Scotland has been named as number two on the list of the Top 10 Countries to Visit in 2017, by Rough Guides, meaning Scotland really should be on your lists of places to visit this year!
We want to make sure you get the most out of your trip to this spectacular country so why not make it a year to remember as you tick off the amazing places to visit on your Scottish Bucket List…
Steam across the Glenfinnan Viaduct
Photo credit: VisitScotland
Made famous by the Harry Potter film series the breathtaking Glenfinnan Viaduct is a must see in Scotland! You can only cross this iconic bridge by train on the West Highland Railway Line, which has been voted more scenic than the Trans-Siberian Railway and Trans-Mongolian Railway. This spectacular bridge will truly be the highlight of your journey.
Experience the magic at Skye's Fairy Pools
Photo credit: Kenny Lam, VisitScotland
Travel to the Isle of Skye and at the the foot of the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle you will find the Fairy Pools, with beautifully crystal clear blue pools from the River Brittle. People travel from all around the world to catch a glimpse of the magical pools, you can even go swimming (if you are brave enough to face the freezing cold water).
Nearest youth hostel - Glenbrittle Youth Hostel
Be transported back in time at the Ring of Brodgar
This Neolithic Henge and Stone Circle on the Isle of Orkney dates back to 2,500 to 2,000 BC. The iconic site is a large part of Scotland's identity and heritage. Make sure you plan your visit to take in the sunset when the ring is at its most magnificent.
Nearest youth hostel - Kirkwall Youth Hostel
Go exploring in Cairngorms National Park
In the north east of Scotland, you will find the scenic Cairngorms National Park. It is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, with so many sporting activities on offer, including mountain biking, hillwalking, skiing, golfing and a variety of watersports.
Delve into the past at Eilean Donan Castle
What could be more Scottish than visiting an iconic castle positioned out on a beautiful loch. You may recognise this 13th Century Castle in the Highlands of Scotland as it is one of the most photographed castles in the world but it is not until you visit that you can truly understand the fastinating story behind this piece of Scottish history.
Nearest youth hostel - Ratagan Youth Hostel
Shop 'til you drop in Glasgow
With all your favourite brands and so much more, Glasgow is a shoppers haven. There's a great selection of outlets in Glasgow's Style Mile with shopping centres, independent boutiques, designer stores, and one off-speciality shops most of which are open until 7pm or later.
Nearest youth hostel - Glasgow Youth Hostel
Take in the natural beauty of Glencoe
Glencoe is a paradise for walkers and climbers in all seasons, but it is a destination that should be on every avid travellers bucket list! The the mountainous landscapes of Glencoe are quintessentially Scottish, so much so, both Braveheart and Highlander were filmed here.
Nearest youth hostel - Glencoe Youth Hostel
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