Check out our great guide for Scotland, so you will not miss out on what’s important and don’t do what’s not recommended.
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Things to do in Scotland
1. Isle of Skye
If you are one of those that like to enjoy your vacation amidst the lap of nature, you must definitely visit the Isle of Skye. The stunning lakes and quaint pools are incredible and you may also stop and marvel at the breathtaking views of the waterfalls and rock formations.
2. Explore the beautiful islands
Scotland is home to many small islands that you can visit by renting a boat. Sail to the floating landmasses and take pictures with the aqua blue sea in the background. If you are lucky enough, you may even see seals, dolphins, or whales passing by your boat.
The beautiful city of Edinburgh is a must-visit during your trip to Scotland. Make sure you visit the city by train. On reaching the station, you will see the historic Edinburgh castle right in front of you. Take a moment to admire the humongous architecture that looks mesmerizing from every angle.
4. The many ‘lochs’
Scotland literally has lochs (lakes) everywhere. The best part is you will find all of them equally beautiful. They look like mirrors, reflecting Scotland’s amazing landscapes. In fact, don’t forget to see Loch Ness. Again, if you are lucky enough, you might just see the Loch Ness monster.
5. Eilean Donan Castle
This is a popular tourist spot in Scotland that you should keep in your itinerary. It was a monument built to fend off the attacks by vikings.
6. Other castles
In addition to lakes, Scotland is also popular for its castles spread throughout the country. Make sure you visit the Eilean Donan castle. It’s one of the most popular castles of Scotland and thousands of people visit this castle every year. A few other fortresses, palaces, and castles that you should also explore are the Falkland palace, Balmoral castle, Glamis castle, and Stirling castle.
7. Achmelvich beach
Just because Scotland has so many lakes doesn’t mean there are no blue oceans and white beaches. Visit the Achmelvich beach and you may not want to leave soon. The picturesque location makes the beach even more stunning; a must-visit for ocean-lovers.
8. Go camping
Camping in Scotland requires two things: a tent and some experience to set up the tent. You won’t even have to pay a penny if you want to camp somewhere in Scotland. Choose a desolate location and you may see the Aurora Borealis at night.
Things to avoid in Scotland
1. Not carrying an adapter
Not just Scotland, but the entire UK, uses a different power outlet. Make sure you carry an adapter when you visit Scotland, especially if you decide to stay in a remote village. You may not even get stores that sell adapters there.
2. Double-decker bus tours
You may be excited to go on a hop-on and hop-off bus tour, but it’s wise to avoid it. Instead, you should explore the city by walking down the streets. The buses run too fast and you may not be able to enjoy the architectural brilliance of the buildings as you pass by.
3. Have great expectations from hotels
The main cities of Scotland do have plenty of luxury hotels, hostels, and b&b’s but you may not get the same amenities in smaller towns and villages. Therefore, it’s best not to have high expectations when it comes to accommodations in the remote areas of Scotland. If you are looking for hotels with plenty of amenities when visiting Scotland it is best to stick to the larger towns like Glasgow. Take a look at these Glasgow hotel deals and add a little luxury to your trip.
4. Not bring enough clothes
Scotland’s weather is unpredictable. You may experience the weather of four seasons in a single day. For example, you wake up to a bright and sunny morning, and out of nowhere, you may see snow around you within a couple of hours. Make sure you carry enough warm clothes to keep yourself comfortable if the temperature goes down.