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Holidays in Scotland: My prime aim here is to inspire you to take a holiday in Scotland. I am married to a Scot and therefore I have enjoyed many adventures and holidays in this breathtaking part of the UK. Below are some great adventure travel companies with fantastic holidays in ScotlandScotland is a place where dreams are made, and I am absolutely in love with the Highlands and anyone who has been there will immediately connect with that! It’s wild and inspiring and very beautiful.

I have enjoyed incredibly beautiful walks round lochs and through glens, and I have camped on long white beaches with no one else in sight – right in the middle of the summer. I particularly love the wilderness of the Hebredean islands.

Scotland is a country with a great deal of national pride, which means that visitors are very warmly welcomed. The countryside is set up to accommodate the thousands who flock there each year. From castles to campsites, b&bs to 5 star hotels, each village and town will welcome you. There are many different styles of holidays in Scotland and it is an ideal place for all kinds of holidaymakers. However if you’re active and into adventure then Scotland this is the place for you.

Holidays in Scotland

Glen Coe

How much closer can you get to wild deer! This one was particularly partial to our chocolate biscuits! This is in Glen Coe, not far from Fort William. I took this picture of this wonderful guy while my son fed him a couple of biscuits – we didn’t see the notice that said:

‘Don’t feed the deer – they can be dangerous.’

Here’s an example: I was recently in Ardnamurchan, on the west coast of the Highlands, standing on a rocky beach. Even though this was the end of May, spring was still fighting the elements, and quite strong winds and great sheets of rain fell around me in sudden bursts.  The sea was quite choppy, so I was very surprised to see a young woman carrying a bright orange float and dressed from head to toe in a wet suit. She stood at the side of the rocks and removed her bright pink crocks, neatly placing them on the side where they would  not get washed away by a sudden wave, and in she got. She swam to a ridge in the distance and then turned and swam back – it looked like a hard slog to me, but obviously not to her as she swam out twice. Then she got out put on her crocs and went home.

Now that’s what I call an adventure!

Best Holidays in Scotland: Walking and Cycling

Macs Adventure have really amazing walking and cycling holidays in Scotland, and other European destinations. They are an expert adventure travel company specializing in active holidays.  So before you make any decisions about booking your Scotland holiday check them out. Here’s the link

Camping | Holidays in Scotland

Wild camping on a beach on the isle of Islay

Camping in Scotland is easy and there are many different kinds of campsites. As you would expect, there are camping villages with swimming pools, playgrounds, and static homes to hire. But there are other styles of campsites too, that are much wilder and virtually empty even in the middle of summer. That’s my tent in the picture, we were on the isle of Islay.

You are free to wild camp in any part of Scotland, and I encourage everyone to try at least a couple of nights wild camping, it’s such fun. It’s really easy and as long as you camp away from main roads and pitch where you won’t easily be seen, then you’ll be set for the night.

There are many amazing walking opportunities in Scotland and famous mountains to scale such as Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK.  There are incredible islands to explore, the outer Hebrides are truly breathtaking, and some parts feel as though you have actually come to the end of the earth or landed on the moon! I hope you are picking up my enthusiasm.

 

 

Going it alone is an option, however if you are looking for company, then I  recommend Macs Adventure because they are experts in small group cycling and walking holidays and they know how to make the most out of a trip. They have all inclusive holidays in Scotland with everything planned and laid on, they will look after your every need. They also arrange bespoke trips. They welcome groups and will help you to find the best accommodation, walking or cycling routes, and can supply you with all equipment. Most importantly they are a company that ensures that your trip is sustainable and responsible. They are an award winning company with a great track record. They have walking and cycling holidays all over Europe and in the USA and Canada too.

Holidays in Scotland|The Outer Hebrides

Ferry crossing to the Outer Hebrides

Christmas & Hogmanay

You’ll be welcome to join in wonderful celebrations such as Robert Burns night in January, to Hogmanay parties in the streets of Edinburgh. If you’re looking for a great time and you would enjoy the company of like minded 18 to 30 something’s then check out Haggis Adventure. They know how to party and will make sure you get an authentic taste of Scotland by introducing you to locals and assigning you to a local fun loving guide! They are great when it comes to responsible travel too.

Intrepid Travel have some great trips in Scotland. Click on the photograph of that amazing Highland Coo for more information.

Holidays in Scotland

Click on the image to find Intrepid Travel

 

So where would I recommend going as my one place? It’s very hard to say what my very favourite part of Scotland is but as I love the more remote and wild parts I would certainly recommend the west coast, and the Hebredean Islands and a real bonus is that in order to get to them you can  travel across the beautiful Isle of Skye!

holidays in Scotalnd | Coastline

Thanks for reading – go on visit Scotland!

My favorite song, such beautiful words by Robert Burns.

Here’s an article I wrote about Scottish Salmon – great recipes!

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