Scotland is considered to be one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world, and it’s broadly split into three regions. The highlands, lowlands, and central belt. With much of the focus on the highlands, we’re taking a look at the Scottish lowlands and checking out what it has to offer.
If it’s peacefulness you are after, then the Berwickshire coast is a great place for contemplation in Scotland. There are a bunch of little towns and villages just waiting for you to stop by and enjoy their hospitality in this lovely escape from the city.
If you like adventure, then the village of St. Abbs is a must-see thanks to the crystal clear waters along its shoreline. It’s a haven for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Scotland’s landscape is very green thanks to the number of glens and forests. The south border has some of the best woodlands in Scotland, and you’ll find a network of walks and hikes to keep you busy. You don’t have to stick by walking to see this beautiful part of Scotland, and there are plenty of alternative methods here.
Wild Tree Adventures gives you perhaps the best view of the forest as they give you license to climb a tree and see things from a bird’s perspective. Mountain biking is also popular in this region, so you can get your adrenaline pumping along many of the purpose-built tracks designed to push you to your limits.
Technically the Scottish capital city of Edinburgh lies in the Central Lowlands, so there’s no reason to skip it if you tour this Scottish region. The historic city is best enjoyed on foot as you walk around the ancient buildings.
Things to look out for in Edinburgh include the famous castle, the cobbled streets, and the hiking spot known as Arthur’s Seat. With a cathedral, old town, palace, and picturesque gardens to explore, you’ll find plenty to do in Edinburgh.
Beach lovers, surfers, and golfers unite in East Lothian as all can be found here in abundance. The surf’s up on the coastline of the North Sea, though it won’t feel like Hawaii, and you might need two wetsuits to keep the cold away. There are plenty of beaches in this part of the lowlands with North Berwick’s endless sand beach one of the highlights.
North Berwick’s beach is particularly impressive thanks to attempts from locals to ensure everyone can enjoy this natural wonder. The beach offers special wheelchairs with large rubber wheels perfect for moving over the sand in.
Dumfries and Ayrshire
Scotland has many famous literary figures, responsible for some of the most recognizable works in the world. At a Georgian house, Moat Brae, JM Barrie played pirates with his friends, and the landscape would later be the inspiration for his biggest creation, Peter Pan.
The famous poet and national bard, Robert Burns, spent the final years of his life in Dumfries, and you can see the Robert Burns Center and House to brush up on his story. Then move on over to Ayrshire where you can continue the Robert Burns story, including his birthplace museum.
Although it might be one of the smallest countries in the world, Scotland is packed full of amazing things to see. Even in just the lowlands region, you can find endless sources of entertainment and sights of natural beauty.