales. The Isle of Skye is littered with a series of fairy pools that are prime swimming spots. Take walks along the various farmlands you will find around and remember to take a moment to take it all in.
I didn’t get the chance to see this attraction but the writers at lonely planet seem to think it’s a great place to sample delicious sea food. Located by Scrabster ferry, enjoy your choice of seafood carefully selected by the chef. Scotland is famous for very flavorful food so trying new dishes must be on your list of things to do in Scotland
Visit the distilleries all over the country
Scotland is notorious for having many whiskey distilleries as Scottish whiskey is the nation’s popular export. You can decide to visit by yourself or sign up for a tour. However, you will find that not all Scots drink whiskey and some will rather drink gin or beer.
Have fun exploring Scotland.