Collected by Susan Aument
Fort William, UK
What was expected to be the low point of a two day getaway at the foot of Ben Nevis turned out to be one of the more beautiful experiences of my life so far. The four hour train ride between Glasgow and Fort William takes you between snow-capped...
MacLeod Estate, Dunvegan House, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye IV55 8WF, UK
Located near Loch Dunvegan, this castle and grounds has been ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. Dunvegan Castle & Gardens is at the heart of the 42,000 acre MacLeod Estate on the Isle of Skye. A tour of the castle (no...
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, UK
Whether you are in Edinburgh for the first time or you are a frequent visitor, a visit to the majestic Edinburgh Castle is a must. While the castle itself sits on the rugged dormant volcano dominating city's skyline, it's hard not to gaze through...
Isle of Mull PA65 6BD, UK
It's stiff competition for the best island in Scotland, but Mull must come close to the top. Where else can you go in the height of summer and still find peace and quiet, views to melt the eyes and restaurants to capture your tastebuds? Not to...
Loch Lochy, Spean Bridge PH34, UK
The Great Glen Way is a long distance walk (73 miles) that takes you from the East to the West coast of Scotland touching three beautiful Lochs (lakes). Loch Lochy is the first one you encounter along the way. It's beautiful, calm and silent.
81-83 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HJ, UK
Where would the students of Edinburgh be without Armstrong's? Since 1870, Edinburgh residents have been coming to this vintage emporium, much larger inside than its exterior suggests, for cheap and unique items of clothing representing every era...
Loch Lomond, United Kingdom
Loch Lomond is one of my favourite parts of Scotland. On a sunny day it is perfect for a drive around the water, stopping in at the villages and small towns along the way. Best of all is the climb of Ben Lomond. It may take up to 3 hours to climb...
Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX, UK
Eilean Donan Castle sits in a remote loch in the Scottish Highlands. Dating back many centuries, it is the seat of the MacLean clan. The scenery around and the location of the castle makes it the perfect picture postcard.
Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2HG, UK
It's the kind of party that packs the city streets, clogs public transportation and leaves an entire town with hungover revelers for days following. Yet when I told friends and family I was traveling to Edinburgh, Scotland for 'Hogmanay' over New...
Lawnmarket, Lady Stair's Close, Edinburgh EH1 2PA, UK
Just off the Royal Mile after you go under an archway is the Writers Museum in Scotland's capital city. The museum honors three of the nation's finest writers - Robbie Burns, Robert L. Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott. It is well worth a visit,...
B9055, Stromness KW16 3JZ, UK
Near the Maeshowe chambered tomb are standing stone circles first erected sometime between 2500 and 2000 B.C.E., possibly for use in Neolithic ceremonies. The stones at Stenness are a bit older (dating to 3400 B.C.E.) than those nearby at the Ring...
Viewfield Rd, Portree IV51 9EU, UK
Aros is a cultural hub for the residents of the Isle of Skye, housing everything from theater and films to a kilt rental service. There’s also an exhibit about the people of the St. Kilda archipelago (the most remote of the British Isles) whose...
Quay St, Portree IV51 9DE, UK
Lined with pretty pastel houses, this quaint harbor bustling with fishing boats is the perfect excursion for those who don’t want to venture far from the cruise port. Boats run day trips through Portree Bay during the summer; and numerous shops,...
The Green, Portree IV51 9BY, UK
When you enter inside Skye Batiks, an explosion of color greets you. The wall hangings, clothes, cushions and accessories are a combination of Celtic design and batik, a traditional dyeing technique used in Asia—often using vibrant hues. The store...
Somerled Square, Portree IV51 9EH, UK
Homemade crafts have played a big part of traditional Hebridean life. An example: this charming store just off Somerled Square. A fully qualified aromatherapist, the owner makes soaps for every skin type using essential oils such as myrtle and...
Somerled Square, Portree IV51 9EH, UK
Look no further than the Granary for a casual bite to eat after a stroll around Portree. Located in the heart of the town, the Granary satiates appetites of any size, serving everything from coffee and cake to soups, snacks and more substantial...
Edinburgh, 42 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JW, UK
A self-described "melting pot" of affordable artwork, jewelry, housewares and accessories, the Red Door Gallery might just be the perfect place to find a distinctive souvenir from your visit to the Scottish capital. Key to the shop is a selection...
263 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BQ, UK
There are no bad souvenir options to be found in this independent gift shop on the Royal Mile. A few suggestions if you need help deciding: a picnic hamper stuffed with goodies such as smoked salmon and venison salami; a Scottish Borders tweed...
Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, UK
History buffs should not miss this sprawling museum housed in adjacent ultramodern and classic Victorian buildings—the latter with a magnificent birdcage Great Hall. The monarchs of the auld nation are explained in exhibits, as is the movement of...
25 North Beach, Stornoway HS1 2XQ, UK
On one of the main Stornoway streets sits the retail outlet of Harris Tweed Hebrides, the largest textile company championing the luxury, local, hand-woven fabric seen on catwalks around the world. Created by weavers in their homes throughout the...
Amity House, Esplanade Quay, Stornoway HS1 2XS, UK
Fishing has always featured strongly in the history of the Outer Hebrides, and today there are still a few who make their living from the sea. Soak up the island atmosphere with a walk by the town’s harbour, breathing in the strong salty air and...
I was immediately enchanted by Edinburgh. When I first stepped out of Waverly Station I was a bit disoriented so I asked an elderly couple for directions. They asked where I am from and when I told them the States they spent several minutes...
Castle Grounds, Lews Castle Grounds, Isle of Lewis HS2 0XP, UK
Wander around the Castle Grounds to work off your lunch. Here you can enjoy the greenery on the mile-long walk along the Creed River, watch for the wildlife that lives in the woods, or encounter the remains of local history and legend, like the...
Queen's Dr, Edinburgh EH8 8HG, UK
If you have an hour or two to spare in Edinburgh, Holyrood Park is a great outdoor activity. The park is so expansive and has many trails for a good walk, or if you're feeling particularly adventurous you can hike up the famous, and very steep,...
Elishader, Portree IV51 9JE, UK
We had a few hours before dinner to drive around the perimeter of the Isle of Skye. A short distance south of Staffin, on the east coast of Skye’s Trotternish Peninsula, Kilt Rock, where the falls descend from a 200 foot high sea cliff. The...
Edinburgh EH1 1BB, UK
Scotland is one of the few places where you actually welcome rain. The stone used to construct most of old town Edinburgh takes on a magical dark hue when it's rain-soaked. What's even better, though, is those instances when the clouds separate to...
210 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh EH10 4QQ, UK
I love old books, and this secondhand shop has a huge range, from classics to modern literature. —Gaynor Salisbury 204–206 Morningside Rd. 44/(0) 131-446-9169. This story appeared in the November/December 2010 issue. See all of Gaynor Salisbury’s...
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