Are you wondering what are the best things to do in Scotland you need to include in your trip? Read on to make sure you don't miss out on these big ones, taken straight from our travel guide The Rough Guide to Scotland .
Perfect example of a tiny, friendly Hebridean island, Eigg offers with a golden beach to lie on, a hill to climb and stunning views across the sea to its neighbour, Rùm.
Traditional New Year celebrations , with whisky, dancing and fireworks staving off the midwinter chill.
Natural splendour and terrific outdoor activities such as hiking, mountainbiking and in winter even skiing, plus the last remaining Caledonian pines - the Cairngorms have it all.
Stay in the thatched blackhouse hostel in the beautifully restored former crofting village on Lewis .
Ruined Cistercian abbey situated in the most beguiling of Border towns.
The main town on the beautiful island of Mull , and Scotland’s most picturesque fishing port.
View the basalt columns of Staffa’s Fingal’s Cave from the sea, and then picnic beside the puffins on the Isle of Lunga.
The world’s biggest festival of theatre and the arts transforms Edinburgh every August.
Hebridean island with no fewer than seven whisky distilleries, and wonderfully varied birdlife that includes thousands of wintering geese.
An exceptional archeological site on the Shetland isles taking in Bronze Age, Iron Age, Pictish, Viking and medieval remains.
Shetland is the place to experience traditional folk music, and the annual Folk Festival is the best time to do it.
Forget the great outdoors and install yourself in one of Scotland’s cosy and convivial hostelries.
Finest example of the unique style of Glasgow architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Glasgow is also famous for its greenery. Read our guide to Glasgow's parks and see why it's a city worth visiting.
The mother of all Iron Age brochs (round towers) on an island off the coast of Shetland .
Lose yourself in the capital’s medieval cobbled streets and closes and enjoy the unique city vibes of Edinburgh Old Town .
Enjoy a commanding outlook over both Highlands and Lowlands from Stirling Castle , one of the grandest castles in Scotland.
Take your pick of deserted golden sand beaches in South Harris , or further south in the Uists.
The legendary home of Celtic Christian spirituality, Iona is an island of pilgrimage today as in antiquity.
Among the gnarled pines, survivors of the great ancient forests in the Scottish Highlands , you can encounter one of Scotland’s largest populations of the elusive red squirrel.
Memorably dramatic ruined fortress just south of Aberdeen, surrounded by giddy sea cliffs
Prehistoric standing stones that occupy a serene setting on Lewis , the largest of the Western Isles.
Ready to travel to Scotland ? Find out about the best time to go , the best places to visit and top things to do in Scotland . For inspiration use the Scotland itineraries from The Rough Guide to Scotland and as well as the bookable itineraries created by our local travel agents in Scotland . A bit more hands on, check out the map of Scotland , learn about getting there , getting around Scotland and where to stay once you are there. And don't forget to buy travel insurance before you go.
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