I’m in Scotland this week - one of my favorite places on the planet - to attend the 2010 Adventure Travel World Summit. Before the conference, I’m spending a few dreamy days at the Hotel du Vin, Glasgow, then I’m off to the Isle of Mull for a few days exploring with Wild Scotland.  I’ll be sharing more about that soon, but in the meantime, to whet your appetite for your own Scotland escape check out these recommended adventures from my favorite travel search engine -TravelDragon.com.

Heart of the Highlands: A Unique Exploration of Scotland

Departs May-August

Scotland’s magnificent Highlands are a beautiful region of mountains, lochs, glens and stately castles. Heart of the Highlands, offered exclusively in the U.S. by Lindblad Expeditions, introduces travelers to the wonders of the Highlands from the vantage of the inland waterway that links Scotland’s famed lochs. Until recently, no ship could take passengers through this region due to its size-limiting waterways. Now you can voyage through this scenic countryside in spectacular style: aboard the 54-guest luxury yacht Lord of the Glens. more


Mountain Biking - Skye and the Outer Hebrides, Riding on the Edge

Departs May, October

Discover a wealth of backcountry singletrack on the beautiful Scottish Isles of Skye, Harris and Lewis Experience the long, technical trails which make the singletrack riding on the Isle of Skye the best in Britain The best guides in Scotland, great accommodation and superb meals to re-energise you each evening more


Loch Lomond & The Western Isles

Departs June, September

The Scots’ pride in their land’s spectacular beauty, Celtic traditions and historic battles are evident throughout our Walk in this stunning countryside. On Highland trails we encounter a pristine landscape of magnificent lochs, heathered moors, mountains and woods scattered with fields rich in flowers, birds and wildlife. Remote islands beckon with lush scenery and picture-perfect spots. Scotland is a country of legendary and romantic heroes - William Wallace (“Braveheart”), Robert the Bruce, Rob Roy and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Ancient peoples… more


7 Day Scotland Signature

Departs Year-round

Think of Scotland and you probably think castles, whisky, tartan, highlands and lochs. It is indeed all this - and so much more…Over your 8 day trip in Scotland, immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan feel of Edinburgh, soaking in its history as you stroll down the royal mile and visit Edinburgh castle, visit whisky distilleries, medieval town of Stirling and Victorian town of Pitlochry. Cruise along the infamous Loch Ness, visit Iona - an island of exquisite natural beauty and… more


For a complete guide to Scotland vacation planning go to: www.VisitScotland.com.



Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".