Absolute musts for visiting Scotland – Top 10 locations
Fàilte gu na h-Alba – Welcome to Scotland
After another epic day in the Scottish countryside we were back at Intrepidus HQ chatting about our favourite things to do in almighty Scotland. It turns out that doesn’t make a half bad list of things to do for visitors and locals alike.
Firstly, it is important to highlight what it is about Scotland that we all love so much, well here it is! The people: they are fantastic, friendly, always up for a laugh. The scenery: beautiful and wild with mountains, rivers, beautiful beaches, forests, castles, wildlife, fishing, stag and general awesomeness. We have places so off the beaten track it will take many many hours to get there, and country pubs with roaring fires and tasty ales. We can’t not mention Scotland without highlighting the outdoor pursuits scene with everything from munro bagging to mountain biking and with coasteering and canyoning we truly have it all.
Here’s our 10 favourite things in no particular order except number 1 which is to take a trip with us (obviously)! #ShamelesslySelfPromoting
1 – Take a trip with Intrepidus to get into the great outdoors on a coasteering, canyoning, mountain biking, canoeing or hill walking adventure. We will pick you up from your hotel in Edinburgh with one of our minibuses and drive you to the best adventure locations in Scotland. We provide the best quality equipment with awesome qualified and experienced instructors and guides. Want to hear what other people think of our trips, check out our TripAdvisor.
2 – Hang out in the City of Edinburgh . Wander the streets of Edinburgh taking in the beautiful sights of Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, Arthur’s Seat, The Old Town, The Shore and Stockbridge. Maybe have a walk down the prom at Portobello or Crammond with an ice cream. Spend the day visiting the free museums, galleries and botanical gardens.
3 – Tour round the Isle of Skye: Skye has some of the World’s most spectacular scenery. We would recommend stopping at Eilean Donan Castle which juts into the water where 3 lochs meet. Then heading onto Skye to see The Quiraing, The Old Man of Storr and The Fairy Pools.
4 – Climb Ben Nevis: The highest mountain in the British Isles. Ben Nevis is 1,345 meters high and is located a mile north of Fort William on the West Coast of Scotland. The Ben Nevis walk is approximately 17km, includes 1352 meters of ascent and takes between 7 and 9 hours depending on the conditions. On route, you will see some amazing views of the Scottish Highlands and our lochs, glens, and mountains.
Our Ben Nevis guided trip from Edinburgh is the best way to summit Scotland’s highest mountain, including transport from Edinburgh. However, if you are an experienced hiker and going to undertake this adventure on your own we would recommend going after the thaw. There are many routes up the Ben and the weather can be very changeable so make sure you are well prepared.
5 – Steam along the West Highland Line feeling like you are on The Hogwarts Express: The most scenic railway in the UK. You can get on a steam train between Fort William and Mallaig heading over the Glenfinnan Viaduct which you will recognise from the Harry Potter films. An absolute must for fans of the books and films.
6 – West Highland Way – Scotland’s finest long distance walk from Milngavie to Fort William sees you walking up the west coast of Scotland. This long distance route will take you through The Trossachs, along Loch Lomond and through the beauty that is Glencoe and Glen Nevis. The walk will take you along lochs and beaches and through some of the most stunning scenery you could ever wish to feast your eyes on. You can opt for the whole walk, or go for specific sections. People camp, stay in accommodation or bothies along the way. Whatever your choice it will be an experience you won’t forget!
7 – Bag some munros: Scotland has 282 peaks known as Munros – these are peaks over 3000 ft or 914.4M. We like to call the past-time of walking to the summit of these peaks Munro Bagging. There’s loads to choose from and many can be done in a single day. Here’s a list by height: Here
8 – Stay in a bothy: Bothies are remote shelters in the wilderness that are left unlocked and are mostly available free of charge for anyone to use. The Mountain Bothy Association has all the information you need about what to expect, where to find them and the Bothy code.
9 – Visit Glasgow – Scotland’s biggest city: Glasgow has much more of a city feel than Edinburgh and feels much bigger. There is a buzzing pub, club and live music scene with loads of venues to choose from. There’s also great shopping and restaurants, some beautiful old architecture blended with newer buildings and loads of galleries and museums to keep you busy.
10 – Get yourself wild swimming – Scotland is not short of beautiful spots to get your wild swim on. You’ll probably need a wetsuit (almost definitely) but it is well worth it. We love Belhaven Bay and Tyninghame in East Lothian for the beautiful sand dunes, relatively empty beaches and view of Bass Rock. Here’s a wild swim map https://wildswim.com/ that gives you some ideas.
When we started to think about it we realised we had so many ideas that a top ten wasn’t gonna be enough. We could go on forever about our favourite Scottish things and probably will.