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Planning a Scotland trip or just want to know more?

In Scotland, there are so many options for visitors: city, countryside, Highland, Lowland, islands, must sees and hidden gems. Read on for lots of great Scottish tour suggestions, based on our insider knowledge, along with tour planning advice, great travel tips and information on heritage, culture and environment. As two Scottish travel experts, with a lifetime’s experience of tourism and travel in Scotland, we are writing this website to help you plan your Scotland tour as well as to inform and amuse you at times too! We know the kind of Scottish questions visitors ask, such as is the Scottish midge as bad as they say?! Here are some more key questions plus useful answers:

How long do I need for Edinburgh?

At least a couple of days. Probably more. If time is pressing, take a look here for a basic list of must sees in Edinburgh

Should I visit both Edinburgh and Glasgow?

No. Choose one or the other then go and explore the rest of the country. You can get a cultural hit from either. Glasgow is a fantastic city for shopping. Like Edinburgh it’s got great restaurants, pubs and cultural opportunities. It isn’t so obviously picturesque as Edinburgh though. Personally, I’m open-minded and hope that the city in the west will soon persuade me that it’s got an unmissable Glasgow must see list. (And don’t mention the two cities’ east/west rivalry. I have a relative from Glasgow who says she never goes to Edinburgh because the water disagrees with her. Honestly!)

Which bits of the Highlands are unmissable?

Take in Glencoe for atmosphere without effort. Glen Affric for beauty with optional effort. (I mean, you might want to get out of the car but it’s not compulsory!) The Torridons for dramatic mountains and space. Anywhere north of Ullapool for sheer atmosphere. Lots more beautiful scenery. That’s something that we do rather well. If the places named here are unmissable, most of the rest of the landscape of the north is pretty good too!

What about Scotland’s islands?

Skye if time is short. Skye if you have plenty of time. Orkney if you want to get under the skin of a different kind of island, with a Scandinavian flavour. Colonsay if you need to run away and hide for a few days. The Outer Hebrides are great and you feel like you are escaping to the very edge – we especially like the beaches on Harris. Actually, nearly all of the islands are rewarding. (I like Bute.) And Shetland is so extraordinary it doesn’t feel Scottish at all. Oh, and Mull, how could I forget Mull? Strolling round the curved and colourful Tobermory waterfront, deciding on which seafood restaurant….ah.

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