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Although Scotland may not be too far to drive, it is filled with as much spectacular scenery and cultural highlights as the more exotic places on your bucket list!

Top 5 things to see and do in Scotland

1. Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh’s sprawling Neolithic castle looks down upon the city and is a great way to immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of Scotland while also enjoying one of the largest and most prolific castles in the UK.

2. Loch Ness

Loch Ness is a place of legends, but arguably the most famous is the legend of the Loch Ness monster. Whether you believe the Loch Ness monster really haunts its waters, the loch is a tranquil place to spend the afternoon and read up about the history of the legend.

3. Ben Nevis

If you want to try something a little more adventurous, scaling Ben Nevis is an impressive feat that will certainly make for a good anecdote to tell around the dinner table! At 1,325 metres, it is the tallest mountain in the UK and offers two routes with different walking difficulties.

4. Boat Trips

A boat trip to the Isle of Skye or Orkney islands is a great way to see all that Scotland has to offer. From the unusual wildlife such as puffins to the cliffs of the coastlines, boat trips will allow you to explore the most remote parts of Scotland.

5. Rob Roy Way

This walkway starts in Drymen and goes through to Pitlochry. It offers a fantastic way to experience natural Scotland, following in the footsteps of Scottish outlaw Robert Roy McGregor.

When is the best time to visit Scotland?

The best time to visit Scotland is in the summer months, June through to July, as these will offer the warmest climates and ensure that the scenery has fully blossomed. However, if you are travelling to Edinburgh, it may be best to avoid visiting in August, when the city starts to brim with crowds travelling for the Edinburgh Fringe. Whenever you visit, it is still important to take out travel insurance to cover any cancellations that may occur.

What is Scotland famous for?

Scotland is famous for an array of different items such as tartan, bagpipes, kilts, Scotch whiskey and the iconic food staple: haggis. Along with these, it is renowned for its legends of the Loch Ness Monster and its impressive scenery.

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