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Time to stop daydreaming. Now is the time to make your travel plans come true! This is where we come in, with your dose of Scottish inspiration! These parts of Scotland have huge quantities to offer and many of them have exciting things to shout about in 2022. Read on and find out why these locations should be on your radar. Here’s what to see in Scotland in 2022.

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EASTERN LOTHIAN

# 1 must-see in Scotland in 2022

A stay in the Lothian countryside is perfect for a combination of city, coast and countryside.

With a coastal perspective and rail links to Edinburgh, you can enjoy the East Lothian countryside and hop on the train to our capital for a day trip.

It is an exciting time for whiskey aficionados in this part of Scotland. Glenkinchie   Distillery   recently opened its doors after extensive redevelopment to create the “lowland hub for Johnnie Walker”. In Edinburgh, be sure to visit the new   Johnnie Walker Princes Street   for a drink at the rooftop bar overlooking Edinburgh Castle.

The East Lothian coast is wonderful to explore, with the John Muir Way walking trail   which traverses many coastal beauty. Kite surfers love Longniddry Beach while surfers flock to Belhaven Bay to catch the waves. Take the opportunity to board the Concorde at   East Fortune’s National Museum of Flight

Book a seat at Drift  , a highly instagrammable cliffside cafe with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of Bass Rock.

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Stay: Longniddry, North Berwick or Dunbar.

Learn more about visiting  East Lothian

RAASAY SOLA, NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS

# 2 what to see in Scotland in 2022

A small island, located just off the east coast of the Isle of Skye, is about to steal your heart.

Raasay  (say it in your best Scottish accent!) Is the island on everyone’s bucket list at the moment with its recent award from  Conde Nast Traveler  as one of the “best islands to visit”.

It can be reached by a short 25-minute ferry ride (with regular runs every day) from Sconser on the Isle of Skye.

You will soon find yourself on one of the most beautiful islets in Scotland. See the Cuillin of Skye mountain range and beyond to the Outer Hebrides on clear days. Pay a visit to  the Raasay Island Distillery  or climb to the top of the island,  Dun Caan  .

Stay: Isle of Skye

Learn more about visiting  Raasay

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COUNTRY OF TAY

# 3 what to see in Scotland in 2022

Tay Country encompasses the regions of Fife, Perthshire, Dundee and Angus. An easy to reach part of Scotland has many stories to tell.

It will be a great year for  Angus  as we celebrate the 650th anniversary of Glamis Castle. Spend time immersing yourself in the history of the castle, exploring the gardens and enjoying walks in the park.

While in Tay Country, a visit to the Angus town of Arbroath is a must to try the   Arbroath Smokie  , first created in the village of Auchmithie. His line-caught haddock, smoked over steaming oak chips, and still produced here in several family-owned smokehouses hidden around the harbor.

The beautiful surrounding countryside is a lovely place to spend a few days, with 10 Munros to conquer and Angus Glens to explore.

The Cateran Trail  is a circular route that encompasses the Angus countryside and Perthshire and begins and ends in the Perthshire town of Blairgowrie. It is named after cheeky cattle thieves known as Caterans who caused chaos and mischief in times past.

You will walk through fascinating geology, hidden history and prehistoric wonders on this 103km route. It will take you through the magical Glenshee to the small villages of Kirkmichael and Glenisla, with immense landscapes sculpted by the ice age and crisscrossed by old driveways and ancient rights of way.

Don’t miss the chance to see the  Cateran Eco Museum  , an open-air museum celebrating years of human history within this ancient pocket of Scotland. It is located on the 500 million year old Highland Boundary Fault, the great geological feature that divides the Scottish Highlands from the Lowlands.

Stay: Arbroath, Blairgowrie or Alyth.

Learn more about visiting  Tay Country

INVERCLYDE, AYRSHIRE AND FIRTH OF CLYDE ISLANDS

# 4 things to see in Scotland in 2022

The stunning islands of Cumbrae and Bute are both located less than an hour from Glasgow, each with short and regular ferry crossings.

This part of the west coast is filled with great things to see and do. Enjoy accessible islands accessible by public transport from Glasgow, fascinating maritime and cultural history, beautiful beaches and even a cliff-top castle.

Ayrshire is home to some truly scenic coastal towns that are delightful to visit and learn about.

The new driving route,  The Coig  , is made up of five unique routes that stretch from Ayrshire, Arran and Cumbrae to Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and Bute.

The stunning islands of Cumbrae and Bute are both located less than an hour from Glasgow, each with short and regular ferry crossings.

Stay  :  Girvan or Troon.

Learn more about  Ayrshire and Arran  .

CAITHNESS, HIGHLANDS

# 5 things to see in Scotland in 2022

For fiery sunrises, colorful skies, and remote beauty, look no further than Caithness.

This eastern tip of northern Scotland, part of the famous North Coast 500 drive route, is an unspoiled and beautiful part of Scotland, just waiting to be discovered.

Did you know that it has the highest concentration of ancient brochures and monuments in Scotland?

Here, too, are some amazing geological features such as the  Whaligoe Steps  , sea caves and cliff edge castles, including Sinclair Girnigoe Castle and Keiss Castle.

Stay: John o ‘Groats or Wick.

Learn more about  Caithness and Sutherland

COUNTY OF CLACKMANN

# 6 what to see in Scotland in 2022

The smallest county in Scotland, this is a small countryside paradise within easy reach of Scotland’s greatest historical moments.

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Sandwiched between the Trossachs, Stirling and Perthshire, Clackmannanshire is full of little surprises and scenic spots. The  Ochil Hills  are a peaceful haven with sweeping vistas, while the Alva and Dollar Glens which lie at the foot of the hills are ideal for lush woodland walks with waterfalls around every corner.

Spend time wandering around the pretty lake of Gartmorn Dam and enjoy a cup of tea at  Dam Good Coffee  .

See historical highlights that include the  700-year-old Alloa Tower or  Campbell Castle  , the plains stronghold of the mighty Clan Campbell in Dollar.

Stay: Alloa, Tillicoultry or Menstrie.

Learn more about  Clackmannanshire

Written by

Matteo Angeloni

Photographer, social media manager, close to master's degree. I wanted to open this blog out of a pure passion for travel, places and little stories.