10 Places You Must Visit in Scotland
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10 Places You Must Visit in Scotland

Scotland is a beautiful country, full of history, legend and lore. From stunning, wind-swept highlands to vibrant, bustling cities – Scotland is a world unto itself. So, if you’re planning a trip to the home of William Wallace here are 10 things you can’t miss.

1. The Isle of Skye

This stunning and enchanted isle located off the western coast of Scotland is one of the most picturesque and most photographed in the world. From soaring cliffs to enchanting faerie pools, this magical place is one that is sure to linger in your memory for years to come.

10 Places You Must Visit in Scotland
Isle of Skye, Faerie Pools (Image Credit: Google Images)

2. Edinburgh Castle

This stunning castle perched above the city on a mount of volcanic rock is a truly awe-inspiring and humbling scene. Rising above the sprawling and historic city of Edinburgh, this listed site is sure to get the emotions up in even the most hard-to impress visitor.

10 Places You Must Visit in Scotland
Edinburgh Castle (Image Credit: Google Images)

3. Arthur’s Seat

Another one to see in Edinburgh is Arthur’s seat, a stunning park set a stone’s throw from the city centre and named for the legendary king of Camelot. Legend has it that the mythical king once spent the night atop this volcanic mount, with all his knights of the round table. To locals, though, it’s commonly referred to as the “sleeping lion”.

10 Places You Must Visit in Scotland
Arthur’s Seat (Image Credit: Google Images)

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4. Stirling Castle

Boasting more than 1,000 years of history, this Central Scotland castle has seen its fair share of history, including a pivotal part in the rebellions of Braveheart himself – William Wallace. This castle was once the seat of the Stuart kings and queens of Scotland, and now it is a lively center of tourism for the country of Scotland.

10 Places You Must Visit in Scotland
Stirling Castle (Image Credit: Google Images)

5. Loch Ness

Better known as the home of the Loch Ness Monster (or Nessie, as she’s commonly referred to by locals and tourists alike) this 23 mile long fresh-water lake is a stunning example of pristine nature. With private boat charters, excellent shopping and dining opportunities and miles of walking trails and parks, this is a site you will not want to miss in Scotland.

10 Places You Must Visit in Scotland
Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness (Image Credit: Google Images)

6. Glen Coe

This stunning glen located in the highlands of Scotland is another of the most beautiful in the UK (if not the world). Comprised of a series of volcanic mounts, this area of the highlands is one of the most photographed and visited – and it’s no wonder why. Boasting miles of walking trails and some of the most intriguing history in the area, Glen Coe is one of the best destinations in all of Scotland.

10 Places You Must Visit in Scotland
The Three Sisters, Glen Coe (Image Credit: Google Images)

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7. The Royal Botanic Garden

The gem also hails from Edinburgh and is the ideal spot for a relaxed and affordable family day out. With free entry and world class facilities this is one of the best spots in Edinburgh to enjoy nature and catch a glimpse of the flora of Scotland. The RBGE also boasts splendid Victorian greenhouses (though these will cost you £5/pp entry) that contain some of the most beautiful specimens from around the world.

10 Places You Must Visit in Scotland
RBGE Greenhouse (Image Credit: Google Images)

 8. Ben Nevis

Known as the highest mountain in the UK, this hulking giant stands at an impressive 1,346 meters above sea level. Adrenaline junkies will love this adventure, as they attempt to scale the massive mountain, located in the heart of the Scottish highlands. But if you’re not into long climbs, no worries. There’s plenty of shopping and dining located in nearby areas.

10 Places You Must Visit in Scotland
Ben Nevis (Image Credit: Google Images)

9. The Palace of Holyroodhouse

This royal palace is an actual residence of the current royal family of the UK, as well as a font of local history. As the official residence of the royal family in Scotland, this palace also boasts several visits a year from Queen Elizabeth II, so when you visit here, you are seeing where the queen and her family actually live, eat and even sleep. The palace also boasts several exhibits a year, including exhibits on Tudor life and the life of Mary Queen of Scots who once lived in the palace.

10 Places You Must Visit in Scotland
Holyrood Palace (Image Credit: Google Images)

10. Skara Brae

Last but not least on our list is Skara Brae, a site that will appeal to the greatest of history nerds and enthusiasts. This site, located on the Bay of Skaill off the western mainland, is home to none other than one of the best preserved neolithic village sites in the entire world. Here, you can see how people lived in Neolithic times. The ancient village even boasts homes so intact that you can see beds, kitchens and storage facilities from that time. Visiting Skara Brae is like stepping back in time. Way, way back in time.

10 Places You Must Visit in Scotland
Skara Brae (Image Credit: Google Images)

 

To learn more, or plan your own trip to Scotland, visit VISITSCOTLAND.COM. 

 


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