Posts on Scotland by Kyle the Vagabond:
Maybe it’s the accent, maybe it’s the empty lochs and hills, or maybe it’s simply all the tartan cloth, but no matter what it is, things are simply a little more magical in Scotland. Those seeking
a taste of city life have historic cities with modern pleasures, while those wanting to simply get away from it all in simple hillside hamlets can watch the world go by over impossibly green fields. With mysterious offshore islands, cities and towns with storied histories, and deep green lochs and gentle fields a plenty, Scotland is an intriguing visit and proud of it’s region’s long heritage.
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When to Go:
Considering its northerly location and its proximity to rainy ol’ England, the weather in Scotland really is better than you would expect. The west coast is wetter than the east, and temperatures rarely drop below freezing along the coastline. Summer days are long and comfortable, though the water of the North Sea will always be chilly. Peak tourist season runs from July to August, when festival season is in full swing, and prices can soar right along with the temperature. Spring brings out the wildflowers and frosted mountain peaks, and with less crowds is a fabulous time to be in the land of the Scots.
The Vagabond’s Personal Top Picks:
1. Walk the lakeshore of Loch Lomond
Stunningly set in the hills north of Glasgow, the UK’s largest lake has quaint villages, a few watersports in the summer, and brilliant sunsets throughout the year.
2. Pub crawl in Edinburgh
Allegedly home to the highest concentration of pubs in all of Europe, it is never too far to walk to get to the next bit of good music and a pint.
3. Sit atop Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh
Situated at the south end of town, Arthur’s Seat is a large hill that rises quietly behind the city, giving a bit of a country feel to city life. The lookout also offers a magnificent view of Edinburgh castle in the distance
4. Find the charm of Glasgow
A seemingly rough around the edges city of industry, Glasgow offers up charming nooks and crannies for those who take the time to look.
5. Visit the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh
A treasure trove of Scottish history, a visit is justified simply by seeing the size of William Wallace’s sword.
Posts on Scotland by Kyle the Vagabond