Scotland is an amazing place to visit and each area of the country has something different and special to offer. Home to the largest National Park in Britain as well as the rugged Highlands there is plenty of space to explore here. You’ll also find lots of wildlife and delicious local treats, from haggis to whiskey. With so much on offer, it’s impossible to see everything in a week. However, we have found you the best towns to stay in Scotland; each one offers a brilliant base for your next Scottish holiday.
Aviemore is a popular town at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. It is a haven for lovers of the great outdoors. There are a wealth of activities to enjoy in the local area including walking, cycling, wildlife spotting, snow sports and water sports. The nearby Loch Morlich is particularly beautiful.
Oban is a seaside town on the west coast of Scotland. It’s ideally located for day trips to the local islands, including Mull and Kerrera. If you want to stay on the mainland there is still plenty to enjoy. In the town, you will find art galleries, a seal rescue centre, a local distillery and independent shops.
Portree is the largest town on the Isle of Skye and is a great place to stay while exploring this island. You can enjoy walks from the town, and you’ll only be a short drive from Old Man of Storr and the Fairy Pools. Portree is also a cultural hub with theatre, film screenings and concerts to enjoy.
Renowned as one of the sunniest places in Scotland, Dunbar is a lovely coastal town. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is home to award-winning food and independent shops. There are also family-friendly attractions including a farm park and leisure pool.
Know as the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, there is no shortage of activities to enjoy here. Sitting in the shadow of Ben Nevis, hiking is a popular activity here. You can also enjoy world-class mountain biking, snow sports and even white water rapids. After a busy day relax in one of the pubs or restaurants.