Scotland is packed with towns and villages that draw visitors time and time again, but there are plenty of other places that deserve our time and admiration.
Venture a little deeper on the map and find these little treasures that tick away.
1. Coldingham, Berwickshire
The conservation village pleases with its pretty cottages and cute streets with Coldingham Bay, a popular surfing destination, cusped by brightly painted beach huts. For those who like to stroll, the Berwickshire Coastal Path will take you here.
Photo: geograph.org/Graham Robson
2. The Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway
The buildings in George Street, the main run through the village, emerge in a line of pretty pastels. Once a true island, it has been connected to the mainland since the 19th Century and enjoys views to the Lake District. Here, you’ll definitely feel like you are walking in new territory – and you’ll definitely be glad you came.
Photo: Visit Scotland/Kenny Lam
3. Carradale, Kintyre
Tranquility rules at Carradale on the Kintyre Peninsula. This small harbour still holds a little fishing fleet and gives a great view over the South of Arran and Carradale Bay, where you can take a dip in its shallow waters
Photo: Visit Scotland/Paul Tomkins
4. Wanlockhead, Dumfries and Galloway
At Scotland’s highest village, you’ll find Scotland’s highest-altitude pub. Set in the Lowther Hills, this area is known for its tin and gold mining with walkers often passing through on the Southern Upland Way.
Photo: geograph.org/Pip Rolls