The Guide to Scotland

The TravelScotland website has a definitive Scotland guide right here and it is all fully searchable! So wherever you are going and whatever you are looking for you can find it thanks to us. Click on Scotland Guide in the menu at the top to do a little exploring on your own.

You can also see these represented on a map of Scotland here Every nook and cranny of Scotland is explored in the guide with recommendations of places to visit and things not to miss as well as accommodation, travel and eating out advice. Whether you want to live it up in one of the big cities or get away from it all in the great outdoors you can get all the information and travel tips you need on TravelScotland.

If you are planning a tour in Scotland, looking for inspiration or just finding out more about the country why not take a trip with the Guide to Scotland today?

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Who Writes the Guide to Scotland

The Travel Scotland Guide is written by a range of writers around Scotland. We welcome locals improving the guide by rewriting, adding to or balancing our own comments. All you need to do is give yourself a login and away you go... It could not be much easier in our opinion. If you really are keen to do something writing, but are confused, give us a call and we will try to help

Aberdeenshire

The main A90 runs north from Dundee to Aberdeen and passes through the Howe of the Mearns, an agricultural district so evocatively described by local author, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, in his brilliant trilogy "A Scots Quair". His home can be visited at Arbuthnott. The coastal route (A92) from Dundee runs north from Montrose and meets the A90 by the little fishing port of Stonehaven, which is close to the dramatic ruins of Dunnotar Castle, one of the area's main attractions. Other places of interest include Fasque House, family home of Victorian prime minister Gladstone.

Argyll

Stretching north from the Mull of Kintyre almost to Glencoe and east to the shores of Loch Lomond, the region of Argyll marks the transition from Lowland to Highland. It's a region of great variety, containing all the ingredients of the classic Scottish holiday: peaceful wooded glens, heather-clad mountains full of deer, lovely wee fishing ports such as Campbeltown on the Mull of Kintyre, romantic castles and beautiful lochs.

Cairngorms & Speyside

One of Scotland's busiest tourist areas is Strathspey, the broad valley of the River Spey, Scotland's second longest river, which rises high in the hills above Loch Laggan and flows northeast to its mouth on the Moray Firth.

Dumfries & Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway is one of Scotland's forgotten corners, forsaken by most visitors for the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow or the grandeur of the Highlands. But the southwest has much to offer for those prepared to leave the more-beaten track. Away from the main routes west from Dumfries to Stranraer and north to Glasgow, traffic and people are notable by their absence, leaving most of the region free from the tourist crush of more popular parts.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and is fast becoming one of the world's top city break destinations (see Edinburgh City Breaks for more on that). It is a World Heritage site and enjoys the combination of rich history, fabulous position and street after street of excellent architecture. Our guide is intended to help you choose your walks and activities during your stay...

Fort William & Lochaber

Fort William & the surrounding Lochaber area is the self-proclaimed capital of outdoor sports. Whilst Fort William is nothing to write home about architecturally, the outdoor scenery is majestic and overwhelming.

Highlands of Scotland

The Highlands is the part of Scotland which reflects perfectly most people's romantic image of Scotland. The main towns are Inverness and Fort William, which lies in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.

Inverness & Loch Ness

Guide to Inverness & the Loch Ness area, home to the mythological and world famous Loch Ness monster.

Moray

Moray sits north of of Aviemore and south east of Inverness. This is part of the great castle and whisky lands of Scotland. If you are a castle nut, then this is home to a greater concentration of castles per mile than anywhere in the world.

Outer Hebrides

The Outer Hebrides - or Long Island as they are also known - consist of a narrow 130-mile long chain of islands, lying 40 miles off the northwest coast of the Scottish mainland.

Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders covers a huge swathe of southern Scotland to the east of the M74. It's an unspoilt wilderness of green hills, rushing rivers and bleak, barren moors, and it has an austere beauty which would surprise those who think that the real Scotland starts somewhere north of Perth.

Stirling & Trossachs

This area of Scotland is famous for many reasons, Rob Roy being just one of them. It lies between the more populous central belt and the main cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Angus

The fishing and farming county of Angus was formerly part of the giant Tayside region but is now a separate authority with its own distinct identity. Angus isn't a name that rolls off many tourists' tongues, but it has much to recommend it to those who prefer to escape the summer hordes.

Ayrshire

The region of Ayrshire is best known as the birthplace of Robert Burns, Scotland's great poet, loved and revered the world over. The vast majority of visitors come here to visit the many sights associated with the great bard, but the Ayrshire coast is also famed for its excellent golf courses, such as Turnberry, Troon and Prestwick. Ayr Racecourse that hosts the best racing in Scotland is another essential stopover for the sports enthusiasts.

Central Scotland

The central belt is Scotland's main area of population, and it's industrial heartland criss-crossed by motorways.

East Lothian

Located between Edinburgh and the East coast of Scotland facing the North Sea, East Lothian is a collection of excellent golf-courses, lovely dune beaches and small prosperous villages that enjoy both long hours of sunshine and the at times ruinous north sea winds.

Fife

A finger of land jutting into the icy North Sea, Fife was home to the kings of Scotland for over 500 years. Our travel guide to Fife, including information about the place,  hotels, places to visit and what to see and do.

Glasgow

There's an old saying that Edinburgh is the capital but Glasgow has the capital. This dates back to the late 19th century, when Glasgow was the "Second City of the Empire". It was a thriving, cultivated city grown rich on the profits from its cotton mills, coal mines and shipyards, and a city that knew how to flaunt its wealth.

Inner Hebrides

The Inner Hebrides comprise the great swathe of islands lying off the western coast of Scotland - east of the Outer Hebrides, south of Skye and west of the Kintyre peninsula. Each is very different in appearance and atmosphere and each has its own distinct appeal.

Isle of Skye

Visitor Guide to the Isle of Skye on Scotland's West Coast Inner Hebrides,  includes guide to towns, walks and the general area of Skye.

Orkneys

The Orkneys sit off Scotland's North Coast and are too rarely visited by visitors who focus on the Hebrides and mainland. Windswept and often bleak, in the summer months they are light filled and long-dayed with a specific culture and feeling all of their own.

Perthshire

Central Scotland is not a distinct region but rather the sum of disparate parts of other regions, including Perthshire, Stirling, the Trossachs, Loch Lomond and Fife.

Shetland Islands

Shetland is so far removed from the rest of Scotland it can only be shown as an inset on maps.

Western Highlands

The Highlands contains some of Europe's most extensive wilderness areas, some of which have been proclaimed as National Parks including The Cairngorms National Parks and The Trossachs National Park among others.