Favorite Place In Scotland

I've visited Scotland close to 30 years ago. I'm in the early, early stages of going back. Where is the best places to stay? To visit? I would like to do some tourist places BUT I prefer to go where the locals are to get the "REAL" feel of Scotland. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you!


  • We have visited Scotland several times and we love Edinburgh and the area east along the Firth of Forth in and around North Berwick. My husband is a golfer and there are several great courses in that area, including Muirfield where the British Open is played. There are several small towns along a main road and any of them is worth exploring. There is excellent seafood in North Berwick. There's a hill near North Berwick called The Law and if you climb to the top of it, you get a huge panoramic view of the Firth of Forth and that surrounding area.

    Another really interesting small Scottish town is Falkland, on the north side of the Firth of Forth. It has narrow little streets and several little tea rooms. I believe it is one of the filming locations for Outlander, although I've not watched that series.

  • When we visited in 2018, we drove the length of Scotland. We LOVED Caithness and the Northern Highlands. We very much want to go back. Beautiful and stark up there.

  • Yes! This is absolutely on our list of drives to do in the future.

  • I want to go when we have enough time to not feel rushed and be able to spend time along the way.

  • Quallslvon, I agree about the attractiveness of what used to East Lothian. I lived in Haddington - a town first heard of around the 9th Century - and our favourite place in the summer was North Berwick. My best friend's dad was a lifetime member of Muirfield

  • I have not been to Scotland since 2013, but by far my favorite place is the Isle of Skye. My first time, we spent two nights in Portree and drove all over the northern half of Skye. The second time was a day trip where we explored the southern part with a quick run up to Portree and parts north. But, really, it is Scotland and therefore all amazing (in my opinion). Glen Coe is breathtaking. Edinburgh has a lot to see and do. One of my favorite towns is Pitlochry.

  • Visiting my “pen pal” from grade school in Inverness, we were taken on a few day trips off the beaten path. Went to the north on a lovely mountainous road to Ullapool which is a seaside town on the upper western side. Also traveled to the Black Isle very near Inverness to view a series of Clava stones and toured the Dunrobin Castle. We drove down the west and stayed in Oban, which was quite interesting. Originally, we flew into Edinburgh staying several days then took a train up to Inverness. It was literally and figuratively planes, trains and automobiles...but a great way to see Scotland!

  • Skye and GlenCoe....and Edinburgh and Harris and Lewis and Mull!

  • I truly love Glasgow. I know people flock to Edinburgh - and rightfully so - but Glasgow is such a treasure often overlooked. It's a place where people live and work. There are wonderful parks and such an esteemed university which I love visiting. The rose garden is well worth the trip and as with so many other urban destinations, just walking and getting lost in. The best way to discover a city is to walk, often aimlessly and without any specific destination.

    I also love taking some of the ScotRail scenic trips. My first was from Inverness to Thurso (and then taking the bus to John O'Groats). Recently I went from Glasgow to Oban. Another wonderful, relaxing trip.

    Finally, I can not help but mention a visit to National Museum of Flight in East Fortune. Easy to get to via car, a bit trickier, although very doable, via public transportation. Best thing about the museum ... a wonder Concorde on full display.

  • I personally love the islands, and Orkney (all of them), Shetland, Colonsay and Barra are my favorites. So much to do and see, especially the walks......

  • I like Dundee & Arbroath really a great place. I am being there for the last 15 years. It's a place where people live and work. The Arbroath beach is very beautiful that's why I like Arbroath. I will again spend my holidays with my friends on Arbroath beach next weekend. Here are few images my family walks

  • Skye is not to be missed. Edinburgh is wonderful. GlenCoe is truly breathtaking. The Glen Etive Road is a place recommended by locals, that really put you in the middle of the Highlands. The Scotland scene from Skyfall is there. Tobermory and all of Mull is wonderful. We took the ferry from Skye to the Isle of Harris - Luskentyre Beach is on lists of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Gearranan Blackhouse Village, which we drove to from Luskentyre, is an amazing place where you can rent one of the black houses to stay in. That was amazing! We didn’t care for Inverness as much, but if you love books, Leakey’s is a very famous and beautiful

    bookstore there.

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