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Scotland Tours and Scotland Vacations

Updated on January 21, 2016
A Highland Coo
A Highland Coo | Source
 Paps of Fife, Scotland
Paps of Fife, Scotland | Source

Here we are on the Paps of Fife!

Hi I used to be the United Kingdom Travel Contributor on Squidoo, which means that I write Hubs about wonderful places in the UK.

I am spoiled for choice when it comes to places to visit however I can honestly say that Scotland is my absolute favorite destination. Apart from its astonishing beauty I have very personal reasons for this. My husband (Graeme) is Scottish and so we have spent many extremely special times there.

Although it had always been my dream to visit Scotland, I had never been there before I met Graeme, so he introduced me to it. It was well worth the wait because sharing it with someone you love is an incredibly special thing to do.

Our son is proud to be 'half' Scottish, and we have been taking him there since he was 7 weeks old. We used to go to Fife, to a place called Glenrothes, to pick up grandma and then head off to the highlands.This lens is all about some of the places that we love.

I hope you enjoy your visit and thank you for your time.

The best way to show you Scotland is to share our photos. - Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle | Source

The Beautiful Scottish Highlands

On our way to the northwest Highlands we absolutely look forward to passing Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most beautiful of all the Scottish castles, because we know that we have arrived in the place that we truly love: The Scottish Highlands!

Glenfinnan

The Monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie
The Monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie | Source

This magnificent monument marks the very spot where Bonnie Prince Charlie started the 1745 rebellion that ended so disastrously at the battle of Culloden the following year. This is another of our favorite places, which is a very good thing because one year our car started making a terrible noise. We limped along to a small village with a garage where we stayed for four days waiting for a spare part to come up from Edinburgh. Weren't we lucky!! Notice the wonderful view of the Highlands and the color of the sky!!

Who can resist tartan and cashmere?

If you're looking for other tartan designs then click on this one and you'll be taken to Amazon.com.

Scotland Tartan Cashmere Scarf ’Cameron’ 8464 (Forest Red)
Scotland Tartan Cashmere Scarf ’Cameron’ 8464 (Forest Red)

Soft and beautiful quality imported from Scotland.

 

This sends shivers down my spine and tears to my eyes

Skye Boat Song

Kenneth McKellar is one of the most famous singers in Scotland. Here he is singing the Skye Boat Song, which is all about Bonnie Prince Charlie. You can see the Glenfinnan Monument in the background. What a beautiful song.Notice his wonderful traditional dress.

A beautiful typical Scottish village

Isle of Seil
Isle of Seil | Source

We especially like camping but in the winter it's too cold so we usually hire a little self catering cottage. Now these can be expensive so it's worth booking early. But very reasonably priced cottages in amazing places can be found too - they may not have jacuzzis and wide screen TVs but they are always in idyllic places like this!

We stayed here one February, you can see that the sun was shining! The Isle of Seil is on the west coast near Oban and is connected to the mainland by a famous bridge called the Bridge Over the Atlantic, because it takes you over a very small part of that great ocean.

The Isle of Seil is a very romantic place, it's the end of the road, and we had a fantastic time there. Our son was only 7 years old and we had a ride on a small boat that took us to a tiny island across the bay and that's when a beautiful sheep dog ate his lolly pop!

Scotland Tours: Camping

A typical campsite in the middle of August!
A typical campsite in the middle of August! | Source

Camping in Scotland

In the summer we always go camping and we've love it! There are the most wonderful campsites all over Scotland that are very reasonably priced and have all the facilities you need. But wild camping is allowed too and I would like to encourage you to have a go at that. You can camp anywhere for a couple of nights - so much fun!

Here we are in the height of the summer season with no neighbours! There was however a fisherman who caught mackerel to use as bait for his lobster pots, and he very kindly gave us six freshly caught fish which we grilled by our tent that evening. So delicious!!

The campsite had everything we needed and very hot showers and a little shop with provisions. There was a couple of really beautiful walks that took you up into the hills too. It is a place we are yearning to go back to.

