Category: Top 10 Scotland

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Canoe camping on Scottish lochs – 10 great island wild camping spots

  Blame it on devouring ‘Swallows and Amazons’ as a kid.  There’s something magical about camping on an island.  First, there’s the challenge of the journey there by canoe or kayak, then the ‘discovery’ of an uninhabited land.  Even though the stretch of water may be no more than a few hundred metres, it puts a much greater psychological distance between you and the … Read More Canoe camping on Scottish lochs – 10 great island wild camping spots

Top 10 Scenic Roads in Scotland

If you’re one of the 55% of visitors to Scotland whose main reason for coming is to enjoy its landscape and scenery – the most popular reason cited by visitors (VisitScotland, 2012) – then you’re in the right place.  In this article I’ll take you on an insider’s guide to some of the most scenic routes in Scotland, and pointing out some great things to see … Read More Top 10 Scenic Roads in Scotland

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Lewis & Harris – TripAdvisor’s Top European Island

TripAdvisor have this week announced that Lewis and Harris are the best European island in a list compiled using travellers’ views.  Together they form the largest of the Outer Hebrides, with Lewis in the north and Harris the southern part of the island.  What’s more, the Islands of Orkney come in at number four and the Isle of Mull at number nine.  This is a great … Read More Lewis & Harris – TripAdvisor’s Top European Island

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Top 10 ‘Peak to Pub’ winter walks in Scotland

A recent article in TGO Magazine got me thinking about some great ‘peak to pub’ walks – good hill or mountain walks with a great pub at the bottom. Having eaten and drunk far too much over the Christmas holidays, many of us are keen to walk off the calories.  Climbing a hill is an appealing prospect but winter hill walks – even short ones – … Read More Top 10 ‘Peak to Pub’ winter walks in Scotland

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100 Things to Do in Scotland Before You Die

I came across a list of the 100 Things to do in Scotland before you die, originally published in the Sunday Herald but available in full on the University of St Andrews website.  There’s also a pictorial version on Pinterest.  This list seems to be a mix of suggestions by famous Scottish celebrities as well as journalists. I think it’s really a pretty good … Read More 100 Things to Do in Scotland Before You Die

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Top 10 Places to see the Northern Lights in Scotland

While the most recent solar cycle peaked in 2013/14, 2015 has seen as many ‘amber’ alerts in the UK as during the two previous years combined.  With more sightings of the northern lights predicted in coming months, things still look very promising.  I’ve previously provided my Top 10 Tips for seeing the Northern Lights but now you’re all prepared to head out, where should … Read More Top 10 Places to see the Northern Lights in Scotland

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10 Great Places to see Autumn Leaves in Scotland

Lonely Planet has recently voted Scotland one of the top places in the world to see autumn leaves. I suspect this probably comes as little surprise to many Scots but an accolade such as this certainly helps to reinforce Scotland’s scenic tourism credentials at this time of year. The leaves are already starting to change colour and will burst into a riot of bronze, red, … Read More 10 Great Places to see Autumn Leaves in Scotland

Top 10 Must-visit Scottish Islands

With around 790 offshore islands Scotland is an island lover’s paradise. In all there are 11,800km of coastline in Scotland, it’s indented coast formed by the melting of ice sheets particularly on its western and northern fringes. If you stretch out the coast into a straight line it would stretch all the way from Scotland to Australia.  No part of Scotland is more than … Read More Top 10 Must-visit Scottish Islands

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Top 10 Scottish beach campsites

There are times when the weather forecast suggests a ridge of high pressure will bring warm, sunny and stable conditions across Scotland. Listen carefully, because this is your cue to dig out your camping gear and organise a trip to the beach ! Camping at the beach can be a joy at any time of the year, particularly when it’s quiet and you have … Read More Top 10 Scottish beach campsites

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Top 10 Scottish Campsites that allow Campfires

There are few things in life as satisfying as sitting around a campfire gazing into the flames while enjoying good company.  However, these days it’s often difficult to find a campsite that allows fires, either in a firepit or on a nearby beach.  To accompany my recent review of the Top 10 Campsites in Scotland here are 10 great sites that that also allow campfires … Read More Top 10 Scottish Campsites that allow Campfires