Must See Scotland

The essential Scotland travel guide packed with must see recommendations and really useful tour planning advice so you get the best experience.

The iconic Eilean Donan Castle on the road to Skye
The iconic Eilean Donan Castle on the road to Skye

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Tourism in Scotland and far beyond changed forever in 2020 because of the pandemic. This site acknowledges this. 

I assume that all readers will already have informed themselves of the latest situation and the best advice for precautions while visiting. 

But Scotland, one way or another, is open at time of writing. So, with good sense prevailing, you’ll be most welcome.

 

14 unmissable places to see in Scotland

Include as many of these must see places in your Scottish trip planning. They have the 'wow' factor and there's a great selection. Some, like Stirling Castle or Loch Lomond, are easy to plan round; others, such as Skara Brae or the Isle of Eriskay, take a bit more itinerary juggling but are worth the effort.

Rannoch Moor, looking towards the peaks of the Blackmount
Autumn on Rannoch Moor, looking towards the peaks of the Blackmount

7 DAY TOUR - IDEAS FOR YOUR SCOTLAND TRIP

Options for your own seven day tour of Scotland. Use this outline itinerary with great ideas and handy checklist on what to see and do. Discover where to eat and stay and how far you could travel with this starting point for your Scottish travel plans.

st giles in Edinburgh's Royal Mile

Edinburgh Must Sees - the culture-fest of Scotland's capital

A first-time visitor with a couple of days for Edinburgh? Here are some must sees. What else you do depends how much history you can take! And check out our views about whether or not you should visit both Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. (Hint: we wouldn't make the Palace compulsory!)


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Sketch of the route from Edinburgh to Skye
Just don’t rush this Edinburgh to Skye route by road. Lots of scenic places to stop. The route from Glasgow up the side of Loch Lomond joins at Crianlarich.

DRIVING ROUTE TO SKYE - MAKE A DAY OF IT

A driving route to Skye from Edinburgh (or Glasgow) should include Glencoe and Glen Shiel on the way. Make a day of it - lots to see en route including Eilean Donan Castle. (And yes, we prefer heading for the Great Glen via Rannoch Moor, not via the A9 and Dalwhinnie etc.)

Red Highland Cow
Hardly needs a caption, does it?

WHERE TO SEE HIGHLAND COWS

Highland cows are icons of Scotland. Often called hairy coos, their heritage stretches back to the days of the clans. Highland cattle are fairly widespread and here are a few suggestions about where you can see them, as well as some background information you'll enjoy.

West of Rosehearty, Aberdeenshire
‘The West Rocks.’ This off-the-beaten-track stretch of coast on a calm summer day.

GO OFF THE BEATEN TRACK IN SCOTLAND. IT'S STILL POSSIBLE. (JUST.)

What's off the Beaten Track in Scotland depends on your point of view. Could be all of it, could be the opposite...but, sure, there are still some quiet and peaceful spots that we mention here (though with some hesitation!) The Isle of Skye probably isn't one of them though.