Scotland is the northernmost country in the United Kingdom and famed around the world for its whisky (not whiskey), kilts, dramatic landscapes, and of course the Loch Ness Monster.

I first visited Scotland as a child when my family holidayed in the Trossachs National Park in the West Highlands. I returned many years later at the age of 21 on my first ever solo backpacking trip.

Since then I’ve returned many times and climbed Ben Nevis (the highest mountain in the UK), indulged in whisky tastings and hiked and camped my way around the highlands.

There is lots to see and do in Scotland from exploring beautiful Edinburgh, and Inverness to a plethora of outdoor activities up and down this gorgeous land.

Scotland has a “right to roam” law which means hiking and camping are permitted almost anywhere within reason.

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Glasgow Whisky Tours

Glasgow Whisky Tours

Glengoyne Distillery

Inverness to Skye Tour

Cairnryan Belfast Ferry

top places to visit in scotland



Glasgow is Scotland’s vibrant capital. Although arguably not as nice as Edinburgh, there is plenty to see and do in and around the city. Explore museums, go whisky tasting and try a deep fried mars bar. Glasgow is also an excellent jumping-off point for reaching the Highlands.

Edinburgh Castle


The historic city of Edinburgh is one of the top places to visit in England and sees huge numbers of tourists each year. Visit Edinburgh Castle, climb Arthur’s Seat and marvel at the gorgeous architecture on display.

Scottish Highlands

The Highlands

The Scottish Highlands is a wild and rugged land of glens (valleys), mountains, lochs, rivers and forests. Some of the highlights of the Highlands include Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, Glencoe and Fort William.



Inverness is a city (formerly a town) and gateway to the Highlands. The city sits on the banks of the River Ness a few miles from famous Loch Ness, home of the legendary monster.

Ben Nevis, Scotland

Ben Nevis

Ben Neis is the highest mountain in Scotland (and the whole of the UK) at 4.411 feet (1,344 metres). It’s located near the town of Fort William on the West Coast of the Scottish Highlands. It takes around eight hours to hike to the summit and back.

The Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye is the largest island of the Inner Hebrides and connected to the mainland by a bridge. Skye is famous for its rugged scenery, waterfalls, mountains and as the home of Talisker Whisky (one of my favourites).

Read my guide to visiting Skye

How to Get to Scotland

By Air

It’s easy to reach Scotland by air with flights to airports across the region including Glasgow Prestwick, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. has some of the best deals on flights to Scotland.

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By Train

There are daily train services to Scotland (Edinburgh and Glasgow) from London and other cities across the UK.

By Bus

I’ve travelled form London to Glasgow and Edinburgh on the overnight bus many times. Tickets are cheap, it’s (relatively) comfortable and the journey is very scenic.

You can book tickets to Glasgow and Edinburgh with Flixbus which is the service I always use when travelling to and from Scotland. Click here to book your ticket.