Scotland’s towns, villages, cities, iconic attractions and stunning landscapes are as varied and as diverse as they come, so no matter where you end up you’ll be blown away by the breathtaking setting around you.
In the Highlands, one of the most famous and iconic landscapes is Glen Coe. Well-known across the globe for its features in big blockbuster movies, such as Braveheart and Highlander, its landscape is made up of swooping glens, towering mountains and an atmosphere that will leave you in awe. Nearby, the scenic Loch Leven is a perfect location for picturesque walks and exploring. Making an appearance in the Harry Potter films, the Glenfinnan Viaduct is an easily recognisable attraction, located in the incredible setting of Loch Shiel on the west coast. Take a trip on the Jacobite Steam Train and venture across the viaduct for a unique and memorable day out. Probably the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle near Dornie is a famous Scottish icon and once you set eyes on it, it’s easy to see why.
In the east, Dunnottar Castle is an incredible fortress perched on the Aberdeenshire coastline that is must-see when in the area and is home to many rich secrets of Scotland’s colourful past. Further south, head to the newly-opened and world-renowned V&A Dundee. This museum hosts incredible exhibitions of art and design from throughout the years and is Scotland’s first design museum and the only V&A museum in the world outside London.
Edinburgh & The Lothians has bundles to offer too. Connecting Edinburgh and Fife, the Forth Road Bridge in South Queensferry is one of the most iconic man-made structures in Scotland that dates back to the 19th century. Take a stroll across the bridge and marvel at the views out to sea. Edinburgh is bursting at the seams with attractions, famous locations, historic museums and more. Edinburgh Castle, Scott Monument, National Museum of Scotland, Royal Mile, Calton Hill and Princes Street Gardens are just a few of the places to visit. Just outside of the city, Rosslyn Chapel is nestled in the heart of Midlothian and boasts unique and mysterious carvings, tales of age-old myths and legends, and stunning grounds to explore.
Due south from Edinburgh, Dumfries & Galloway is home to the peculiar triangle-shaped Caerlaverock Castle. This medieval fortress features a moat, twin-towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, giving it a real ancient feel and atmosphere.
The Borders Railway encapsulates the enchanting regions of Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders alongside the rich history, landscapes, outdoor activities and more that these areas boast. Starting in Edinburgh Waverley, the train stops at various locations including Brunstane, Shawfair, Eskbank and Gorebridge before terminating in Tweedbank.
Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, offers the liveliness of city life, alongside striking architecture, fascinating museums, bustling streets and more. Explore the Riverside Museum, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, People’s Palace and more to get a real feel of what the city is all about. North west of Glasgow in Argyll, the romantic Inveraray Castle on the shores of Loch Fyne is one of Scotland’s finest stately homes that has complimented the surrounding landscape since the early 15th century.
Explore the traditional and cultural side of Scotland on our incredible islands. In the Outer Hebrides the Hebridean Way from Vatersay in the south to the Isle of Lewis in the north is not to be missed. It’s a wonderful way to explore the islands either by bike on the 185-mile cycle network or on the long distance 156-mile walking route. On the Isle of Lewis, the popular Calanais Standing Stones are 5,000 years old with a visitor centre that guides you through the ages and tells the story of this world-famous attraction. Nearby on the Isle of Harris, Seilebost Beach will make you think you are somewhere in the Caribbean. With crystal clear waters, golden sandy beaches, and crisp sea air, the scenery will really take your breath away.
Further north, Orkney is another fascinating collection of Scottish islands. Visit the Neolithic site of Skara Brae and learn about the prehistoric settlement that was once found here and delve into what life was like on the islands some 5,000 years ago.
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