Worth Visiting Places in Scotland
Worth-visiting Places in Scotland
From wild marshlands in morning mist to rugged mountains and lochs, Scotland, country of United Kingdom, is full of jaw-dropping views. It has craggy coastlines, breathtaking highlands made for strolling and hiking, turquoise lakes and rivers, monuments that are reminders of battles and more. It has many treasures in its territory – spectacular wildlife, beautiful landscapes, big skies, superb seafood, friendly people and hospitable. Another great attraction of Scotland is its solitude, secluded beaches and remote stretches of moors, all waiting to be explored. Here’s list of places to visit in Scotland:
- Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle is Scotland’s most famous fortress which has dominated the skyline since 13th century. Perched atop black basalt rock, it is most famous national monument in the country. This castle provides magnificent views of city landmarks including Princes Street, Royal Mile and Palace of Holyroodhouse. Entrance to the castle is through drawbridge on old moat from Esplanade where Edinburgh Military Tattoo is held in August. This castle is most-visited tourist attraction with more than 1.4 million visitors. The importance of the castle as Scotland’s national Heritage was recognized from early 19th century onwards.
- Isle of Skye
Skye is magical and largest of major islands in Inner Hebrides- home to Scotland’s iconic landscapes. Also known as Skuyo or Cloud Island due to mists, it is popular among nature lovers. Its green valleys, romantic, wild mountain scenery, sandy beaches, magnificent waterfalls, caves and glens, all can be found in island just 50 miles long. The island is home to abundance of wildlife including seals, otters and 200 species of birds, and remains of primeval oak forests. Getting here is easy, as this island is connected to mainland via bridge.
- Loch Ness
Loch Ness is Scotland’s most famous loch and many visitors visit this area to see sea monster. It is quite deep and is more than 230 meters deep in some places. This loch has more fresh water than all lakes in England and Wales combined. At Drumnadrochit Hotel has an exhibit of famous “beastie” which examines natural history of Loch Ness and surrounding area. Additionally, there is much photographed Urquhart Castle standing on a strip of land. This castle and loch remain most visited attractions of Scotland and are accessible from Inverness.
- Isle of Arran
Known as “Scotland in Miniature”, Isle of Arran is only 166 square miles in size and is mirror image of landscape found on mainland. It has moorland, majestic mountains, wildlife, sandy beaches, fishing harbors, castles and great golf. The main beaches are at Blackwaterfoot, Sannox, Brodick, Whiting Bay and Sannox. This island is divided into highland and lowland areas and has been described as “geologist’s paradise”. Its highlights include Brodick Castle and Goat Fell Mountain, which can be visited in a day.
- Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews
Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is one of the most prestigious and oldest clubs in the world. Known as “Home of Golf”, it is one of biggest tourist draws and is just 12 miles southeast of Dundee. Founded in 1750, it hosts famous British Open at its many 18-hole courses. Worth visiting are British Golf Museum which has history of “home of golf” and majestic old Clubhouse. Additionally, it has 2,400 members around the world.
Situated between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Stirling is famous for Battle of Bannockburn. There is Bannockburn Heritage Centre which offers excellent exhibits and displays of important era. Additionally, there is majestic Wallace Monument- a spectacular 246 step tower which provides incredible views of the area as well artifacts. In addition to this, there is spectacular Stirling Castle sitting on the top of 250 feet high volcanic crag. This castle has played major role in Scotland’s history and has served as great place from visitors can start exploring the area.
- Northern Highlands
Northern Highlands is separated from country by Glen More and Great Glen. This fault line was used to create Caledonian Canal extending from Loch Linnhe to Moray Firth. Much of this region is uninhabited thus excellent for biking and hiking adventures. The area has many lovely small villages and towns and one of the prettiest is tiny coastal town of Dornoch. Additionally, the highest point of the area is Ben Nevis – tallest mountain in both UK and Scotland.