This year I started to see more and more of Scotland, many parts that I never thought to visit I now have seen and would love to visit again.
I now have a Scottish travel bug, and want to see more and more as its really opened my eyes to how beautiful everything is….more so the more north you go.
I have specifically added “Part 1” to the title as this post is my recommendations that I have seen so far that I would love you to visit too.
Once I have visited more parts of Scotland I will do a part 2.
Finnich Glen (Devils Pulpit)
A friend recommended the Devils Pupit to me, and showed me these amazing photos so I had to add it to my list.
Here is somewhere you want to visit on a sunny dry day, as it will just add to the whole experience of the views.
This location has also featured in Outlander Season 1.
My first tip is car share, there isn’t really any great place to park here. I was lucky there was a small area that could hold a max of 5 cars apart from that, you will have to park far away or risk getting a ticket.
My second tip, expect to get wet if you want to explore! and the water can get cold.
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Just around 1 hours drive from Glasgow or under 1 hour by train, Edinburgh is a place I like to visit every now and then.
Edinburgh has the Castle which till this day I have not been inside, the reason for that is mostly down to cost. For me there are other castles that I can visit for less than what you would pay for here….but if your visiting and have limited time then it is worth the money.
My top tip is get lost, go up and down the side streets, back streets and find all the little stores and amazing wee streets it will make your visit to Edinburgh much more memorable than just staying on the main street and walking up to the castle for the view.
Since this is my home city I couldn’t not mention Glasgow.
Just like what I said for Edinburgh, go up and down the side streets, take everything in and see the sights and shops.
My biggest tip that most tour guides don’t even mention, is when walking about Glasgow don’t just look straight a head look up! yes as the architecture of some of the buildings are amazing at the top.
My top places to visit :
- City Centre
- West End
- Botanic Gardens
- George Square
- The Lighthouse (for the view from the top)
- The Tall Ship
- Transport Museum
There are many places but these ones are probably a must for your first visit.
Loch Ness (Inverness)
Right lets get your big question out the way first, unfortunately when I visited Loch Ness I…..didn’t see Nessy.
When I visited here I did a short cruise…I think it lasted for less then an hour.
It was really nice to go out on Loch Ness and take in the surroundings and the amazing views.
When I stood where the two photos above were taken, the view took my breath away.
Glencoe is just breathtaking, this is when you realise how beautiful Scotland is and you might get a wee thought of “ohh I wonder if I could hike that” but if you do get that thought please only do that if you know what you are doing or go with a group.
Glencoe is also where a scene was filmed in the James Bond film Skyfall, if your into your movies and want to see locations then here is another one off your list if you visit.
There isnt much in Arisaig but there is this lovely little beach.
I was lucky to visit here on a nice sunny day, which made it even nicer to walk on the sand and take a wee walk in the sea.
Are you a Harry Potter fan? then this is a place to visit so you can see the famous bridge that they pass over which is called “Glenfinnan Viaduct”
Unfortunately you cant get too close to the bridge, but you do get some amazing views.
If you want you can go to Mallaig and get on the steam train that goes over this bridge, I did that and it is worth the money and it takes you to Fort William.
As I said these are some of the places I have visited, and if you plan on visiting Scotland I would recommend you take some time out to visit.
Stay tuned for part 2.