Insiders Guide to Scotland

Scotland is a country of unparalleled beauty and rich history whose global notoriety punches above its weight considering its diminutive size. It is home to one of Europe’s biggest and most beloved wildernesses – the majestic Highlands – as well as historic cities famed the world over. And of course our very own Karma Lake of Menteith. Whether you’re a nature lover, a history buff, a foodie, or a culture vulture, Scotland has you covered – and so do we with the Karma Inside Guide to Scotland that will take you through some of the must-see places and hidden gems as well as local tips that will help you make the most of your Scottish adventure.

Getting There

Fly into Edinburgh Airport (EDI)  or Glasgow Airport (GLA) – both offer direct flights from major cities across Europe, North America, and other global destinations. And both are just an hour’s drive from Karma Lake of Menteith!

Getting Around

Scotland has a well-connected public transportation system. Trains and buses can take you to most major destinations, but to truly experience the countryside and the more remote areas, renting a car is the best option.

Major Cities

Edinburgh: Scotland’s capital is a rich blend of history and contemporary culture – and many would argue, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Walk the Royal Mile, which connects Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Don’t miss Arthur’s Seat for panoramic views of the city.

Glasgow – (c)

Glasgow: Known for its vibrant arts scene, Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland. Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Riverside Museum, and the Gallery of Modern Art. The city’s music scene is legendary, so check out a gig at the Barrowland Ballroom or King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.


Karma Group offers you an exquisite lakeside residence in the Trossachs National Park region of central Scotland, on the banks of Scotland’s only natural Lake. Karma Lake of Menteith is an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh and twenty minutes from both Loch Lomond and the ancient City of Stirling. Book your stay at Karma Lake of Menteith today!

Karma Lake of Menteith
Karma Lake of Menteith

Edinburgh Castle
Isle of Skye
  • Edinburgh Castle: Explore the iconic Edinburgh Castle, perched on Castle Rock. 
  • Stirling Castle: This castle played a crucial role in Scotland’s history. It’s where Mary, Queen of Scots, was crowned. The views from the castle are spectacular.
  • Eilean Donan Castle: Located on a small island in Loch Duich, this is one of Scotland’s most photographed castles and a popular spot for weddings & film shoots.
  • Inverness and Loch Ness & Fort William and Ben Nevis: These Scottish Highlands are synonymous with breathtaking landscapes.
  • Isle of Skye: Skye is known for its dramatic landscapes. Visit the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, and the Fairy Pools. 
  • Orkney: These northern islands offer a fusion of Norse and Scottish history. Visit Skara Brae in Orkney, a prehistoric village older than the Pyramids.

Whisky Distillery
Scenic Train Ride – © Scotrail / Tony Hardley
  • Hike in the Highlands: Try climbing Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak, or take a hike in the Cairngorms National Park for spectacular views.
  • Tour a Whisky Distillery: Visit the Speyside region for a concentration of distilleries, or head to Islay for its peaty single malts.
  • Experience the Highland Games: Don’t miss out on traditional events featuring activities like caber tossing, tug-of-war, and Highland dancing.
  • Take a Scenic Train Ride: Consider a ride on the West Highland Line, which passes through stunning landscapes and crosses the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct.
  • Attend the Edinburgh Festival Fringe: If you’re in Edinburgh in August, attend the world’s largest performing arts festival, covering everything from comedy to drama and music.

Must-try Food and Drink
Cullen Skink
  • Haggis: A traditional dish made from sheep’s offal, oats, and spices.
  • Cullen Skink: A creamy smoked haddock soup.
  • Shortbread: A classic Scottish biscuit.
  • Scotch Whisky: Scotland’s national drink. Visit a distillery for a tour and tasting – and sample one of the 140 single malts available at Karma Lake of Menteith!

Tips from a Local
  • Weather: Scotland’s weather is unpredictable. Always carry a rain jacket or umbrella, even in summer.
  • Wild Camping: Scotland has a “right to roam” policy, allowing for wild camping in many areas. Respect the environment and leave no trace.
  • Languages: English is spoken everywhere, but you might hear Gaelic in the Highlands and islands.

Upcoming Karma Curated Events in Scotland

For more insights into Scotland and bespoke guidance for your holiday, just reach out to your Karma Concierge.

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