Most travelers who choose to explore the UK focus on visiting England. However, you would be surprised to find out how beautiful Scotland is, how much history and culture it has, what geographical wonders it hosts and what delicious cuisine it offers!
There are plenty of places to see in Scotland, and if you ever plan to visit it, this list might be useful with the main attractions and sights.
Edinburgh. Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and an amazing place to start your adventures in the country. This remarkable city is home to world-renowned attractions such as Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and the wonderful Holyrood Palace. In addition, in Edinburgh, many festivals and special events often take place, most of them happening mid-year. Such examples would be the Fringe Festival (the largest artistic festival in the world) and the International Jazz and Blues Festival. The most important place you should not miss in this Gothic city is certainly Edinburgh Castle. The castle presents in a magnificent way the best of Scotland’s architecture, ideology and history. Perched on a hill overlooking the entire city, the castle hosts some impressive exhibits, including Crown Jewels and Destiny Stone.
Glasgow. Nicknamed the City of Culture and the City of Architecture and Design, Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, has a lot of wonderful things and experiences to offer to its visitors. Extravagant Victorian and Edwardian structures can be seen in the central area, and museums and art galleries can be found throughout. Highlights of the city include the Glasgow Cathedral, the School of Art, the Kelvingrove Museum, George Square and the University of Glasgow.
Isle of Skye. Known for having some of the most picturesque seascapes in the UK, Isle of Skye is a kind of Mecca for mountaineering and hiking enthusiasts in nature. Located off the west coast of mainland Scotland and accessible by ferry or crossing the Skye Bridge, the island has a natural beauty, a stunning history and wildlife, harboring rare animal species such as the Golden Eagle, Red Deer, Minke Whale and Papal Whale of sea).
Glencoe. Located in the Lochaber area of the Highlands, Glencoe is home to Scotland’s most picturesque mountain valley. His beautiful landscapes have even appeared in the film productions Skyfall and Harry Potter. The best way to explore the wonderful sites in Glencoe is by car and fortunately there are plenty of car parking spaces along the way. Heading south to Glencoe, you pass through Rannoch Moor, before being met by the massive pyramid-shaped mountain, Buachaille Etive Mor, often crowned by low clouds. There you will probably find some of the most delightful views in the valley.
Loch Ness, Inverness. As the largest and deepest freshwater lake in Scotland, Loch Ness is considered one of the most important tourist attractions in the whole of the UK. Take a walk around its shore, enjoy its colorful landscapes and explore the nearby towns! Also, visit the famous Loch Ness Center & Exhibition and the Urquhart Castle!
These five places listed in the order above are the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland. But this country has dozens of other amazing landmarks to offer to its tourists, thus we guarantee you’ll enjoy an amazing vacation here.