- Visit Dunrobin Castle
This castle has an amazing 700 year history to it, it’s incredibly well kept and has actually been lived in until fairly recently. A home to Scottish Earls, Lords, Dukes and Duchesses, you can visit inside the castle, the grounds, as well as a museum featuring all the stuffed animals caught and shot by people who have lived in the castle. Not something I agree with at all but this is part of the culture of what was normal back in the 1800’s. It’s about learning about the lives of people lived in the castle, Scotland’s history. It’s amazing to see and be immersed in what life was like for a Duke back then and because everything here is in such good condition, you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.
I spent about 2 1/2 hours here and the entry fee was £11 per person.
2. See live bagpipes be played
You’re going to Scotland, what are the first things that come to your mind? Gin, kilts and bagpipes! Being in the Highlands, there is a definite advantage as you have a bigger chance of hearing the more traditional songs of bagpipes. I stayed in a small village in a friend’s home and one evening I ended up being absorbed in a local bagpipe band practising in a garage. If I were at home and I heard bagpipes I’d probably moan about how squeaky they are, but being in Scotland, with the locals it was as natural as a bird’s song.
If you’re headed to a more busy area such as Edinburgh, I’m sure that you’ll be able to find a local busker in town trying to make some extra cash. It is worth donating a few pounds to be able to record the kilt-wearing man making that squeaky sound with a bag of air because it’s something you’re going to remember forever.
3. Take in Highland Cattle
The famous Scottish Highland Cattle are the most beautiful cows I’ve ever seen. Their messy mops create fabulous artwork for you to take home from your trip, It will take pride of place in your sitting room and you’ll smile whenever you see it and think back to these fluffy creatures. With horns, fringes, those cheeky tounges and pink noses you can’t help but fall in love with them. A lovely trademark of Scotland you won’t want to miss!
4. Visit Loch Ness and look out for the monster!
Loch Ness is most probably the most famous loch of them all and located in the Highlands, there’s no excuse not to go and visit this giant loch. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and goes on for miles and miles. Try, if you can, to make your visit on a sunny or not cloudy day because the photos you will take will be amazing. This is something that is on most traveller’s bucket list so much sure you tick it off! See if you will be one of few spotters to see Nessy, the Loch Ness monster!!
5. Visit another castle!
Scotland has so much history and if you’re in the country, you should learn about it! I visited Urquhart Castle ruins as it’s located on Loch Ness so you can fit them both in one after the other. You will get wonderful photographs of the ruins with the Loch behind and learn the dramatic history of the castle.
6. Take a hike
The Highlands are incredibly beautiful and you would be crazy not to want to take a hike or even a walk in the neverending fields and forests out there. I could spend hours and hours getting lost in the beauty of the old, traditional houses and the fresh air. I bet you could too!
7. Eat like the locals
Scottish food- haggis, mm haggis! Just the thought of a sheep’s or calf’s offal mixed with suet, oatmeal, and seasoning and boiled in a bag, traditionally one made from the animal’s stomach makes me just want to… puke! Okay okay, so I didn’t try haggis! Do you blame me? “Do as I say, not as I do” someone famous once said!
There are other local alternatives which filled my stomach that was not cooked in an animal’s stomach. One of these meals was “tatties and mince” which translates to potatoes and mincemeat. A pretty plain meal but traditional and tasty! One thing I couldn’t get my head around was a meal my friend got from the fish and chip shop one evening. Now I’m English and I do love my fish and chips, my battered sausage and chips and my chips and gravy, but a Scottish alternative is Mac and cheese Pie!! and chips. As in four carbs in one meal- chips, cheese (okay pretty normal), pastry, and pasta (I just can’t!) Anyway, here’s a picture…