Here at Tiso we are passionate about the everything that there is on offer in the country we live in. From its lofty mountain tops, to its unspoilt islands, Scotland oozes natural beauty. Here, you can search for the Northern lights, visit Neolithic standing stones or swim with gentle basking sharks. There are boundless things to do and places to visit in Scotland. We've narrowed down some of the options for you to give you some adventure inspiration,and to count down our top 10 amazing experiences in Scotland.
1: Road Trip – The North Coast 500
This 516 mile circular coastal road takes in the finest coastal scenery the UK has to offer. Starting from the Northern city of Inverness, the route weaves its way up the far West coast of Scotland to the most Northerly point on our mainland, John O’Groats and then south, down the stunning east coast. Explore hidden beaches, visit ancient castles or stop for a dram at one of our famous whisky distilleries. Read our Adventure Guide on the North Coast 500 on the blog and share your photos and stories with #MyTiso.
2: Visit the Stenness Standing Stones, Orkney Islands.
On a group of Islands lying off the most Northern tip of Scotland, you will find ancient monuments, folk lore and centuries old tradition. The standing stones of Stenness are a must visit. Dating back to at least 3100BC and reaching a height of up to six meters, this Neolithic heritage site is thought to be one of the earliest in the British Isles. Let yourself be transported back 5000 years and experience the unique atmosphere of the ancient standing stones of Stenness. Photo Credit @jawnphoto
3: Wild Camp on an Outer Hebrides Beach
The Outer Hebrides are made up of a chain of unique Islands, from Vatersay in the south to the Isle of Lewis in the North. Award winninng white beaches, turquoise ocean and relaxed national access rights make the Outer Hebrides a wild campers dream. Wake up to the sound of waves lapping the shore and spend your day exploring everything these picturesque islands have to offer. Get inspired with our guide to Wild Camping in Scotland.
4: Take a Microlight Flight over East Lothian
Take to the skies over East Lothian and explore this beautiful coastline from above. With your birds eye perspective you will be able to spot famous golf courses, the world’s largest gannet colony on the Bass Rock and ancient Scottish castles. This trip is perfect for those visiting East and Central Scotland. Check out the East of Scotland Microlights for prices, information and gift vouchers.
5: Climb a Hill in the Heart of the City
Arthurs Seat, located in Holyrood park in Edinburgh is a must climb for anyone visiting the city. Standing at 251m above sea level, the views from the summit are well worth the hike up. You will be able to see the whole of the city sprawled out below you, across the Firth of Forth to Fife and in winter you may even spot the snow-capped mountains of the highlands.
6: Ski at one of Scotland’s Five Ski Resorts
During the winter months the snow covered highlands of Scotland become a skiers playground. Scotland boasts five ski resorts dotted all over the highlands so you can make the most of snow based adventures in great conditions. On the west coast of Scotland, close to Ben Nevis, you will find the Nevis Range Mountain Resort and at the entrance to the stunning Glencoe valley, the Glencoe Mountain Resort. Over on the East side of the country and within the Cairngorm National Park, you will find Glenshee Ski centre to the south, and the Cairngorm Mountain Resort and the Lecht Ski Centre to the north.
7: Stargazing on the Isle of Coll
The Isle of Coll in the Inner Hebrides is a stargazer's paradise. Coll has been designated a Dark Sky community. The Island has no street lights and an obvious lack of light pollution, making it a brilliant location for stargazing or night photography.
8: Take a Selfie with a Highland Cow
An iconic image of Scotland, the ginger, hairy, horned and hardy highland cow. Originating from the west of the country, these creatures are well adapted to the harsh climate. They can aptly cope with the wind, rain and cold often experienced in the hills and mountains of Scotland. Can you get a photograph of these magnificent coo’s? But watch out for those horns! Share your snaps with #MyTiso to be featured on our social media channels.
9: Swim with Basking Sharks in the Inner Hebrides
The Inner Hebrides and surrounding seas are thought to be one of the best locations in the world to swim with basking sharks. During the summer months sharks gather here in large quantities, but don’t fear these gentle giants, as they are only on the hunt for Plankton. Other sea creatures that are possible to spot in these waters are; Minke whales, Dolphins, Porpoise and seals.
10: Search for the Northern lights
The Northern lights or Aurora Borealis can be seen from all over Scotland. Our country actually lies as far north as parts of Alaska, meaning this otherworldly light spectacle can often be seen during the Autumn and Winter months when the nights are longer and darker. The Aurora Borealis has actually been seen as far south as Edinburgh and the borders, but you need perfect conditions. Head out on a cold, clear night and to an area with little light pollution, be patient, you may have to stay up for most of the night, but when you finally see these rainbows of lights across the sky, it will all be worth it.
If you're planning to get out more this year, make sure you're following Tiso on social media (@TisoOnline). We'll be picking some of our favourite photos and stories to share with our followers. If you need help or inspiration, make sure you read more on our blog. Our in store staff are alsoon hand to offer recommendations to help you get geared up for any adveture!