Isle of Arran
Arran's topographical beauty is its main draw: cast off from Scotland's west coast, this diminutive isle holds all the geological interest of the mainland, but in miniature, complete with moss-green lowlands, rocky rising crags, heather-blanketed hills and heavily forested glens. Climb up to Coire Fhionn Lochan for a waterside picnic beside looking-glass waters, then clamber into a canoe to explore the deserted coves along the island's shoreline. Adventurous sightseeing done, head to the small town of Corrie, on Arran's north-east coast, for a dinner of island langoustines in a Café de Paris butter from fancy takeaway spot Mara Fish Bar & Deli.
Where to stay: Banlicken Arran Farmhouse