Scotland is often overlooked by those of us living in the South and yet it is just a hop, skip and jump away with the most beautiful, unspoilt coast line and beaches.
There is over 11 000 kilometres of coastline here and if that’s not enough the mountains, lochs and islands offer an endless adventure.
Here are some of our reasons for loving the Summer in Scotland:
1. Longer days mean more hours to play golf!
The weather is the biggest drawback but in reality Scotland has the advantage as the Summer days are a few hours longer than days in England with average temperatures of 19 – 22 degrees Celsius. If you’re a keen golfer the thought of having another 2 hours to play must delight you?
Some of the world’s most famous golf courses are to be found in Scotland and they’re enhanced by the most stunning natural landscapes and, not forgotten, the superb selection of whiskeys.
2. Pristine beaches and endless coast
Everyone loves a beach in the Summer but beaches in the Winter here are great too and no other place in the United Kingdom can offer the pristine coastline that is offered.
You’ll find long, sandy beaches here ideal for walks, watersports and just lazing around. This coast abounds with seabirds and wildlife making whale spotting and sightings of other ocean creatures like dolphins and seals more common than in other coastal areas of the UK. Then there are all the islands! The Shetland Isles, Orkney, the Isle of May and Barra each offer their own unique landscape and attractions that will delight you and bring you back to nature.
3. Perfect for keen walkers and hikers
The National parks, lochs, mountains, forests and woodlands all offer fantastic walks and trails for those in pursuit of a more active break.
The parks can be found in the Cairngorms, Trossachs and the Loch Lomond areas and provide a wide variety of things to do and see.
4. High standard of accommodation
Scotland offers a very high standard of accommodation to visitors through the Bed and breakfasts, hotels, cottage rentals and guest houses.
Some of the more popular places to stay can be found on our website here.
5. Water, water everywhere!
We love that Scotland has so many different sources of water. The villages with canals running through them, the vast and mysterious lochs where you can imagine ‘Nessie’ gliding past, fast flowing rivers and even waterfalls, form part of this enchanting landscape.
There is even a ‘real’ lake near Stirling where you can visit the islands and find out more about the sanctuary Inchmahome where Mary Queen of Scots spent a few weeks as a child. It’s said that her name is still attached to the box bower in the centre of the island!
Exploring Scotland’s waterways, coastal towns and villages and indulging in the wonderful cuisine, arts and culture, history and attractions is one way to guarantee a Summer break with a difference this year!
Photo by Zambog