Here’s Seven Reasons to Visit Scotland
There is a hope on the horizon that Covid-19 lockdown restrictions will be lifted and life will get back to some kind of normal again, but what a year it has been, we all deserve a holiday, and Scotland is most certainly one of the staycation destinations that should be on your list.
If you need a reason to visit Scotland then look no further; we have put together seven reasons to visit Scotland to help you to make the decision to book your staycation with us.
Scotland has been the source of inspiration for poets, novelists, musicians, actors and more thanks to it’s beautiful landscapes, vast history and culture.
There are few places in my life that I’ve found more ruggedly beautiful than the Highlands of Scotland. The place is magical – it’s so far north, so remote, that sometimes it feels like you’ve left this world and gone to another. – Julia London
At Spirit Journeys we have handpicked tours to suit you, from Outlander Tours to our new North Coast 500; you will experience heritage, culture, nature and the most breath-taking landscapes you can imagine. Here are seven reasons to visit Scotland…
One place you don’t want to miss off your list is a visit to the Highlands. The dramatic scenery differs from that of southern Scotland. It is often said that it almost feels like you have been transported to the Norwegian Fjords with snow-capped mountains and mirror like lochs that wrap around the small winding roads that go on for miles.
Scotland is home to over 90,000 wildlife species, with such a rich and diverse natural history no wonder Scotland attracts thousands of wildlife enthusiasts each year.
Basking sharks and bottlenose dolphins can be seen off Scotland’s coastlines, otters and osprey, red deer, red squirrel and pine martins are just a handful of the wildlife Scotland has to offer. But of course, we can’t miss out the Highland Coo!
Man Made Wonders & Great Architecture
Scotland is bursting with man-made wonders and home to unique built heritage and architecture, if you don’t believe us then take a look at the Caledonian Canal, the Falkirk Wheel, Glenfinnan Viaduct or The Kelpies. Still not convinced? Then how about Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle or the Forth Road Bridge?
Did you know that Scotland has six UNESCO World Heritage Sites?
- Skara Brar & The Heart of Neolithic Orkney
- Antonine Wall
- New Lanark
- St Kilda
- Edinburgh Old & New Towns
- Forth Bridge
Authentic Scottish Events
There are some events that you can only experience in Scotland.
The Up Helly Aa, the themed fire festival taking in Shetland rural communities.
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, a five-day whisky extravaganza in the renowned whisky region of Speyside.
Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, set in the village of Portsoy in beautiful Banffshire, recent host to the Peaky Blinders filming.
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a spectacular show of military bands, Scottish dancing and piping performances set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Magnificent Fairytale Castles
From well preserved medieval strongholds to romantic cliff top ruins, Scotland is bursting with castles steeped in legend and architectural grandeur.
Dunrobin Castle near Dornoch is the largest castle in the northern Highlands dating back to the 1300’s.
Eilean Donan Castle is recognised as one of the most iconic images of Scotland and the world over, situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet.
Urquhart Castle sits beside Loch Ness in the Highlands and date back to the 13th and 16th centuries.
We can’t promise unicorns, but we can promise mystical stones, fairytale castles, botanic gardens and secluded golden beaches. Just take the enchanted An Lochan Uaine (The Green Loch) in Glenmore Forest Park, taking it’s unique emerald hue from the king of the pixies (the local fairies) who washed his clothes in its waters… or so local legend has it!
The Fairy Pools at the foot of the Black Cuillins, crystal clear blue pools on the river Brittle, Isle of Skye, welcoming visitors from all over the world as they make for some great wild swimming if you are brave enough to enter the cold water.
Scotland’s Food & Drink
Food and drink are at the very heart of Scotland, producing some of the best sought after natural produce in the world.
From world-renowned seafood such as salmon, sea trout, oysters and langoustines to Aberdeen Angus steaks, not to mention the water of life – whisky!
Scotland’s national dish is haggis, traditionally served with neeps, tatties and whisky sauce, but speaking of whisky, Scotland is home to over 100 distilleries in 5 Scottish whisky regions, each with their own distinct flavour, many of which can be explored on a tour. As the Scottish say, if you don’t like whisky it’s because you haven’t found the right one yet!
Convinced yet? There is so much more to explore in Scotland, the memories will last you a lifetime. Don’t forget the charger for your camera, you will need it.
Why not take a look at our Scottish tours