Resipole west of Fort William

My son and I crabbing by the edge of our campsite
My son and I crabbing by the edge of our campsite | Source

Armadale to Mallaig

I took this video while we crossed from the Isle of Skye across to Mallaig - I think you'll agree that it's a splendid ride - quite idyllic

Ferry Ride from Skye to Mallaig

A Celtic Wedding Band

Solid Gold Celtic Wedding Band Trinity Knot Eternity Ring (10k)
Solid Gold Celtic Wedding Band Trinity Knot Eternity Ring (10k)

I picked this ring out because it is so beautiful. But if you click on it you'll be taken to Amazon.com where you'll find more fantastic Celtic jewelery.

 

Isle of Mull

Wonderfully romantic places to get married in
Wonderfully romantic places to get married in | Source

On the other hand if you're looking for romance and comfort there is no shortage of amazing hotels and castles all over Scotland - they are in great locations where people get married and bring in the new year and all sorts of other celebrations. My son and I were just enjoying a run around their beautiful grounds that sunny day.

West Coast Beach

Honestly - this is not a Greek Island!
Honestly - this is not a Greek Island! | Source

One of the most incredible things about Scotland is that it is never busy. Once you leave the big towns you will hardly meet anyone else. There are so many wonderful beaches just like this one. We took this photo in August, can you imagine a beach this beautiful and this empty anywhere else in Europe? We can't!

Paradise

Gairloch in the north west.
Gairloch in the north west. | Source

Here's another example of an beautiful beach at the peak of the holidays season! We're just near another campsite here in the village of Gairloch in the north west. That's Skye in the background.

Travel Guides

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Scotland
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Scotland

2014 edition. Great photos and maps

 

Isle of Harris

Isle of Harris
Isle of Harris | Source

This is probably my favourite place of all so remote and wild -fantastic!!

We were there at Easter and we were alone... apart from sea gulls, seals, crabs, dolphins, and deer, and the lucky people who live in those little cottages you see in the picture.

It was very windy - and that made it one of the most incredible experiences we've ever had in Scotland. We walked for miles along this beach - talk about weather beaten!

The East Coast - The Village of Pennan

Pennan
Pennan | Source

Just in case you are thinking that only the west coast is worth a visit here is a photo of the picturesque little village of Pennan on the coast east of Inverness in the region of Moray.

Pennan is famous because it was used as a location for the film Local Hero, where it was given the name ‘Ferness’. The famous red phone box was originally just a prop, but then people demanded a real one so they set one up and now fans of the film come from every where to use it.We took this picture in the summer of 2007, and my son wore his red jacket for our own trip to the famous red phone box.

The rugged cliffs of the east coast - Scotland Vacations

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This is east of Inverness on the coast of Moray. It is typical of the rugged cliffs of that part of north east Scotland. This coast line is dotted with small bays home to the fishing communities that still operate from this part of Scotland.

Fodor's Scotland (Travel Guide)
Fodor's Scotland (Travel Guide)

Hot off the press. An excellent publication.

 

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      I'll be making more hubs about bonnie Scotland as time goes on. Thanks very much indeed for your visit.

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      stella vadakin 3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Wonderful hub I would love to go there. You have beautiful photos the scenery is awesome.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      Thanks very much I'm glad you like them. It is a great film isn't it! Thanks so much for your visit.

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      amandajoyshapiro 3 years ago

      These are beautiful pictures of Scottish villages. And Local Hero is a great movie!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      Fort William - what an very interesting place - people intent on hiking Ben Nevis go there. There's such a nice atmosphere. My son's enormous teddy is called Ben Nevis! Let me know when you get there! Thanks very much indeed for your visit. Have a great week.

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      Moe Wood 3 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      You took lovely photos in Scotland. It is so beautiful there. Scotland and Ireland are both on my list of "want to see" places. I will definitely have to check out Fort William (I was actually born in Fort William, ON so had a chuckle when I saw that).

