1 DCA, Dundee

Buzzing arts centre with a cinema and a café at the hip heart of Dundee’s up-and-coming cultural scene.

2 Arbroath smokies

A true Scottish delicacy: succulent haddock eaten while still warm from the oak smoker.

3 Meigle Pictish stones

These fascinating carved relics of a lost culture can be seen standing eerily alone in remote fields, but to learn a bit more about them, head to a museum. The museum at Meigle displays a very good variety.

4 Dunnottar Castle

The moodiest cliff-top ruin in the country, built in the ninth century and surrounded by crashing seas.

5 Speyside’s whiskies

See the distilleries and landscapes of places such as Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Glen Grant – visits give you a splendid opportunity to taste their whiskies too.

6 Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Fraserburgh

Lights, lenses and legends at one of the quirkiest and most intriguing small museums in the country.

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