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My Scotland Bucket List for 2019!

VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
edited January 2019 in General Discussion
With 2019 freshly underway, I thought it would be a good time to start thinking about where I'd like to go next year and what items are on my bucket list! 

1. Go on a road trip to Mull!

Top of my bucket list has to be Mull - the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides and home to many wildlife including whales, dolphins and sea eagles. Mull is easily accessible from Edinburgh by driving through to Oban (3ish hours) and then catching the ferry across. I'd like to pack my hiking boots and a camera and go here for a long weekend of exploring the beautiful scenery and ruins.  

2. Ride the Jacobite Steam Train and live my Harry Potter fantasies

Considering how much Harry Potter was a big part of my life growing up, it's amazing I've never made it to the Glenfinnan Viaduct, but I'm going to make it happen in 2019. The journey takes you from Fort William to Mallaig return and runs from mid April until the end of September. 

3. Visit the new V&A museum in Dundee

Now that the V&A is open in Dundee, I'd like to take a day trip from Edinburgh and visit it for myself. I'm excited to appreciate the amazing architecture in real life, as well as check out the exhibitions and the city of Dundee itself. With it being only a 90 min train ride from Edinburgh I've really got no excuse! 

Those are my three main things I'd like to tick off in 2019! 

What's on your list? If you've got some exciting travel plans lined up let me know!
Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 


  • JessMacJessMac Member ✭✭

    Ticking off more castles and stately homes! I've currently highlighted 3 I'd like to visit in 2019 but you can never have enough so any recommendations would be much appreciated :)

    1. Paxton House, Scottish Borders

    2. Drumlanrig Castle & Country Estate, Dumfries & Galloway

    3. My clan castle, Dunvegan Castle <3

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  • I'm hopefully going to be busy this summer as we build our own fledgling business which will mean I'll have my feet firmly planted around Loch Ness! However if I do manage to sneak away I'd like to head to South and explore the Borders. I'm down in Edinburgh enough as it is so I've really got no excuse to use the Borders Railway for at least a quick visit. Campbeltown, Islay and Arran are places I've never been to either and I'd love to get out there at some point. 

    Fair Isle is another place I'd love to visit. If only for a few days properly getting away from it all and doing a spot of birdwatching.
  • LochgmarcpLochgmarcp VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    Love this thread and great to see everyone’s hopes for 2019! 

    2018 has seen me make it back to my favourite island Harris, a yearly tradition I hope to continue next year, along with some visits to Barra, Islay and Jura and hopefully Eigg! Mull, as a few of you have said is a beautiful island and I hope to make it back there also in 2019! 

    Luskentyre, Harris

    I have been lucky enough this year to tick off a lot of the Trad festivals I wanted to visit,  but I have still a couple left so will be hoping to get to them next festival season.. Tiree Music Festival being the main one I hope to attend! 

    From HebCelt this year

    2019, for me, will hopefully be a year of encounters with wildlife! Ever since I was a young lad, I have dreamt of seeing Killer whales in the wild and hopefully this will come to fruition next year.. I have seen that Shetland is a great place to see them, have you had an encounter with in Scotland? 

    As as I work outside everyday, during the summer I am lucky to see Ospreys on a daily basis... although, I have yet to see one successfully catch a fish! I climb to their nests with work each year, have handled juveniles and put identification tags on them.. but getting a photograph of them successfully hunting still eludes me! I am planning a trip to Aviemore to see this but wondered if you have suggestions on where might be best? 

    My closest encounter so far with an Osprey 

    Lastly, I am hoping to get back to the mountains after a year long back injury.. I have many mountains I have yet to summit in Scotland and can’t wait to catch as many sunrise as I can from their summits next year! Have you got a favourite mountain to climb? 

    Sunrise from Stac Pollaidh

    Looking forward to reading what you have planned to tick off from your bucket list in 2019! @lochgmarcp
  • KatieMacCorKatieMacCor Member ✭✭

    Everyone has got such great ideas! 

