View of Edinburgh Castle from Blackford Hill, Scotland.

Scotland Is Calling: 3 Reasons Why You Need to Visit in 2022

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Ready to travel off the beaten track and enjoy authentic experiences? Scotland is calling!

Go hiking and cycling through the stunning Scottish countryside. Discover centuries-old castles and mysterious standing stones. Hear the fascinating stories about the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie) and find hidden spots where you can marvel at the mirror-like waters of the iconic Loch Ness. From dramatic landscapes to iconic landmarks, this wee country is full of big adventures!

Now, let’s delve a little deeper into what makes Scotland the perfect destination for your 2022 holiday.

Explore the beautiful Scottish scenery at Buachaille Etive Mor, Scotland.
Buachaille Etive Mor, Glen Etive in Glencoe, Scotland | ©VisitScotland/Kenny Lam

Travel off the beaten path

One of the best things about visiting Scotland is having ample opportunities to connect with nature in its purest and most beautiful form. From sparkling lochs to majestic mountains and peaceful forests, the Scottish scenery is a nature lover’s paradise.

Enjoy the lush green rolling hills of Angus. Embark on a wonderful walk along the quiet country roads. Spot your favourite furry and feathered friends (like sika deer and red grouse) as you explore the natural beauty of Sutherland, one of Europe’s last great wildernesses.

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Discover amazing hiking and biking adventures in Corrie Fee, Angus Glens.
Corrie Fee, Angus Glens, Scotland | ©VisitScotland/Luigi Di Pasquale

If you’re craving golden coastlines and picturesque sea views, be sure to visit the stunning beaches of East Lothian or the Scottish Borders. And don’t forget to explore the Shetland Islands; their unique characteristics and pristine waters will take your breath away.

Whether you prefer the countryside or seascapes, you’ll find everything and more in this captivating country – Scotland is calling!

Walk through the gorgeous Ravenscraig Park on the eastern outskirts of Kirkcaldy, Scotland.
Ravenscraig Park on the eastern outskirts of Kirkcaldy, Scotland | ©VisitScotland/Damian Shields

Enjoy adventures and authentic experiences

From the famous landmarks to the lesser-known but equally wonderful places, Scotland is full of adventures for everyone. 

Cycle beyond the quaint stone cottages and magical woodlands to discover the wild, dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. Enjoy a sailing adventure to the Isle of Staffa and marvel at the enchanting Fingal’s Cave. Let yourself relax and rejuvenate with wonderful wellness options like a boat trip to see the magnificent marine wildlife or paddleboarding in a peaceful loch.

Explore the wonders of Fingal's Cave on Staffa Island, Scotland.
Fingal’s Cave on Staffa Island, Scotland | ©VisitScotland/Kenny Lam

If you’re interested in hiking, you’ll find fantastic options no matter your fitness level! Climb up the miniature mountain of Ben A’an in the Trossachs for beautiful views over Loch Katrine. Summit the magnificent Buachaille Etive Mor, which guards the southern entrance to Glen Coe. Or try your luck at climbing the Inaccessible Pinnacle atop Sgurr Dearg on the Isle of Skye.

In addition to hiking, cycling, and aquatic adventures, Scotland also offers countless cultural activities. For instance, you could participate in a ceilidh with Scottish music and dance. Another option would be to learn how to play the bagpipes or simply listen to the experts. And last but not least, don’t forget to visit the Highland Games for a wonderfully unique experience!

Scotland’s amazing and authentic adventures will truly capture your heart.

Enjoy picture-perfect mountain views at Kintail, Scotland.
 The mountains of Kintail, Scotland | ©VisitScotland/​​Airborne Lens

Make a positive impact

With a long history of protecting the environment, it’s no surprise that the Scottish people place a large emphasis on sustainable and responsible tourism. In fact, Scotland’s Responsible Tourism Promise provides people the opportunity to #RespectProtectEnjoy Scotland by following simple, important rules regarding Scotland’s nature and communities. A few examples can be found below. 

  • Be respectful of the wildlife and tread carefully in order to preserve their habitats. 
  • Make sure you’re familiar with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
  • Don’t litter. As a matter of fact, only leave footprints.
  • Support local businesses. For instance, travel with a local guide, eat in local restaurants, buy from local artisans, and stay in locally-owned and operated accommodations.
  • Reward those who are making an effort to be more eco-friendly and sustainable. In other words, select Scotland’s accredited Green Tourism businesses. 
  • Instead of travelling by personal vehicle, join a group tour or choose public transport. 
  • Whenever possible, choose outdoor adventures like hiking, cycling, or paddling.
  • Scotland has no shortage of famous landmarks. Feel free to enjoy them, but consider travelling outside of the peak summer months.
Gaze at the Machrie Moor Standing Stones in Scotland.
Machrie Moor Standing Stones, Scotland | ©VisitScotland/Kenny Lam

In addition to upholding the responsible tourism promise, why not try a sustainable food and drink experience? For example, you could enjoy the Scottish Tea Factory’s different courses on brewing and blending, or you could simply taste some of their renowned and locally grown Scottish teas. Another option would be to eat a delectable meal at Glenapp Castle, where they grow their own fruits and vegetables and pride themselves on using the best locally-sourced meats and cheeses. At the end of the day, you’ll find incredible sustainable experiences around every corner!

Discover the natural beauty of St Ninian's Isle on the west coast of Shetland, Scotland.
 St Ninian’s Isle on the west coast of Shetland, Scotland | ©VisitScotland/Stuart Brunton

Travel with confidence in Scotland

No matter where in Scotland you decide to visit, you can rest assured knowing you’ll be healthy, happy, and safe during your entire stay.

Tourism businesses throughout Scotland have adopted the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard (and it’s also included in the global Safe Travels scheme). As a result, travellers, like you, know that government guidelines are being followed and all the necessary health and hygiene protocols are being met. Simply look for the ‘We’re Good To Go’ seal of approval at hotels, attractions, and more.

Scotland is calling! Book the trip of a lifetime today – you won’t be disappointed!

Scotland is calling with sunset views over the Cheviot Hills, Scotland.
Sunset views over the Cheviot Hills, Scotland | ©VisitScotland/David N Anderson

Ready to travel off the beaten track? Scotland is calling! Head over to TourRadar and start planning your Scotland adventure today!

Stephanie is the Content Specialist at TourRadar. You can find her cooking, playing tennis, or exploring the world as she strives to reach her goal of visiting 100 countries before 2025.

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