Scenic Scotland’s must visit regions
From the deepest freshwater loch, to the tallest mountain in the UK, Scotland has it all. A country of vast natural wilderness and a unique heritage waiting to be discovered. Whether you visit Scotland for the historic city-life, to enjoy her glorious Highland panoramas or simply to soak-up an utterly unique culture and heritage, your experience will be truly unforgettable. But with so many incredible regions to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. We are here to help! Below is our list of the must-visit regions during any tour of Scotland.
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
Beyond the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, the bonny banks of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park are a must-visit region of Scotland. Known as the ‘Highlands in miniature’, the region captures the raw beauty of Scotland’s dramatic landscape and provides a spectacular back drop with snow-capped mountains & the UK’s largest Loch.
To the west Highlands of Scotland, beyond the desolate Rannoch Moor lies the quaint village of Glencoe, nestled in the heart of a jaw-dropping landscape home to the mighty Ben Nevis, the UK’s biggest mountain. Surrounded by sparkling Lochs, waterfalls and many hiking routes, the Glencoe Valley is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.
The magnificent Isle of Skye continues to draw more and more visitors from all over the world year on year and for good reason. The unspoiled landscapes of this magical isle rank as some of Europe’s most spectacular scenic breaks. From the picturesque port town of Portree, tour the Trotternish Peninsula with its natural features such as “Kilt Rock” and “the Old Man of Storr” whilst in the coastal waters you can spot seabirds, dolphins and seals.
Staying in the West Highlands, north-east of the Applecross Peninsula you’ll find the highland village of Torridon & the wonderful Torridon Hills mountain range. Be sure to pack your hiking boots for the magnificent ridge walk along the Liathach massif or the strenuous traverse of Beinn Eighe for those looking for a raw experience of the Scottish Highlands.
Just off the most northerly point of the British mainland, accessible via the world-famous NC500 route, the Isle of Orkney is an ancient pre-historic land, shrouded in mystery and home to breath-taking natural beauty. Discover a land of contrasts where fertile green pastures are fringed by shores of golden sands washed by the turbulent waters of the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Tall sandstone cliffs & Neolithic sites make Orkney a must-visit region of Scotland.
To the north east, the Cairngorms National Park is yet another of Scotland’s spellbinding, must-visit regions. The protected landscape restricts the amount of development within its borders, allowing for an incredible diversity of thriving wildlife and breath-taking scenic panoramas. In winter, the park offers a plethora of activities including Skiing, hiking & guided walks around the remote lochs, mountains & ancient forests.
One of Scotland’s most beautiful places, and the favoured residence of the Queen of England; hence the namesake. Royal Deeside is a gorgeous collection of woodlands, dramatic hills & castles, including the majestic Royal castle of Balmoral. Hike in the foothills of the rocky terrain and explore the sleepy villages scattered throughout the region.
Be sure to include a visit to any of these must-visit regions of Scotland on your self-driving or rail-tour. Enquire now and start planning your dream route through the heart of the Scottish Highlands.
December 17, 2018