You probably know that I’ve been spending a lot of time in Scotland lately. And while most trips take me to the Scottish Borders, I’ve been exploring everywhere from Glasgow to the Hebrides. I’ve put loads of time into planning my journeys, so when VisitScotland approached me about sharing three new trip planning tools with you my curiosity was piqued. Read on if yours is, too.

Rock Arch in Scotland

How to Plan a Trip to Scotland

VisitScotland has three tools to help people plan a trip to Scotland: a trip planner, a virtual reality app, and an online community. Here’s what they’re all about:

Trip Planner

The trip planner is where you can start formulating your trip to Scotland. You can use it to map out attractions, activities, events, tours, accommodations, and other elements of your travels.

To use it, register and click on the heart icons on VisitScotland’s website to add content to your trip planner when you find something you like. You can then access the trip planner by clicking on the heart at the top of the page. There you’ll see your trip items on a map, find travel options, and have the ability to share your trip with friends and family.

Virtual Reality App

The ScotlandVR app offers the opportunity to explore Scotland’s attractions through virtual reality. You can download the app and navigate your way around an interactive map of Scotland.

Highlights include visiting 3D models of some of Scotland’s most iconic locations and taking a 360° tour around each one. You can also meet some of Scotland’s wildlife and try out ‘Night mode’ to see the Northern Lights.


The community is a place to get the inside track on Scotland. It’s an online space for people to share experiences, pick up tips, ask questions, and get insider advice on all the best places to visit in Scotland.

With forums and discussions on everything from planning and practicalities to food and drink, it’s the place to seek local insight and ask for recommendations while planning your trip.

Castle in Scotland

I’ve already started using the tool, navigating the app, and reading through the forum posts, and I look forward to seeing how they help me plan my upcoming trips. I’ve added my much-anticipated sailing expedition to the Hebrides to the trip planner, and I’m getting good ideas already. I hope you find the tools helpful as you plan your own Scottish adventures.

This post is sponsored by VisitScotland.

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