Of all the holiday beaches around the world, few contend with the dramatic shores of Scotland. What it may occasionally lack in climate, it makes up for with striking scenery. Its glass-like lakes, secluded lochs and impressive coastlines give Scotland a unique allure that has people flocking from far and wide to experience it.

With travel restrictions still in place, it comes as no surprise that more and more of us are choosing staycations over jetting off abroad this summer.

According to a recent report, 44% of UK adults plan to take a trip to Scotland between July-December this year, with 34% planning to do so this summer. Alongside this, a further 60% of Scots intent to holiday in their home country this summer too.

If all this travel talk has you wondering where to go on your next visit, here’s a couple of must-see places that Scotland has to offer.

The Cowal Peninsula

A slice of paradise for those who love to be by the water. With glistening lochs and towering mountains cutting across the horizon, this National Park is one of the most popular holiday spots in the Scottish Highlands. Home to the famous Loch Lomond, travellers flock here to seek peace and tranquillity in the beautiful Scottish wilderness. A popular spot for keen photographers wishing to capture the loch’s natural beauty, other outdoor activities here include fishing and hiking and rock climbing.

Moray Firth

Famous for its array of marine wildlife, Moray Firth is one of the best locations in the world to see bottle-nosed dolphins in the wild. Minke whales, pilot whales and killer whales have also reportedly been sighted on these shores – but if that wasn’t enough, sea creatures aren’t all that this coastal county has to offer. Countless majestic castles still stand tall in Moray, including Duffus Castle, Brodie Castle and Ballindalloch Castle – dating back to the 1500s!

As it’s simply impossible to explore all of Moray in a day, we recommend booking an overnight stay to extend your trip, giving you plenty of time to make the most of all of that this magnificent place has to offer.

Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye is the largest island of Inner Hebrides, spanning 50 miles of coastal terrain. It’s the perfect place to take a morning boat trip out on the water, where you can spot seals, otters, whales and dolphins! The island is also home to the largest population of red deer in the UK. Why not take a hike through the Highland hills in search of them? If you’re a thrill-seeker, then look no further than Skye’s world-class climbing spots; The Cuillin Range and The Trotternish Ridge. Providing challenging climbs and scenic scrambles, these treacherous cliffs are sure to get your adrenaline pumping.