With staycations on the rise amid lockdown conditions and restrictions on foreign travel, many of us are seeking out the delights of the British Isles when booking holidays in 2021.
Scotland is the second-most preferred destination among UK staycationers, with a rich bounty of activities within a small landmass making it ideal for people who want a varied trip.
Here are a few highlights to look out for if you’re travelling to Scotland.
When to Seek Adventure
With Ben Nevis and the Cairngorms National Park, there is no shortage of mountain exploring to be done in Scotland.
And with the peaks comes opportunity for adventure, with skiing in Scotland growing in popularity. The peak season runs from December to April, naturally, but there are a few spots that offer opportunities either side of that window as well.
Where to Eat
Seafood is unsurprisingly at the top of many a foodie’s wish list when visiting Scotland, as it is predominantly surrounded by coastline and the country has no fewer than 10 Michelin-starred eateries for you to pick from.
The Highlands plays host to two – Loch Bay Restaurant on the Isle of Sky and Isle of Eriska Hotel near Oban – both renowned for gourmet eating and warm friendly experiences. Edinburgh hosts the most starred restaurants, as might be expected.
How Long to Spend
Depending on what you’re venturing for, you could spend as long or as little as you like exploring this amazing nation. It’s quick and easy to swap one setting for another, for example going from beach to city in no time on the train from Dunbar to Edinburgh.
If you’re venturing to the north coast, for example to take on the North Coast 500, it’s advised to give yourself a week to take on the journey itself – factoring in travel time to the start and from the end points as well.
Where to unwind
The many islands surrounding the coast of Scotland are perfect for getting away from modern life, with a slower pace ideal if you’re wanting to reset and recentre. The absence of built-up populations also makes them a sanctuary for wildlife, and birdwatchers often flock to these areas to tick several avian superstars off their wish lists.
The peace and quiet is also ideal for retreating fully and there are several yoga havens where you can realign and find your flow among wildlife and the elements.