4 Things to do in Scotland

4 things to do in Scotland

Scotland, the northernmost country of the United Kingdom, rich with history and jaw-dropping views is the perfect place to plan your next getaway and with plenty of things to do in Scotland. Whether it is with your friends, family, lover, or just yourself, there is something to do for everyone that will make this trip an experience of a lifetime.

Are you intrigued but don’t have enough knowledge to fully commit? No need to worry, below we are going to guide you through the top 4 things to do in Scotland.


1. Golf at St. Andrews

St. Andrews Scotland

The Algonquin at St. Andrews

Scotland takes great pride in all their creations like the bicycle, postage stamps or our favorite global phenomenon, golf. The Scots are the original creators of the game and lived above and beyond the expectation of having the most exquisite, breathtaking courses. If golf is one of your passions, then consider St. Andrews your ultimate fantasy. Professional golfers around the world claim this place as nothing more than a dream. To do what you love while taking in the views around you is a one of a kind experience that you will never forget. This 4-day outing includes overnight stays in their lovely hotels filled with articulate details, historical backgrounds, and the ability to look over the beautiful fairways and vibrant greenery. The staff will go above and beyond to cater to your every want and need whether it is clenching your taste buds with their mouth-watering food or receiving their excellent customer service. St Andrews hosts events such as the British Open, consisting of an 18- hole course and their most world-renowned par-72 course. The par-72 course runs parallel to the luminous North Sea making it possible to play the game while watching the sun reflect off the glistening water. Due to high demand and popularity St. Andrews recommends making reservations up to 6 months in advance to guarantee a spot for you and the rest of your group. However, if you didn’t make a reservation in advance there is still the possibility of getting your name pulled from a lottery that is drawn two days ahead of the play. This opportunity doesn’t apply for Sundays or tournaments but St. Andrews still wants to give people the chance to play at the Old Course if in the area!

2. Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle in Scotland

Edinburgh Castle in Scotland

 Looking to immerse yourself into the core of this country? Then Edinburgh should be on your list of things to do in Scotland! Located on the highest point of Castle Rock is the infamous Edinburgh Castle. In the Capital of Scotland, this is one of the most historic, cherished monuments the country has. To get the full 360 experience you need a little history lesson. Constructed in the 12th century, the Edinburgh Castle was home to King Malcolm Canmore and Queen Margaret. It was strongly protected by the military and as years go by, turned into a British army base. The Castle had an advantage due to its high location on the hill allowing you to look out over the entire city. This Castle is enormous and you’ll find your eyes having a frenzy trying to take it all in. A couple things to expect to see before entering the castle is the royal apartments, including Queen Mary’s chamber, the Great Hall, a Scottish National War Memorial, the Mons Meg and so much more. The Mons Meg is a famous cannon that can shoot a 330-pound stone up to 2 miles. Pretty cool right?  The Edinburgh Castle is a hot commodity so a little advice to beat the crowds is to purchase your tickets prior to arrival. Get there before the castle opens at 9:30 am to get a jump start on the lines.

3. Princess street

Are you a sucker for striking skylines but also love to shop until you drop? In the cozy medieval capital of Scotland, Edinburgh makes this possible by giving you the best of both worlds. Looking to kick back and relax for the day? Then “Princess street” is calling your name. Window shopping or channeling your inner fashionista, you’ll find yourself aligned with luxury brands, lavish boutiques and vibrant gardens. This street (1 mile in length) has no buildings on the south side for the purpose of being able to take in the panoramic views while fulfilling your guilty pleasures. Shop for souvenirs or a little something special to bring home.

4. Whiskey

Whisky Tasting in Scotland

Glenfiddich Distillery, Scotland

When you think of Scotland what do you think of? Golf… castles… shopping…but most importantly, do you think of whisky? Whisky has been the heart and soul of Scotland and is still the country’s biggest export. If you are a whisky lover than you are in luck! Whisky distilleries is another thing to add on your things to do in Scotland list. Distilleries scattered around Scotland have centers offering tours taking you behind the scenes of the entire process. Gain a new appreciation the hard work, patience, precision and love that is given every day to create this beautiful spirit.

Well, there we have it! You are now ready to take on your voyage through Scotland. We have carefully selected the top 4 things to do in Scotland to give you a head start on your next adventure. However, this is just the beginning. You will find yourself exploring the unknown and let your curiosity guide the way. There is beauty in engaging in cultures other than your own and you’ll find yourself falling in love with Scotland in no time. You may start your day with golfing at some of the most famous courses in the world. Traveling back in time itching for more knowledge on historic castles. Or Shopping the hottest brands while sipping a glass of whisky along the way.

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