SCOTLAND IN JULY – THE BEST THINGS TO SEE AND DO
The weather is nice and warm at this time of year, and often heatwaves can make it feel like you’re on vacation in the Med. Coupled with the verdant scenery and pristine lochs, you’re set for an unforgettable travel experience. A Scottish summer is simply divine, with clear skies and jaw-dropping views, the most wonderful walks, fantastic sailing, and the best events and festivals.
Book your luxury vacation in Scotland for the month of July, and discover this Celtic country at its most vibrant. Here are some of the best things to see and do.
DISCOVER THE FAMOUS LOCHS
With the promise of great weather and long days, there’s no better time to experience the many lochs in Scotland. The most famous loch is of course Loch Ness, known for its mythical creature affectionately referred to as “Nessie”. But there are many other lochs (31,460 to be exact) that are just as beautiful, and you won’t have to travel too far to see one.
When it comes to loch activities, there are places for fishing, sailing and boat tours, watersports, wildlife spotting, and much more. The summer months are the perfect time to visit the Water Ski Club at Loch Lomond if you’re interested in getting wet and wild. Wherever there is a loch, there is generally an historic castle perched on the shores or high above on the rocks overlooking the loch. Have a look at our round up on the best Scottish castles to visit.
Other must-see lochs are Loch Katrine, Loch Tay, Loch Awe, Loch Etive, Loch Maree, and Loch Coruisk – just to name a few.
PLAN A ROAD TRIP IN THE VALLEYS
The Glencoe Pass (A82) is one of most dramatic and stunning road trip routes in Scotland. It’s so beautiful in fact, that you won’t be able to keep your eyes on the road. Luckily, there are multiple stopping points along this highway so you’ll be able to capture the moments on camera.
If you’re planning a driving vacation, this region will offer the most diverse and exciting scenery, taking you from summits and verdant valleys to tumbling waterfalls and glistening lochs. The road stretches all the way from Loch Lomond to Fort William, both worthy destinations that deserve a full day each at least.
EXPERIENCE THE HIGHLAND GAMES
Immerse yourself into Celtic culture and attend one of the many Highland Games that take place during the spring and summer. These gatherings are organized by the Scottish Highland Games Association all across the nation, and feature a mix of sports and entertainment. Each game will have track events, athletics events, bagpipes and music, dancers, exhibits and displays, and exciting competitions.
In July, the Highland Games will take place at Loch Lomond, Kenmoor, Burntisland Links, Lochcarron, and Isle of Mull. Whichever one you decide to attend, the Scottish tug-o-wars is definitely not to be missed.
GO TO A MUSIC FESTIVAL
The nation comes alive with music in the summertime. Whether you’re into pop and rock, dance and techno, or folk music, there’s something to suit all tastes. TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow is a favorite among young people, while Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival is ideal for all age groups. Or to learn more about Scotland’s cultural roots, head to the Fèis an Eilein Skye Festival which showcases the best of traditional Scottish music with theatre and other family-friendly entertainment available.