25 Reasons You Must Visit Scotland in 2017
1. It’s the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 – The Scottish Government and Visit Scotland have designated 2016 the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology so look out for myriad events showcasing all of the country’s epic history, heritage and archaeology.
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.
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.
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.
12. Seven Cities – Scotland’s seven cities – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Stirling and 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!
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.
15. Mountains – Masses of them. Scotland boasts 282 Munros (peaks over 3,000ft/914m) and myriad other mountains and hills.
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, Hadrian’s Wall, St. Kilda, New Lanark and newcomer the Forth Bridge.
22. Brave – Disney-Pixar’s big blockbuster is unmistakably set in Scotland so you can tour the locations from Dunnottar Castle to Glen Affric. See our Brave guide for more.
23. Beaches – They may always be the warmest, but they are usually absolutely gorgeous. Shetland alone has over 100 strips of sand!
24. Rail Adventure – 2015 saw the Borders Railway re-open, offering a scenic saunter from Edinburgh down into the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders.
25. The Forth Bridge – That bridge can be best described in one word – wow! UNESCO announced it was being placed on their coveted World Heritage list and no wonder. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Wow!
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