Highlands To The Islands - Scotland

Updated: May 4

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.

Visit Scotland - Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

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.