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Craig Out About Scotland

Hello, and welcome to Out About Scotland, the independent website for tourist attraction reviews and sightseeing advice.

I’m Craig, a travel writer from Edinburgh, and I’m here to show you the best places to visit in Scotland.

I've travelled all over the country to visit the top attractions and in this website you'll find photos and reviews of them along with lots of useful information.

Not sure where to start? Try clicking the attraction category buttons below. Happy travels!

Attraction Categories

city attractions
outdoor attractions
historic attractions
attraction regions

Attraction Reviews

  • Preston Mill – East Lothian: Complete Visitor Guide
    Preston Mill is located next to the River Tyne in picturesque farming country in the heart of East Lothian. The mill dates from the 18th-century and was used commercially until the 1950s but is now open as a tourist attraction managed by the National Trust for Scotland. Discover this unique historic attraction with this guide which includes a 360° virtual tour.
  • Silver Sands of Morar – Inverness: Complete Visitor Guide
    The Silver Sands of Morar are a series of celebrated beaches located on the Morar Peninsula, south of Mallaig. These stunning white-sand beaches are a favourite spot for tourists due to the crystal-clear turquoise waters along this stretch of coastline, as well as the stunning views of the Small Isles.
  • The Fairy Glen – Skye: Complete Visitor Guide
    The Fairy Glen is an ethereal, bizarre-looking landscape located on the west side of Trotternish on the Isle of Skye. This geological wonder comprises a number of conical hills that look man made but are, in fact, remnants of an ancient landslip similar to the equally captivating Quiraing.
  • Bealach na Ba – Wester Ross, Highland: Complete Visitor Guide
    The Bealach na Ba is a twisting mountain pass on the Applecross Peninsula in Wester Ross, Highland. This single-track road rises over 2,000 feet (0.61 km) at its highest point and is famous for being one of the most scenic drives in the world, as well as one of the most dangerous due to its tight hairpin bends.
  • Camera Obscura and World of Illusions – Edinburgh: Complete Visitor Guide
    Camera Obscura and World of Illusions - located near Edinburgh Castle - is one of the oldest purpose-built attractions in Scotland. Visitors can experience six floors of interactive displays with exhibits that showcase optical illusions including holograms, a mirror maze and a spinning vortex tunnel.
  • Princes Street Gardens – Edinburgh: Complete Visitor Guide
    Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh is one of the largest public spaces in the city. Originally a body of water called the Nor Loch, the gardens were designed in the 1770s but weren't created until 1820 when the loch was drained. Today, the gardens are a popular recreational area that features a number of popular landmarks including The Scott Monument, The Ross Fountain and The Ross Bandstand.

Sightseeing Advice

  • The 5 Best Sunscreens to Use in Scotland
    Scotland isn’t exactly world-renowned as a tourist destination where you need sunscreen, but with Scotland’s high latitude meaning we enjoy long summer days (1-3 hours longer than London) your skin will be exposed to more harmful UV rays than you might expect. Discover a collection of highly-rated sunscreens in this article which all offer superb protection against UV, as well as helping to moisturize skin and offering protection against visible skin ageing.
  • The 5 Best Products to Prevent Blisters When Walking in Scotland
    Blisters are a potential problem for anyone that enjoys hiking in Scotland as they can turn an enjoyable walk into a pain-filled nightmare. They are caused by a number of reasons, but the most common is friction to the skin of the foot from parts of the shoe that constantly rub against toes, heels, and soles. Discover five top-rated anti-blister products from Amazon in this guide, along with tips to help you reduce the likelihood you’ll get blisters the next time you go for a walk in Scotland.
  • 360° Virtual Tours of Attractions in Central Scotland
    The central belt of Scotland lies between the Scottish Borders and the Highlands, where it combines the best of both regions with some of the country's finest mountains, lochs, and forests. You'll find the pick of Central Scotland's top attractions in this article, along with an overview of each one and 360° photographs that put you in the centre of each location.
  • 360° Virtual Tours of Attractions in the Scottish Highlands
    The Scottish Highlands is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in Britain. Covering 10,230 square miles, this region is famous for its natural beauty that includes Britain's highest mountain (Ben Nevis) as well as its largest body of fresh water (Loch Ness). Discover a collection of Highland attractions in this article with an overview of each one and 360° virtual tours that let you look around each location from all angles.
  • Do I Need Travel Insurance to Go to Scotland?
    Travel insurance is something that all travellers need, but most people either forget about it or decide not to get it due to the costs involved. However, this is one insurance that’s an absolute must-buy, and over half a million individuals and families have to make a claim while on holiday every year. Discover the facts about the travel insurance you need while visiting Scotland in this ultimate guide.
  • 360° Virtual Tours of Attractions in The North Highlands
    The North Highlands offers some of the wildest, most remote, and most scenic landscapes of anywhere in Europe. From John O' Groats to Ullapool, you're guaranteed to become smitten with the beauty of this extraordinary region of Scotland. Discover the North Highlands in this article which provides an overview of the top attractions as well as immersive 360° photos.

Virtual Tours and YouTube Videos