The 20 most unmissable experiences in Scotland - according to Lonely Planet

Scotland has an infinite amount of incredible things to experience, sights to see and things to do, and knowing where to start can be intimidating.

Make sure you don't miss out on these incredible experiences Scotland has to offer
Make sure you don't miss out on these incredible experiences Scotland has to offer

If you’re gearing up to tackle the best that Scotand has to offer, travel guide Lonely Planet has ranked the 500 “unmissable experiences and hidden gems” across the UK, and this is the top 20 in Scotland.

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Providing picturesque beauty in appearances in films like Skyfall, Harry Potter and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, step onto a movie set with Glencoe.
Experience breathtaking views of the entire city on the peak of Arthur's Seat, an ancient volcano situated near the heart of the city.
Before Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids, there was Skara Brae, now hailed as the best-preserved Neolithic settlement in Western Europe.
Edinburgh is the birthplace of Harry Potter, and no street showcases that more than the famous Royal Mile, with its cobbled streets, narrow alleys, and historical stone buildings.
The North Coast 500 brings together 516 miles of the most beautiful road trip you've ever been on - with stunning coastal scenery and the chance to do things like white water rafting and whisky tasting.
You'll find the Fairy Pools at Glenbrittle on the Isle of Skye - they are beautiful rock pools of the most crystal clear spring water you've ever seen, fed by a series of waterfalls from the Cuillin Mountains.
Visit Scotland says: "Mother Nature dealt the Cairngorms a hand full of aces." Boasting five of the UK's highest mountains, 55 Munros, huge forests of ancient native trees, waterfalls and wildlife.
Loch Lomond is the largest loch in the whole of the UK - why not explore by taking a cruise on the waters, and visiting some of the loch's 30 islands?
Get a taste of island life by doing some island-hopping - VisitScotland has a handy itinerary that'll take you from Arran in the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Skye in the Highlands.
From ancient Gaelic language, Ben Nevis means "mountain with its head in the clouds" and it's clear to see where it got its name. This is the highest mountain in the British Isles, standing 1,345 metres above sea level.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, an architect, designer and artist, is one of Scotland's most influential creative figures, and his work can be easily found in and around Glasgow.
Occurring annually on the last Tuesday of January in the town of Lerwick, Up Hella Aa is Shetland's Viking Fire Festival and is the largest event of its kind in Europe.
Located in Harris, Luskentyre is one of the largest and most spectacular beaches you can visit. It's been named as one of the UK's best beaches with its miles of white stand and stunning waters.
For whisky lovers, Speyside is the place to be - home to over half of Scotland's distilleries, why not follow the Malt Whisky Trail, the only trail of its kind in the world.
The Cuillin is a range of rocky mountains that you'll find located on the Isle of Skye. The main Cuillin ridge is also known as the Black Cuillin and are challenging mountains in Britain.
Standing at a huge 100ft tall, The Kelpies pay homage to the working horses of Scotland which used to pull barges along Scotland's canals - why not hop on a canal cruise and check them out?
Reviews for the Ghillie Dhu in Edinburgh (2-6 Rutland Place) rave about the haggis, calling it "magic" and saying "its the best meal I've ever eaten", why not try it out for yourself?
One of Britain's most iconic cornerstones where the north and west coasts of Scotland meet, Cape Wrath offers the most stunning and spectacular views with incredible coastlines.
Offering up some of the most dramatic scenery in Scotland, South Harris provides wide golden beaches along the Atlantic coast with full view of the mountains and a rugged terrain lying to the east.