We greatly encourage you to jump in the deep end and explore our fine nation far and wide.
Our bespoke self-drive itineraries allow you to experience our beautiful country the Scottish way and can include accommodation, breakfast, car rental, as well as historic explorer pass which grants you access to many attractions. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 556 3840 for more details.
See below a few of our suggestions to add (then tick off) your bucket list in Scotland!
Learn about the victorious Battle ‘o’ Bannockburn
Bannockburn: Visit the Battle of Bannockburn, where there was a great victory for the army of King of Scots Robert the Bruce over the army of King Edward II of England in the First War of Scottish Independence. Why not stop at the Visitor centre only about 2 miles south of Stirling, and witness the battle that became a real landmark in Scottish history.
Wave to Scotland’s favourite Celtic shape-shifting water spirits
Kelpies: These shape-shifting water spirits are known for inhabiting the lochs and pools of Scotland. It is a Celtic legend, also later adopted by other cultures. Kelpies are traditionally described as appearing as a black horse, who is able to adopt a human like form. These are the largest pair of horse sculptures in the world, made from 300 tonnes of steel. We recommend a quick Instagram stop en-route to Stirling.
Give your nod to William Wallace & the fight for freedom:
Wallace Monument: Stop off to commemorate the 13th century Scottish hero, the monument sits on the shoulder of the Abbey Craig, overlooking the scene of Scotland’s victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Learn what really happened during the ‘David and Goliath’ style battle, unlike what you might have seen in the Braveheart movie. If you are happy to take some time you should be sure to enjoy the four upper levels of the Monument (which can be accessed by a spiral staircase). The levels feature three exhibition halls, and The Crown, it is from here that can soak in 360° panoramic views.
Immerse yourself in the Isle of Sky:
We recommend starting your Isle of Skye adventure at the Dunvegan Castle. This picturesque castle is surrounded by a glorious wealth of nature, lochs and gardens, making it the perfect place to stop off for a wander or a picnic. Next, visit the Neist Point Light House, one of the mostsignificant lighthouses in Scotland. There is a walking path (used for both direction), starting from the car parkdirectly, that will take you all the way to the light house – it takes about 45 mins tocomplete the full walk.
From Malt to Glass; see how we make good stuff:
The famous Talisker Distillery: Embark on a whisky journey around the Talisker distillery, where eleven of their most famous malts are made. They offer a range of guided tours spanning from 45 minutes to 2 hours, each varying in inclusions. No matter the tour you chose you can learn (and taste) the history and process that go into our national drink.
Be enchanted by the gorgeous Fairy Pools:
The Fairy Pools, situated on the Isle of Skye, are definitely a sight to see. They boast crystal clear blue of fresh water, running directly from the River Brittle. These famous pools entice visitors from across the globe and it’s no surprise. The locals encourage ‘Wild Swimming’ for visitors who are brave enough to enter the cold (or as they would say – baltic) water. In fact local folklord claims that if you bathe in the fresh pools, your lifespan shall increase and you shall be healthier. Nevertheless, for those slightly less adventurous these magical Fairy Pools are fantastic to watch from the land and allow for some great photography.
Live out your Outlander Fantasy:
It wouldn’t be right to write bucket list suggestions without including the Calanais Standing Stones, located just 12 miles west of Stornoway, Isle of Lews. These stones, as seen in television favourite, Outlander, are Scotland’s most magnificent and best-preserved Neolithic monuments. There is a small Visitor Centre that contains an interactive Story of the Stones exhibition, which explores how the standing stones were built and used and its meaning throughout the centuries. Don’t forget to take a photograph pretending you are Claire Fraser, traveling through time to visit Jamie.
Soak up the Scottish capital:
Finish off your bucket list exhibition by stopping off in Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic and culturally diverse capital city. We would recommend starting your morning at the Edinburgh Castle, which you can then follow up with a whisky tour at the Scotch Whisky Experience located only 5 minutes from the Castle Esplanade (you can never have enough whisky!). Later on, you may want to visit the Edinburgh Dungeons for an interactive and frightfully spooky tour of Edinburgh’s dark history.
If you find yourself visiting Edinburgh during August don’t forget about the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, get more details about this years show here.
There are so many diverse and exciting things to do in Edinburgh, click here for more suggestions.