With sensible day trips and weekends away looking most likely, we’ve picked out some of the idyllic towns and villages from around the country that we can’t wait to check out.
From the Borders to the Highlands and Islands, there are plenty of colorful communities, coastal towns, and vibrant villages waiting to be explored, here are some of our favorites.
Luss, Loch Lomond
Lying on the western banks of Loch Lomond, this picturesque village is surrounded by some truly stunning scenery.
Its squat little sandstone cottages are covered in flowers, giving the village a peaceful feel, making for a relaxing atmosphere but don’t let appearances fool you there are lots to do and explore close by.
Portree, Isle of Skye
The ideal place to make for your base camp on an adventurous trip to the Isle of Skye, the colorful town of Portree is a must-visit.
With its natural harbor and pastel-colored houses, it’s hugely popular with tourists and it’s easy to see why, not only is it great for grabbing some Instagram-worthy photos there’s also plenty of great places to eat, particularly if you’re a fan of seafood.
St Abbs, Berwickshire
This small fishing village on the Berwickshire coast is not only stunning to look at, but it also provided the backdrop for some famous blockbuster movies.
Most recently, it doubled as New Asgard in Avengers: Endgame, where it played host to the mighty Thor and fan-favorite Korg, and yes there was even a bottle of Irn-Bru involved.
Tobermory, Isle of Mull
One of the most instantly recognizable towns in Scotland, this former fishing port is well-known for its colorful waterfront buildings, which doubled as the fictional town of Balamory in the hit children’s TV show of the same name.
Located on the east coast of Mishnish, on the northern part of Mull – one of Scotland’s most enjoyable islands to visit – this popular town has built its reputation of the warm welcome you’ll receive any time you arrive.
Recognizable to any Outlander fan, the historic Fife village doubles as fictional town Cranesmuir in the hit show.
Located on the northern banks of the Firth of Forth, this Royal Burgh is filled with history and everywhere you look there’s something more to see – from its Mercat Cross to the beautiful whitewashed buildings.
This stunning little village in Speyside is sure to be a big hit with both walkers and whisky fans.
Situated in the middle of Scotland’s most productive whisky-making region, Speyside, there’s practically a distillery around every corner.
Its beautiful and historic buildings also make for an intriguing backdrop as you wander around exploring before heading down to the stunning River Spey for an evening stroll.
Representing the Borders, this atmospheric town, located close to the Eildon Hills, is well known for its close ties to the sport rugby but also serves as a walker’s paradise.
Filled with a rich history and surrounded by the breath-taking Tweed valley scenery, as well as several historic gardens and landmarks, there’s always plenty to see and do.
One of the most unique coastal villages you’ll find in the UK, never mind Scotland, Crovie is pressed up against an Aberdeenshire cliff on a narrow ledge, making for an imposing view before you even enter the area itself.
A former fishing village, it’s now become a haven for tourists with people flocking from all over the UK to marvel at its distinctive layout and location.
By: Sean Murphy