Travel Writers' Secrets: Favorite Places in Scotland

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Jul 13, 2010 / 0 comments

I've got a GREAT list of travel tips for you! For our trip to Ireland and Scotland, I contacted several of my favorite travel writers and asked them for their top tips.  With their answers, we’ll share a series of ten articles on travel planning, airlines, traveling with kids, tips for Scotland and Ireland, and more.

Thus far, we've shared:

Top Airline Tips

Top Travel Planning Tips

Saving Money for Travel or While Traveling 

Activities for Kids in Ireland and Scotland

Favorite Places in Ireland


Here you are - Favorite Places in Scotand!

Travel writers' secrets: Favorite places in Scotland

A footpath restaurant in Princes Street on a balmy English summer evening with the dramatic views of Edinburgh Castle in the background (and the sound of bagpipes in the distance!).

Trish Clark,


Edinburgh, Findhorn and Isle of Skye. Why? Gorgeous city, wonderful place and beautiful Island ( and my people come from Skye).

Jeanne at Soultravelers3,


Glasgow. It’s a vibrant city filled with music, steeped in tradition and an international crossroads as well.
Glenfinnan, in the highlands, when the standard was raised in the ‘45
Stornoway, in the outer Hebrides.

Kerry Dexter,


For me, the more pristine the destination, the better. And the small isles off the Isle of Skye are real treasures, especially the isle named Rum ( It's definitely not on the typical tourist radar. Rum is a nature reserve where you can spy golden eagles and a variety of sea birds. And the rugged terrain is also a gem for those who hiking.

Jeanine Barone,


Anywhere in Scotland is great and it is the people who make it great. The Scots are the friendliest people on earth.

Terri Fogarty,


Skye- the quintessential Scottish island. The road to the Isles with lovely scenery, lots of history – Bonnie Prince Charlie, majestic scenery, excellent sea food & great places to stay. Rec the Floddigarry Castle (where Flora MacDonald lived & you can stay in her room) & their suite overlooking the sae – very romantic!

Zoe Dawes,


Edinburgh. It is the capital of Scotland and houses many of the best museums and tourist attractions the country has to offer. Beyond that, the city is fabulously clean and the people friendly and accommodating. From Edinburgh Castle, a simple walk through Princes Street Gardens or a soccer match at Tynecastle or Easter Road, Edinburgh has something for everyone.

Michael Orr,


My favourite secret getaway in Scotland is the tiny "baconlet" (it is much too small to be called a "hamlet") of Glenelg, the palindrome place on the shores of the Strait of Sleat, looking across at the famous Cullin Mountains on the fabled Isle of Skye (Think Skye Boat song, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Flora MacDonald, Drambuie!). You drop into Glenelg like a paratrooper after taking the spectacular 'wiggly worm' road from Sheil Bridge (On the road between Loch Ness and Kyle of Lochalsh) via the Ratagan Pass, with munros all abought and the distant brooding Skye and the cold, blue Atlantic waters. There is a tiny village with ancient houses and a shop or two, the atmospheric Glenelg Inn its good food and lodging, a small church with Celtic crosses in its graveyard, and acres of lush pastures full of fat sheep and cattle. Nearby is the beautiful brick ruins of 1725 Bernara military barracks built to deal with the Jacobite uprising, and also ancient Pictish brochs, round stone dwellings, dating back over 2000 years. It really is a place of splendid isolation, scenery and tranquility, and while the otters have gone, the joys of where the best selling book "Ring of Bright Water" was set, still remains.

Winfred Peppinck,


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