If you are heading to Scotland for a summer break then there are so many wonderful things to get up to, but make sure to pack for all manner of weather and temperatures as the climate is a little unpredictable year round and there is no guarantee of balmy summer days, that said these days do exist this far north, much to many peoples doubt!
We’ve sought out some of the best places to visit in Scotland this summer, have a read.
The Scottish Western Isles of the Outer Hebrides are a diverse chain of inter-connected island with their own unique and special way of life.
Experience the peace and tranquillity of this isolated environment or accept the warm Western Isles welcome of communities waiting to offer you some traditional Hebridean hospitality
Summer in the Outer Hebrides brings many outdoor events like Gaelic singing festivals, agricultural shows and local versions of Highland games, which are really fun but are also really popular so make sure you book hotels, restauarnts and taxis in advance to avoid being left without.
Walk around the whole of Berneray Island if you can while you visit. This wonderful day long walk takes you over the top of Berneray's highest hill, Beinn Shleibe which isn’t especially high but has wonderful views over the island, towards Harris and Pabbay, and extending to the St Kilda group some 45 miles to the west. The beach around the north and west side of the island is absolutely beautiful too, especially if you get lucky with the unpredictable weather.
Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is situated off the West Coast of Scotland and has jagged mountain ranges, soft sandy beaches, glimmering pools of water and beautiful vast moors.
On a rocky outcrop on the shore of Loch Dunvegan lies Dunvegan Castle, the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland and a real must see when you visit the Isle of Skye. One of the best views of the Castle is from out to sea so do think about booking a boat tour of the area, you may even spot some seals if you get lucky.
The Quiraing is also a must see; an enchanting and beautiful geological area where visitors can walk along a mix of steep heather slopes and paths. The walk passes through some of the most spectacular landscapes in all of Scotland and will take your breath away.
Glencoe is one of the most beautiful and other-worldly places in Scotland and the area is known for waterfalls and trails that climb peaks such as Buachaille Etive Mor and Bidean nam Bian.
Glencoe village is picturesquely located between the banks of Loch Leven and the mouth of the famous glen, making it the perfect base for exploring the area of Lochaber
There are many beautiful trails to follow in this area which definitely make for the best way to explore the beautiful countryside.
Stretching for 23 miles and surrounded by picturesque villages, mountains and the ruins of Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness is a picture perfect spot and is of course home to the famous Loch Ness Monster that you must try your hand at spotting!
Loch Ness and Inverness is home to a number of award-winning whisky distilleries, legendary visitor attractions, world-famous golf courses and historic happenings so you will find plenty to keep you busy in this beautiful part of Scotland.
The third largest whirlpool in the world is a spectacular natural phenomenon which lies between the Isles of Jura and Scarba. Hop on a boat tour to see the pool in all of its glory.
A two/three hour cruise takes you across the Sound of Jura to the whirlpool, past a seal colony and a sea eagle nesting site. Slightly longer trips can venture as far as on the spectacular Garvellach Isles.
Cairngorms National Park
Cairngorms is the largest national park in the UK and is famed for its unspoilt beauty and native Scottish wildlife. This area of natural wilderness is also home to five of the six highest mountains in Scotland.
There's something for everybody here, from exploring the nature and wildlife found in the mountainous trails of Tolmount, or relaxing on the beach of beautiful Loch Morlich, take your pick between action and adventure and some time to kick back and soak up the absolute peace and quiet.