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Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness

Why I Want To Visit Scotland

Next month I am driving up to Scotland for a week-long holiday, and I am so excited to explore more of this beautiful country. The last time I went was around ten years ago; I visited St Andrews, with a few hours in Edinburgh. This time I have planned a whole day in Edinburgh and a week in the Cairngorms National Park. I can’t wait!

My last visit to bonny Scotland made me fall in love with the place, and I have always wanted to return, I even looked at going to university there! Now I am going once again; I have put together the reasons for my holiday.


I am lucky to live in Devon, which has some truly beautiful scenery, but nothing can compare to Scotland. The mountains, moors and everything in between just seems magical to me. It might be helped that one of my favourite shows, Outlander, is set in the highlands and makes it look wild and beautiful. I am planning a few road trips, and a walk up one of the many Munros in the Cairngorms to really appreciate its beauty.


Living in Devon has given me a renewed interest in nature and wildlife. Though I have basic knowledge of the wildlife in the UK, I always keep an eye out for something unusual. Scotland and the Cairngorms are home to a whole host of wildlife, from eagles to reindeer. Though there is a slim chance I will see much, I will be packing binoculars and keeping my fingers crossed.


Though haggis contains the rather unappetising sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, and stomach along with onion, oatmeal, suet and spices, I feel like a trip to Scotland must include a sampling of the famous dish. I am not a fussy eater by any means, (will refuse to eat mushrooms, however) and will try anything once, so then, I at least know whether I like it.

Harry Potter

The city of Edinburgh is where J.K. Rowling started writing the Harry Potter books, and the fictional school Hogwarts is located in Scotland too. I am a huge Harry Potter fan, so part of the draw of Edinburgh is its many connections to Rowling and Potter. There are the cafes The Elephant House and Spoon, Greyfriar’s Kirkyard and a few other spots connected to the wizarding world of Harry Potter I will be sure to check out during my visit.

Inverness and Loch Ness

Inverness has a lot of interesting history I am excited to explore, such as Urquhart Castle and Fort George and I will take a short trip to Culloden, the site of a major battle in the Jacobite Uprising in 1746. Then there is Loch Ness, the largest volume of freshwater in the British Isles. I doubt I will see the legendary Loch Ness Monster, but I have always been interested in seeing the huge loch.

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  1. I love Edinburgh; can’t wait to go to the Christmas markets this year, I’ve heard so many good things! Food-wise, I’d recommend trying Stovies (it’s like mince and potato with an oatcake but tastes SO good) and a macaroni pie (a fresh one from a pie shop). Have an AMAZING time xoxoxoxoxo

  2. I cannot wait for a holiday to Scotland… hopefully we’ll visit in 2018 or 2019 at the latest! I would also visit some HP-related sights… and Edinburgh!!! And a whiskey distillery! And Highland Games!! And beautiful castles! So many things to see and do and so little time 😀

  3. I have always wanted to go to Scotland to see the Highlands and especially Edinburgh, as I am quite a Harry Potter addict growing up with the stories and all. It doesn’t help much that my brother has just returned from his trip there and told me about everything he experienced. So I really hope, I’ll be able to go one day. Have a nice and safe stay! S. x

  4. I’ve not been to Scotland or Devon. I’m in Norfolk, so both quite a trip. I’ve always wanted to visit Scotland though, you see some beautiful photographs of the sights. I’d also love to go for the Fringe Festival!

  5. My boyfriend and I are desperate to go up to Scotland in our camper. There just seems like so much to see, and obviously the Harry Potter links are the best!

  6. I have always wanted to see Loch Ness. There is something so magical about it and the stories! My dad used to tell it to us when we where kids and I loved it!!!!

  7. Went to Loch Ness in 1974! The loch was quiet and eerie even in summer. In Inverness there are some tiny islands in the middle of the river that are just bug enough for a two minute walk. Very cute.

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