Sinful Sunday: Scottish Tourist Board

Visit Scotland! Seriously, visit Scotland. Come here for Edinburgh and Glasgow, sure – and even for lovely, un-lovely Dundee, the city of jute, jam and journalism – but come most of all for the wide open spaces in-between. 

You’ll find those in the Highlands and Islands – on Mull and Skye, up Ben Nevis and along the shores of Loch Lomond – but you don’t have to go that far north. 

Consider instead the Cairngorms, home to the highest, coldest, and snowiest plateaux in the British Isles. Here you’ll find five of Scotland’s six highest mountains, and 18 Munros in total, as well as the ski resort of Glenshee. Go conquer one of those craggy, slate-grey peaks, and give yourself some time at the top to enjoy the stunning views! 

From the Cairngorms, you can travel south along the A93, the highest major public road in the United Kingdom, towards the glens of Angus and Perthshire. On either side of you, you’ll see deep, u-shaped valleys, formed millions of years ago by giant, slow-moving glaciers. Make sure you find somewhere to stop and take in the bleak majesty of this ancient landscape, surrounded by its eerie, wind-ruffled silence. 

By the time you make it down to the charming fort town of Dunkeld, the monochrome panorama will have yielded to lush, verdant forests and the whitewater streams that wend their way through them. This is ‘Big Tree Country’, so park up at The Hermitage and walk through the ancient oaks and Douglas firs to the swirling Black Linn Falls of the River Braan, up at Ossian’s Hall. 

For even wilder water, you’ll need to press on to Dundee and across the Tay Bridge to Fife. There you can take the narrow coastal road out to Tentsmuir Beach, a vast stretch of pine-scented sand that runs along the edge of the forest towards St Andrews. The North Sea really lashes the shore here, so get ready for a bracing swim if you do venture out into the waves! Alternatively, just hunker down among the dunes with a packet of sandwiches and a flask of tea…or something a little stronger. 

After a full day out in the fresh air, you’ll need somewhere cosy to settle in for the evening. Luckily, Scotland is full of gorgeous boutique hotels, where you can warm yourself by the fire, and enjoy the best freshwater fish and local meat the UK has to offer. Whether you order salmon or trout, grouse or venison, beef or lamb, you’ll tuck in knowing that your food has come straight from the lochs, rivers, farms and forests to your plate. 

Chase down your meal with some boozy trifle or cranachan, and a tot or two from your host’s collection of single malts, then burrow under the duvet till morning. I guarantee you’ll wake up ready to do it all over again… 

Sinful Sunday

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17 Responses to Sinful Sunday: Scottish Tourist Board

  1. SilverDom says:

    What a wonderful series of images – and words.

  2. Elliott Henry says:

    Wonderful travelogue! Beautiful photography. The last shot is perfect.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Gosh isn’t the Scottish Scenery wonderful 🙂

  4. Definitely happy to go on a tour to see that set of delightful views!

  5. I don’t suppose you happened to notice if the A939 Cockbridge to Tomintoul road was open, did you?

    As someone who grew up in those parts you are describing, always happy to seem them get publicity.

    KW

  6. Molly says:

    You need to get in touch with the Scottish Tourist Board and by the time I got to the end of this I was ready to start planning a trip

    As for the pictures, I love them all but there is something about the second one day, the composition and the way your body stands out against the landscape that I really love

    mollyx

  7. What an amazingly wonderful advert for Scottish Tourism!
    I’m all for getting naked . . . and in such a glorious location you make it seem all the more inviting!!!
    Wonderful, wonderful !!!
    Xxx – K

  8. Malflic says:

    Looks like such an amazing trip.

  9. Ruby says:

    I’ve always enjoyed the Scottish scenery but now it seems even better…

  10. Mr Minx says:

    Great pics! I love Scotland, and especially Edinburgh…miss it!

  11. Krystal says:

    Awesome images!

  12. Helen Scott says:

    My trip to Scotland didn’t look like that. I guess we’ll have to try again. The nearest airport just started direct flights to Edinburgh!

  13. Aurora Glory says:

    Wow such stunning settings for your photos! I love them all and now want to go to Scotland. Mission accomplished lol!
    Aurora x

  14. Scotland definitely is a place we still want to visit. It looks beautiful out there!
    Nice pics!

    Rebel xox

  15. Fabulous, great advert in images and words 🙂

  16. Beautiful images – the second is my favourite

  17. Bee says:

    I think I need a trip simply for the empty open spaces!

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