Scots Crown Edinburgh ‘Capital Of Adventure’

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Two-thirds of Scots feel more appreciative of their home country following Covid-19 and more than half of Scots discovered a new adventure on their doorstep in lockdown.


Scots have crowned Edinburgh as their ‘Capital of Adventure’, following a survey by The Scots Magazine, as it launches an interactive map to help people find the best big and wee adventures on their doorstep.  

With lockdown beginning to ease, the survey of 1,000 Scots* was commissioned by The Scots Magazine to ask people to share their favourite places to visit.

Scotland has a huge array of things to see and do in easy reach, wherever you are, and Edinburgh took the top spot, for its accessibility and choice of activities. It’s a place where you can just as easily walk in the footsteps of the Outlander cast, take a trip to Cramond Island, or get a slice of countryside at Gorgie City Farm, all in the same day. 

Isle of Skye, Glasgow, Loch Ness and Fort William also placed in the top five for the wide range of outdoor, cultural and food and drink attractions close by.

Reflecting on life in lockdown, which kept the population restricted to their local area, almost two-thirds (65.8%) of Scots found a new love for their home country, saying they feel more grateful to live in Scotland following Covid-19 related travel restrictions. In addition, 42% have discovered new places to visit and things to do close to home.


The Scots Magazine’s Adventure Is On Your Doorstep doormat in Glen Coe. The team also went around Scotland surprising locals with magazines and branded doormats to celebrate the launch.


As a result, the magazine has launched an interactive online map, for Scots to add their recommendations of big and wee adventures, from outdoor and cultural trips to food and drink, books and music – to help inspire everyone to discover what there is to do across Scotland.

Robert Wight, Editor of The Scots Magazine, said: “While Scots have crowned Edinburgh ‘Capital of Adventure’ – which is a very worthy winner – we have launched our fantastic  ‘Adventure Is On Your Doorstep’ map to show people that wherever you are in Scotland, and whatever you’re interested in, there are loads of adventures for you close by. 

“This is something we bring to you each month in The Scots Magazine. Whether it’s a thrilling weekend in the mountains, an exciting cultural experience or discovering amazing local food and drink, we love helping people find their next adventure.”

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