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In 2016 I visited Edinburgh twice after falling in love with it when I visited it completely solo in February, and I have not been shy in talking about how it’s one of my favourite places. For me, Scotland feels like such a different world with lots of greenery and plenty of wildlife and changes in scenery, much more so than London and the South of England, and visiting makes me feel a whole world away from back home. With so many places to visit here are some of my wishlist places to cross off my list:
Now Scotland might not be the first place you think of for a beach holiday but the Outer Hebrides are made up of 15 inhabited islands which have some stunning stretches of sand which you can easily mistake for being anywhere by the United Kingdom. There is mountainous terrain and sand with shimmering blue streaks on Luskentyre, blissful beach solitude on West Beach or some of the best surfing conditions on Scarista. Traigh Mhor is also the world’s only beach that doubles as an airport which is kinda a strange one.
Islay is one of the islands in the Inner Hebrides a chain of 79 islands. Islay is whisky galore with a massive eight distilleries on the island and although I’m not a whisky fan myself I’d love to take my dad here as I know he would love it (and Islay whisky is his favourite). There’s also more than 2o beaches and stunning views from every angle.
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Of course, I’d love to head back to my favourite city, and having done most of the ‘key’ things I think I’d just explore the city more, walk and get lost. Although I’d always book an airport transfer in Scotland to get me from the airport, so much easier than faffing with public transport like I did last time. I want to climb the Scott Monument which I haven’t got round to doing yet, I want to explore the Harry Potter bits in the city and just see what else I can fall in love with.
Jura is another island in the Inner Hebrides and is one of the places with the most amount of wildlife in the UK with stags across the hills, otters which lay on the shores, and golden eagles are a regular sight here. Barly 200 people live on the island along a single road so I’m sure it would be peaceful and a great place to just walk and explore.
I have been to Glasgow briefly once before but I didn’t get to explore the city and in all honesty spent most of my time at the airport due to snow and a 7 hour delayed plane. There’s cathedrals, plenty of art and plenty of culture with the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland housed here, plus there are some infamous music venues across a city which was spawned some of my favourite bands.
One of the main reasons I want to visit Skye is for something called the Fairy pools. Now as a kid I had an obsession with fairies and the enchanted imagery it conjures makes me smile. The images I’ve seen of the Fairy Pools are stunning with cascading waterfalls through carved rock and caves flowing into empty vivid turquoise pools. It really does look magical and not like the kind of thing you’d think of finding in Scotland.