10 things you have to do when visiting Scotland


Scotland is one of those countries where you can experience practically every season in one day, visit a traditional pub for a dram of whiskey and feel like you’re on the set of “Game of Thrones.

If you are planning on visiting the United Kingdom anytime soon, there are a few places in Scotland that you won’t want to miss out on. From visiting a traditional single malt distillery (like Oban, Talisker or Singleton) to eating fresh seafood on the Isle of Sky and touring the Edinburgh Castle, we have rounded up 10 things that every trip to Scotland should include if you have a few days to travel around the country. Scroll through the gallery below to start planning your trip!

Take a helicopter ride

There is no better way to see Scotland than from the air. And thanks to the country’s rolling hills and deep blue lochs, each view is more breathtaking than the last. This view was taken above Oban, a charming little town just a few hours north west of Glasgow.

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Eat at The Oyster Shed on the Isle of Skye

If you have time to travel up north to see the Isle of Skye, you won’t regret it — the landscape is literally straight out of “Game of Thrones.” While there, grab of bottle of your favorite Scotch whiskey and have lunch at The Oyster Shed. This little gem is super casual, situated right above the Talisker distillery and has some of the freshest seafood around.

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Visit a Scotch whiskey distillery

If you are looking for an authentic Scotland experience then you have to visit a whiskey distillery. We can’t recommend the teams at the Talisker, Oban and Singleton distilleries enough — and you have the chance to taste their world class whiskeys! Have a dram and see how the spirit is made.

Credit: Photographer Phillip Edsel

Take in the view at Kilt Rock and Mealt Waterfall

While visiting the Scottish highlands, drive over to the Kilt Rock overlook for an unforgettable view. The dark cliffs were given their name thanks to their almost “pleated” appearance and make a pretty spectacular backdrop for a selfie, in our opinion.

Hike up to the Old Man of Storr

There are few better photo ops in Scotland than the Old Man of Storr. This outcropping of rocks can be seen from the road below them, but you’ll get the best vantage point if you hike up and off to the side of the nature-made structure. Bonus points if you pack a picnic lunch (complete with whiskey, of course)!

Take a ride on the steam train across the Glenfinnan Viaduct

Calling all “Harry Potter” fans! If you have always dreamt of taking a ride on the Hogwarts Express, now you can — sort of! The Glenfinnan Viaduct is along the route that the famous train took in the movies and is just as picturesque in real life.

Visit the shores of Loch Ness

See if you can spot Nessie, the storied Loch Ness Monster, from the shores of this massive freshwater loch! Or just take a boat cruise on a sunny day and enjoy the rolling hills that surround this body of water!

Credit: Photographer Philip Edsel

Tour the Edinburgh Castle

Take a trip back in time by visiting the historic Edinburgh Castle! Seated atop the city’s famous Royal Mile, you can either take a guided tour or just get tickets to explore the castle on your own. Either way, you won’t want to miss this!

Hike to the top of Arthur’s Seat

While this extinct volcano may look daunting from the ground, most people will be able to walk to the top with no problem. This is the perfect activity when you’ve had enough of the city part of Edinburgh and are in search of a great view.

See the Palace of Holyroodhouse

The official Scottish residence for Her Majesty The Queen, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a stunning work of architecture that you can actually tour. Plus, it’s right at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile so you won’t have to go out of your way to find it.

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