I know enough about Scotland to know that Edinburgh is the biggest must see of all the must sees, so our trip will begin and end there. And though Aberdeenshire doesn’t always make the tourist to-do list, it’s important that I be able to show my friend where I live and what my daily life is like. Plus, I think this area of Scotland is highly underrated and such a hidden gem. Everyone says that the west coast is so beautiful, but how much more beautiful than this could it possibly be?:
Maybe I’m a little biased, but I think North Eastern Scotland rocks, so April will definitely be getting an insider’s look at life in and around ‘The Deen’. Aberdeen is also a great home base for day trips to the more well-known Highlands, which we’ve definitely got on our list. So with Edinburgh and Aberdeen eating up at least 4 of her 7 days in Scotland, that leaves room for just one more area of focus.
To help her choose, I’ve put together a summary of a few different areas of Scotland so that she can make an
Home of Loch Ness. Home of the Loch Ness monster. Need I say more?
Though the infamous lake didn’t make it onto my own Scottish itinerary when I visited the first time, when I returned it was the number one item on my wish list.
In addition to the legends, the lake is beautiful and Inverness is a quaint and precious town. At the visitor’s center, watching the educational video and having the movie screen lift to reveal 180 degree views of Urquhart castle was one of my favorite moments of my second trip to Scotland, and the initial sight took my breath away. I’d love to share that moment with my friend.
It would also be fun to cruise the lake on a boat tour, and see if we could spot Nessie for ourselves. Since Inverness isn’t all that far from Aberdeen, it would be possible to take the train in for a day trip from Aberdeen. Is it worth a day? April says yes, and therefore, so do IJ.
Isle of Skye.
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Sounds like a super fun girls trip to me!
For a Scottish history novice, Stirling might not seem like a good choice for a detour, since many of the attractions center on Scotland’s long fight for independence. Home of both the William Wallace monument and Stirling castle, this area of Scotland is particularly picturesque.
When I visited this area before, we spent the night in a small town just outside of Stirling called Bridge of Allan and it was the most darling town I have ever seen. I just fell in love with it instantly and have been jonesing to go back ever since.
I need to remember that this is April’s dream vacation, and not mine, and while I have 3 years to explore Scotland, she only has 7 days. Hopefully sometime in the next 3 years I’ll be able to add the Orkney Islands to my ‘Been there. Done that. Got the t-shirt.’ list. Any of my Scottish girls want to take a road/ferry trip with me?
Back to the topic at hand, my head is spinning with all of the options and attractions Scotland has to offer, and I don’t want to overwhelm April by stretching her too thin. I could really use some tips from my readers who have experience traveling Scotland. What would you say are the must see sights and what are some things that are lower priority? Is there something that I haven’t listed here that I should definitely consider? Is there something that I’ve listed that you don’t feel is worth the hype?
Remember, the point of this trip is to make April love Scotland so much, that she’ll come back and get a chance to see all the things she missed her first time around. So what would be on your Scottish starting lineup?