Scotland is known for many reasons ranging from its rich history, beautiful mountains, majestic castle and mysterious lakes that are full of mythological monster traditions. It is one of the most beautiful countries to visit in the United Kingdom. While big cities like Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen have a lot to offer, the real hidden gems are in the small towns that offer breathtaking scenery. Here are some must-haves to visit.
Fort Augustus, Lochaber
Located at the southwestern tip of Loch Ness, this town began as an 18th-century military garrison. Now, it is better known as the place where people come to prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. You can take a cruise here and learn about Highlands culture while at the Clansman Center.
Killin, Loch Tay
A short drive from historic Stirling, you can visit Killin if you enjoy sailing or kayaking, something you can do at Loch Tay. You can also visit Dochart Falls which has stunning waterfalls where many locals spend many of their summer days. Visit the Breadalbane Folklore Center to learn about local legends and myths and visit the ruins of Finlarig Castle.
Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Tobermory is the capital of the Isle of Mull and is best known for its single malt whiskey, fishing port and rainbow houses. You can reach here by ferry from the mainland, which takes only 35 minutes. Here you will find many shops, restaurants and inns to visit.
Braemar is the site of Balmoral Castle, which was the Queen’s favorite Scottish haven. It is now open to the public when they are not living it. You can also see the Braemar Gathering, which is the traditional Highland toy competition. You can even take a look at the British royal family, which has been watching the games since the 1840s.
Plockton is a pastoral dream, with a beautiful bay surrounded by lovely holiday homes. It looks a lot like a movie set because of the 1973 horror movie The Wicker Man was filmed here, as well as British TV series Hamis Macbeth. Here you can experience strange tropical weather because it is located in a sunny pocket on the west coast of Scotland.