Scotland is a small country with a big personality. It’s never too early to start planning your next holiday, right? Scotland has incredible sights to see, events to get involved in, fascinating attractions to visit, and themed festivals to enjoy all year-round. “So, there is really no reason not to visit Scotland in 2019.”
‘Think of Scotland and you’ll conjure up images of tartan-kilted Highlanders, skirling bagpipes, the Loch Ness Monster, lonely castles, golf, magnificent scenery, shaggy Highland castle and so on it can be an overwhelming challenge to figure out where to begin!
So without sounding too wishy-washy, there’s a whole heap of reasons to visit Scotland!!!
Highlands really is the Scotland of your imagination. Think big skies, mind-blowing landscapes, superb food and hospitable people. Get lost in the majestic mountains and mysterious lochs, pass through Britain’s largest National Park, witness dolphins frolicking off the Moray Coast, marvel at the sensational seascape of the North Highlands, walk in the shadow of Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis, or explore the stunning islands and stretches of coastline. The scenery is very different from the landscapes around south-eastern Scotland.
One of the most hotly-anticipated attraction openings of the year, the V&A DUNDEE opened its doors to the world on 15 September 2018, welcoming us to a world of innovation, creativity and incredible exhibitions. V&A Dundee is Scotland’s first design museum and the first V&A outside London, and is a place that provides inspiration, discovery and learning through the many design features it is home to.
Six nations Rugby
Visiting Scotland in the month of February and March is a time to enjoy the six nations Rugby which is held at Murray field Stadium Edinburgh. Experience Rugby where The Devil Whispers “You can’t withstand The storm” The warrior replied “I am The Storm.”
Calling all rugby fans! Get ready for Scotland to take on Italy, Ireland and Wales) and two away matches (vs France and England) in the 2019 Six Nations Championship on Saturday 2nd February.
It is always a favourite during the winter festivals, with exciting events, such as the popular Loony Dook, traditional Torchlight Procession, family-friendly shows, and more taking place across the city. The Concert in the Gardens is always a spectacle to remember. Say goodbye to 2018 with the best views of Edinburgh Castle and the magnificent fireworks display that lights up the night sky each year. This three-day festival attracts tourists from all four corners of the globe
The Solheim Cup is the most prestigious team event in women’s golf, teams of 12 players with the elite individuals from Europe and the United States. The 2019 Solheim Cup starts on September 13 in Scotland is only 8 months away and will grace the Gleneagles Golf Course in Perthshire. It’s gearing up to be a great spectacle, so make sure you’re ready to buy tickets.
Orkney Folk Festival
From small beginnings in 1982, the Orkney Folk Festival has grown to become one of the most prolific and special throughout Scotland, the UK and further afield. The Orkney Folk Festival is held annually for four days during the end of May.
Fort William Mountain Festival
The festival starts with a torchlight descent at Launch Night. It is followed by exciting days and nights packed with interesting events. It offers a great introduction to mountaineering and popular winter sports to adrenaline enthusiast. It is called National Scenic Area, as you can observe some of the best landscapes in Scotland.
Inversess Music Festival
Inverness Festival Association runs the Inverness Music Festival, a competitive festival, which provides opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to develop their potential in a wide range of musical events. The Festival runs each year for 10 days in March.
Dumfries and Galloway Wild Spring Festival
Welcome to the Dumfries & Galloway Wild Spring festival taking place from 2nd to 18th April. This is a festival with over 60 events. Look out for species such as geese, badgers, salmon and of course red kites! Guided walks, poetry, music and whole range of family activities are also on the programme.
Beltane Fire Festival
Celebrating the arrival of summer, the Beltane Fire Festival is one of the most spirited and dramatic dates on Edinburgh’s events calendar, with an exuberant mix of fire, costume, drums and pagan ritual on the dramatic setting of Carlton Hill.
Scotland’s Big Nature Festival
Interested in wildlife? Love the outdoors? Then join the RSPB for a wild weekend at the beautiful Levenhall Links in Musselburgh! With an extensive range of wildlife talks, workshops and activities such as bird ringing and pond dipping this annual festival has something for everyone, from keen birders to family adventurers.
Edinburgh International Children’s Festival
Imaginate, the organisation behind the festival, celebrates the best of children’s theatre and dance from around the world by producing the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival which showcases high quality, distinctive Scottish and international performances each year.
Islay Festival of Malt and Music
Feis Ile – the Islay Festival of Malt and Music – was founded by the local people of Islay in 1986 to celebrate the heritage and culture of Isle of Islay and to provide a pan cultural and activity-based series of events.
Ballater Royal Deeside Walking Festival
Explore the natural beauty of the Cairngorms surrounding Ballater with a series of guided walks. All ages and levels are welcome and with a full social calendar you are sure to have an outstanding time.
Crail Food Festival
Taking place in the coastal village of Crail, the Crail Food Festival is a highlight of the summer festival calendar. Held over a weekend, the festival programmed a variety of foodie events and opportunities for producers and public alike.
Edinburgh International Film Festival
The Edinburgh International Film Festival celebrates the best in British and World cinema. Come and see some of the most entertaining, challenging and inspirational new movies around and meet the artists involved in movie-making.
Wildhood is a curated weekend of excitement and adventure for children aged 12 and under, to be enjoyed with their fun-loving families. Experience an unplugged, safe and magical festival, celebrating nature, games, folklore, history, outdoors, traditional arts & crafts, dance and music – in a fairytale setting.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The world’s biggest celebration of the arts takes over Edinburgh for three weeks in August in a massive explosion of cultural and artistic expression. The programme is a vibrant mix of art forms – theatre, comedy, music and musicals, dance, events and exhibitions and children’s shows, all attracting up-and-coming talent and established names from around the world.
The Braemar Gathering
Perhaps the most celebrated of all the Highland Games in the world, and the only one which guarantees the presence of a member of the royal family, the Braemar Gathering prides itself on its reputation for friendship and hospitality.
Snow Roads Scenic Route
A new addition to Scotland’s many scenic routes and trails is the Snow Roads Scenic Route spanning 90 miles across the Cairngorms National Park in the stunning Highlands. Offering views of snow-capped mountains and rugged glens, and a plethora of fabulous outdoors adventures and delicious food & drink, it’s a must-experience when in the area.
There are probably a million and one ways to fill your holiday with incredible things to do in Scotland. So, how about grand castles, Train rides through majestic landscapes, An island-hopping adventure, An afternoon in a gallery or a museum, Coastal explorations, Night at the theater, Munro bagging, Following a literary trail, White-water rafting, Shopping expedition, We literally could go on, and on, and on.
So now if you’ve been bit by the Scotland Bug!! What are you waiting for?