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Highlands To The Islands - Scotland

Updated: May 4, 2021

As a Scot, I am incredibly proud and passionate about my home country of Scotland. I love being a tour guide and showing family, friends and visitors around when they visit. What you might not know is that over the years when not travelling, I have shared my passion while working at Edinburgh Airport both at an accommodation reservation company and also with Visit Scotland. I have also worked at Edinburgh Bus Tours, for an English Language School and on the road with Visit Scotland's coo vans. Come join me on a tour from the Highlands To the Islands of Scotland.

A Wee Scottish Highland Coo Van Adventure ©MDHarding

Highlands To The Islands - Scotland

There are many ways you can see the incredible beauty and all the sights Scotland has to offer. This could be via a campervan or perhaps from a boat while cruising along one of Scotlands beautiful canals. How will you explore Scotland?

While we are unable to travel at the moment, it's a great time to plan future trips.

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We can't wait to welcome you back and when the travel restrictions are lifted. Live in Scotland, what about that staycation you have always dreamt about?


This is a great time to plan. What are you interested in seeing? One of Scotland's historic castles, tasting one of its finest whiskies or perhaps exploring its ancient woodlands with waterfalls.

How much time do you have? Budget? Independent or perhaps you would like everything organised with a packaged tour? There are pro's and con's for example; you have more flexibility if you have a car to stop and stay longer at a point of interest. The drawback is you have to find your own way and might miss something very cool.

Best Time To Visit Scotland

Scotland is great to visit all year round. There are lots of seasonal highlights from its glorious spring flowers, summer festivals, autumn foliage and winter celebrations.

The Snowdrop Festival takes place annually throughout Scotland between the end of January and the beginning of March. It's magical seeing these tiny flowers cover the woodland floors.

Scotland is not only beautiful but a romantic destination. Why not visit for a special occasion or Valentines Day?

Autumn is my favourite time of year. I love the colourful foliage, seeing the Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry and of course, the light for photography is magical. Have you heard of Autumn in Aberfeldy? Here are my favourite places to see autumn in Scotland and Top Autumn Activities to experience.

Celebrating New Year in Scotland is said to be one of the best in the world, with events such as the torch parade, the big Hogmanay party on Princes Street in Edinburgh and for the brave souls the loony dook on New Years Day.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh ©MDHarding

Doors To Scotland

Will you arrive in Scotland's capital Edinburgh, neighbouring city of Glasgow or to another, by train or perhaps an international/domestic flight?

Did you know Scotland also has a few cruise ports such as Greenock (Glasgow), Rosyth (Edinburgh), Leith (Edinburgh), Aberdeen, Invergordon (Inverness) and Kirkwall (Orkney)?

Here's what to expect if cruising into Kirkwall, Orkney or Edinburgh in a Day.

Did you know I also worked on cruise ships? Are you planning a cruise? If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Costa Cruise Ship Tendering into Newhaven, Edinburgh ©MDHarding

Travelling within Scotland

On arrival which forms of transport will you opt for? Did you know there is a train pass (Scotrail) and also a bus pass (Citylink Scotland). One of these might be better than the other depending on your route. Read how you can get around Scotland without a car. Booking ahead is the best way to secure good rates for car hire and motorhomes. Travelling on within Scotland is easy with so many methods of transport.

A few years ago we hired a Space Campervan to explore the Scottish Highlands, Skye and then over on the Calmac Ferry to the Islands of Harris and Lewis. You can read more about what to see and do, as well as the incredible beaches to explore.

You may opt to do organised day trips with one of the bus tour companies such as Rabbies, Timberbush, Heart of Scotland, Grayline, Highland Explorer to name a few.

Some examples of tours are Doune, Loch Lomond and The western Highlands,

Window To The World, Island of Harris, Scotland ©MDHarding


Ever wondered what it would be like staying in a Scottish Castle or on the shores of Loch Ness? There are so many amazing options available for all budgets but I would recommend booking in advance. Here are some of the more unusual, imaginative and unique places to stay. Need some help? Get in touch via email:

Barony Castle, Scottish Borders ©MDHarding

Driving Routes

You have maybe heard of the NC500 (North Coast 500) but have you heard about the SW300 (South West 300)? What about Scotland's top five trails not to be missed?

Scottish Highlands

Jump onto the Scottish Highlands & Inverness What Not to be missed and Why You Should Visit Wester Ross.

Wester Ross, Scotland ©MDHarding

Scottish Islands

Reaching the Scottish Islands is a lot easier than maybe first thought. It just takes a little planning to pre-book your car or motorhome in advance this is especially true for popular ferry crossings including Oban to Mull. Don't have a car, you can turn up and walk on.

With over 790 Scottish Islands which ones will you visit?

Did you know you can visit a few at a time with organised tours? For example, you can take the tour from Oban to Mull, Staffa and Iona.

Perhaps you would like to visit one of the smaller islands of Papa Westray?

Tobermory, Mull, Scotland ©MDHarding

Attractions And Places Of Interest

Did you know you can save money by purchasing a pass? Both the National Trust and Historic Scotland passes offer incredible value for money when you visit more than two or three properties. Each pass offers different property options such as Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Linlithgow Palace and many more. Discover more about Scottish Historic Castles & Palaces to Visit.

Have you heard about the Stone of Destiny?

Not forgetting Scotland's two National Parks the Cairngorms formed over 40 million years ago and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs.