Scotland's second largest island is also one of its prettiest. In fact, the Isle of Skye is one of the most photographed parts of the British Isles.
With some of the darkest skies in Europe, the island's cliffs, rivers, rugged moor land, sea lochs and coral beaches are set against a spectacularly dramatic backdrop.
There's a lot of wildlife living in and around Skye, and the best way to see it is on a boat trip. Watch out for whales, seals, porpoises, dolphins and sometimes basking sharks below. Above, you might even spot a Sea Eagle or two.
Back on dry land, ruined Brochs (Iron Age structures), stone circles and Neolithic cairns scatter the landscape with ancient history.
The restored Eilean Donan Castle, surrounded by three lochs and unsurpassed scenery is a must-visit. Or if you like your history prehistoric, you can even literally follow the footprints of dinosaurs in Staffin.
And don't forget to dip into the local culture and traditions while you're there; the island's thatched crofting tradition is kept alive at The Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir.
Edinburgh is Scotland's capital city. Its long, rich history dates back to 900BC, when the first settlers decided that Arthur's Seat, a dormant volcano, was a great place to stay.
Best known for its uniquely preserved medieval Old Town, Edinburgh is full of atmospheric cobbled closes and streets. This, along with the Georgian New Town, led the whole area to be dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
The castle might be the city's most iconic landmark, but there are plenty of palaces, gardens, follies, museums and even a zoo, now home to two giant pandas.
Likewise, although the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe Festival are globally renowned, the city also hosts other events throughout the year celebrating the city's links to film, music, literature and art.
And if you fancy a change of scene, Edinburgh's central location also makes it a handy base for visiting the southern Borders or the Highlands.
The Highlands are full of mountains, sweeping glens, tranquil lochs and heather-covered moorland. Home to the Cairngorms National Park, also known as the Outdoor Capital of the UK, it's a playground for the adventurous.
If you're an experienced mountaineer then head to The Black Cuillin range or the Grampians, where you can scale the dizzy heights of Ben Nevis.
For a gentler climb, you might want to stick to the majestic and wild Glencoe, where there are simpler walks and biking trails.
Hankering for a taste of the famous national drink? You'll want the Malt Whisky Trail, featuring The Glenlivet and Glen Moray distilleries.
Wherever you go, look out for rare species of wildlife like golden eagles, red deer and capercaillies. If mythical creatures are more your thing, you could always go scouting for Nessie at Loch Ness, Scotland's biggest loch.
The North West Highlands Geopark offers more detail about the natural landscape, while manmade sights include Neptune's Staircase, which is the longest staircase lock in Britain.
With an area is so vast, hop on the West Highland Line train from Glasgow to Fort William. It's a good, quick way of seeing as much spectacular scenery as possible.