#01 Eigg

Perfect example of a tiny, friendly Hebridean island with a golden beach to lie on, a hill to climb and stunning views across the sea to its neighbour, Rùm.

Houses dotted on Landscape of Isle of Eigg in Scotland © JoshoJosho/Shutterstock

#02 Hogmanay

New Year celebrations, with whisky, dancing and fireworks staving off the midwinter chill.

Things not to Miss: Stirling Castle firework display for hogmanay, Scotland.© PK Perspective/Shutterstock 

#03 The Cairngorm mountains

Natural splendour and terrific outdoor activities.

Things not to Miss: Cairngorms National Park, Scotland.© Milosz Maslanka/Shutterstock

#04 Gearrannan, Lewis

Stay in the thatched blackhouse hostel in this beautifully restored former crofting village.

#04 Gearrannan, Lewis

#05 Melrose Abbey

Ruined Cistercian abbey situated in the most beguiling of Border towns.

Beautiful ruin of Melrose Abbey in Scotland© Richard Melichar/Shutterstock

#06 Tobermory

The main town on the beautiful island of Mull, and Scotland’s most picturesque fishing port.

Things not to Miss: Tobermory, Scotland.© James McKay/Shutterstock 

#07 Scottish Parliament

Enric Miralles’ startling, contemporary design has transformed the old Holyrood area of Edinburgh.

#07 Scottish Parliament

#08 Glen Coe

Moody, poignant and spectacular glen within easy reach of Fort William.

Things not to Miss: Lochan na h-Achlaise, Glencoe, Scotland.© A Jellema/Shutterstock

#09 Staffa and the Treshnish Isles

View the basalt columns of Staffa’s Fingal’s Cave from the sea, and then picnic beside the puffins on the Isle of Lunga.

Things not to Miss: Fingals Cave - Staffa, Scotland.© Aelice/Shutterstock 

#10 Edinburgh Festival

The world’s biggest festival of theatre and the arts transforms Edinburgh every August.

Things not to Miss: Artist performing on Fringe Festival on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland.© Tana888/Shutterstock

#11 Islay

Hebridean island with no fewer than seven whisky distilleries, and wonderfully varied birdlife that includes thousands of wintering geese.

#11 Islay

#12 Jarlshof, Shetland

An exceptional archeological site taking in Bronze Age, Iron Age, Pictish, Viking and medieval remains.

#12 Jarlshof, Shetland

#13 Shetland Folk Festival

Shetland is the place to experience traditional folk music, and the annual Folk Festival is the best time to do it.

#13 Shetland Folk Festival

#14 Pubs

Forget the great outdoors and install yourself in one of Scotland’s cosy and convivial hostelries.

#14 Pubs

#15 Glasgow School of Art

Finest example of the unique style of Glasgow architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

#15 Glasgow School of Art

#16 Burrell Collection, Glasgow

An unconventional but impressive museum at the heart of Glasgow’s cultural renaissance.

#16 Burrell Collection, Glasgow

#17 Mousa, Shetland

The mother of all Iron Age brochs, on an island off the coast of Shetland.

#17 Mousa, Shetland

#18 Edinburgh Old Town

Lose yourself in the capital’s medieval cobbled streets and closes.

#18 Edinburgh Old Town

#19 Stirling Castle

The grandest castle in Scotland, with a commanding outlook over Highlands and Lowlands.

Stirling castle, Scotland.© mountaintreks/Shutterstock

#20 Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Treasures including the ivory Lewis chessmen are housed in this striking modern museum.

The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.© Heartland Arts/Shutterstock

#21 South Harris beaches

Take your pick of deserted golden beaches in South Harris, or further south in the Uists.

#21 South Harris beaches

#22 Iona

The home of Celtic Christian spirituality, an island of pilgrimage today as in antiquity.

Iona Abbey, ScotlandIona Abbey, Scotland © Heartland Arts/Shutterstock

#23 Caledonian forest

Among the gnarled survivors of the great ancient forests you’ll find one of Scotland’s largest populations of the elusive red squirrel.

#23 Caledonian forest

#24 Dunnottar Castle

Memorably dramatic ruined fortress, surrounded by giddy sea cliffs.

Dunnottar Castle with clear sky in Stonehaven, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK© aiaikawa/Shutterstock

#25 Calanais, Lewis

Prehistoric standing stones that occupy a serene setting in the Western Isles.

#25 Calanais, Lewis

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