30 reasons to visit Scotland in 2017

Many won't have needed reminding of the diverse joys that can be found within the confines of her rocky shores, but for those wanting to explore further, here are 30 reasons to book your holiday to Scotland now! Visitors really are spoilt for choice.

1. Local cuisine

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2. Salmon fishing

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3. Grouse shooting

(Pictured: Glenmuick)

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4. Stalking

(Pictured: Rachel Carrie with her first red)

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5. Castles

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6. Scenery

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7. Wildlife

(Pictured: Golden eagle)

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8. Beaches

(Pictured: The Sound of Barra, taken by Stephen Whitehorne)

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9. The Fringe

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10. Golf

(Pictured: Royal Dornoch)

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11. Tweed

(Pictured: Lovat Mill)

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12. Skiing

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13. Hiking

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14. Sea cruises

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15. Remote getaways

(Pictured: Rua Reidh)

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16. Sailing

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17. Hotels

(Pictured: Dryburgh Abbey Hotel)

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18. Waterfalls

(Pictured: Rogie Falls)

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19. Brown trout fishing

(Pictured: Ben Damph)

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20. Sea trout fishing

(Pictured: The Kyle of Tongue)

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21. Falconry

(Pictured: Emma Ford)

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22. Restaurants

(Pictured: Andrew Fairlie)

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23. Tartan

(Pictured: Begg & Co)

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24. Highland Games

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25. Gardens

(Pictured: Dunrobin)

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26. Rough shooting

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27. Whisky

(Pictured: Ardbeg)

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28. Fairs

(Pictured: GWCT Game Fair at Scone Palace)

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29. Gin

(Pictured: Caorunn)

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30. Mountain biking

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