Twenty things not to miss in Scotland
- Dunnottar Castle - memorably dramatic ruined fortress on the north east coast
- Glasgow School of Art - Scotland's finest example of the unique style of Glasgow architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh
- The West Highland Way - a spectacular 95 mile hike from Glasgow to Fort William via Loch Lomond and Glen Coe
- Iona - the home of Celtic Christianity and place of pilgrimage for several centuries
- Kinloch Castle - spend a night in a luxurious four-poster or the servants' quarters of this living memorial to Edwardian decadence
- Caledonian Forest - marvel at the gnarled survivors of this great ancient Highland forest
- National Museum of Scotland - opened in 1998 to huge acclaim for its imaginative treatment of the nation's treasures
- Loch Shiel - this poignant and graceful loch staged the opening scene of the Jacobite uprising of 1745
- West Highland Railway - Scotland's most famous railway line, and arguably one of the great rail journey's of the world, travels from Glasgow to Mallaig via Fort William.
- Calanais, Lewis - site of one of Scotland's most dramatic prehistoric ruins; nearly 50 monoliths stand next to the loch side on the Western Isle.
- A nip and a hauf' - enjoying a tot of whisky and a half-pint of beer in the traditional 'public house' is an essential part of any visit to Scotland.
- Whale-watching at Gairloch - cruise across the bay in search of the rarer forms of Highland wildlife
- Gearrannan, Lewis - spend an unforgettable night in a restored crofter's blackhouse.
- Maes Howe, Orkney - the most impressive Neolithic burial chambers in Europe spectacularly aligned to receive the rays of the winter solstice sun.
- Tobermory - the island of Mull's chief town and, thanks to its clusters of brightly coloured boats and houses, the most attractive Scottish fishing port. Home to the BBC children's program 'Balamory'.
- Holyrood Park, Edinburgh - Wild moors, extinct volcanoes and rocky crags, all in the heart of the city. Ascend the 800ft King Arthur's Seat on a clear day and you may see the mountains in the Highlands.
- Himalayas putting green, St Andrew's - Play a round on the world's finest putting course right next to the world's finest golf course.
- Loch Fyne Oyster Bar - Indulge in a gastronomic extravaganza at Scotland's finest smokehouse and seafood outlet
- Hang ten at Dunnet Head - Forget John O'Groats, catch a mighty wave on this vast sandy beach whose headland is Britain's true northernmost point.
- The Lone Piper - The emotional climax of Edinburgh's Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle — the piping of the lone piper on the castle battlements