Destination Guides

In-depth guides to our favourite places in Scotland


Here at The Tartan Road, we're passionate about Scotland and want to introduce it to as many people as possible. Spending our time arranging the best Scottish holidays, we're really lucky to be able to explore so many parts of Scotland ourselves. Here are a few of our favourite destinations.

If you would like more details on any of these places - or want to know more about somewhere else, then please contact us. We love talking about Scotland and are always happy to help with any questions.

Things to do in and around Edinburgh

Things to do in and around Edinburgh

Edinburgh is truly a world city with a huge range of attractions to appeal to any discerning holidaymaker. Among many other accolades, its old town and new town together are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its location is no less worthy of attention, situated on the shore of …


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Things to do in Oban

Things to do in Oban

Oban is one of the biggest towns on the west coast of Scotland. It's a major transport hub but still has a charming and small-town feel that makes it one of the top holiday destinations in Scotland.

In Scot's Gaelic, Oban is called An t-Òban, which means The Little …


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Things to do in Kilmartin Glen

Things to do in Kilmartin Glen

Just an hour south of Oban, to the north of Lochgilphead and the Kintyre peninsula, lies one of Britain's most important concentrations of prehistoric and bronze age remains. There are more than 800 ancient monuments here, 150 of which are prehistoric.

Kilmartin Glen has been populated for at least …


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Things to do in and around Glasgow

Things to do in and around Glasgow

Glasgow was named the UK's top cultural and creative city by the European Commission in 2019 and it's easy to see why! The striking architecture is particularly special, and the range of museums and galleries is truly impressive. There are hundreds of things to keep visitors busy during the day, …


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Things to do in and around Dundee

Things to do in and around Dundee

Dundee is the fourth-largest city in Scotland by population, but it doesn't feature prominently on the usual tourist trails. We think it's a bit of a hidden gem, though, and we're looking forward to telling you why.

The city of Dundee has a wonderful location on the banks of the …


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Things to do in and around Aberdeen

Things to do in and around Aberdeen

Sitting between the mouths of the rivers Dee and Don with a long sandy beach in between, Aberdeen has a beautiful outlook and the city itself offers a great mix of museums, galleries, architecture, green spaces and an eclectic assortment of eateries.

Affectionately named the 'Granite City' or the 'silver …


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Things to do in and around Inverness

Things to do in and around Inverness

Inverness is the administrative centre of the Highlands and home to a quarter of its population. Surrounded by glorious scenery and the natural starting point for a huge range of outdoor activities and adventures, the city is situated where the river Ness meets the Moray Firth at the end of …


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Things to do in and around Perth

Things to do in and around Perth

Dubbed Scotland's Fair City after Sir Walter Scott's 1828 novel The Fair Maid of Perth, this historic city on the banks of the river Tay is a wonderful place for a break in any season.

Particularly known for its art galleries and rich history, the city of Perth punches …


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Things to do in and around Stirling

Things to do in and around Stirling

Stirling's strategically-significant location at the lowest bridging point of the River Forth and right in the centre of Scotland has made it an important place for trade for centuries and secured its place in Scottish history. It was once said, "he who holds Stirling, holds Scotland", and it's easy to …


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Things to do in Kintyre

Things to do in Kintyre

Often known as a 'mainland island' due to its remoteness, the Kintyre peninsula is a unique and incredible - yet still relatively accessible - place to explore and get away from it all. The place that inspired Sir Paul McCartney to write 'Mull of Kintyre' is still truly one of …


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