Things to do in Scotland
If you go wildlife watching with a guide, your experience will rocket into the stratosphere
If you associate wildlife watching with geography field trips or up at dawn bird watchers, Scotland will convert you. But the secret is to get a top guide. You can’t just drive around the Scottish Highlands and hope you will bump into a Golden Eagle or a Red Deer. A local expert knows exactly where and when to spot all the untamed treats and teach you about their journeys in this biodiverse country. You also don’t have to travel far to get great results, with mountain, moor and coastal habitats all coverable on a one day safari.
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Walking is the law
You can't come to Scotland without packing your walking boots. It's against the law. Well, actually, the right to walk all over their varied landscape is enshrined in law, so even if they don't make you hike, it's rude not to really. Everywhere you go there are 'Walkers Welcome' signs. Even in the most chic of hotels you can turn up with your muddy boots and be welcomed with a whisky and a chat about your expedition. You do need to be prepared, however, as you can get four seasons in a day in Scotland.There are good guides galore in Scotland just waiting to share their expertise on walking routes around remote islands, or up rugged mountains.
Photographers are in danger of running out of memory on the Scottish islands. On your camera, that is. The landscape and culture you will never forget
Photographs & memories
If you are learning the art of photography, there is no better place than Scotland for a crash course. With unpredictable weather, dramatic skies, soft arty light, and a plethora of wildlife to really up your skills, this is where some of the greats have moulded their craft.
If you'd like to chat about Scotland or need help finding a vacation to suit you we're very happy to help.
Goodbye Alps, hello Aviemore
Accessible by train, Aviemore and the Cairngorms National Park have got a firm footing on the worldwide map of winter sports now. As well as downhill skiing, there are cross country trails that allow you to take the slower route through the snow, and wildlife watching as you go. Watching a deer standing proudly in the snow is pure poetry. Winter walking is also a growing activity, whereby you climb with crampons, ice picks and a lot of expert guidance. Done safely, this is one of the most exhilarating way to experience Scotland. Snowy, silent and still.
More about Scotland
The best time to go to Scotland is, for many people, when wildlife come out to play, with deer on the highlands, whale watching in the summer, seabirds throughout the year and, less wild but equally heart stopping, lambs in spring.
This Scotland travel guide takes the lid off that clichéd tin of shortbread and looks under that tartan kilt. Revealing a naked, natural Scotland. One where food is world class, and about so much more than haggis. And a country that is packed with wildlife, wild places, mountainous and marine magnificence.
Unlike many countries, when working out where to go in Scotland, you may first want to decide how you want to go.
Don’t worry about Scotland being too far away.
Pack your waterproofs, bring your binoculars and pile on the sun cream – wildlife vacations in Scotland prise you out of the office and fling you into the great outdoors.
Scotland small ship cruising vacations take you out onto the country’s most spectacular nautical nirvanas.
You can go your own way on Scotland self drive vacations with a little hands-off help from a self-drive vacation expert.
From wildlife safaris and small ship cruises to winter trekking in the Cairngorms, we'll show you’re never far from a memorable experience north of the border.
Traveling in Scotland with kids is always lively, with expeditions such as sailing around the Hebrides, canoeing down the Caledonian Canal, or mountain biking in the Cairngorms.
Forget Braveheart – the Highlands are wild at heart. This is the northwest half of the country, where peat bogs swoop up into lochs and mountains.
Orkney and Shetland Islands vacations set out for two of the most northerly outposts in Britain.
Vacations to the Cairngorms open the doors to the biggest national park in the UK.
One of the best bits of Scotland travel advice is to look beyond the tourist trail.
Scotland has many qualities but one of its finest is giving freedom to roam the countryside.
Photo credits: [Page banner: Krisjanis Mezulis] [Animal magic: Dave Bonta] [Walking is the law: Moyan Brenn] [Photographs & memories : v2osk] [Goodbye Alps, hello Aviemore: Ben Bradshaw]Back to the top