As an old Scots saying has it, good things come in small packages and despite its small size, Scotland certainly has many treasures crammed into its compact territory.
There’s something for all tastes. For the history buff, few cities compare with Edinburgh and Glasgow; for the hungry, try haggis if you must but don’t miss the Aberdeen Angus beef or smoked salmon from Dumfries & Galloway or, for the thirsty, the peerless malt whiskies of the Isle of Islay or Oban await. There is wild mountain scenery of the Highlands & Northern Islands and cold, sparkling seas washing against the Outer Hebrides. Wildlife watchers will find otters, eagles, whales and dolphins, while hill walkers have almost 300 mountains to climb. There’s turbulent history and fascinating genealogy, castles and country pubs, canoeing and caber-tossing, golfing and fishing and all-round good lively conversation. Definitely worth a visit.
Discover Scotland, here are a selection of great reasons to visit.
There are a million ways to fill your holiday in Scotland with many things to see and do. Step on-board a historic boat, take a train ride through a former film set, or taste stunning local food and drink - there are many places to visit in Scotland, whatever your interest!
Each region of Scotland has plenty of attractions, which cover history, science, religion, wildlife and much more. Visit the gardens of Argyll, the castles of Ayrshire, step on-board a Royal yacht in Leith, climb over 150 steps up St Rules Tower for views out across Fife and find whisky distilleries and literary landmarks across the country.
Cities of Scotland
There are plenty of fabulous cities in Scotland for you to enjoy enabling you an array of museums, galleries and attractions to visit, and true indulgence in excellent shopping and fine dining, From Scotland’s handsome Capital, Edinburgh, the historic and enriching city of Stirling, the beautiful coastal city of Aberdeen, Inverness which is known as the capital of the highlands or stylish Glasgow with its spectacular architecture and fun attractions.
Scotland’s Capital where visitors travel from all over the globe to see Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Edinburgh Castle is the city’s defining feature and sits perched on an extinct volcano that overlooks the city. Inside the castle, some of which dates back to the 12th century, you will find treasures such as the Scottish Crown Jewels. The fascinating Scottish National War Museum is also within the walls, reflecting the castle’s long military history. Edinburgh Zoo has always been popular but is now definitely worth a visit as it has just become home to two new star attractions, Tian Tian and Yang Guang, the UK’s only giant pandas. Other exotic residents include Asian lions, chimpanzees, penguins and zebras. Step back in time at Mary King’s Close to discover an underground world which shows Edinburgh life hundreds of years ago. Find out if plague victims really were sealed in their homes, and if ghosts haunt these ancient streets. One of the most unique ways to learn about the history of the city is on a visit to Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, a Victorian observatory on the Royal Mile. The Royal Yacht Britannia, which took the British Royal Family around the world, provides a glimpse into the private lives of royalty. Once onboard, you have the unique opportunity to see the state apartments and the engine room. Follow in the footsteps of Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela to explore the one place where the Queen said she could truly relax. In Midlothian, you can visit the gothic Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Further attractions in the Lothians include the Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World and the award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre, which will delight nature-lovers.
Historic Sites of Scotland
Discover over 5,000 years of Scotland’s incredible history by visiting famous battlefields, Neolithic sites, Roman frontiers and hundreds more fascinating historical sites. The legacy of Scotland’s turbulent and often bloody past with its neighbour, England, has left the country scarred with battle sites. One of the most important battles in Scotland was fought at Bannockburn in 1314. Discover all about this historic engagement with the Auld Enemy during the First War of Independence at the site’s informative visitor centre and hear how Robert the Bruce’s victory over a superior English force was decisive in the subsequent establishment of an independent Scotland in 1328. Learn about the last full scale battle to be fought on British soil at Culloden in April 1746, when Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite army were defeated by government troops, ending any hope of restoring the Stewarts to the throne. Explore Scotland’s wonderful historical tales at the country’s five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The oldest site dates back more than 5,000 years and includes the four monuments of the Neolithic Heart of Orkney, one of the most important Neolithic sites in Western Europe. Uncover the north west frontier of the Roman Empire, the Antonine Wall in central Scotland. Built around 140 AD, the ancient wall runs for 60 km from Old Kilpatrick on the north side of the River Clyde to Bo’ness on the Firth of Forth.
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