As I have lived in Scotland over 10 years, moving here from Wales, and my wife is from the USA (we met on day 3 of her vacation, on the Isle of Skye, very romantic!) I think I can see Scotland through the eyes of both a visitor and a local. So, here I am offering some honest and helpful advice for people planning their first ever trip to Scotland. Also note, Scotland is turning green!
First, some pictures. Everybody loves pictures. Then some useful websites for reviews and travel advice – and my contact details if you want a hand to hold.
Walking in the rain and open hillside
St John’s Head, Hoy
Fishing Boats, Tay Esuary
Eilean Donan Castle
Beach near Ullapool
Hogwarts Express and Harry Potter
Monty Python’s Holy Grail – Doune Castle
Edinburgh Cobbled Streets
Edinburgh Old Town
That is a flavour of some of the beauty of Scotland, if not the classic shots. I hope this gives you a sense of what Scotland could offer you – in addition to all the information about clans, tartans, loch ness, bagpipes and haggis.
For good honest, helpful information, the three best sites to use – where you can read tips (personal opinions) and get advice from keen-to-help locals:
For my own pages, feel free to go to:
- Five Senses – my new website 2010 – exploring Orkney, Scotland
- Scotlandscotour – my Virtualtourist writing
If you need more advice than these sites can give, you’d better check out the more official sites – but risk heading to all the same tourist places every other joe goes, or if you want the real thing and off-the-beaten-track, contact me now, or see some New Pictures I have added to this blog, January 2009
Also, I suggest you look at these superb books about Scotland! …
- Flora Celtica – a fantastic copy about nature, culture and people
- The Rough Guide – to Scottish Highlands and Islands
- Edinburgh Locals’ Guide – an insider’s guide to the beautiful city
- The Scottish Islands – beautiful, informative picture guide
- Cool Camping Sites – the best way to enjoy the Freedom to Roam
- B&B Guide 2009 – better than hotels, by far
- Malt Whisky Companion – every visitor should at least sniff them!
- Walking in Scotland – Lonely Planet Guide – the country to hike
- Driving Routes – AA (automobile association) guides are the best
- Map of Northern Scotland – the best map for touring and exploring
- Scottish Genealogy – it is great fun discovering your connections
- St Kilda – a brilliant wee book about life on the most remote island
- A History of Scotland – the newest book by Neil Oliver of Coast fame
I love Scotland