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1. Posted by stannsenio (Budding Member 2 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I would like suggestions from everyone about the best places to see in Scotland. We love ruins, castles, seascapes and walking around little towns-traditional music and dancing would be great too. Thanks for everyone's help.

2. Posted by georgeboyd (Budding Member 12 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Patricia, your enquiry is certainly not too specific..... a guide book with 300 pages couldn't answer all yorurenquiry!! But let's try.

You seem to be a bit like me.... when I go on holiday, I enjoy the landscape, the coast, and small friendly-scale towns, and I try to avoid large urban areas and busy busy streets. I also enjoy walking.

What follows is therefore my own prejudiced view. As someone brought up midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh in central Scotland, my first bit of advice is to avoid the central urban belt.... with the possible exception of Edinburgh since it is a great historical city, and ppossibly also Stirling with its fine castle. I know I am being very broadbrush with my comments, but it does seem to me that you should try as quickly as possible to head north of Perth!!

North of Perth you can visit the east coast, west coast (brilliant remote scenery and beaches, and great walking), Highlands and Islands............. all this offers beautiful rural scenery, small towns and villages, great walking at all levels of difficulty, castles and all the ruins your heart could desire.

Try some of the websites I've indicated below, and ask for brochures to be sent out to you: (Highlands) (west coast) (Grampian and Aberdeen) (Western Isles)

And don't forget the Highland capital of Inverness............. my town. I might even bump into you!

Kindest regards


3. Posted by stannsenio (Budding Member 2 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Thank you,
sorry, i realize i wasn't too specific - but with the few things i said we like - i figure you're on the money since you like the same. I figure if i get a lot of opinions they can't be all wrong - lol.
Thank you so much for your response---i can't wait to get there!

4. Posted by b_snyder (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


If you're going to be in the Scottish Borders at all during your trip, you must stay at Stonefold Farm Bed and Breakfast near Kelso - it's just so nice! They have a web page at

Happy traveling!

Bob Snyder.

5. Posted by kelster (Full Member 51 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I love the islands - Harris & Lewis (my fave's), Islay, Uists, Mull etc etc.. Very peaceful & relaxing, plenty of sea & beaches (not warm though, so not like beaches in Oz or US!).
Ayr has a racecourse, Edinburgh is great, Inverness, Braemar.. the list is endless. For castles you are spoilt for choice :)

6. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

ah nice.
for history u must go to Sterling - Wallace monument and nice castle.

I loved the ISle of Skye though - u should try to make it there for small villages.

7. Posted by bob flinn (Full Member 173 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi Patricia,
We've been going to Scotland for a couple of weeks every year for about 37 years and still find new places to see, if you set off up the A9 road thoughr Perth and up to Inverness then head for John O'Groats the tip of Scotland you can then travel all the way along the top to the West coast and down through magnificent and varied scenery, stop in at Ullapool and take the ferry to the Outer Hebrides, then continue the journey down the west coast to Mallaig and then continue down taking in Loch Lomond and the other lochs in the area. You could do that trip in 2 weeks or spread it out and enjoy it more over 3 weeks.

The Scottish Highlands tourist board site on the web will give you lots of information on dates of Highland Gatherings for music and dancing. I Fort William there is a Restaurant that has Scottish music and entertainment every day at lunch time and in the evenings.

Whatever you do you will be lured back again and again.