Make It Scotland is the ultimate travel directory for all things Scotland.
It is run by Ali Murray, who is passionate about showcasing her favourite things to see, eat and do across the country.
We challenged her to narrow her highlights down to a top three.
My favourite place in Scotland. All the adjectives in the world could not describe it. You need to experience it for yourself. Immersed in complete, all-round beauty, in any season, in any weather, it is truly breathtaking. A place where you feel alive.
As you drive past Rannoch Moor and approach Glencoe Mountain Ski Centre, you’ll see Buachaille Etive Mor welcoming you into Glencoe. For me, it’s a feeling like no other. Almost emotional, cathartic and mesmerising.
Whether you are looking for a challenging hike, a low-level walk or simply a wander to take photos, you will be spoiled for choice. I highly recommend that while you’re there, you take yourself to the Clachaig Inn for food. The staff are so lovely and welcoming and you will never be disappointed with the food and the atmosphere.
Bidean Nam Bian
For those who love to hike, this hill is incredible. Sunset hikes hit the spot (when you get the weather), and it has been my favourite hike so far.
Bidean is the highest mountain in Argyll and part of the Three Sisters of Glencoe. While parts of the terrain are steep and rocky, there are fairly worn paths for most of the route. You will begin the walk by walking between Gear Aonach and Aonach Dubh. No matter where you turn, you will be surrounded by the most beautiful views. At the summit, you will see Loch Etive in the southwest, over to Ballachullish and over Aonach Eagach to Ben Nevis.
Hidden away in the lovely area of Glenfinnan, these are the most charming bothies I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying in.
What I love about them is that everything is eco-friendly. The most unique feature that had me in awe, was the roman blinds that have been made from old coffee sacks. There is no item in the bothies that hasn’t been fixed to be reused. Each bothy is slightly different in terms of layout and how many it sleeps but each is just as well-equipped as the next. You won’t meet more welcoming hosts, with their passion for sustainability and giving a memorable experience.
If you want to explore Scotland, I would encourage, whether you travel solo, as a couple or with children, plan a trip but don’t overplan it. Go off-track. Visit some popular locations but also create your own memories and sometimes, it is good switch the sat-nav off and see where the road takes you. You’ll discover some places you didn’t even know were there. And that is the type of adventure.
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