From hill walking to fishing and golfing, there’s no shortage of activities for holidaymakers to enjoy during their stay in one of our luxury, self catered Scottish holiday homes. While the odd highland jaunt and an evening spent soaking in the hot tub is good for the soul, sometimes it’s worth going off the beaten path and indulging your adventurous side by doing something a little bit different. In honour of this spirit of adventure, we’ve put together a list of some of Scotland’s most extraordinary attractions, all guaranteed to fire up your imagination and stick in your mind long after you travel back to the mainland.

Fingal’s Cave

The fantastically-named Fingal’s Cave can be found on the Isle of Staffa, and with its mythic proportions and hexagonal-shaped jointed basalt columns (similar to those found at Ireland’s equally famous Giant’s Causeway) it looks like something straight out of TV’s Game of Thrones. The isle itself is uninhabited, but anyone who wants to visit can charter a vessel from Mull, just off Scotland’s west coast. Rumour has it that the romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn, so entranced by the otherworldly echoes in the cave’s interior, penned a composition inspired by his visit to cave in 1829.

The bar at the end of the world

If you fancy a quiet drink, they don’t come much quieter than at the The Old Forge pub in Knoydart. Generally believed to the most remote drinking establishment in all of Scotland, The Old Forge is the crown jewel of the Knoydart community. Visitors can quench their thirst by partaking in one of the many microbrewery ales on offer, tuck in to creel-caught langoustines, and even tap their toes to some live music.

Travel back in time at Orkney

Anyone with an interest in the ancient world shouldn’t visit Scotland without stopping by Orkney’s 5,000-year-old village on Skara Brae. A peek into our neolithic past, the site was unearthed in 1850 when a storm blew away the sand keeping it hidden. The site is home to many fascinating sights, including not one but two stone circles, as well as a series of ancient homes, complete with stone furnishings.