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From the couch to Cairngorms: Experience the magical sights and sounds of Scotland from your home

© ShutterstockCairngorms National Park
Cairngorms National Park

As the sun continues to shine down on Scotland, it’s easy to find yourself daydreaming about holidays and the great outdoors.

Our country is second to none when it comes to spectacular scenery, but right now the beaches, mountains, cities and rivers are going unexplored.

Yet, while there are fewer cars on the roads and planes in the sky, nature continues to thrive: ice is beginning to thaw on Skye’s Black Cuillin, blossom is blooming in Edinburgh’s Meadows, and ospreys are making the Scottish Highlands their home again, following a winter retreat in Africa.

To quench Scots’ thirst to experience the outdoor life that exists at their finger tips, Hidden Scotland, one of the UK’s fastest-growing travel brands, is making it possible to enjoy the country’s most magnificant sights and sounds from home.

Their ‘Daily Escape to Scotland’ Instagram series lets social media users get lost in Edinburgh’s Old Town, relax to the soothing sounds of Sandwood Bay or envelope themselves in the noises of the famous Jacobite Railway.

Each post is an insight into the depths of Scotland’s nature, culture and heritage, via virtual tours and sensory experiences, to encourage people not to lose their desire to explore and discover the country due to the current lockdown restrictions.

In the last week, Hidden Scotland has enabled its followers to experience the sights and sounds of the Old Man of Storr, join a contemplative puffin at the Bullers of Buchan, see a steam train rolling into Fort William station and gaze across a perfectly still lake in the North West Highlands.

Jack Cairney, founder of Hidden Scotland, said: “Research shows that naturalistic sounds, such as the rolling waves of Sandwood Bay, promote relaxation and improve mental wellbeing, and arguably there has never been a more important time to take a minute to simply listen, breathe and focus on our own mental health than in recent weeks.”

Grab a cup of tea and a notepad and pen, and allow Hidden Scotland’s posts to whisk you away to a breathtaking location that you can add to your future bucketlist.

The Jacobite Railway

Old Town Edinburgh


Scotland’s Coasts