The Isle of Eigg is one of the smallest Hebridean islands on Scotland’s west coast (its got a total area of only 12 square miles) but it also has some of the most diverse landscapes in the country, and in my opinion it’s totally underrated as a tourist destination.
Located deep in the heart of Scotland’s beautiful Strathspey area is Loch Morlich, a natural freshwater loch that’s considered to be one of the finest in the Highlands. It’s not difficult to understand why this particular loch is so highly regarded either.
The Isle of Arran lies to the west of Glasgow in the Firth of Clyde which makes it one of the easiest west coast islands to get to, and yet it’s large enough that you can journey out to its extremities and really feel like you’re completely isolated from the rest of civilisation.
Visitors to the quiet coastal town of North Berwick will be well rewarded if they take a 3-mile journey further around the coastline to see one of the grandest medieval castles that can be found anywhere in Scotland.
If you love Scotland’s landscapes but hate being jostled by fellow visitors you’re probably wondering which are the best places in Scotland where you can escape from the huge crowds we attract throughout the year.
While most visitors to Cullen will undoubtedly have an ‘ah, of course…!’ moment when they realise this pretty little village is actually the birthplace of Cullen Skink soup, they’ll likely have several more unexpected outbursts once they start roaming the gorgeous coastline that borders the village.
Portsoy is one of those hidden gems that you’ve probably never heard of, but if you get the chance to explore this quiet section of Aberdeenshire you really should take the time to check it out.
While the village of Lossiemouth is perhaps most famous for the enormous military air-force base which lies on its outskirts, those in the know flock there during the summer months to enjoy the gorgeous stretch of golden beach that runs along the village’s eastern side.
The John Muir Country Park is located on one of the most beautiful stretches of the East Lothian coastline and offers a diverse variety of wildlife habitats that nature-lovers of all ages will enjoy exploring.
The Southern Upland Way runs for over 212 miles between the west and east coasts of southern Scotland, from Portpatrick in the south-west to Cockburnspath in the south-east.
The Solway Firth is rightly regarded as one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland, yet it’s often overlooked by visitors to the country. Stretching out across both England and Scotland the Solway Firth borders the stunning coastlines of Cumbria and Dumfries & Galloway and reaches out into the Irish Sea to almost touch the Isle of Man.
Inchcolm Island lies in the Firth of Forth just six miles from Edinburgh city centre and four miles east of the Forth Rail bridge. Although relatively small at only 22 acres it has plenty of things to see and do and combined with the ferry trip from South Queensferry it’s a great family day out.