**St Andrews, a university town with the famous old golf course – the Royal & Ancient Golf Club – that is a mecca for golfers.
***The Borders, a tranquil pastoral area with delightful towns such as **Melrose, Kelso and Peebles. The highlights are Abbotsford House (Sir Walter Scott’s house), Floors Castle (the Scotland’s biggest inhabited castle), Traquair House (the oldest inhabited house). Ideal for walking, cycling, and driving.
**Stirling, a compact and historic town with an imposing castle, is a perfect base for outdoor activities in the Trossachs lowland countryside.
Royal & Ancient Golf Clubhouse on the Old Course, with Swilcan Burn bridge. Photo by Optograph.
Walking and Hiking: Especially try to travel the Duke’s Pass between Callander and Aberfoyle in the Trossachs, The West Highland Way (95 miles from Glasgow to Fort Williams via Loch Lomond and Glen Coe) and the Great Glen Way.
Climbing: Mt. Ben Nevis (1, 344m), Britain’s highest peak, and mountains more peaks and cliffs.
Bird-watching: Orkney Isles, Shetland Isles.
Fishing: The Borders, Deeside and masses of private rivers or public seas.
Biking: Heaps of spectacular small, quiet roads in the Highlands, the Borders, the Trossachs (especially from Callander to Balquhidder), and more. . .
Skiing: Aviemore, UK’s biggest skiing centre has some good runs if global warming doesn’t kill off the snow.
Golfing: From the wonderful, mad old Edinburgh city centre Brunswick Links to St Andrews, there are more than 400 golf courses in Scotland
Nightlife & Entertainment: Edinburgh or Glasgow are very lively, sometimes excessively.
St Abbs town in the Scottish Borders region. Photo by Nachosan.
**Achmelvich is a popular summer activity centre – especially windsurfing, coasteering, caving, climbing and hiking – 40 miles (64 km) north of Ullapool even though visitors have to get there via a tiresome single lane road off the B869 coast road. Adjacent are camping and caravan sites.
Wildlife also enjoy the area with plentiful numbers of whales, seals, basking sharks, otters, pine martens, ospreys and white-tailed eagles regularly spotted.
The Bay of Alchmelvich in the Highlands on Scotland’s west coast. Photo by Raikage.
**Famous Castles: Eilean Donan near Kyle of Lochalsh, Floors in Kelso on the The Borders, Urquhart by Loch Ness, Cawdor (Macbeth) near Inverness.
Try to stay in a castle-become-hotel if you can afford it. e. g. Leslie Castle, Insch, Aberdeenshire or Borthwick Castle, North Middleton, Midlothian.
*The Orkneys and Shetlands islands are a flight away further north, good for viewing seabirds such as gannets and puffins and a couple of prehistoric sites. If lucky you could see the Northern Lights from there.
Dunrobin Castle in Sutherland. Really? As in done robbin’? Photo by Jack Spellingbacon.