Top Places To Visit in Scotland

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Scotland is part of the United Kingdom, and shares a border with England. There are numerous things to do in Scotland, from wild and dramatic hill, lake, and beach scenery, outlying islands that are brimming with nature, discovering the culture, touring historic and fascinating cities, and sightseeing galore.It is a popular place to visit when in the UK, and is easily accessed by road and rail. There are also several airports throughout Scotland.

Edinburgh 

Scotland’s capital city is Edinburgh. It sits near to the coast in the Lowlands and is watched over by the magnificent and impressive old castle. Other terrific sights include the remains of other old castles and fortresses, churches, cathedrals, palaces, abbeys, and monuments. There are museums and art galleries in abundance, and the vibrant shopping scene is sure to please even the most discerning shopaholic! Amazing views can be admired from one of the lookout points or from the Camera Obscura. You can even climb an extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat. Night life is lively with a big number of night clubs in Edinburgh, and New Year in Edinburgh, known as Hogmanay, is a very exciting and fun time! The city hosts several large festivals throughout the year, including the famous Edinburgh Festival and the Fringe Festival.

Glasgow 

Glasgow is Scotland’s biggest city with some of the best shopping in the UK, and it sits on the edges of the River Clyde. It boasts of a great mixture of different architectural styles and some of the best places to see include the magnificent cathedral, Glasgow Cross, the City Chambers, and Glasgow University. Art lovers will enjoy the Gallery of Modern Art, the Kelingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, and there are museums on different themes to appeal to all tastes. There are numerous pretty parks that are ideal for taking a stroll and relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There is a rich and diverse entertainment scene, including bars, restaurants, clubs, comedy venues, theatres, and cinemas. There is a strong gay scene.

Aberdeen 

Aberdeen is home to many granite buildings, which has led to the nickname of the Granite City. As well as architecture, the city is famous for plenty of parks, the gorgeous Winter Gardens, a stunning cathedral, and more!

Dundee 

In Dundee you can see the old RSS Discovery ship, a proud sight on the water. It is a perfect base for enjoying long and scenic walks in the beautiful Highlands. There are plenty of other attractions to enjoy whilst in the city, as well as the friendly and mixed night clubs in Dundee.

 

Other Attractions

Stirling, Perth, and Inverness are other Scottish cities that are well worth visiting, and there must be some mention of the famous Loch Ness, with its legendary monster! Scotland has many beautiful lochs, but Loch Ness is especially well known for the giant Loch Ness Monster that is said to lurk in the watery depths. Loch Lomond is another popular and scenic natural spot in the country.

Scottish Whiskey

Scotland is known for its whisky production, and you can follow the distillery route, visiting different distilleries along the way and sampling a variety of different whiskies. It is also possible to see how barrels are made at a working cooperage.

Cairngorms National Park 

The dramatic and extensive Cairngorms National Park is the ideal place for those who like to explore picturesque and rugged areas whilst enjoying the great outdoors. It is the biggest national park in Scotland and the soaring mountains are very photogenic. In general, Scotland is home to many spots that are perfect for hikers.

  

St. Andrews

Golf enthusiasts should pay a visit to St. Andrews, where they can play a game on the oldest golf course in the world. Besides golf courses in st. Andrews, there are numerous other golf facilities spread all around Scotland, and the birthplace of the activity certainly does not disappoint.

 

Visitors can learn how to do the Highland Fling, stock up on typical souvenirs, such as tartan, kilts, and bagpipes, and taste a delicious assortment of Scottish specialities. The Scottish culture is very different to that in other parts of the UK, and a visit is sure to captivate and entrance, providing plenty of great memories and spectacular photographs!