    In 2019 I want to make more of an effort to see the amazing places I get to learn about in my day job. For me and my partner next year is going to be focused on saving up the pennies, so weekend breaks around Scotland are going to be perfect for when we're craving a holiday! :D 

    Some places I am keen to explore are St Andrews to see Scotland's Secret Bunker, Kilchurn Castle in Argyll. In March i am planning to stay a night in Culross (Fife) as it's such a pretty looking town that i have never had a chance to take a wander round before, but no excuses in 2019!

    And DEFINITELY Caerlaverock Castle in Dumfries as I’ve been saving photos of this castle from Instagram for months and need to see it for myself!! <3

    Apart from that i plan on attending more of the festivals that are on in and around Edinburgh, apart from a few fringe shows this isn't something I've taken advantage of before (i don't really know why either!), but i'm keen take my little cousins to the International Science Festival and check out Foodies Festival with some friends :)

  • DouglasWDouglasW Member
    Hello Amanda I have driven all over Mull and seakayaked round it several times. I have no recall of seeing that wonderful lighthouse on the headland in any of those trips. To me it and the rocks in the foreground look very much like the Mull of Galloway which I have also driven to and paddled below on many occasions. This is also another great destination to add to anyone’s bucket list. Best wishes, Douglas  :)
  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    @DouglasW well spotted!!! Have updated now :) 
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
  • This thread is full of inspiration. I've recently relocated from Germany to Scotland and am really excited to get out exploring. On the list so far for next year is a visit to the Kelpies, a trip to the V&A in Dundee and a road trip up to the Highlands. I'd also love to plan some sort of island hoping adventure but need to do a bit more research on that- so many places to be and things to see. 
  • FullStopNextChapterFullStopNextChapter VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    Ahhhh brilliant news @Thingshelenloves. 2019 is shaping up nicely for you. Enjoy your travels. 
    Join in my new chapter over on the blog. Discovering all things that make Scotland the place everyone wants to visit. 

  • heacosheacos Member
    We are hoping to make our first visit to Scotland in 2019.  We only have 1 week and want to use it wisely.  We will likely spend start with Edinburgh for 2 days, including the Edinburgh Tattoo and some walking tours and then hit the road.  We'd love to spend a night in a castle, see Mull, maybe Islay.  Would love your suggestions for how to use our time well.  Best, Steve 
  • My biggest goal is finally getting to Scotland! I'll be spending most of June there. I'm still working out the details, but I do have some musts:
    Tour a castle which is still intact
     Tour ruins
     Visit standing stones
    Eat as much delicious foods as I can
    Witness some highland games
    Hiking and taking beautiful pictures. 

    I'm sure I'll add to this list, but this is what I have so far!
  • johnmurrayjnrjohnmurrayjnr Member ✭✭✭
    edited January 2019
    My 2019 to do list included Glencoe. 5 days into the New Year i had to get there  :D 

    The views are awesome and it's important you always carry your Scotland flag  ;)

  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Wow your Instagram account is brilliant @johnmurrayjnr!!
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
  • VisitScotlandLiamVisitScotlandLiam Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
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  • VisitScotlandLindsayVisitScotlandLindsay Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff

    Lovely to see people are looking at visiting South Scotland. A lot of people bypass the Borders and it has so much to offer. From castles, towers and abbeys, The Eildon Hills, St Cuthberts Way, the breath taking Scotts View to quirky little market towns with cobbled streets. Also during the summer months there are the common ridings and civic weeks held in each town and dates back to the times of the Border Reivers. Some of the ride outs can attract nearly 500 horses, definitely worth witnessing if you have the chance.

    For me I want to take a visit to Dunnottar Castle. Love my landscape photography so really desperate to capture this.

  • I miss Scotland! What a beautiful place, thanks for bringing it to life for me again. :)
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