Best of Scotland

Scotland has become a popular tourist destination in the past year, partly thanks to crowning it the most beautiful country. However, when people travel to Scotland, most recommendations are to head to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Skye and Glen Coe, all of which are overcrowded with tourists (and rightfully so). This means a lot of people are missing out a lot of overlooked destinations. Guest author Scotland has been travelling around Scotland for over 26 years, first as a kid with his parents touring in a caravan, then as an adult with an obsession for climbing Scotland's Munros. Here is a selection of some of the underrated but beautiful places to visit in Scotland - the best of Scotland for a short break or outdoor adventures.Ullapool is one of the most underrated places to visit in Scotland. This is mostly due to its location. The closest major airport, Glasgow (Inverness airport is nearer but few airlines fly here), is a 4-hour drive away. However, the drive itself passes some stunning scenery Ullapool has long favourite staycation' spot for decades.Local activities include boat trips, local music festivals, live music (like really, really good folk music, everywhere!) and hill walking. However, one of the best things to do in Ullapool is simply sitting back in one of the many quaint pubs, grab a drink and watch the small fishing boats come and go.Ullapool is settled in little loch broom, an hour north of Inverness and is perfect for exploring Sutherland and Wester Ross.Another favourite amongst hill walkers, Pitlochry is much closer to both Glasgow Airport and Edinburgh Airport being about an hour and a half away from each.Nestled amongst the rolling hills of Perthshire set upon the River Tummel this village is the perfect spot for exploring Glen Lyon, Loch Tay, the Southern Cairngorms, Drumochter and PerthshireFavourites in the village itself are the Blair Atholl Distillery (in Pitlochry, not Blair Atholl, a smaller village 5 miles north), the salmon ladder and Ben Vrackie. lot of tourists simply pass through Oban on their way to Mull, Tiree and other islands in the Hebrides of Scotland. They have no idea what they are missing.Oban is the seafood capital of Britain, with daily catches serves in the various restaurants and bars in the town. There is also plenty to do nearby with Glen Coe and Castle Stalker within driving distance.If you are passing through Oban, this seaside town is well worth a visit!s mentioned, Skye gets a lot of attention when people think of the Scottish Isles. Whilst Skye is great, it is by far the best Scottish island to visit (in my own, very humble opinion. Arran has been a rite of passage for many Glaswegians over the years and is a firm favourite amongst the growing population of “staycationers”.An hour and a half drive from Glasgow and an extra hour on a boat and you’re in Arran. A really strong recommendation is to get a night ferry. There is absolutely nothing else like sailing into Brodick Bay with Goatfell silhouetted against a red sky backdrop.Excellent things to do are Auchrannie Spa, Goat Fell and Brodick Castle but simply driving around the island and stopping at Lochranza, Black Waterfoot, Lamlash and the other villages dotted about is a day well spent!There is a rumour that Arran has it’s own micro-climate but rumour or not, 5 out of the 6 times I have visited it has been clear skies and above typical temperatures. In contract, every time I have been to Skye is has been overcast, cloudy and rainy. We even had gale force winds whilst camping once – not fun.