What To Do and Where To Stay In Scotland

By now, you’ve probably read about my favorite restaurants in Scotland. If you’re like me, I assume you’ll spend most of your time eating like I did on my trip with VisitBritain, but don’t miss out on the gorgeous landscapes and rich history of Scotland while you’re there! Here are a few of my favorite activities, and a few hotel recommendations for your visit as well.

Scotland Activities:

1. Stirling Castle - Ever see the movie Braveheart?? It was filmed at this very castle nestled in the town of Stirling.

2. Hidden Glen Safari - Get off the beaten path (literally) and go on an off-roading Jeep safari of the highlands. My wonderful tour guide, Alan, shared lots of Scottish history while pointing out incredible wildlife and some of the best views of the highlands.

3. Edinburgh Castle - You can’t miss this! Perched on the top of a hill overlooking the city, the castle is the centerpiece of Edinburgh culture. Crown jewels, the oldest surviving building in Scotland, and sweeping views of the city - what more could you want?

4. Edinburgh Gin - I didn’t love gin before my trip to Scotland, but now I’m an aficionado! It was so interesting to take a tour of Edinburgh Gin, see the gin production, smell every botanical used to make their products, and do a taste test of their different varieties. My personal favorite was the rose and pomegranate gin liqueur - I even bought some to take home with me!

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5. Leith - Super cute, hip neighborhood about ten minutes outside of Edinburgh. It’s home to lots of great restaurants and cafes, an adorable farmer’s market, and the famous Yacht Britannia. 

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Hotels:

1. Monachyle Mhor – This Barbie Dreamhouse in the Scottish highlands is the definition of a fairytale destination. True, it’s a five-star hotel, but the incredible staff (and adorable dog) make it feel like home. They’ve really perfected the balance of luxury and coziness - a gorgeous yet rustic interior design, incredible tasting menus in their Michelin-recommended restaurant, a disco barn perfect for a hoedown throw down... they even host an arts and music festival every May! I only spent two nights here, but everyone from the Mhor became family. I can’t wait for our next reunion.

2. The Principal Charlotte Square – This lovely new Edinburgh hotel celebrates the old and new - former townhouses overlooking the lovely Charlotte Square have been connected and transformed into a sleek, modern hotel. The interior design throughout the hotel is stunning, and the gorgeous greenhouse restaurant is perhaps my favorite feature!

Following along on Instagram? See more from the trip at #CarnivorrTravel.