Hiking Out About Scotland
Craig Out About Scotland

Hi there! Welcome to Out About Scotland. I’m Craig, I’m a travel writer from Edinburgh, and I’m here to show you Scotland’s best tourist attractions.

Where do you want to go?

Choose a Category

Sightseeing Advice

  • The 5 Best Lightweight Backpacks to Use in Scotland
    In this guide, you will find a selection of 5 top-rated lightweight backpacks that are perfect for visiting Scotland, whether you’re heading to the Highlands, the islands or the cities. Each backpack is proven to excel in particular areas and they’re neither too big nor too small. All are reasonably priced and well-made and they’re available to buy on Amazon so you can make use of their superb returns policy if you change your mind.
  • The 5 Best Binoculars for Bird Watching in Scotland
    The one accessory that will drastically improve your sightseeing visit to Scotland is a quality pair of binoculars. A pair of binoculars brings the action to you and a small investment will repay you many times over with wonderful sights you’d otherwise miss. In this guide, you will find a selection of 5 top-rated binoculars that cover all the bases when it comes to wildlife watching in Scotland, plus a few hints and tips to help you make the most of using them in the great outdoors.
  • The 5 Best Men’s Waterproof Hiking Boots For Scotland
    There are more than 30 official long-distance hiking routes in Scotland that all offer stunning views. Unfortunately, this country is prone to lots of wet weather – even in summer – so walking any of the country’s trails requires sturdy hiking boots that are both comfortable and waterproof. Discover the top 5 waterproof hiking boots for Scotland with this list that features the best brands and the most affordable prices.
  • The Best Midge Repellent To Use in Scotland
    Midges are small biting insects found in the Scottish Highlands and the west coast of Scotland. They are only 1-3 mm in size but they gather in large swarms near water and damp ground in the early morning and evening. Midge bites are initially quite painful and they quickly develop into itchy red skin blotches that can easily break and become infected if scratched hard. The most effective protection against midges is to use a body lotion that blocks their antennae receptors.
  • The Best Outdoor Winter Activities in Scotland
    Winter is an amazing time to be in Scotland, especially if you love exploring the great outdoors. There’s something magical about the country when winter visits and there are more things to do in this season than you might expect. In this article I’ll show you the top activities to enjoy in Scotland between November and March whether you want to see wildlife, go on an invigorating walk or take part in exciting sports, along with a couple of other winter activities that just might surprise you.
  • Tips to Save Money on a Trip to Scotland
    Scotland can be an expensive place to visit and unfortunately the price of everything from admission tickets to petrol seems to be reaching new wallet-destroying levels with each passing year. In this article you’ll discover tips and tricks to save money on a trip to Scotland whether you’re travelling by car or train, staying in a top-notch hotel or a budget hostel, and eating in a posh restaurant or snacking on a takeaway burger.
  • 10 Fun Date Ideas for Couples in Scotland
    With a country as beautiful as Scotland you might find yourself struggling to choose the perfect destination for your next date. In this article you’ll discover a collection of fun, exciting and slightly unusual date suggestions that are guaranteed to be a memorable experience for both of you, whether it’s winter or summer in the cities or the Highlands.
  • Tips for a Cheap Weekend Break in Scotland
    In this article you’ll find a collection of recommended places to visit on a weekend break in Scotland that are perfect for families, couples and solo explorers alike. They all have free admission and are guaranteed not to break the bank. You’ll also find tips on how to save money on accommodation as well as suggestions for saving money on transport.

Attraction Reviews

  • The Balmoral Hotel – Edinburgh: Complete Visitor Guide
    The 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 – Edinburgh: Complete Visitor Guide
    The 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: Complete Visitor Guide
    Brodick 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: Complete Visitor Guide
    The 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: Complete Visitor Guide
    The 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: Complete Visitor Guide
    Holy 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.
  • Brodick Castle – Arran: Complete Visitor Guide
    Brodick Castle, former seat of power of the Dukes of Hamilton, is a grand 19th-century castle located a few miles north of the town of Brodick on the Isle of Arran. The castle is surrounded by an exceptionally large and well-maintained garden and country park and is currently managed by the National Trust for Scotland.
  • Loch Leven – Kinross: Complete Visitor Guide
    Loch Leven is a large expanse of water situated in the rural Scottish county of Perth and Kinross. The National Nature Reserve is renowned for the number of wildfowl that live there and in fact, it’s home to more breeding ducks than anywhere else in Europe.
Skye Walking Out About Scotland

Virtual Tours and YouTube Videos