Eilean Donan Castle is in one of Scotland's most beautiful settings (Photo: Shutterstock)

These are 9 of the best Scottish ‘staycation’ destinations to explore this summer

People travel the world to visit Scotland’s mountains and lochs, but many who live here will often escape to warmer climes for a holiday.

Brexit and hopes of another heatwave are believed to be among the reasons why more people are looking closer to home for their holidays. Just under 50 per cent of Scots are considering a ‘staycation’ this year, where they go on holiday in their own country, according to research by eSky, while research earlier this month put the number at a higher 68 per cent. These are nine of the best options for a staycation in Scotland.

With one of the worlds best universities and some of the most beautiful beaches in Fife, as well as being known as the home of golf, St Andrews is a perfect place for a weekend away.

5. St Andrews

With one of the worlds best universities and some of the most beautiful beaches in Fife, as well as being known as the home of golf, St Andrews is a perfect place for a weekend away.
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The Tayside city is going through a cultural renaissance as the draw of the V&A gets stronger. Its also home to the Unicorn, one of Britains oldest ships.

6. Dundee

The Tayside city is going through a cultural renaissance as the draw of the V&A gets stronger. Its also home to the Unicorn, one of Britains oldest ships.
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Less than half an hour away from Edinburgh on the east coast mainline, Dunbar is home to a 17th century townhouse and is popular with golfers, scuba divers and anglers.

7. Dunbar

Less than half an hour away from Edinburgh on the east coast mainline, Dunbar is home to a 17th century townhouse and is popular with golfers, scuba divers and anglers.
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A stones throw from the stunning Torrisdale Bay, Bettyhill is one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland.

8. Bettyhill

A stones throw from the stunning Torrisdale Bay, Bettyhill is one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland.
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