If you are planning a trip to Scotland, here are my suggestions for how you should spend your time:
1. Visit the surrounding islands. Both the Isle of Egg and the Isle of Skye offer fantastic picturesque countryside to stroll through and because the islands are so sparsely populated, you can walk for miles without bumping into anybody. There are also exceptional sandy beaches that also have rock pools for catching crustaceans. The sea is always cold even when it has had the summer’s sun beating down on it all day due to the strong currents in the area, but that doesn’t mean you can’t swim, and when the tide recedes it leaves the beaches beautifully flat which provides ideal ground for playing cricket or football. When you get the boat to the islands, make sure that you keep an eye out for whales as well. They are frequently around and you are most likely to spot them in August and September when they are migrating.
2. Go to Edinburgh. If this is your plan, try to time your trip to coincide with one of the festivals that occur throughout the summer. August is an ideal time because there is the Fringe festival with its bizarre mix of comedy and theatre as well as the Book and Film festivals, which normally boast speakers that are global experts. Getting a hotel in Edinburgh centre can prove tricky when it is festival season because people flock to the city from all over the world, but as long as you book early it should still be possible to find accommodation no matter what your price range.
3. Go to an Old Firm Derby. These are the football matches that occur four times a year in the league between Glasgow Rangers and Celtic and they are always spicy affairs due to the history of the rivalry between the two teams. You can also get deals on luxury Glasgow hotels by booking your accommodation in a package with your tickets to the match, so make sure that you have a look on the internet at the savings that you can make if this is one of your planned activities.