Wanderlust Wednesday: Top 7 Things to Do in Scotland

Wanderlust Wednesday is a series on the blog where we discuss travel blunders, tips, and my insatiable wanderlust. So pack your bags and get ready to discover the wonder that is Scotland!

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Scotland is a place rich with history, culture, and a beauty that most of us can only dream about. And today I’m sharing 7 of my favorite things to do in Scotland.

1. Visit The Highlands

Nothing sums up the beauty of Scotland quite like the Highlands. But don’t take my word for it, just check out the photos below. The Highlands is an awe inspiring region of majestic mountains, enchanting lochs, and sandy beaches that offers a little bit of something for everybody – romance, history, and adventure.

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2. Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye is a fantastic 50 mile long stretch of velvet moors, jagged mountains, sparkling lochs and towering sea cliffs. The amazing scenery is the main attraction, but when the mist encircles the island there are plenty of castles, museums, and pubs to explore. So when you’re done ogling the gorgeous scenery and filling your head with knowledge, don’t forget to wander on into a pub and educate yourself on how to drink like the Scots.

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3. Hunt for Nessy

Now if you’re searching for the stuff of legends and adventure look no further than Loch Ness located in the Highlands. There you can scour the 1000 foot deep ink-black water for a glimpse of Nessy. And even if you fail to make friends with the mythical creature, the surrounding mountains and scenery will be well worth the trip.

Lochness Monster, Nessy, Loch Ness

4. Climb Arthur’s Seat

Arthur’s Seat, described by Robert Louis Stevenson as “a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design,” is located in the center of Edinburgh (pronounced Edinbro) and provides an impressive panoramic view of the city. Sitting 822 feet above sea level, this hill undoubtedly felt like a “mountain” to us Texans who ventured to the top. Though the climb is easy, the wind up top is definitely a force to contend with. (I’m sure my friends are going to love having that photo posted.)

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Edinburgh Scotland

5. Edinburgh Castle

From its great rock, Edinburgh Castle dominates the capital city offering a glimpse at the history of this great nation. Best of all, you can do more than just admire the majesty of this castle. You can take a tour! Who needs Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous when you can wander the halls that have housed royalty and endured multiple battles?

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5. Go Hiking

For the true nature enthusiast, Scotland offers an abundance of places to hit the trails with both guided and self-guided hikes. And if you really want to challenge yourself, enjoy one of the long-distance trails by hiking from town to town. It’s guaranteed to be an experience that you will remember.

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6. Make friends with a Highland Cow

Making friends along the way is one of the best parts of traveling. And what better friend to make than the adorable Hamish, the hairy cow (pronounced coo)! If you really want to have an in with Hamish, make sure to pick up some of his favorite treats. You’ll have him eating out of the palm of your hand, literally. Then you can brag to all your friends that you made friends with a very cute celebrity.

Hamish

7. Eat Haggis & Drink Scotch Whisky

Dive into the Scottish cuisine by enjoying some traditional haggis with a crumbly, oaty, meaty texture that is delicately spiced with black pepper. For those a little more squeamish, it’s best not to ask what’s in it, but definitely worth giving it a go.

Once you’ve eaten your fill of haggis make sure to pour yourself a nice glass of Scotch whisky. Or better yet, visit a distillery to discover how the Scots have perfected the art form of making whisky.

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  • I would kill to live in Scotland!!

    One day I will live there!

    • I think it would be amazing to live in the Highlands. I hope you get to live there someday. 🙂

  • I’m actually going to Scotland next month, so this was a really helpful and exciting post to read!

    • That’s so exciting! Scotland is an amazing place to visit and I hope you have a fantastic time! 🙂

  • Just found your blog through the bloggers without kids link up! I was in Scotland for a few days while studying abroad, and I can’t wait to go back again some day! A few of these were already checked off, but not all!

    • That’s awesome! Scotland has soooo many things to do so I’m sure you’ll have plenty of new things (including some of these) to look at when you go back. 🙂 Also, where did you study abroad?

      • Most of our time was spent in London with the short stint in Scotland. It was awesome!

        • That’s amazing. I also studied abroad in London! From there I traveled all over England, Scotland, and Ireland. 🙂 I miss London all the time. How about you?

  • I would love to go hiking in Scotland, looks so beautiful!

    • It’s such a beautiful place to go hiking! There are gorgeous views everywhere you look. 🙂

  • Your photos are literally causing wanderlust to strike! I backpacked through the UK almost a decade ago and have since traveled all over the world and still Scotland is my favorite country. It’s not hard to see why, huh?

    • Scotland is definitely one of my favorite places also. I hope I can take my boyfriend there soon. 🙂 I think you should make another trip also!

  • Foreign Geek

    Scotland looks so gorgeous. It’s definitely on my travel list, but this year, I am hoping to set my foot somewhere in India 🙂

    • Oh, wow! India would be such an amazing place to visit! I hope you do make it to Scotland at some point. 🙂