Created by Craig Smith. Last updated on March 5th, 2021
Welcome to Out About Scotland. I’m Craig, I live in Edinburgh and I love exploring Scotland’s attractions. In this website I’ll show you the best places to visit and give you lots of tips and ideas for making the most of your time in our beautiful country. Follow my adventures on Pinterest, Facebook, and YouTube.
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Everything You Need To Know About Scotland
- Red Squirrels in Scotland – The Ultimate GuideRed squirrels may be declining in other parts of the UK but here in Scotland we have healthy – and even growing – populations that are estimated to exceed 120,000 animals. Discover exactly where red squirrels like to live, what you should feed them and the threats they face in this ultimate guide.
- A Guide To The Best Forests in ScotlandDiscover the best forest and woodland walks in Scotland with this in-depth guide that covers their locations, facilities, paths and wildlife. Plus, learn why walking is good for you, what you should wear, and which animals you need to keep an eye open for.
- Where To See Highland Cows in ScotlandHighland Cows are a Scottish breed of rustic cattle known for their thick, shaggy coats that enable them to survive in the harshest of temperatures. In this article you’ll learn all about the ‘Heilan Coo’ and discover the best places in Scotland to see them.
- Where To See Puffins in ScotlandEverybody loves puffins. There’s something about their oversized heads and brightly-coloured stripy beaks and that makes them impossibly endearing. In this article I’ll show you the best places to see these fascinating seabirds.
- 12 Essential Things to Know Before You Visit EdinburghEdinburgh. City of cobbled streets, winding alleyways and gothic architecture. This is the second most popular city in Britain after London so you might need a bit of help to plan your visit – which is exactly where this article comes in.
- Islay Whisky Distillery Tours – The Ultimate GuideThere are so many things I like about Scotland it’s an almost impossible task to say which is my favourite, but I think if I was pushed I’d put the dramatic mountains of the Cairngorms and the stunning forests of Perthshire at a joint number one, closely followed by the single malt whisky’s.
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- The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh: The Complete Visitor GuideThe Balmoral Hotel is a historic building situated in the heart of Princes Street in Edinburgh, Scotland. The luxury hotel is located next to Waverley train station and was built in 1902 by the North British Railway Company. Today, it is a popular landmark that attracts visitors to its superb restaurants and bars.
- Real Mary King’s Close in Edinburgh: The Complete Visitor GuideThe Real Mary King’s Close is a tourist attraction located in the middle of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile. The attraction allows visitors to step beneath the streets of Edinburgh into an underground labyrinth where the stories of the city’s past residents unfold through a series of exhibits and displays.
- Brodick, Isle of Arran: The Complete Visitor GuideBrodick is the main village on the Isle of Arran, located on the west coast of Scotland. Brodick lies halfway along the eastern side of the island where it overlooks Brodick Bay and Goatfell mountain. It is the arrival point for most visitors due to the ferry port but is popular in its own right thanks to its beaches, surrounding forests, castle and quality restaurants.
- Arran Forest Walks: The Complete Visitor GuideThe forests of Arran offer some of the best mountain biking routes of any of the west-coast islands and any cycle ride is almost guaranteed to include sightings of Arran’s famed red squirrels. The most popular wooded areas are; Brodick Castle, Dyemill, Glenrickard, King’s Cave, North Sannox and South End.
- The Arran Coastal Way: The Complete Visitor GuideThe Arran Coastal Way is a circular cycling and walking route around the perimeter of the Isle of Arran on Scotland’s west coast. This easy-going trail rewards visitors with stunning views at every section of its 65-mile length and there are plenty of opportunities to deviate onto nearby attractions along the way.
- The Holy Isle, Arran: The Complete Visitor GuideHoly Isle is located close to the eastern shore of the Isle of Arran on Scotland’s west coast. This small (one square mile) island has a rich religious history dating back hundreds of years and the tradition of quiet seclusion continues to this day thanks to the Centre for World Peace and Health located on the western edge of the isle.