AT#549 – Travel to Scotland

Travel to Scotland (podcast) - What to do, see and eat in Scotland

Hear about travel to Scotland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Sarah from about travel to this beautiful and historic country.

Sarah lived in Scotland for a couple of years and fell in love with this green, often damp country. Sarah says of Scotland “it is a country with an incredibly rich history, a ton of outdoor activities, incredible music, culture, art. And it’s small so you can get around Scotland in a week if you wanted to.”

She recommends a week long itinerary that starts in Edinburgh or Glasgow (depending on your preferred airline) and then after seeing those two cities heads over to the Isle of Skye and finishes in Inverness. Along the way we will see the Edinburgh castle (and the Edinburgh Tatoo if you time it right), the Royal Mile, the new Scottish Parliament, the old Holyrood Palace, the vistas from the Glasgow to Fort William and Mallaig train (including the familiar curve of the Glenfinnan Viaduct), a fairy circle, an arts trail, the Scottish highlands, white sand beaches, a ruined castle and the spectacular scenery of the Trotternish Ridge.

We will learn some things along the way about Scottish history. We will talk about the Jacobites and “Bonnie Prince Charlie”, the battle of Culloden and the suppression of the Scottish clans. We will walk you through a Burns Supper from the salute to the haggis to the last whisky toast.

Sarah will surprise you with her favorite restaurants which are not just about haggis tatties and neeps or cullen skink. There is a great variety of non-traditional fare available in Scotland these days.

All this will only take a week but if you have more time Sarah makes a case for going further afield to Orkney and the Outer Hebrides.

Come fall in love with bagpipes on a rainy day and the beauty of Scotland.

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Show Notes


Visit Scotland



Loch Lomond

Scottish Parliament

Holyrood Palace

Charles Edward Stuart (“Bonnie Prince Charlie”)

Edinburgh Castle

St Margaret’s Chapel, Edinburgh

Mons Meg

Royal Mile

List of closes on the Royal Mile


Whiski Bar (Edinburgh)

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

The Lighthouse – Glasgow

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Ashton Lane (Glascow)

Ubiquitous Chip Restaurant Glasgow

Cafe Andaluz


Robert Burns

Burns Supper

The Selkirk Grace

Cullen skink (soup)

Glasgow to Fort William and Mallaig train

Isle of Skye


Arts Trail

Jacobite Cruise Company

Urquhart Castle


English Civil War

William III of England

Culloden Battlefield

Edinburgh Festival

25 Things To Do In Edinburgh

25 Things To Do In Glasgow


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