It’s the new year and we’re already itching to travel!
With so many amazing places around the world, it often feels like the most difficult decision is choosing where to go.
Puerto Rico, Thailand, New Zealand, or perhaps Scotland? Maybe we’re a little biased but the Highlands, and Scotland in general, is always our first choice!
If you need a little convincing, we’ve got some reasons why you should visit Scotland in 2019.
- Everyone wants to go!
We like to pay attention to the travel guides. From Metro New’s Great British Bucket List voting searching for Nessie a top UK activity to Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019 voting the Highlands and Islands a top destination, the signs are all pointing to the Highlands as the place to go.
- There is something outside for all of the family.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, a little bit of a couch potato or like a simple stroll in the fresh air, Scotland provides everything you could want. In winter, there is an outstanding ski resort Nevis Range Mountain Resort. In summer, there is munro bagging. If you’re feeling a little more sedentary, take a short but fast boat ride across Loch Ness or a paraglide through the winding mountains. If you’re looking for any more activites, consult our previous blog post on “Thrill Seeking Activities in the Highlands”!
- Hogwarts, and the wizarding world.
Everyone knows the most famous school of the wizarding world is in Scotland. But in fact, the very train tracks of the Hogwarts Express are just kilometres from Fort Augustus. The Glenfinnan Viaduct can be seen on a train from Fort William to the west coast of Scotland. With deep lochs all around (where giant squids and merpeople may lay), as well as forests for hippogriffs and all the magical creatures Hagrid so loved – the Highlands are the indisputable territory of Harry Potter’s world.
In any “what to do in the UK” list, this is an inevitable find. The Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as Nessie, cannot be missed and yet is hard to find. Explore the dark depth of the loch by boat and see if you’ll be the lucky person to catch a glimpse!
- You can get away.
Anyone who has already been to the Highlands know that they are a solace. With soaring munros, meandering rivers, lochs and streams, deep forests and empty blue skies, the Highlands are unique. As Lonely Planet states, “The wild landscapes of Scotland’s Highlands and islands offer the ultimate escape – one of the last corners of Europe where you can discover genuine solitude.” Isn’t that a place something worth traveling to?
- There isn’t just the Highlands
All around the Highlands, the Lowlands and just anywhere in Scotland, there are centres of culture, cuisine, extraordinary activities and the chance to make unforgettable memories. Book a trip to the Highlands now, and stay with The Highland Club to give your trip that extra spark.