A heady mix of wild places and culture, Scotland is more than the sum of its parts: idyllic island beaches; raw and beautiful glens; untamed wildlife; historic cities. Whether you want to let your hair down at a folk music festival, sample oysters at Loch Fyne or seek solitude on a Munro, use our map of Scotland to start planning your trip.
Despite its ‘wee’ size, there is plenty to explore in this diverse country. From outdoor pursuits on world-class mountain-biking trails in the Borders to ‘nosing’ rich, peaty whiskies on the remote Isle of Islay, Scotland has a rich heritage to experience. For culture, head to Glasgow and discover new bands on the city’s legendary live-music scene. Or plan your trip in August, and see Edinburgh transformed during the bewildering, inspiring, exhausting and endlessly entertaining Edinburgh Festival. For a more visual inspiration, check out the most beautiful places in Scotland as voted by Rough Guides Readers.
If you are planning to travel to Scotland, next to the map check out the best time to go. To add more details to your trip, read more on the best places to go and great things to do in Scotland, or learn about getting there and where to stay once you are there.