Scotland has so much more to offer lush landscapes, culture, drinks, and of course golf. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many wonderful reasons to visit Scotland.
I was very much surprised at how much I loved this beautiful country. Everywhere I went the scenery was to die for.
Beautiful breathtaking waterfalls coming out of sides of mountains and wildflowers blooming everywhere.
On top of that, the people were so friendly there, everyone went out of their my to help me or to just have a friendly chat.
But before I spill all the beans.
Let’s Dive into the Top 11 Reasons to Visit Scotland
1. The People
Although they’re sometimes difficult to understand, I can’t say enough about the people of this country. They were friendly and warm, and want to make sure you don’t leave Scotland without a proper history lesson.
I didn’t meet a single local Scott’s person that didn’t give me a fun fact about the country.
They are so enriched in their culture and keep many of their traditions alive, including the infamous bagpipes and kilts.
It is unlikely to go a day in Scotland without seeing intergenerational men walking around in their kilts and hearing bagpipe music in a local pub, or while visiting a castle.
2. The Landscape
Scotland has some of the most diverse landscapes I have seen in Europe. From their stunning white sand beaches and famous rolling hills to cascading waterfalls and cliff sides that fall off into the sea, Scotland is full of breathtaking views.
Everything is also blanketed in green grass. It’s hard not to go to Scotland without taking a long road trip around the country and enjoying all the pretty views that this beautiful country has to offer. I highly recommend renting a car, taking a road trip, and just getting lost.
3. The Drinks
Yes, they still drink scotch in Scotland, but gin was just as equal.
Not only that, but each gin had its own special tonic that it was meant to be paired with.
Everywhere we went there were over 50 different types of gin to choose from, and every one of them had their own special tonic or ingredient to bring out the essential taste and flavors of the gin.
So if you are not a fan of scotch rest assure that you can spend your time in Scotland sipping on a crisp refreshing gin and tonic.
4. The Culture In Scotland
Let’s talk about the culture for a minute. The culture is so rich in Scotland. This goes back to the kilts and the bagpipes. The people of Scotland, love their culture and love showing it off.
You see it in the streets and everywhere you go. People are proud to be Scottish, and trust me they will tell you all about it.
Not only that, but the Scottish have a laid-back lifestyle to them, where no one seems to be in a hurry. They always seemed willing and happy to stop what they were doing to help someone out.
Whether they are pointing you in the right direction while lost on their country roads, or to putting down their gin and tonic so they could tell you a story of their Scottish history.
They truly love having tourists in their country and want to make sure you leave loving Scotland. It is a beautiful country and has much more to offer than it’s pretty scenery, although the scenery is stunning enough to make the trip totally worth it.
5. The Castles In Scotland
If you are a castle fanatic, you won’t want to miss Scotland. It was once home to between 2,000- 4,000 castles. Not all of them are still standing today but there is plenty to check out and keep you busy while you are there.
You can wander around the castle grounds or take a look inside at the period furniture to catch a glimpse of what life was like back in the time.
Scotland offers the right castle for everyone. Be sure to check out the Top 16 Castles in Scotland you can’t miss.
6. The Food
I was never a fan of Scottish food before I visited.
I found everything to be deep-fried, which for the most part, it was. So I don’t know if it was the cold weather in Scotland or the fact that I was swept away while traveling there that made everything taste 10x better. Not a day went by that I didn’t have fish and chips.
Also, I never before liked Scottish eggs. A classic dish of a soft boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, then breaded and deep-fried.
But somehow I found myself not only eating them but also doing a scotch pairing test.
It must be something in the air of Scotland that changes you.
7. Harry Potter Tours
If you are a Harry Potter fan then you are going to love Scotland. This is where Harry Potter was created and imagined. J.K. Rowling was born in Edinburg and all her ideas were inspired by Scotland and England, it was also filmed here so there is so much to see.
Why not relive your love for the novel and take a tour that is 100% based on Harry Potter.
Scotland is home to some amazing glamping. Some of the best glamping in the world is in Scotland. If you are still looking for a reason to visit Scotland well then this is it. Why not mix the fun of camping and sleeping outdoors with some luxury.
Glamping is a new and popular trend that lets you enjoy all the good parts about camping, without having to lose sleep while you sleep on an uncomfortable floor.
9. The Loch Ness Monster
There is a reason Harry Potter was created in Scotland. Scottish people have a long history of imagination and creativity. Their national animal is a unicorn, and Loch Ness is home to the world-famous Loch Ness Monster.
You can’t take a trip to Scotland without visiting Loch Ness and searching for the infamous Loch Ness Monster. Spend the day out on the lake searching for Nessy, you never know when she will show-up.
Scotland is the birthplace of golf. So if you are still reading and still looking for reasons to visit Scotland, how about golf. There are over 550 golf courses to choose from while you are in Scotland.
Now that is a lot of options. Actually, it is the most courses per capita anywhere in the world. So if you are an avid golfer or you just enjoy seeing a good golf course, Scotland has you covered.
11. Fringe Festival
I was lucky enough to visit Scotland when the fringe festival was going on, however, when I booked my trip I had never heard of it. I am so glad I was able to go and experience such an amazing and inspiring festival.
People from all around the world come to perform and there is a wide range of shows you can see at all times of the day.
It’s great for those on a budget as well, because they offer tons of free shows from stand-up comedy, plays, musicals, and street performers.
There are over 50,000 performances over the 3 week period that fringe takes place in Edinburgh. It is the largest festival celebrating the cultural arts.
You are likely to find something for everyone.
Well, that’s it. With all these amazing reasons to visit Scotland, it is hard to see why you wouldn’t want to go.
So are you ready to book your ticket?