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.
The Quiraing is an outstanding area of natural beauty on the northernmost summit of Trotternish on the Isle of Skye that was formed thousands of years ago by a series of monumental landslips.
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.
As any visitor to Scotland will know, the capital city of Edinburgh is at the top of the list of places to visit thanks to famous attractions like Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace and the Scottish National Gallery, all of which are within a short walking distance of each other.
If you’re stuck for ideas for things to do in Scotland in winter then you’ve come to the right place. Read on for some top tips and ideas that will help you have fun even if it’s freezing outside.
Bidean Nam Bian, located to the south of Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands, is well-known amongst hill walkers and munro-baggers for the fantastic views it offers from the ‘Three Sisters of Glen Coe’ – the three steep ridges on the north face that extend into the Glen.
The Glencoe Visitor Centre should be on everyone’s list of must-see attractions in the Highlands. Set in the breathtaking and dramatic landscape of Glencoe, the centre aims to educate visitors not only about the geology and nature of the region but also about its fascinating history.
The beautiful town of Ullapool is the starting point for this walk where you’ll begin at the harbour, which is a perfect place to take photos of Loch Broom. The harbour is also a great place to get a refreshment from one of several cafes at both the beginning and end of your journey.
Located in Trotternish, around 6 miles north of the main town of Portree, The Storr is the remnant of an ancient landslide which resulted in a dramatic cliff-face backdrop with the ‘Old Man’ sitting in a prominent position on its own looking out across the stunning landscape of Loch Leathan and the Sound of Raasay.
The start and finish point of the John Muir Way at Helensburgh is indicated by a seat made from Scottish oak and a circular stone plinth with engraved footprints and a John Muir quote, and this route marker is a perfect opportunity to appreciate Helensburgh with its lovely beach and numerous cafes.