insider tips and great touring ideas

Should I try to see a Highland Games?

Highland Games were especially invented when (mostly) Lowland folk and exiles realised that the original Highlands with real communities didn’t exist any more but that they themselves still enjoyed dressing up in over-the-top Highland tartan. I’d say, yes, go on. It’s a lot of fun. There are stalls and sometimes crafts as well as the main athletic, musical and dancing competitions. Some folk take these very seriously though, which is more than the section in our Scotland culture page does!

What about Bonnie Prince Charlie, Rob Roy and all these other characters?

Well, you could take in Culloden (near Inverness) for Bonnie Prince Charlie – great visitor centre there – and Balquhidder for Rob Roy (bags of atmosphere). Plenty of Mary Queen of Scots places in Scotland as well.

Our weather – will it be a problem?

Scotland’s weather can be unpredictable – but it isn’t as bad as you’ve heard. (In fact, you should have been here last week. Everyone says that.) Just pack some sun-cream, a few layers, a light raincoat and good walking shoes. You’ll be fine. Last year we took a client to Mull at the end of October and the colours were breathtaking – especially the rainbows.

April showers on the Moray Firth coast in north-east Scotland.
April showers on the Moray Firth coast. This is one of the very driest areas of Scotland. Nevertheless, on that spring day the south wind still managed to push these fierce-looking clouds down towards the sea. Short sharp downpours, clearing in between.

Should I take my camera to Loch Ness, just in case?

If you have your heart set on seeing Loch Ness, then of course. Undecided? Read our page on is Loch Ness worth visiting? As for the beast: just think of it as Santa Claus with humps. Something you’d want to believe in. The link above tells you how to make your own monster pictures. Plus read my blog post on the subject of Loch Ness marketing!

Will I see the real Scotland in a week?

Yes, you can go all over Scotland from this page. There are lots of pages to read – see navigation options above. Go on, dive in….you don’t know where you might end up! (And thanks for reading this far!)

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