22 Reasons You Must Visit Scotland in 2018

| December 28, 2017 | 2 Replies

22 Reasons You Must Visit Scotland in 2018

1. It’s the Year of Young People 2018 – The Scottish Government and Visit Scotland have designated 2018 the Year of Young People so look out for myriad events for the wee ones, families and kids at heart too.

2. Coast with the Most – Scotland’s coastline (even without its islands) is three times larger than England’s and twice that of France and Spain, so there is a lot of it to explore!

Easting Beach, Unst, Shetland

Easting Beach, Unst, Shetland (c) Robin McKelvie

3. Golf – The ‘Home of Golf’ is where the game was invented and some of the world’s most famous courses await, as well as hundreds of less heralded, but equally remarkable, courses that are open to all. .

4. Whisky – Some countries that try to make great whisky cannot even spell it. Here is the real deal with hundreds of distilleries, many open to the public and many too which are postcard perfect and set in stunning locales. Check out Scotland’s whisky isle.

Laphroaig, Islay

Laphroaig, Islay (c) Robin McKelvie

5. Adventure Sports – Whether you want to bash downhill on a mountain bike, hurl yourself off a bungee or take on the Atlantic surf in a kayak Scotland is one of the world’s top adventure playgrounds.

6. Prehistory – Forget touristy Stonehenge and head to the standing stones at the end of the world at Calanais or on Orkney or the ones that lie half forgotten in farmers’ fields around the country.

Skara Brae, Orkney

Skara Brae, Orkney (c) Robin McKelvie

7. Fantastic Food – Forget what you have heard about stodge and deep fried Mars Bars, instead tuck into some of the world’s best seafood and beef. See our restaurant reviews.

9. John Muir Way – This superb long distance walking route cuts a swathe through the Central Belt.

10. The West Highland Line – Quite possibly the world’s most beautiful railway journey and we have ridden most of the other famous ones in the world so we know!

11. Wildlife – Be awestruck by huge eagles and stately stags on land and basking sharks, dolphins and even killer whales at sea.

Puffins on Fair Isle

Puffins on Fair Isle (c) Robin McKelvie

12. Seven Cities – Scotland’s seven cities – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Stirling and relative newcomer city Perth- all have their own charms and each is worth a trip on its own.

13. The Festival – Not just the biggest Arts’ festival in Scotland, but the biggest on the planet!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe (c) Jenny McKelvie

14. World Class Engineering – Scottish engineering is famous around the world, highlights in Scotland range from the epic Forth Bridge to the jaw dropping Falkirk Wheel the new Queensferry Crossing.

15. Mountains – Masses of them. Scotland boasts 282 Munros (peaks over 3,000ft/914m) and myriad other mountains and hills.

Buachaille Etive Mòr

Buachaille Etive Mòr (c) Robin McKelvie

17. Kilts – The ladies tend to love them and guys love wearing them so what is not to like? Try one on or just admire them in all their swishy glory.

18. Monsters – Good old Nessie is world famous, but she also has a sister, Morag, in Loch Morar so you can bag two monsters in one trip.

19. Music – Everyone from Big Country and Simple Minds through to Franz Ferdinand and Chvrches hails from Scotland. Rod Stewart would like to, but mercifully doesn’t.

20. Literary talents – From Robert Burns, Scotland’s Shakespeare and author of ‘Auld Lang Syne’, and to literary giant Sir Walter Scott through to avant garde modern geniuses Irvine Welsh and Alistair Gray Scotland overflows with talent.

21. World Heritage – Scotland is home to an impressive six UNESCO World Heritage sites – Edinburgh’s Old and New Town, Orkney’s Prehistoric Sites, The Antonine Wall, St. Kilda, New Lanark and newcomer the Forth Bridge.

22. The Forth Bridge –  That bridge can be best described in one word – wow! UNESCO has placed it on their coveted World Heritage list and no wonder. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Wow!

Forth Bridge

Forth Bridge (c) Robin McKelvie

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  1. Alice says:

    And this list is still not exhausted. Scotland is an amazing place, especially Edinburgh

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