Best Rural Hotel: Douneside House and Health Club on Royal Deeside. The setting in the Scottish Highlands is remarkable and the restaurant is surely set for a Michelin star. My family adored the leisure facilities and had the most wonderful luxurious weekend break.
Favourite Rural Food Spot: I adore Balgove Larder in Fife. Balgove has become a hub for top-notch locally reared, grown, stalked, caught and handmade food.
Best Spot For History Buffs: Culloden. Every Outlander TV series and history fan I know who comes to Scotland typically leaves Edinburgh for Culloden as their next stop. This is an emotive and atmospheric battlefield where the 1745 Jacobite Rising came to a tragic end.
Most Dramatic Scenery: The rugged mountains of Glencoe, which is one of the most beautiful and other-worldly places in Scotland. It's featured in films such as Skyfall and several Harry Potter movies. The Jacobite ‘Harry Potter’ steam train journey has been described as the greatest railway journey in the world.
Most Beautiful Scenery: If you possibly can, make time for a trip to the Isle of Harris on the Outer Hebrides. It’s got the most beautiful beach in the world, in my opinion and in the opinion of many others.
Best Road Trip: The North Coast 500. Even Jeremy Clarkson has admitted it’s the best driving route in the world.
Favourite Walking Route: I loved walking the Lairig Ghru in the Cairngorms. It’s the most famous mountain pass in Scotland.
Best Beaches: Isle of Harris aside, Edinburgh has its own beach, Portobello. At St Andrews, there are the vast and magnificent West Sands or the smaller and lovely East Sands.
For Rainy Days: Head back to the National Museums of Scotland in Edinburgh. It will keep you and your family engrossed for hours.
If You Only Visit One Place: The Isle of Skye. Book accommodation early as the world is becoming aware of the breathtaking beauty of this island. Skye is a world-class destination for walkers and climbers: the Cuillin range (with its 12 munros over 3,000ft) and the Trotternish Ridge offer challenging climbs and interesting scrambles. Also check out the Fairy Pools, hike up the Quiraing and look out in awe over the kingdom of the Old Man of Storr.
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