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!
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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?
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.
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.
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.