Perth, Perthshire, and Kinross

Just north of Edinburgh, the old capital is surrounded by history and, to the north, the beginning of rural Scotland
Photos at Urban75

The Western Isles

Even for Scotland, this is quiet. The weather is changeable, but the scenery is immense, and crowds are unheard of Photos at TrekEarth

The Cairngorms

If you don’t have time for the whole Highlands, the Cairngorms is the entrance to Scotlands mountains Photos at Cairngorm Images

Royal Deeside

The world of countryside castles, including the Royal Family’s ‘holiday home’ Photos at Rampant Scotland



One of the culture capitals of Europe and home, each August, to the world’s most diverse arts festival. Highlights include the castle, Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, Princes Street, and university area, but alternative ideas such as the whisky trail or ghost tours are also worthwhile.
Edinburgh Tourist Board


In the middle of ‘Braveheart’ country, the small city of Stirling and its surrounding area have been the site of many battles against the English. As well as a great history, the city also is both blessed with youth and art, thanks mainly to its university.
Visit Stirling

Lonach Gathering

The 4th Saturday of each August sees a quiet village in remote Strathdon host a world-renowned festival of traditional Scottish activities. Whilst many other areas hold gatherings and games, The Lonach has become such a spectacle that Hollywood actors even arrive to take part in events.
Lonach Gathering


Dark Sky Park

The 1st park in the UK set aside for both nature and astronomy. Rules forbidding light pollution allow clear views of the skies, and events are run to help encourage interest in the night sky. During the day the park is open for walking, fishing and talks. The park is in the southwest of the country.
Dark Sky Park

Canoe Trips

Scotland is a country of water and wilderness, and canoeing is a great way to enjoy both. Journeys along rivers allow one to see nature more peacefully than in a car. Various companies exist for those needing help or instruction.
Wilderness Scotland