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      It is beautiful! Looks great as a Hub. Love all your photos. They make me want to schedule a trip there.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @favored: What a shame you didn't have more time. You'll have to go back.Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      We were in Scotland for only a few days and didn't get to see very much. Our hotel was right next to the zoo so we did visit it. I wish we had more time to see more.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @Arachnea: Oh how wonderfully romantic. I wonder what they'll be doing for work there? Let me know when you get there! Thanks for visiting my lens.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Someone with whom I'm acquainted, virtually, recently moved to Scotland to get married. I'm so excited for them. Hopefully I'll be able to visit Scotland some day. Saw your post in grammieo's best of post in the forum.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @serendipity831: I'm sure you'll get there one day! It is very beautiful there. Thanks very much for your visit and comment.

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      Distantly through my ancestors. My mom and I traveled there when I was a toddler, but I haven't been when I can remember it.

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      Drake McSherry 3 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      My aunt and uncle lived in Scotland, but I never got the chance to visit there yet. I've been to Wales and Ireland many times though. Hopefully one day I'll get to Scotland, it looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing this lens and the pics as well. :)

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @ChocolateLily: Well it's still as beautiful as ever!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you very much indeed. I really appreciate your kind comment.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      No I do not but this was a beautiful tour lens, adventuretravelshop! Thanks for sharing.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @MarcellaCarlton: Thank you.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @DebMartin: Perhaps you should come with your mother. I'm sure you will make it one day. Thanks very much indeed for your virtual visit! And for leaving a comment.

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      My maternal grandmother was Scottish. She lived in Boston but was from Campbeltown. A Campbell, of course. Oh how I'd love to visit. My mother has been several times. But alas, I have not yet.

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      Yes, I'm of Scottish decent on my father's side of the family. This is a nice lens with lots of great scenery.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @IanTease: I am really enjoying reading everyone's amazing comments about Scotland. What a joy! Thanks very much for your visit. I shall search for your lenses Ian -thanks for telling me about them.

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      IanTease 3 years ago

      My mother is Scottish and my father lives in Edinburgh, though he's English so I travel up quite a lot. I love travelling through the Highlands and on to the Western Isles, which I've written lenses about. I know just what you mean about Eilean Donan, it's always such a special moment as it comes into view. On a clear day I think it's one of the finest sights in the world.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @trevorjb1406: Toy bagpipes! I've never seen that. I would have bought some for my son. Thanks very much for your visit and for leaving a comment.

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      Old Navy Guy 3 years ago

      I haven't been there for many years, but I did so enjoy my visit when I did go. Thank you for sharing such good photos . It looks as if you had a grand time

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      trevorjb1406 3 years ago

      No not really but I have been many times. I like your photographs and thanks for an interesting lens. As a boy I always wanted a set of bagpipes so my Father bought me a toy set...I was very unhappy at the time! We do remember some funny things, don't we?

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @Old Navy Guy: Grand indeed! Thanks so much for your visit and for leaving a wee comment!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @esmonaco: Thanks so much for your very encouraging comments. I really do appreciate it.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Outstanding pictures and a wonderful read. Thanks for sharing!!!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @Brite-Ideas: Time you came on over then! Fascinating we're trying to establish whether we're MacGregors at the moment - not an easy task! thanks for your visit and very interesting comment.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Well I surely do have a connection (and just learned much of it) - although my lineage is very french, I recently went on an historic quest and found out that I have a prominent Scottish Lineage on my father's mother's father's side - I'm trying to find one more birth certificate to confirm my Boyd lineage from the Boyd Clan back to Scottish Independence - Boyd Castles - Sir Robert Boyd - Aryshire, Scotland and I also have a connection from my great grandmother on my mother's side too :)

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @SheGetsCreative: Great to hear - I love hearing all the positive things people say Scotland! Thanks for your visit.

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I visited a few years ago and LOVED it - can't wait to go back. Awesome lens :)

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      @OhMe: And what is your town called? Is it in the USA? I do love hearing about the links that Scotland has with the USA. Thanks very much indeed for your visit and for leaving a comment.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Beautiful. We have been to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. It is our little town's sister city and my husband and I were part of the delegation that went over for the Twinning Ceremony. It was a wonderful trip.