Here’s why you should make Scotland your next holiday destination
At the start of the year Rough Guides named Scotland it’s number 2 country to visit in 2017 and whilst I believe that it should have been number 1, I’m so glad that it placed so high on the list! Scotland is one of my favourite places in the whole world and lucky for me, the border is only two hours North from where I live.
1. Driving in Scotland is incredible (providing you aren’t going to Glasgow anyway ‘cos that drive is fucking boring.mainly motorway) so allow yourself plenty of time to get to your destination ‘cos I can guarantee you will stop quite a few times, especially as you get further North.
2. Like wildlife but can’t afford a trip to Kenya or the Great Barrier Reef? Don’t despair ‘cos Scotland has a great variety of wildlife on offer. Kayak with wild seals, spot otters playing with rocks, sail alongside dolphins or even try snorkelling with whale sharks – Yep, whale sharks!
3. Wether it’s city breaks, scuba diving or long romantic walks that you enjoy, Scotland has it all. Wether you’re young, old, male or female I can gurantee that you will find something to do in Scotland.
4. Fort William is home to the highest mountain in the UK – Ben Nevis. Standing at a staggering 1345 metres above sea level, Ben Nevis is the perfect challenge for those who like to get outside and get active. If a long hike isn’t for you then get the cable car to the top and take in the view OR head there on a night time for an amazing view of the night sky.
5. I couldn’t give you a list of reasons to go to Scotland without mentioning the wonderful hospitality of the Scottish themselves. Every single person I have spoken to on my Scottish travels has been anabsolute delight, taking a keen interest in what I had planned for my time up North and offering helpful advice on where to go and what to see.
6. An abundance of outdoorsy activities – I’m not an outdoors kind of gal but when I go to Scotland I practically become a beaver and live for that shit. Kayaking, mountain climbing, rambling,
7. Visiting Scotland doesn’t have to be pricey, especially if you live in the North of England like me. Sure petrol can eat into a budget but surely it’s cheaper than heading abroad? Plus you can find lovely guest houses for £50 a night that offer breakfast and wifi for no extra charge – What’s not to love?
8. Porridge, square sausages, potatoes, plus all your usual breakfast fare make mornings in Scotland a treat. I’m not one for eating a hot breakfast usually but the Scots do breakfast better than anyone else (apart from the pancake loving Americans).
9. Scotland has some gorgeous white sandy beaches which can come as a shock to people who haven’t thoroughly researched the country. I went kayaking in Arisaig and couldn’t believe how beautiful the silver sands and the aqua blue waters were – Kayaking in Arisaig was actually prettier than kayaking in the Whitsundays, Queensland.
10. It’s awesome. ‘Nuff said.
Any other Scotland fans out there?