* If it rains, as it often does, you can still drive and potter around in your car, as despite the rain, you will find amazing views around every corner. It is also a great place for spotting wildlife - from the dolphins in the Moray Firth to golden eagles, whales, seals, red squirrels and red deer. The most constant thing about the weather is its unpredictability - prepare for anything - good and bad, layer your clothing and always have an umbrella.
* Scotland can be an expensive destination. Food, accommodation and transport are all fairly pricey. If you are travelling as a family, be aware that most hotels and guesthouses have large family rooms. Our hotel had a small room off the main bedroom with bunkbeds. This can be a more economical option.
* Mid June to mid August in the Highlands there are lots of midges and clegs. These are small, blood sucking flies which are at their worst during twilight and on still, overcast days. Cover up, especially in the evening and use insect repellent. The bites are nothing like mosquito bites - nowhere nearly as painful and there are no health risks associated with them. They are just annoying and aggravating.
* The main tourist period is April to September with high season in July and August. Outside the cities, lots of tourist attractions are closed between November and March.
* You can see seals, dolphins and porpoises almost all year round, but the whale watching season peaks in July and August.
* Eat Scottish smoked salmon, shortbread, scones and pastries. Try the Clootie Dumpling pudding - a sponge pudding with raisins and currants in it. The ingredients are mixed in a batter, put in a cloth and steamed. It is sliced and served with hot custard.