15 Of The Best Kept Secrets In Scotland (According To Locals)

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Scottish locals: vote up the best lesser-known places and activities.

What secrets is Scotland hiding? The locals are talking about tips, tricks, and hidden gems in Scotland that you'll probably find very useful the next time you visit. Choose your favorite Scotland secrets and vote up!


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    5 VOTES

    The Free Maritime Museum

    From a former Redditor:

    The Maritime Museum in Aberdeen is a hidden gem. Free and genuinely interesting, as well as a nice view at the top. Staying in Aberdeen, North Donmouth Beach is great.

    Shetland is a given. Eshaness is tremendous. The Dutchman's Leap in Lerwick is a hidden gem.

    The Seaton Cliffs at Arbroath are a fine walk. Treat yourself to a smokie supper from the chippie by the docks after and stop in at The Smuggler's Inn for a pint.

    5 votes
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    The Beach At Lossiemouth

    From Redditor u/stereoroid:

    The beach at Lossiemouth is great, and incredibly long.

    6 votes
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    Free Accommodations By The Beach 

    From Redditor u/ewenmax:

    I've stayed at the free bothy at Peanmeanach on the Ardnish peninsula. Beautiful and quite haunting to see the remains of a dozen or so remote houses on the beach. Just lovely.

    5 votes
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    7 VOTES

    Argylls Secret Coast

    From Redditor u/edinburgermuncher:

    The south Cowal area; if you ever get the chance to visit Argylls secret coast it’s honestly one of the most beautiful places in the world. Ostel Bay is a beach I know very well and the views on Arran are spectacular. Plus the wee village of Tighnabruaich is really nice. It’s a pain to get to as you either have to... be thankful [it's] open or take a ferry to Dunoon or Bute.

    7 votes
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    Panning For Gold

    From Redditor u/Shivadxb:

    Go to Dumfriesshire and pan for some gold.

    They do courses normally, pretty cheap, and a definite chance of finding gold.

    Two pretty unique gems hardly anyone does.

    4 votes
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    The Skye - The Most Beautiful Place In Scotland

    From Redditor u/weezeebee:

    For the love of God, don't miss Skye! You'd be missing probably the most beautiful place in the whole of Scotland, and there are so many wonderful things to do and see there. I'm not going to go through the list, but it's the only place I absolutely insist we visit every time I come home to Scotland.

    1 votes