Pack your waterproof jackets and wellies, it's time to visit Scotland!
9 reasons why you should travel to Scotland
Welcome to Scotland, a country bursting with heritage and culture. From its ancient crumbling castles to its superb arts festivals, here are a handful of reasons why you need to visit Scotland at least once in your lifetime.
You'll fall in love with Scotland's natural beauty
Scotland has some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in the whole of the UK: no Photoshop needed! If it wasn't for the weather, Scotland's white sandy beaches and turquoise-coloured waters on its west coast could easily pass for the Caribbean. And if it's mountains that you want, Scotland has plenty of them too. There are also several natural wonders unique to Scotland to explore. Fingal's Cave on the uninhabited isle of Staffa is a fascinating-looking sea cave formed from hexagonally-jointed symmetrical basalt columns. Known for its extraordinary natural acoustics, you can reach the cave by boat. A crude natural walkway just above high water level also allows visitors to explore further inside. Situated at the foot of the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle on the Isle of Skye, the Fairy Pools are multiple waterfalls, vibrant blue and green in colour, and are another must-visit. The water can be freezing here in the Scottish highlands, but the crystal clear pools are perfect for wild water swimming - try it if you dare!
It's incredibly close
Scotland is incredibly close so there's no reason not to go! Hop aboard a plane in London and you can reach Edinburgh in just 1 hour and 15 minutes. The short flight is perfect for anxious travellers that don't like staying in the air for too long. But if you're conscious about the environmental impacts of air travel and want to avoid flying completely, there are plenty of trains and buses that will take you over the border. And why not make a road-trip out of it? Don't forget the snacks for the road!
Scotland's fairytale castles are unmissable
There's only one world to describe Scotland's castles: magical. Eilean Donan, a 13th century loch-side castle, is probably one of the most photographed castles in the world. Surrounded by the majestic Scottish Highlands, it's no wonder that thousands of visitors visit the castle every year. The most northerly of Scotland's great houses, the chateau-style Dunrobin Castle will have you thinking you're in France for the day whereas the blushing-pink harled Craigievar Castle nestled among the rolling hills of Aberdeenshire is a castle straight out of a Disney movie. Meanwhile Kelburn Castle near Largs in Ayrshire is a castle of contrasts: funky and colourful murals adorn the exterior walls of the castle whereas the interior is the height of sophistication.
There's so much wildlife for you to discover
Scotland offers plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with its native wildlife. Explore the islands that form the atmospheric Treshnish Isles in the Inner Hebrides followed by a trip to the magnificent isle of Staffa and Fingal's Cave for a chance to see Scotland's huge colonies of orange and yellow billed puffins and other sea birds. Hop on a boat tour to see a seal colony at Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye or take to the seas surrounding the Isle of Mull and you might be lucky enough to spot one of Scotland's minke whales or basking sharks. Sightings of otters are also common on the Isle of Skye and they can often be spotted bobbing in the sea or scavenging for food along the shoreline. Back on land, head to Argaty, a farm estate in rural Stirlingshire, where a thriving population of red kites can be seen from a purpose-built hide. Staff on the farm also give daily talks during the kites' feeding time so visitors can learn more about these spectacular birds and their behaviours.