Pete Irvine’s latest edition of Scotland the Best is the ultimate go-to guide of the country’s hotspots.
In the book are guides to sights like the iconic Kelpies, Stonehaven’s outdoor pool and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – so there’s never an excuse to be bored in Scotland!
Here, the Press and Journal’s pick 16 of the best locations featured in the publication which have been beautifully captured by photographers from across the land.
1) Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney
Considered the “it” area of the Orkney Mainland, Stormness is home to some of the most intriguing art galleries.
2) Birks O’ Aberfeldy
It became one of the country’s most iconic trails after Robert Burns featured it on one his classic poems.
3) Dryburgh Abbey, Scottish Borders
Burial place of Sir Walter Scott, the ruins are spectacularly glorious at both sunset and sunrise.
4) Gosford House, East Lothian
An impressively large house situated on the East Lothian coast road, Gossford holds a public art exhibition with a side of scenic nearby walks,
5) Rosyln Chapel, Midlothian
Featured in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, it is one of Scotland’s most notorious churches.
6) Samye Ling, Dumfriesshire
Tucked away in a corner in the West, Samye Ling is perfect for remote walks and picturesque scenery .
7) Stonehaven Outdoor Pool, Aberdeenshire
Every north-east resident’s favourite summer hangout, Stonehaven Outdoor Pool is something of a legend in the area.
8) The Tweed Valley, Scottish Borders
This picture is taken from Scotts View looking across the Tweed toward the Eildon Hills.
9) Up Helly Aa festival, Shetland
The biggest event on the Shetlands’ calendar, Up Helly takes place mid winter, every year, to mark the end of the yule season.
10) Puffins on the Treshnish Islands
The only place to hang out with the puffins.
11) Isleornsay, Skye
This snap looks through a white-cottage village on the isle’s southern corner.
12) The Kelpies, Falkirk
A high priority on tourist’s inventory, the Kelpies are definitely something to go and see.
13) Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
Located in Glasgow’s West End, Kelvingrove houses some of Scotland’s most wonderful art and exhibitions.
14) Kiloran Beach, Colonsay, Inner Herbrides
One of the Herbrides’ gems, this whole beach was once bought as a picnic spot.
15) Knoydart, West Highlands
Packed with mountains and nothing but greenery, Kynodart is the perfect get away destination.
16) Rothiemurcas, Aviemore
Sat between the River Spey and the Cairngorms mountains, it has over 40 trails and was described by Sir David Attenborough as one of Scotland’s glories.