Scotland is our home country and somewhere that we love to explore.
With the stunning backdrops of mountains in the highlands and greenery on our doorstep, it’s hard not to love the place.
Peter is from the east coast and Lauren is from the Western Isles and we do our best to cover as much of Scotland as we can with our content to help you make the most of your trip.
Scotland has so much to offer. One minute you can be in the centre of a bustling city with little sign of greenery and within 20 minutes you can be in some of the most rugged terrain in the country.
Our landscapes draw thousands of visitors from all over the world each year and it’s literally something that we can drive to any time we want.
We definitely consider ourselves lucky to live here.
If you’re thinking of visiting Scotland then here are some of our best suggestions of things to see on the mainland that we’ve visited so far.
Every summer we take a trip over to the Outer Hebrides to see all the things to do in Lewis and Harris. It’s a place that I would recommend anyone to visit and for those of you who are planning a trip over, here are some of the best things to do in Stornoway.
You should also probably be aware that Sundays in Stornoway are different to many other places in Scotland and you should probably be prepared to take a slower pace of life on that day.
We’ve only just scratched the surface there and it’s somewhere that Peter has really grown to love, partially because of the incredible beaches on offer like Luskentyre.
Oh and there’s certainly a bunch of hidden gems that you may not know about on the islands.
If you’re over on the islands then the Harris Gin Distillery Tour is definitely something not to be missed, even if you’re not a big gin lover.
One of the must see parts of visiting the Outer Hebrides has to be booking a St Kilda trip. We visited and it’s just the most incredible place we’ve ever been. A true “once in a lifetime” experience.
The Outer Hebrides are also the main place in Scotland where Scottish Gaelic is still spoken. You can learn some for yourself through Lauren’s handy video guides that teach you some small phrases of Scottish Gaelic using phonetics to make it easier.
Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
- Up in Aberdeen there’s plenty of things to do, like the newly reopened Art Gallery that’s had a huge overhaul and the thrilling Tolbooth Museum, where you can learn more about the criminal past of the city.
- Aberdeen nightlife is also worth checking out if you’re in the area and fancy checking out the best bars and clubs in the city. We’ve also put together this handy guide to help you find the best breakfast in Aberdeen too.
- If you’re visiting in November or February, then keep an eye open for Aberdeen Restaurant Week, where many city restaurants offer fantastic deals for two weeks.
- Famous for the New Year Fireball celebrations, there’s plenty of other reasons to love Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. Some of those include one of the best fish and chip shops and best ice cream shops in the area.
- It’s also home to the world famous and breath-taking Dunnottar Castle.
- Exploring Aberdeenshire is something that everyone should do and is often one of the forgotten areas of Scotland. Start off by taking a trip up to the coastal fishing village that is Pennan and see why it’s a favourite amongst locals. Just a short walk along a rugged coastal track and you’ll find yourself in Crovie!
- Just a little north of Aberdeen, you’ll find Cruden Bay and the mysterious Slains Castle, which is meant to have been the influence behind Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
- Fancy an adventure to a hidden quarry in Aberdeenshire? Check out the stunning Tillyfourie Quarry.
- Hop on a bus or take the car on trip to the coastal gem that is Johnshaven just a short drive from Aberdeen where they have some fantastic seafood available at the Lobster Shack.
- Head slightly inland and take a wander around the quaint village of Fettercairn and gaze at the stunning Victorian era, Fettercairn Arch.
- One thing that stands out here is the sheer number of beaches in Aberdeenshire. All with their own perks and quirks.
- Fancy experiencing a different side of Aberdeenshire? Why not check out some of the best Aberdeenshire Glamping spots?
- Dundee is one of our favourite cities to visit and there’s plenty of reasons why. Check out our list of things to do in Dundee. There’s also the nearby Glamis Castle which makes for an impressive day trip from Dundee.
- When visiting Dundee, be sure to check out the Sleeperz hotel if you’re planning to stay overnight. It’s also in walking distance of one of the best bars in the city, Bird and Bear.
- After your night sleep, head along to The Bach and order yourself some breakfast to start your day off right before exploring all that the city has to offer.
- If you’ve got access to a car, then why not take the short drive out to Broughty Ferry. This little suburb of Dundee is so picturesque and draws in thousands of visitors every month. If you’ve got time, you should grab some food from Forgans. It’s one of our favourites in the area.
- We can guarantee you won’t find another Pineapple house in Scotland or perhaps even the world.
- Only a short drive from the city of Edinburgh is the beautiful St Andrews, which draws thousands of visitors each year to the home of golf. It’s easy to see why you should take a day trip to St Andrews when it’s got all these things to do.
- Somewhere we’ve started to explore more when we’re heading to Lewis is Inverness. By taking some time to actually stop off and experience the city, we’ve discovered just how many fantastic things there are to do in Inverness.
- Head a little bit further north from Inverness and you’re on the North Coast 500, where you’ll find the lovely town of Wick, where there’s just so much history to explore.
- Take a Gin Distillery tour in Edinurgh and experience how some of the local gins are made as well as get a tasting session.
Places to stay in Scotland
Hotels in Aberdeen
Hotels in Dundee
Hotels in Perth & Kinross
Hotels in Outer Hebrides
Hotels in Inverness
Hotels in Edinburgh
Hotels in Glasgow & Lanarkshire
Hotels around Scotland
Get a taste of Scotland with some of these simple and traditional Scottish recipes.
- Scotch Pancakes Recipe
- Scotch Broth Recipe
- Mince and Tatties Recipe
- Simple Stovies Recipe
- Scottish Cranachan Recipe
- Aberdeen Butteries Recipe
- Cullen Skink Recipe
- Scottish Lentil Soup Recipe
Can I drink Scotland tap water?
Yes, you most certainly can. Scotland Tap Water is collected from rainfall in reservoirs and mountain lochs and rivers before being treated by Scottish water to make it safe for us to drink.
Scottish tap water is often considered some of the best in the world and you’ll see why when you try it for yourself.
No need to go out and buy bottled water when visiting Scotland. Just take an eco-friendly water cooling bottle like this one and fill it up before you leave your accommodation.
You’ll quite often find that many of the bigger cities have water refill stations around for you to get free tap water refills.