Recently rated the world’s most beautiful country in the Rough Guide readers’ poll, Scotland is a holiday destination not to be underestimated. Though it may be small, this country is certainly mighty and has many things on offer for the intrepid traveller. Although it may not boast the greatest weather in the UK, Scotland’s dramatic landscape is only made more enthralling by the atmospheric climate it experiences. Here are 5 great ways to experience Scotland:

  1. Hiking

It is without doubt that the great beauty of Scotland’s natural landscape is best experienced by foot. A hiking holiday in Scotland allows you to really take in the elements, whilst gaining the best view of its beautiful lochs and highlands. If planning is not your forte, then there are companies which can make all of your bookings and itineraries for you. Check out for some of the best hiking and walking trips available in Scotland. You’ll be able to pick your difficulty level and have your bags taken from one destination to the next for you, taking the stress out of everything.

  1. Skiing

It comes as a surprise to some that Scotland is actually an excellent ski destination. With a range of resorts on offer, there are slopes available for every level of skier. Best of all, you can experience Scotland’s snow-topped peaks and practice your technique at a fraction of the price of better known ski destinations further afield.

  1. Golfing

Scotland is studded with world-class golf courses surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery you can imagine. As the birthplace of the sport itself, it’s no wonder that Scotland is synonymous with golf across the globe. Whether you’re playing or just watching one of the many prestigious tournaments which take place throughout the year, this is a great way to experience one of Scotland’s most famous creations.

  1. Fringe Festival

Occurring every year in August, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival attracts both well-known and emerging talent from across the country and beyond. If you’re into the Arts, then this is the place for you. The streets are transformed into stages whilst the whole city itself is cast under a festival vibe, with poets, comedians and performers around every corner. This is truly the best way to experience Scotland’s burgeoning arts scene and get a taste for the creative culture of this country at its very epicentre.

  1. Island Hopping

If you really want to get a taste of remote Scotland, then an island-hopping trip could be for you. From the Inner and Outer Hebrides in the west, to Shetland and Orkney in the north, there are plenty of options when it comes to exploring Scotland’s islands. Try the Isle of Mull for one of Scotland’s most accessible yet beautiful islands. Here you can spot anything from white-tailed eagles to whales and dolphins. Alternatively, the Isle of Arran provides a varied landscape that has it all, from dramatic peaks to hidden beaches.

There are many great ways to see the diverse country that is Scotland. What’s undeniable for any visitor is the unparalleled beauty of this great country.